Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS1) testing at Denver Nationals

Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS1) is a genetic disease recognized in other dog breeds and recently discovered in the Basset Hound. It causes devastating illness in puppies, but the good news is that researchers at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine have identified the mutation responsible for the disease and have developed a reliable test to detect it.

The BHCA Health and Research Committee will be collecting saliva samples for free MPS1 testing from dogs at the Denver Nationals.

Click here to read the first issue of the Committee's Emerging Health Issues Bulletin, with full information about MPS, including symptoms.

You will need to take immediate action if you wish to get dogs tested at the Nationals for either MPS1 and/or Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG — this test has a reduced fee). Please send your name and the number of dogs you want tested for each to Sylvie McGee ( by September 20 so that we can ensure enough test kits are available at Nationals.