Gangliosidosis 2 (GM2)

Gangliosidosis GMis a hereditary disease that can be tested with a DNA testGangliosidosis is an inherited error of lipid metabolism, also known as a 'lysosomal storage disease'. An autosomal recessively inherited deficiency of acid β-galactosidase activity affects brain and multiple systemic organs.

Toy Poodle and Shiba Inu dogs affected with GM2- gangliosidosis develop nervous system clinical signs including vision loss, walking difficulties, loss of balance, tremors, cerebellar ataxia, decreased appetit and vomiting. First symptoms appear around 9 to 12 months of age, the disease progression is rapid and dogs usually die after few months.

Inheritance: autosomal recessive - read more

Mutation: HEXB gene

Genetic test: The method used for genetic testing is extremely accurate and allows complete differentiation between affected animals, carriers and healthy dogs. DNA testing can be done at any age.

Disease control: read more

DNA test sample: EDTA whole blood (1.0 ml) or buccal swabs. Detailed information about sampling can be found here.


54.00 €

  • You can order free sampling kit.
  • Only one sample is required for each animal, even if you order several tests.
  • Samples are stored for the option to order additional tests.
  • We offer expert assistance in interpreting the results.
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