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CTCV Health Watch Committee Report 2017                                                     8/1/2018


Confidentiality

All reports are treated as confidential unless the box, on the Report Form, has been ticked indicating that the owner agrees that identifying details may be shared

Number of Reports Received

In 2017 we received 19 Litter Reports and no Medical Reports.

Litter Reports

This year the Health Watch Committee has decided to simplify the way our Report of the Bile Acid Scores are reported. We will continue to report on all litters, but will no longer show the normal bile acid scores and only publish the abnormal scores and re-testing results. All Pathology Reports (normal, abnormal and re-testing results) will continue to be collected and filed, and should continue to be sent to Lyn Barclay.

Medical Reports

One case of Portal Shunt was unofficially, verbally repor

LITTER TESTING 2016 - BILE ACID TEST SCORES

LITTER NO.

Number of Males

Number of Females

Males with High Bile Acid Scores

Females with High Bile Acid Scores

Re-testing results of abnormal Bile Acids

199

0

5

0

0

 

200

2

2

0

0

 

201

1

3

0

0

 

202

1

1

0

0

 

203

5

1

1

1

First Test 1-23, 2-28, Second Test 18, 16,

204

4

3

2

0

First Test 29, 27, Second Test 21, 14,

205

0

3

0

0

 

206

1

6

0

0

 

207

3

3

1

0

First Test Not Submitted, Second Test 0_27,

208

4

0

0

0

 

209

1

0

0

0

 

210

2

2

2

2

First Test 1-31,1-27,1-26, Second Test 25,18,6,8,

211

3

2

0

0

 

212

5

1

0

0

 

213

2

0

o

0

 

214

2

2

0

0

 

215

2

1

0

0

 

216

1

6

0

0

 

217

4

1

0

0

 


Other News

The media has sited many changes in Veterinary medicine in recent times. I think we can all identify with most of these changes:

      *        Increased use of technology and social media.
      *        More referrals to "Specialist" Vets for specific problems.
      *        Willingness of clients to spend more $ on their pet's Health Care.
      *        Higher expectations of pet owners.
      *        Pet owners using social media to voice their opinions of services provided.
      *        Increased use of "wearables".
      *        New opinions on timing of pet Vaccination regimes.
      *        Increased expertise and utilization of Veterinary Nurses.
      *        Increase in the up-take of Pet Insurance.
      *        Veterinary franchising opportunities.


Cairns are left pawed

It has been found that most cairn terriers are left pawed. Studies in the Belgium and the Netherlands have shown that dogs who are left pawed often show superior performance in tasks related to scent.

Determining if a dog is right or left pawed, (or ambidextrous) is not as simple as just giving them a toy to play with and watching which paw they reach with. This is because their paw preference is often weakly expressed, unlike humans. However continued observation and watching which foot they naturally step off with can help you identify their preference.

Portal Shunt Research

During 2017 there has been some information that may be of interest to members. Some of this has appeared before in various publications, without any follow-up details:

In the Netherlands Dr. Frank van Steenbeek (Geneticist) at Utrecht University is embarking on a new Research Project into Liver Shunts in small breeds such as the Cairn Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Jack Russell, Miniature Schnauzers, Pugs and more. During the last quarter of 2017 he has been actively seeking donations from all interested parties in the Netherlands to support his project.

A report re-submitted from the U.S.A. has suggested that it is believed that PSS is inherited as a polygenic trait in Cairn terriers. This Report was published in previous years, but worth mentioning again. The U.S. researchers have been in contact with their peers in the Netherlands and based on extensive family data they have accumulated, they have confirmed that PSS is an inherited disease and results suggest that a polygenic mode of inheritance is most likely. However, it is stated that "If the mode of inheritance is polygenic, rather than a simple recessive disorder, their chances for a fruitful DNA linkage study may be substantially diminished." I have been unable to find any follow-up material in regard to this particular research article.

From the Deerhound Club of America, we can read of a "Promising New Procedure for Liver Shunts." A new technique called PTCE has been developed for correcting Liver Shunts in dogs. They quote, "This procedure is performed entirely through the jugular vein, thus allowing for the minimally invasive nature." The report states that early results are very promising with quite a good success rate. Once again, no follow up material appears to be released.

In conclusion

Don't forget that eligible breeders can still claim a $10 rebate per puppy on litters reported to the Health Watch Committee. After you have submitted the Bile Acid Results, (to Lyn Barclay), send a copy of each pup's pedigree to Graeme Ferbrache to claim your rebate.

Lyn Barclay - 20 Outawood Rise, Gisborne, Victoria 3437
Email: lkbarclay@bigpond.com Tel: 03 5428 4739

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