Testing for SMA
There is a DNA test available to identify the gene mutation that causes SMA in Maine Coons. Using this test it will be possible to identify the gene mutation in cats that are affected with SMA or carriers of SMA and to identify those cats that are genetically normal for this disease.
Brush sampling kits can be obtained upon request to:
Dr John C. Fyfe, Laboratory of Comparative Medical Genetics, 2209 Biomedical Physical Sciences Bldg, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-4320, US.A.
Some other labs that also do the test are listed below. This is not a comprehensive list, there might be more.
How do I test my cats?
The DNA sample can be taken by your veterinarian. The veterinary should fill in the sampling form with info on owner and the identification of the animal. The form and the sample are then to be sent to the laboratory together with payment and you will receive the result in due course.
Making the result public on PawPeds
To get your cat's test result listed in the Maine Coon database here in PawPeds, you have to send in a copy of the result to the registrar of the health programme.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the contact person for the health programme!