Russell Vale Animal Clinic

17 Bellambi Lane
Bellambi, NS 2518


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Genetic Testing and Your Pet

As of October 2012, Dr Liz and Russell Vale Animal Clinic are happy to introduce mixed breed identification for dogs, and Genetic health screening for dogs and DNA testing Breed specific cats.
Alot of researching and testing has gone into our decision to go with ASAP Laboratories. After all there are a few different laboratories out there, but none matched every single criterion which we demanded.  And that was, it was about the science of DNA, not the sales pitch. 
And through the same laboratory, further genetic health  testing for dogs and cats is also available. 

Advance Mixed Breed Identification Test:  $125 plus vet check fee.


Russell Vale Animal Clinic

Now available at Russell Vale Animal Clinic.  It is suitable for mixed breeds only, and it is perfect for that new bundle of joy that you got from your second cousins neighbour, and you have no idea how big it is  " going to go, and what health problems you may expect. 

It is also perfect for the situation where you have to answer the question "And what type of dog do you have".  The best answer we could come up for Teddy was " cross something that loves tennis balls and is loyal".  


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A simple blood test, several weeks later, and you will get a comprehensive report into the genetic makeup of that new bundle of joy. 
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ASAP Genetic Health Screening: $135 plus vet check fee.

Now, available from Russell Vale Animal Clinic.  This is suitable for pure breed dogs, and for those mixed breeds where there is a predominant breed identified through the Mixed Breed Identification test above. 
For only $135 plus the vet check fee of $40 (which includes a  check up for your pet and sample collection) we can now offer personalised care based on your pet's genetic predisposition to specific diseases. 
This test does not mean that your pet will get the disease, but shows up if they are genetically predisposed, so we can keep an extra vigilant eye out, diagnose the condition early and make the treatment that much more effective. 
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 Bleeding Disorders:

  • Canine Leucocyte Adhesion Deficiency
  • Von Willebrands Disease Type I
  • Von Willebrands Disease Type III
  • Factor VI deficiency
  • Thromopathia
  • Example breeds:  Dobermans

 Cardiac Disorders:

  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventircular Cardiomyopathy
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Example breeds: Dobermans

 Metabolic Disorders

  • Autosomal Hereditary Recessive Nephropathy
  • Copper Toxicosis
  • Fucosidosis
  • Phosphofructokinase deficiency
  • Mucopolysaccharidosis
  • Cystinuria
  • GMA - Gangliosis
  • Canine Hyperuricosuria
  • Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Phosphatase deficiency
Example breeds: Bedlington terrier, 

Opthalmology Disorders:
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy Type A
  • PRA rod cone dysplasia type 2 (rcd2)
  • Hereditary cataract
  • Primary Lens Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - cord 1
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - Rcd 1
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - rcd 3
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - rcd1a
Example breeds: Collies, Dachsunds, Poodles

 Neurological Disorders:

  • Cerebella Ataxia
  • Polyneuropathy/Neuropathy (NDRG1)
  • Exercise induced collapse
  • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis
  • L-2-hydroxyglutaric Aciduria
  • Narcolepsy
  • Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy/ Krabbe's Disease
  • Neonatal Encephalopathy
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
Example breeds - Labrador, Border Collie, Poodles, Chihuahua, any, 

 Drug Sensitivity Disorder:

  • Ivermectin Sensitivity
Example breeds: Collies and their crosses

 Muscular Disorders

  • Muscular Dystrophy X Linked (MDX)
  • Myotonia Congenita
  • Myotubular Myopathy X linked
  • Centronuclear Myopathy
Example breeds: any


  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Albinism
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VII (Lysosomal storage disease)
  • Niemann-Pick Disease Type C
Example breeds: Ragdolls, Persians,
Some Links:
Genetic Welfare Problems: An informative website from the Universaties Federation of Animal Welfare for owners and breeders.
LIDA: Listing of Inherited Diseases of Australia
Orthopedic Foundation: Listing by breed of genetic diseases.