Facing Breed Related Diseases as a Vet ; Practical & Ethical Aspects

2010 WSAVA Congress Proceedings

Excerpt:

Facing Breed Related Diseases as a Vet–Practical and Ethical Aspects
Jerold S. Bell, DVM
North Grafton, MA, USA

Responsibilities of Veterinarians

With each hereditary issue, we as a veterinary profession are being called upon to determine what is “normal”, what is “abnormal”, and what screening tests can be performed to allow selection away from disease causing phenotypes. . . . → Read More: Facing Breed Related Diseases as a Vet ; Practical & Ethical Aspects

Inherited Diseases in Dogs : Cambridge University

This web site contains a guide to diseases/conditions of pure bred dogs which are likely to be transmitted wholly or partly through a genetic mechanism.

* Search the Inherited Diseases in Dogs Database

The site is not designed as a diagnostic system, and I cannot offer individual veterinary advice. If you suspect that your dog is suffering from . . . → Read More: Inherited Diseases in Dogs : Cambridge University

Gene Therapy Sets Stage For New Treatments For Inherited Blindness

Penn Veterinary Researchers Say Gene Therapy Sets Stage For New Treatments For Inherited Blindness

01 May 2010

Veterinary vision scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have safely and successfully used a viral vector in targeting a class of photoreceptors of the retina called rods, a critical first step in developing gene therapies for inherited blindness caused by rod degeneration. Continue reading Gene Therapy Sets Stage For New Treatments For Inherited Blindness

Study Looks At Canine Cancer Genes

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/192574.php

Michigan State University veterinarians are taking part in a two-year, $5.3 million project to analyze five cancers in dogs, research that could offer new insight into canine cancer genes and their potential impact on the human form of the disease.
“Because purebred dogs have been selected to have specific physical and behavioral traits, their background genetics, within breeds, are very similar, with that ‘background noise’ suppressed, cancer genes are made more obvious.”Barbara Kitchell, director of MSU’s Center for Comparative Oncology said. Continue reading Study Looks At Canine Cancer Genes

Cure for Inherited Day Blindness in Canines

Gene Therapy Cures Canines of Inherited Form of Day Blindness, Penn Veterinary Researchers Say
April 21, 2010
PHILADELPHIA- Veterinary ophthalmology researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have used gene therapy to restore retinal cone function and day vision in two canine models of congenital achromatopsia, also called rod monochromacy or total color blindness.
Continue reading Cure for Inherited Day Blindness in Canines

Code of practice ; breeding animals

From Victoria, Australia
Department of Primary Industries 2009

Breeding programs must consider the effects and ethics of high risk mating combinations that may, based on the principles of genetic inheritance, in theory produce animals with heritable disease. Where such heritable disease has potential to cause severe welfare issues for affected progeny such breeding programs must be justifiable. Affected progeny must be assessed and humanely destroyed if they suffer. Such animals must not be used for breeding. Continue reading Code of practice ; breeding animals

Breed specific risks

Top 10 Breed-Specific risks; PDF file from Ohio State Univ.
See the top 10 problems for a certain . . . → Read More: Breed specific risks