Diagnostic Testing Service

Malignant hyperthermia (GCB008)

Specimen type

EDTA whole blood


  • Malignant hyperthermia is characterized by abnormally high body temperature and muscle contraction that can potentially lead to death.
  • It is triggered in susceptible dogs by excitement, apprehension, exercise, or environmental stress.
  • Giving certain anesthetics or specific drugs that affect the neurologic and muscular systems also consistently triggers malignant hyperthermia in susceptible dogs.
  • Border Collie, English Sandpiper, Lingdy, Irish Wolfhound, Labrador Retriever