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News from Health & Longevity Committee

Getting Serious about SAS

The Health and Longevity Committee of the Newfoundland Club of America applauds the research results of Dr. Joshua Stern DVM, DACVIM, of North Carolina State University and his collaborators, and we are excited about this important step in possibly helping to reduce the incidence of subaortic stenosis (SAS) in Newfoundlands. We must note, however, that this research (1) has not yet been peer reviewed in appropriate journals and (2) has not yet been corroborated by other independent studies. The Health and Longevity Committee therefore recommends that current testing protocols continue to be followed: auscultation of puppies before sale, auscultation of all dogs after one year of age, and echo/Doppler of dogs that present with a murmur. Breeders should continue to use the currently recommended protocols for screening of their breeding stock and not any current preliminary genetic studies. Breeders are encouraged to continue to enter their dogs in this and future genetic studies of diseases affecting Newfoundlands.

Dr Joshua Stern - SAS - sponsored by Health and Longevity Committee

Read More abou this cardiac condition that affects Newfoundland Dogs

Update on CHIC DNA Bank Collections from National Specialty

Many, many thanks to everyone that helped and had their dog’s blood drawn. As some may have noticed, there has been a delay in getting the samples to OFA/CHIC. This year, the Van Andel Research Institute/Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium provided the DNA banking. They are a research group in Grand Rapids, MI working with support from OFA and the AKC Canine Health Foundation on malignant melanoma, lymphoma, osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma and malignant histiocytosis. Four of these five cancers occur with some frequency in Newfoundlands and CHCC is recruiting samples from dogs with confirmed disease. VARI/CHCC provided supplies for the clinic, paid for shipping the samples and then extracted the DNA from the samples. OFA charges owners twenty dollars per sample to process the samples and paperwork when samples are sent directly to OFA. VARI/CHCC’s “fee” for free processing is keeping a small portion of the DNA for control samples in their research. The rest of the DNA will be sent to the CHIC DNA Repository and should be at OFA within a matter of weeks. The clinic was very successful with 185 new dogs added to the database. This compares to 141 done last year in the same location when the cost was $10 per dog. The success of the clinic was no doubt mainly because the DNA processing was free this year but we were also prominently located at the front of the grooming building. We also had “aggressive marketing” in place. The cost to NCA was hiring technicians to draw blood and man the clinic.

More information on VAI/CHCC or to send tumor samples

Jennifer Zablotny, DVM
Chair, Health and Longevity Committee

Information from Health Presentations at NCA National Specialty

Geriatric Onset Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy

New- DNA Clinic Manual

The Health and Longevity Committee has created a manual on how to put on a DNA Clinic.

Download the DNA Clinic Manual

DNA Clinic Grant Application

DNA Clinic Follow-Up Report

Current Research Center

Van Andel Research Institute Laiunches New Canine Cancer Studies

The Van Andel Research Institute, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is pleased to share that we have received a “Grand Opportunities” (GO grant) from the National Institutes of Health.  This is enabling the Institute to expand its canine cancer studies, which started with a project investigating hemangiosarcoma in Clumber spaniels 18 months ago, into a much broader research program.  We are launching a new center of excellence in canine genetics and genomics.  The first and most important program is the Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium (CHCC), which is headed by Drs. Jeff Trent (TGen), Nick Duesbery (Van Andel Research Institute), and Paul Meltzer (National Cancer Institute/NIH). READ MORE

Breaking News: Degenerative Myelopathy - Test for Degenerative Myelopathy gene NOW AVAILABLE! [March 9, 2009]

A DNA test is now available for use by veterinarians, breeders and pet owners. This test is available through the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals).


Updates - AKC Canine Health Foundation Alert

The AKC Canine Health Foundation Grants Imulan BioTherapeutics Funding to Evaluate the TCR Vaccine for Canine Heart Disease - Dilated Cardiomyopathy [Tuesday, August 07, 2007]

Recent Articles of Note

Determining the optimal age for gonadectomy of dogs and cats
Margaret V. Root Kustritz, DVM, PhD, DACT
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN 55108. (Kustritz)

Current Studies Needing Participants

Research Area: Ectopic Ureters

The long-term goal of the research is to develop a DNA-based test that will enable breeders to eliminate this defect from the breed’s gene pool. For additional information, please contact:

Katy Robertson, DNA Manager
UC Davis Center for Veterinary Genetics
(530) 752-3864
Mark Neff PhD.

Research Area: Osteosarcoma

Researchers are requesting blood samples from any healthy dog (especially a dog 8 years or older). The registration number or pedigree information is also required.
More details on blood collection and cheek swabs

Dog Genome Project
Broad Institute Fax: 617-252-1902

Timely Topic - Heatstroke

The dog days of summer are rapidly approaching and many areas of the country are already experiencing very high termperature. Our Newfs are at risk and need us to pay special attention to their risk of heat sroke and death from overheating especially in closed environments like cars and garages.

Read about heatstroke and heat related issues.

Page updated: November 20, 2011



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