The SDCA is partnering with the University of Pennsylvania to research cystinuria in Scottish Deerhounds. The study needs both urine and blood samples from any intact male dog age 2 and older, but the study is particularly interested in samples from dogs that have formed stones or blocked.
Currently, Dr. Paula Henthorn, the researcher at the University of Pennsylvania working on this project, needs information, urine samples, and DNA (blood) from:
• Any dog that has blocked.
• All intact male Deerhounds age 2 and over (ideally two or three urine samples should be provided over a period of years). Remember, if you’ve already submitted blood for your dog, then submit only urine: second blood samples are NOT needed. There is no cost for urine samples from intact males 2 years of age and older if a blood sample is also provided or UPenn already has a blood sample from the dog. For urine samples without blood the cost is $40.
• Please let Dr. Henthorn know if you have a dog that blocked at less than four years of age, even if the dog is deceased.
• Please let Dr. Henthorn know if you have a dog that tested negative on multiple tests and then blocked.
• Please contact Dr. Henthorn if you have a dog that has blocked and are willing to participate in the neutering study.
• Please contact Dr. Henthorn if you have a dog that tested positive or formed a stone that has been neutered.
Please contact Dr. Henthorn directly with any questions about the cystinuria study or to bring to her attention dogs of interest regarding cystinuria. Her contact information is henthorn “at” vet.upenn.edu and 215-898-9601.