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Kennel Club introduces new DNA test for shar-peis
POAG is recessive in the shar-pei, so carriers can be safely bred to clear dogs without the risk of producing clinically affected offspring.

Uptake for new scheme proves popular at health day

A new official DNA testing scheme for primary open angle glaucoma/primary lens luxation (POAG/PLL) in the shar-pei has been approved by the Kennel Club.

In February, the Kennel Club - together with breed clubs - held a sharp-pei health day at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in Newmarket.


Thrilled with the uptake for the scheme, Cathryn Mellersh, head of canine genetics at the AHT, said that more than 40 dogs were swabbed for DNA tests on the day.

“The frequency of the mutation was very high among these dogs,” she explained. “This means that is is vitally important that carriers continue to be used for breeding at least for the next few generations.”

She added that not using carriers could lead to an unacceptable reduction in the genetic diversity of the breed.

“POAG is recessive in the shar-pei, so carriers can be safely bred to clear dogs without the risk of producing clinically affected offspring,” she continued. “ Although any puppies that might be used for breeding should themselves be tested prior to breeding.”

The Kennel Club constantly reviews DNA testing schemes in conjunction with breed clubs to ensure that breeders are supported with resources to help them make responsible breeding decisions.

The DNA testing scheme for the shar-pei was approved following consultation with the breed’s health co-ordinator on behalf of the breed clubs.

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Practices urged to support #vets4vultures

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 Veterinary professionals are being urged to take part in the #vets4vultures online fundraising campaign. Vultures are persecuted throughout the world and numbers of some species have fallen by 99.9 per cent in recent years. Wildlife Vets International rescue and rehabilitate the birds of prey, as well as training local vets. However, the charity needs to raise £18,000 for its conservation plans to go ahead next year.

It has been selected for The Big Christmas Give Challenge, which goes live on 28 November. To help practices encourage clients to get involved, there is an online promotional pack containing resources for websites and social media platforms.

For more information emailinfo@wildlifevetsinternational  

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