Globoid cell leukodystrophy (GLD)

Globoid cell leukodystrophy (GLD)is a hereditary disease that can be tested with a DNA test. Globoid cell leukodystrophy (GLD), or Krabbe disease, is a severe disorder resulting from a deficiency of galactocerebrosidase (GALC) activity. GALC is responsible for the lysosomal catabolism of certain galactolipids. Clinically, the symptoms appear between 1 and 3 months of age. Weakness of the limbs and tremors appear first, followed by muscular atrophy and neurological degeneration. Affected dogs may live until 8 or 9 months of age, when the symptoms become so severe that the dog is usually euthanized.

Inheritance: autosomal recessive - read more

Mutation: GALC 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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