I submitted a cheek swab from Chase to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. I wanted to know if he carried the mutated gene for Degenerative Myelopathy. DM may cause hindquarter paralysis in most breeds of dogs and now that a genetic marker has been identified for Cardigans, I wanted to add the test results to my arsenal of knowledge about our boy.
Today we received the results. I’m happy that he will never suffer from this disease and, if he is ever a dad, he will not pass it to his offspring because OFA says he is NORMAL.