Multidrug Resistance 1 DNA Test

Dogs affected by MDR1 are at risk of sensitivity to certain drugs

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In our state-of-the-art laboratory, we perform dozens of validated DNA tests for hundreds of breeds: Type in your dog’s breed and hit "Search" to see the possibilities. For dogs of unknown descent, type “mixed breed."

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Test Highlights:

Name: Multidrug Resistance 1 (MDR1)

DNA Samples: Collected at Home Using Cheek Swabs

Cost: $58 + S&H per Dog/Multi-Test Discounts may Apply

Results: 5 Business Days after Receipt of Samples

How do I Know if my Dog Carries the Mutation for MDR1?

Multidrug Resistance 1 is inherited as an autosomal incomplete dominant disease. Dogs only need to inherit one copy of the MDR1 mutation to be at risk for sensitivity to certain drugs. Dogs with 2 copies of MDR1 can have more severe reactions.

Our DNA test for MDR1 in dogs gives breeders an accurate, convenient, and affordable tool to help them avoid producing MDR1-affected offspring and significantly reduce the gene frequency in future generations.

DNA results are emailed within 5 business days, once all samples are received at the laboratory.

Not sure if you need this test? Check the breed list below or contact us for a free consultation.

Breeds that may be Affected by the CEA Mutation
Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Collie, English Shepherd, German Shepherd Dog, Longhaired Whippet, McNab Shepherd, Miniature Australian Shepherd, Old English Sheepdog, Shetland Sheepdog, Shiloh Shepherd, Wäller, White Shepherd Dog.

Your Multidrug Resistance 1 (MDR1) DNA-test kit includes:

  • Sterile DNA-collection swabs
  • Complete instructions

Postage-paid return envelope (if mailed in the U.S.)

Understanding Results

There are 3 possible genotypes reported for Multidrug Resistance 1:

  • CLEAR: those having 2 copies of the normal allele and appear to be normal
  • CARRIER: those having 1 copy of the normal allele and 1 copy of the mutation, with an increased risk of drug sensitivity
  • AFFECTED: those having 2 copies of the mutation are at risk for adverse drug reactions

P-glycoprotein is a pump that removes certain drugs and toxins from the body.  A mutation in the ABCB1 gene associated with MDR1 prohibits P-glycoprotein’s ability to limit absorption, distribution, and excretion of drugs.  Dogs with one copy of the MDR1 mutation can have some drug sensitivity.  Dogs with two copies of this mutation can experience more serious neurologic symptoms like excess salivation, tremors, anorexia, blindness and possibly death.  The following is a list of drugs known to cause reactions:

Acepromazine (tranquilizer), butorphanol (pain control), doramectin, doxorubicin, emodepside, erythromycin, ivermectin (found in heartworm medications), loperamide (anti-diarrheal agent), milbemycin, moxidectin, paclitaxel, rifampin, selamectin, vinblastine (anti-cancer agent), vincristine and vinorelbine

IMPORTANT: You should inform your veterinarian if your dog is a MDR1-carrier or MDR1-affected so they can give your dog the adjusted dosage or an alternative medication.  Other medications not listed may also cause a reaction.

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