Why test your dog for hyperuricosuria?
Hyperuricosuria (HUU) is an inherited disorder among dogs causing them to metabolise waste products as uric acid. Hence, affected dogs have excessive levels of uric acid present in their urine. Sometimes, these accumulate and form kidney or bladder stones, which can be very painful.
The stones can also cause problems in urinating, including blood in the urine. In some cases, dogs with the disease experience lethargy, loss of appetite, and vomiting due to the buildup of toxins inside the body. Removal of these stones often requires surgery.
Hyperuricosuria can occur in any dog breed, but it is even more dangerous among male dogs, where the blockage of the urinary tract can become life threatening.
The disorder is an inherited autosomal recessive condition and can occur if a dog has inherited two copies of the mutation associated with hyperuricosuria. Even if a dog does not show any symptoms, the animal may carry one copy of the mutation and is likely to pass on hyperuricosuria to its offspring.
What are the symptoms of hyperuricosuria?
The symptoms of hyperuricosuria can be very painful and uncomfortable. If you suspect that your dog has HUU, watch out for the following symptoms:
- Difficulty urinating or frequent but little urination
- Blood in the urine
- Urinating in unusual places
Some dogs are able to pass the urate stones without intervention, but in many cases, a surgery is required. If the urinary tract gets blocked, hyperuricosuria can become fatal.
Even when the dog does not have a serious case of the disease, the symptoms will be very painful and uncomfortable for the animal,
What dogs are tested for hyperuricosuria?
Any dog breed can be affected, but the disease is particularly more common among Dalmatians, Bulldogs, and Black Russian Terriers. The EasyDNA Dog Hyperuricosuria Test can be carried out on any dog breed.
Cost of the Dog Hyperuricosuria test
The Dog Hyperuricosuria test is being offered at only R1495 for a sample of one dog. There is an option to order more tests for an additional cost.
How the Dog Hyperuricosuria test is carried out
The process of our Dog Hyperuricosuria test is simple and straightforward. Upon ordering your test, we will send you a sample collection kit that allows you to collect your dog’s cheek swab samples. The kit comes with complete instructions to guide you through the process. Using our kit, there is no need to draw blood or go to the veterinarian for sample collection.
Once you are able to collect your dog’s DNA sample, put the swabs back in the collection envelope provided. Use this envelope to send the samples back to our laboratory for testing.
Your test results
After our laboratory receives your dog’s sample, you can expect to receive your test results via email in 7 working days from receipt of samples at the laboratory. You will receive one of three possible outcomes:
- CLEAR result: Your dog has inherited 2 good genes that are free from defects or mutations.
- CARRIER result: Your dog has inherited 1 normal copy of the gene and 1 mutated copy. This means that the animal is not affected by the disease but is likely to pass on the condition to its offspring.
- AFFECTED result: Your dog has inherited 2 copies of the mutated gene and is highly likely to develop bladder or kidney stones. The animal will also pass on the mutation to its offspring.
EasyDNA uses the latest in DNA testing technology, assuring you that the results of your Hyperuricosuria test are highly accurate and reliable. If you need more information regarding this test, please contact our Customer Service
Other Dog Disease Genetic Tests from EasyDNA
At EasyDNA we offer a range inherited disease screening tests such as hyperuricosuria including the following:
- Dog Multidrug Resistance 1 (MDR1) Test
- Degenerative Myelopathy Test (DM)
- Hyperuricosuria DNA Test for Uric Acid
- PRCD-pra Testing
- von Willebrand Disease DNA Testing
We also offer a comprehensive genetic screening test covering 175+ diseases and traits through our DogCheck Genetic Screening Test. This is one of the most comprehensive tests on the market ideal to manage the health of your dog and for breeders.
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