Specialty Heart Clinic Still Needs Participants

Photo by Terri Crawford.

UPDATE: We have made the minimum! Only eight dogs to go before the clinic is full!

We are still three dogs shy of the 10-dog minimum we need to hold a heart-screening clinic at the 2021 National Specialty in Richland. Board-certified veterinary cardiologist Dr. Bryan Eason of Evergreen Veterinary Cardiology is available to do cardiac ultrasounds on Friday, June 4, IF WE CAN GET A MINIMUM OF 10 DOGS.

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Genetic Testing Versus Health Testing

by John E. Dillberger, DVM

Reprinted from the November/December 2011 Claymore.

We are in the midst of a genetic test explosion in dogs.  Almost every month, a research group announces that they have found a gene responsible for a particular disease in dogs, or that they are offering a genetic test for the disease, or both.

In the excitement generated by all of this progress, it is easy to confuse a genetic test with a health test.  In some cases, a genetic test is a health test.  Other times, it isn’t at all clear what, if anything, the genetic test result means for a dog’s health.  And even when a genetic test is truly a health test, the results have to be interpreted with caution, just as one would interpret the results of any other sort of health test. Read more