When is it a good time to get my Corgi tested for this disease? She is almost two years old and i saw that Corgis are highly known for having this problem. Does anyone know when i should get her tested and if so, are there some who test it here in orlando?

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Comment by Chloe's parent Liz on January 30, 2009 at 1:25am
I lost my 1st Pembroke Corgi to that disease. He was 12 when we had to put him down. It was his mind was there, but his body wouldn't work. A wheelchair was not the answer for us because the vet told me that I'd have to learn how to evacuate his bowel and bladder, I was not home at the time to take care of him. It was very hard to put Rusty down. I would only want to know if I was a breeder. I asked Chloe's breeder if her line had that disease.
Comment by Sarah C. on January 29, 2009 at 2:43pm
unless i was a breeder.
Comment by Sarah C. on January 29, 2009 at 2:43pm
A good question when thinking about doing this kind of testing is, what would you do differently if it was positive? As far as I'm told, there's not a lot you can do about D.M. I personally, would not want to know until it is visible.
Comment by John Wolff on January 29, 2009 at 1:46pm
Remember that DM shows "incomplete penetrance": even if a dog does have both copies mutant, it still may not develop DM.
Even if one's dog is homozygous and highly at-risk, I'm not sure there's anything one can to about that.
I think such tests are valuable mostly to breeders for detecting carriers. If carriers are not bred, the mutation can be bred out of the population.
Comment by Wendt Worth Corgi's on January 29, 2009 at 12:47pm
http://www.pwcca.org/genetics.html go here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

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