JOINT HEALTH GROUP
Valuable work on Primary Epilepsy is currently being undertaken by the Animal Health Trust, towards the possible development of a DNA test for this condition. Blood samples are being collected and stored for use in the future to try and identify a marker for the genes involved. Samples from affected dogs and their families are particularly useful and stored without charge in order to assist this research.
Glaucoma has been studied by Dr. Keith Barnett and Mrs. Beverly Cottrell for a number of years. A new gonioscopy lens was purchased by the JHG and Mrs Cottrell regularly attends the Breed Championship Shows to carry out eye testing sessions.
The breed average total score is 19. The JHG continue to monitor this condition and have requested that all x-ray plates are sent to the BVA for scoring, as only sending 'good' ones gives a false average.
Many vets are able to hip x-ray under the KC/BVA scheme.
If any member wants to submit anything for discussion please contact either delegate Mrs. Jan Janes, Mrs Jan Rees or the Trustee (Club Treasurer) Annie Glover.
|Fact sheets for all these conditions are available to download in PDF format - click the links below.|