Research by Dr. Michael Court at Washington State University is studying the genetic causes of several anesthesia-related health problems in Deerhounds, including hyperfibrinolysis (delayed post-operative bleeding), hyperthermia (anesthesia and/or stress related), and slow drug metabolism (anesthesia and sedative sensitivity). We have supported Dr. Court both with a direct grant as well as with some of our CHF funds to support this project.Read more
Here is the latest update from the FDA on the diet-related DCM:
Here is a nice article written by Lisa Freeman of the Clinical Nutrition Service at Tufts University Vet School: Read more
This article is the latest information in exciting research that looks like it is finally cracking the mystery of gastric dilatation-volvulus (gastric torsion/bloat), at least in Great Danes.
The SDCA Health & Genetics Committee has published two position statements on genetic testing, the first being an introduction to genetic testing and the second on Factor VII. It appears that we will have more genetic tests sooner rather than later (YAY!), so it is imperative that all breeders understand how to use these tests and owners understand how they are used so we can all work together to eliminate these disease-causing variants without reducing the breed’s gene pool.
One of the worst things about osteosarcoma, which is awful for both dog and owner in every respect, is there have not been any new treatments for the disease in decades.
Until now. We have been following Dr. Nicola Mason’s work at the University of Pennsylvania on a new immunotherapy treatment for osteosarcoma patients, and now, finally, it has been granted a conditional license by the FDA and will be available around the country. Read more
As our gene pool continues to shrink (only 14 litters and 104 dogs were registered with the AKC in 2016!), it is imperative we keep as many dogs in the breeding population as possible. One way to do this is to use the frozen semen many breeders around the world have collected and stored.Read more
If someone you know who has had a dog that bled or a first-degree relative of a dog that bled, and fibrinolysis was suspected (as opposed to Factor VII), please send them this blog post so they can be included. We are really having a hard time finding samples from affected dogs, so we need everyone to spread the word! Read more
An article co-written by SDCA Health and Genetics Chair John Dillberger, DVM PhD, has just been published in Canine Genetics and Epidemiology. Entitled “Osteosarcoma Inheritance in Two Families of Scottish Deerhounds,” you can read the entire article here, or here is the plain English summary: Read more
by John Dillberger, DVM
Reprinted from the January/February 1998 Claymore
(Editor’s note: The list of sulpha antibiotics has changed since this article was first published; check with your vet when your dog is prescribed any antibiotic to make sure it is not T/S.)
Antibiotics are one of our greatest weapons in the war against human and animal diseases. These drugs have prevented untold suffering and death, and are rightly viewed as twentieth-century miracles. One of the most successful of these antibiotics is actually a combination of two separate bacteria-killers: trimethoprim and a sulfonamide (or sulfa drug for short). Read more