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).
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) regularly publishes guidelines for the vaccination of Dogs and Cats. Their website can be found at http://www.wsava.org/guidelines/vaccination-guidelines and it also contains a wealth of information on kidney, liver and hereditary diseases.
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
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
INHERITED MYOPATHY (FORMERLY KNOWN AS CENTRAL CORE MYOPATHY)
DR GEMMA WALMSLEY, MA VetMB, DipECVN, PhD, MRCVS RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
OSTEOSARCOMA IN GREAT DANES
MR BILL OXLEY, MA VetMB, DSAS(O), MRCVS
TICKETS: £20 (must be prepaid)
To include Buffet Lunch, Info Pack 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
Olivia Bates – 01606 737444 Email:
I am writing to inform you of a DNA Clinic, organised by the East Anglian Collie Association (EACA) in conjunction with the Pastoral Breeds Health Foundation. The clinic will be held at the EACA’s Championship Show on Sunday 2nd August at Littleport Leisure Centre, CB6 1PU, and is open to all breeds.
The DNA tests will be carried out by Animal Genetics, with some tests offered at a discounted price. Click here for further information.
Please feel free to disseminate this information amongst your breeds by any means you deem appropriate.
If you have any queries with regards to the clinic, please contact Pat Hutchinson (tel. 01954231115, email: ).
Health and Breeder Research Assistant
The Kennel Club
We have been asked by Dr Jo Dukes-McEwan from Liverpool University Small Animal Hospital for Great Dane owners to take part in a Survey they wish to do on Sudden Death in Great Danes, if you would like to take part, the survey can be accessed from Great Dane Survey and can be completed on-line, it should take about 10 minutes to complete.
The following has been received from the Kennel Club if you wish to attend or have any questions please contact Charlotte as indicated below.
Dear Breed Health Co-ordinators,
Charlotte McNamara, the Canine Health Advisor in the Kennel Club’s Breed Shows team, has asked me to let you know about the Breed Watch Education Days for 2015, which are open to all. The education days will be held at the Kennel Club building in Coventry on the 15th of February and the 11th October.
For more information on the days, or to book tickets please click here. If you have any questions or queries then please email .
Health Information Officer
The Kennel Club
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