DNA testing for Denerative Myelopathy is here! Corgis are the only small breed that can get it. My dog, Yogi, has the symptoms, loss of rear leg use, and thanks to CorgiAid, now has a cart. Yogi had MRIs which showed his leg use was not due to spinal injuries. I just sent out the swab test and awaiting results.
It is the responsibility of breeders to wean this out of the breed. If you plan on purchasing a puppy, please know that breeders will not know if the parents have the gene as the test just came out. It is the duty of breeders to test all their dogs, both male and female parent to test for it. The test needs to come back, "clear." The parents need to be neutered/spayed if the test comes back positive ("affected"). We need to insist that breeders be responsible now so that we, the owners and our loving corgis don't go through this in the future. It is heartbreaking. Below are the websites for testing both using blood and swab.
You can order the test at this website:
Pembrokes with a probable DM diagnosis or 10 and older can get a
free test. The website with that info is:
The free test is more involved -- requires blood sample drawn by vet instead of
swab (cheek?) which can be done at home and the blood must be sent
overnight in an insulated container with cool packs.