Animal Genetics now tests for the gene mutation that causes Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures (NEWS) in standard poodles. This fatal disease affects the brain of newborn puppies, causing weakness and seizures and ultimately death within a few weeks of birth. Neonatal encephalopathy is recessive — both parents must possess the gene mutation in order to produce offspring affected by the disease. Dogs with one copy of this gene do not show symptoms, but are carriers and can pass the gene to their offspring.
Breeding parents can be screened for the NEWS gene mutation with a DNA test using a cheek swab or blood sample. The test costs $45 and turnaround time is a quick 2 – 4 business days. Please refer to our sample collection instructions for information about collecting canine cheek samples.