Published: 17/01/2013 11:19:00
we need your help to tackle disease in italian spinoni
We are asking owners of Italian Spinoni to participate in our health questionnaire that will help us and the Kennel Club to better understand and treat cancer, epilepsy and gastric dilation/torsion (bloat) in the breed.
Owners of Kennel Club registered Spinoni born between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2011 are being asked to complete the questionnaire, which will help geneticists at our Kennel Club Genetics Centre to understand the incidence of these conditions in the breed. The questionnaire will be the first part of a study that will take place in several stages and which will ultimately help us and the Kennel Club to help affected dogs.
It is also hoped that the information from the study will help our geneticists at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre to develop tools for breeders that will help them to ensure that future generations of Spinoni are less likely to be affected.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Breeders and breed clubs all want to understand, treat and ultimately eliminate conditions that can affect their beloved breed. The Kennel Club registers around 250,000 puppies each year and these vast pedigree records and our contact with breeders are vital to helping us improve the health of all dogs in the future.
“We are grateful to the Italian Spinone Breed Club of Great Britain for supporting this study and look forward to working with breeders and the Animal Health Trust on this important project.”
Other breeds that have provided information that has ultimately enabled the Kennel Club and the AHT to develop DNA tests include Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, leading to the creation of DNA tests for Curly Coat and Dry Eye Syndrome and Episodic Falling, and Beagles leading to a test for Neonatal Cerebella Cortical Degeneration (NCCD).
Cathryn Mellersh, the AHT's Head of Canine Genetics, said: “At the moment we don’t have a clear picture about the incidence of cancer, epilepsy and bloat in the Italian Spinone. By working with the breeders of Kennel Club registered dogs, we hope to considerably increase our understanding of these diseases, so that we can find treatments and develop tools that will help breeders to breed future generation of Spinoni that are less likely to be affected.”
The study is being conducted by three of our geneticists, Cathryn Mellersh, Head of Canine Genetics, Luisa De Risio, Head of Neurology and Davide Berlato, Clinician in Veterinary Oncology, and is conducted with the support of the Italian Spinone Breed Club of Great Britain (ISCGB) and the Kennel Club.
Owners and breeders of Italian Spinoni can complete our online questionnaire by clicking here.
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