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Mon, Sep 29 | By Amy Lieberman | 348

MINNEAPOLIS -– Researchers have identified a mutant gene carried by 30 percent of Labrador Retrievers that causes Exercise Induced Collapse. The findings, based off of research at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medi… more ›

Mutant Gene Detected in Labs Could Cause Death
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Kim B.
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Kim B.
5 years ago

This is good to know. It is amazing how far science has come in genetics.

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Beth  W.
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Beth W.
5 years ago

Boy have we come a long way. I'm sure reputable breeders will get their parent animals tested, but it may still carry on in the backyard breeders.

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debra t.
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debra t.
5 years ago

Interesting. Glad they can id it so the breeders can remove it from the pure population where it has the most affect.

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Helena P.
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Helena P.
5 years ago

Genetics have come a long way. I'm glad there is testing for it. All lab owners should consider this.

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sally r.
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sally r.
5 years ago

This is great information that I have never read before. My aunt has a yellow lab who is always so full of energy; I'll have to let her know.

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Jessica  S.
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Jessica S.
5 years ago

Good to know...my friend has a lab so I'll let her know about it!

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Beccasooner
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Beccasooner
5 years ago

Good to find out the latest medical technology and it helps humans greatly too.

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Joelle  T.
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Joelle T.
5 years ago

very good to know.. I have 2 labs

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lisa k.
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lisa k.
5 years ago

it's great they found this out.

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Edie Jo N.
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Edie Jo N.
5 years ago

Very sad. These dogs are so active naturally.

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Kathy R.
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Kathy R.
5 years ago

Amazing waht the vets can find out these days with all the medical advances.

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Jello1
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Jello1
5 years ago

It's good that they can spot this problem now and that owners can be aware and prevent attacks. And buy a mutt next time

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brittany P.
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brittany P.
5 years ago

i love labs!

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Beccasooner
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Beccasooner
5 years ago

I'll have to send this article to my sis who has a lab.

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Jeff K.
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Jeff K.
5 years ago

Hopefully this study will help lad owners all around the world!

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Ihatesnow
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Ihatesnow
5 years ago

At least owners can be aware if there is a potential problem, rather than suffering sudden loss

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Jean C.
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Jean C.
5 years ago

Interesting!

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ChrisHall1
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ChrisHall1
5 years ago

Man that does not sound good at all!

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Blackie1
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Blackie1
5 years ago

If they would stop breeding pure-breds, this would be much limited on its own since they said it is unusual in mixed breeds.

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wanda f.
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wanda f.
5 years ago

this is not good. we have a black lab

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Shannon W.
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Shannon W.
5 years ago

Very sad.

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Choya M.
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Choya M.
5 years ago

Good story but a sad deal .

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Stacy M.
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Stacy M.
5 years ago

I dont think I have anything good to say here so I will just shut my mouth and say it is a sad thing.

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Ozarkerjoe
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Ozarkerjoe
5 years ago

It's sad that's it's gone on this far when it may have started from a single puppymill or backyard breeder. It's tragic when animals are suffering, especially when it most likely could have been prevented in the first place, or at the least caught early. Too many breeders only care about profit, not all of them, but from what I've seen & heard most do.

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Maggiethecat
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Maggiethecat
5 years ago

Breeders including backyard/hobby breeders would be out of business if people stopped buying these puppies & kittens, since their primary purpose is profit. Until there's more restrictions, &/or the general public realizes the conditions many of these cute pet store & online puppies & kittens come from, we can pretty much expect to hear more news similar to this.
I do have sympathy for those who are dealing with this, I imagine they love their furbabes as much as [most] the rest of us do.

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

Another for the AKC to do more to prevent back yard breeding and puppy mills.
Now we know to never buy a pup from a breeder whose pups parents aren't shown to be carriers. Just like OFA for hips.

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DDRau
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DDRau
5 years ago

This must be of concern to many lab owners - 30% carry the gene? Huge number of dogs.

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Jackie L.
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Jackie L.
5 years ago

I had never heard of this, but will pass it along to all my friends with labs. This is why I always like to get a mixed breed animal. They seem to be healthier and avoid the problems that pure bred animals have. Yea for mutts!

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Diana L.
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Diana L.
5 years ago

Over-breeding?

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
6 years ago

I am surprised I had never heard about this before--I will have to pass it along. I know so many people with sweet, wonderful Labs.

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Beth M.
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Beth M.
5 years ago

I never heard of this bad gene either

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Jennifer S.
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Jennifer S.
6 years ago

good to know

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Kelleylovesanimal
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Kelleylovesanimal
6 years ago

good info. Would like to more and y is there a badd gene.

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Rebecca L.
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Rebecca L.
6 years ago

holy crap...that happened to my friend's Lab when we were younger and went camping! That is really interesting

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
6 years ago

I am curious to learn more about this. I had not heard of it before. I wonder if most of the vets are aware of it.

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Wanda & Veronica ;.
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Wanda & Veronica ;.
6 years ago

This is a great article to pass onto friends & family. Makes me want to know more.

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marie s.
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marie s.
6 years ago

Great info...I have to tell my friends and neighbors, who own Labs, about this.

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Jill F.
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Jill F.
6 years ago

I would like to know if this problem is one that has been man-made. It seems to mean that this is one more reason to try to monitor, if not regulate, animal breeders.

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Norman C.
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Norman C.
6 years ago

Interesting. Seems to be a case where a problem created by breeding and breeders might be fixed by them.

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Maegan D.
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Maegan D.
6 years ago

For them (the researchers) to have found the first naturally occurring mutation of this specific gene is a breakthrough within itself. Too bad such a common breed is the one afflicted because it would expectedly take a long time and a lot of tests to finally breed this mutated gene back out of the entire population.

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Betsy
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Betsy
6 years ago

WOW, talk about a harmful mutation!! To think that this was found is amazing. I wonder how long it took to locate this mutation. DNA is so complex it really amazes me that this was identified. Makes you wonder about other purebreds and the possible mutations that they may have.

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amanda c.
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amanda c.
6 years ago

Thats something good to know, something definitly to watch for. I hope that furthering the study can provide more info on the subject and what other dogs are at high risk.

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Sheryle T.
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Sheryle T.
6 years ago

This is really a breakthrough that can save dogs.

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Ragdollkitties
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Ragdollkitties
6 years ago

As an owner of two Labradors I am so glad that they discovered this mutant gene for EIC. Although EIC is horrible, this discovery is wonderful because it will now allow breeders to screen their breeding stock, thereby reducing the number of afflicted Labs. This is a great discovery! Great job!

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Courteney W.
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Courteney W.
6 years ago

how sad...... what will be next?

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John H.
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John H.
6 years ago

oh geez, what next?

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BlaznK9s
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BlaznK9s
6 years ago

Hopefully the breeders will start to actually use these kind of findings to help save the lives of thier future puppies by rulling out this gene in thier breeding dogs before they breed.

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Elizabeth  M.
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Elizabeth M.
6 years ago

Since I have lab mixes I was glad to know that I didn't have to be worried about them. None the less I'm glad that the mutant gene has been discovered.

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Jhands
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Jhands
6 years ago

It may be true that purebreds have the potential for more health issues, but if someone loves their pet enough they'll take care of them no matter what.

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Jessica P.
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Jessica P.
6 years ago

Maybe an actual good reason for getting your "mutt" DNA tested! This is scarey I have known many labs who would go and go and go....sad.

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Kelsey L.
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Kelsey L.
6 years ago

Thi is sad. Maybe it will convince some people that purebreds aren't always the way to go. They tend to have more health issues. Maybe more people will adopt mixes.

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