Samples Needed from Samoyeds and Australian Terriers
Canine diabetes mellitus is a common disorder of middle to older age dogs and Samoyed and Australian Terrier dogs are at increased risk for this disease. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the Australian Terrier Club of America, the Samoyed Club of America Education and Research Foundation, and the San Joaquin Kennel Club are working to determine if there are differences in the genetics of diabetic and control dogs. The purpose of the study is to search for genes associated with increased risk for diabetes in Australian Terrier and Samoyed dogs. Early genetic identification of carriers and dogs that are likely to develop diabetes will enable breeders to determine which dogs are not fit for breeding with one another, years before clinical signs of diabetes develop. The ability to predict the disease in young, unaffected, breeding dogs may help prevent diabetes mellitus in Samoyeds and Australian Terriers. It may also protect potential owners of diabetic dogs from long term care for an animal with an incurable disease. Dr. Rebecka Hess is conducting the study and needs the help of Samoyed and Australian Terrier owners. The study requires drawing 15 ml of blood (3 tablespoons) from your dog. This can usually be arranged with your local veterinarian. Please contact Dr. Hess with your name, phone number, and e-mail address and provide her with the name of your veterinarian and with their phone number. She will contact you and your veterinarian and arrange for FedEx pickup of the blood sample at a time convenient for you and your local veterinarian. There will be no expense involved for the owner. Blood samples are being collected from any Samoyed and Australian Terrier diabetic dog and also from any Samoyed or Australian Terrier dog that is 7 years of age or older that does not have diabetes.
Help Future Generations of Dogs
Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.