VetGen - The leader in veterinary genetic disease research and genetic disease detection services for purebred animals

Breeds Serviced

  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Australian Labradoodle
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Biewer
  • Black Russian Terrier
  • Bulldog
  • Coton de Tulear
  • Dalmatian*
  • English Bulldog
  • English Mastiff
  • French Bulldog
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Jack/Parson Russell Terrier
  • Labradoodle
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Large Musterlander
  • Mastiff
  • Parson/Jack Russell Terrier
  • Large Munsterlander
  • Pitbull
  • Pomeranian
  • South African (Boerboel)
  • Standard Schnauzer
  • Vizsla
  • Weimaraner
  • Yorkshire Terrier


Inherited hyperuricosuria (HU) causes dogs to produce urine with very high levels of uric acid. This can lead to bladder stones, and less frequently kidney stones. The disease is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait. The VetGen test is based on research performed at the University of California Davis which identified the mutation responsible for the disease.

The test may offered to all breeds, including Dalmatian*, Bulldog, Black Russian Terrier, Weimaraner, Parson Russell Terrier, Pitbull, American Staffordshire Terrier, Giant Schnauzer, South African Boerboel, German Shepherd Dog, Large Munsterlander, and Australian Shepherd.

The frequency of this disease is very, very low in the Labrador, but carriers have been detected.

*Dalmatians generally have two copies of the mutation and do NOT need to be tested unless there is an outcross to another breed in the pedigree.