Exercised Induced Collapse – EIC

Also know as EIC.

“This inherited disease is common in Labrador Retrievers, but is also found in other breeds, including Curly-Coated and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Boykin Spaniels, German Wirehaired Pointers, Old English Sheepdogs, Cocker Spaniels and Pembroke Welsh Corgis.”

This disease was seen in working dogs; American/Field bred Labs years ago but no one knew what it was.

It is now being seen in English/Bench bred Labs.

The dog will be working in the field or doing many retrieves and it suddenly (5-20 minutes of work) has a breakdown.  The back end collapses and the dog will try to keep moving dragging the back legs.

The dog recuperates quickly with no side effects.  Many people who don’t know about this genetic disease think their dog is suffering from heat stroke, which can exhibit similar symptoms.

We now have a genetic test for Labradors which can be done thru the U of Minnesota.

If a dog is a “carrier” it must be bred to a “clear” dog to prevent pups from being “effected” by this disease.

The test can be done by blood draw or a cheek swab (both must be done by a vet) and the samples are sent into the U of MN for results.  The cost from MN is only $65 on top of your vet charge for taking the sample by either means.

Here is the link to find out more about the testing and what breeds there is a genetic test for.




Author: patty

Franklin Lakes, NJ

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