This section contains updates and news from the Breed Health Group and the Breed Health coordinator. Please click on the links below for further information.
Gall Bladder/Biliary Mucocoele Research
Please click on the link below to read the letter from Professor Steve Dean about research into Gall Bladder problems in Border Terriers. There is also a survey to complete if you want to participate in the research.
A DNA Test for Shaking Puppy Spongiform LeucoEncephaloMyelopathy (SLEM) in Border Terriers
From Monday October 9th 2017 DNA testing is available from the University of Missouri (http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/ and the Animal Health Trust (http://www.ahtdnatesting.co.uk). Testing through a partnership with OFA (www.OFA.org , click the “ORDER DNA TESTS” link in left sidebar) should be available after mid-October. Orders placed through OFA use a cheek swab & barcoded card to collect DNA, and testing is done by U of MO. The OFA staff will send a kit and complete instructions for all orders. Click on the links to the websites for further details.
The UK Border Terrier Breed Health Group Website is now up and running. As well as incorporating information on CECS and SPS/SLEM etc it contains various interactive questionnaires which can be used by Border Terrier owners.
It can be found at www.borderterrierhealth.org.uk