Breed Council 4th Health Day – SUNDAY 29th OCTOBER 2017

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

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THE GREAT DANE BREED COUNCIL

WILL BE HOLDING

THE 4th GREAT DANE HEALTH DAY

SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2017

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL SMALL ANIMAL
TEACHING HOSPITAL
LEAHURST
CHESTER HIGH ROAD
NESTON
Nr CHESTER
CH64 7TE

9.30 am for 10.00 am start

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

CANINE REPRODUCTION
KEITH SHEA – Fit and Fertile Ltd.

HOW CAN WE REDUCE DRUG RESISTANT BACTERIA
VANESSA SCHMIDT BVSc, CertVD, DipECVD, MRCVS

DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY (Update)
PROFESSOR JOANNA DUKES-McEWAN BVMS, MVM, PhD, DVC,
DipECVIM-CA(Cardiology), MRCVS

TICKETS: £20 (must be prepaid)

To include Buffet Lunch and Certificate of attendance

Tickets will be on sale shortly and can be obtained

from the Great Dane Health Co-ordinator

Maria McGuinness
Hesketh Farm House, Spurriers Lane, Melling, Liverpool L31 1BA

0151 520 1527
07932532220
Email: dinahtron@aol.com

OR

Olivia Bates – 01606 737444
Email: liv@danemoor.com

To download a copy of this notice please click here 4th Health Day 2017 Flyer

DCM Research – Update

Attached is a message and details from University of Liverpool DCM Project calling for volunteers 4 years or older to be scanned for DCM.  If you wish for your Great Dane to take part in this project please be prepared to contribute £50.00 towards the costs and contact Joan Toohey on 0151 795 6129 (Mon – Fri 8am – 2pm) for further information or to book an appointment.

DCM Research

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Volunteers are still needed for our research into dilated cardiomyopathy in Great Danes at The University of Liverpool.

We are screening from 4 years – so if you have a Dane 4 years or older WE NEED YOU!!

A contribution of £50 towards all tests is required by the owner on the first visit.

We are also sending out Holter monitors to be fitted to some dogs 1 year or older. This is an EGC monitor (not the same as a heart scan). This will provide us with much needed information about arrhythmias (palpitations) in Danes.

This Project has the support of your Breed Council and Breed Clubs.

For further information or to book an appointment contact:

Joan Toohey on 0151 795 6129 (08:00 to 14:00 Mon – Fri).

Press Release

On the 25th January the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust launched the “Give a Dog a Genome” project and we are pleased to announce that our application to be included has been accepted. The £1000 donation for each breed is being matched by the Kennel Club. All nine Breed Clubs are fully supporting this research to create the UK’s largest Genome bank. This will be of considerable help in the understanding of the canine genome and improve canine health.

The aim is to sequence the entire genomes (consisting of 2.4 billion DNA letters) of 50 different breeds by the end of 2016. The Health sub-committee made its initial enquiry to the AHT in mid-February, securing a place subject to receipt of the donation. The uptake in the project by breeds has been extremely quick. The £1000 donation money came from the Breed Council (8 clubs) and the Great Dane Breeders and Owners. There are now over 70 breeds who have applied to join and in addition to the original 50 required, the AHT hope to move forward in 2017 with a further 25. It is understood that we are included in the first 50 to be sequenced.

For more information it is suggested that you visit the AHT website at www.aht.org.uk/gdg

Australian Great Dane Health & Lifestyle Survey 2015

We have received the following from Trish Neill of the Great Dane Lovers Association of Western Australia about a health and lifestyle survey she has carried out and published in July 2015.

“We conducted a broad spectrum health & lifestyle prevalence survey on 1,165 pure bred Great Danes in Australia. The population has already contributed to a number of clinical studies including one being carried out in the UK on Osteosarcoma. I am very excited that we now have the opportunity to contribute to some breed specific projects in Australia around key issues. As these commence we will be sharing more information. It is early days as we have only just met with the key scientist”.

It looks like a great deal of hard work has gone into producing it and our thanks must go to Trish for giving us access to her report which is available for download from

www.australiangreatdanehealthsurvey.com