1584: Creation of a Conformation Score to Evaluate Susceptibility to Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease
Grant Status: Open
Grant Amount: $34,000
Dr. Dominique J. Griffon, DVM PhD, Western University of Health Sciences
January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2013
Sponsor(s): German Shepherd Dog Club of America, Giant Schnauzer Club of America, Great Pyrenees Club of America, Labrador Retriever Club, National Beagle Club, National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association, Samoyed Club of America Education & Research Foundation, Standard Schnauzer Club of America, United States Australian Shepherd Foundation
Breed(s): Labrador Retriever
Research Program Area: Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disease
Abstract A torn ligament in the knee, known as cranial cruciate ligament deficiency (CCLD), is the leading cause of lameness affecting the knees of large breed dogs. The focus of Dr. Griffon's research is to establish a way to identify individual dogs that are susceptible to this problem and, ultimately, prevent CCLD. This research group previously developed a "CCLD conformation score" to differentiate limbs of Labradors with or without CCLD based on their characteristics. They later found that sound Labradors with a high "CCLD conformation score" displayed stride and body mechanics that could predispose them to CCLD. They now intend to evaluate the ability of this score to predict CCLD and explore the genetic origin of the disease in a large pet population.
Publication(s)None at this time.