JULY 2016: NEW DNA TEST for ENM

JULY 2016 MESSAGE FROM DUTCH KOOIKERHONDJE CLUB:
NEW ENM DNA TEST AVAILABLE
DNAWe used to have a DNA test that looked at 2 gene variations that were close to the suspect ENM gene.
At recent investigation they found the really mutated gene that causes ENM. Because of that, there is a new test available. This new test is used on all blood samples that were sent in, in June. This test shows that some cases [shown to be] carriers on the previous tests are [shown] to be free with the new test.
Unfortunately some new tested carriers are offsprings off free tested parents.Those free dogs will be tested again with the new test and with the already stored material.
If you have any of such as case on your dog please contact us and we will contact with the researchers in Utrecht.
Contact us by email! info-cie@kooikerhondje.nl
When there will be new information VHNK will inform you by the website www.kooikerhondje.nl or the official VHNK facebook page.
Kind regards by the Information Committee VHNK

Read the message on the VHNK website.


Susanne Martin, representative of KCUSA’s Health Committee reports:

NO NEED TO RETEST YOUR DOG
There is no need to re-send blood for dogs that were tested with the old test. . . . We currently do not know if all submitted samples from the past will be retested. We will keep you posted.

SHARE TEST RESULTS WITH VHNK
Also, I have heard that test results for ENM/VWD are not automatically forwarded to the VHNK (the Dutch kooikerhondje registry/ZooEasy) anymore. This used to be the case in the past. They encourage owners to submit the result directly to info-cie@kooikerhondje.nlOr it can go through our registry/ZooEasy committee.

Thanks,
Susanne Martin (susannepkmartin@gmail.com)

UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 2016
Addendum from Prof Mandigers regarding the ENM test:
“All dogs that were previously tested as ENM carriers have been re-tested with the new test and only two of the dogs (about 1%) have been found clear of the mutation. The owners have been notified already. Based on their data, they can say that it is not necessary to repeat the test for the dogs that tested clear with the old test. It is not necessary to ship new blood.”