This is a dreadful disease, which can and does kill. A very dear friend of mine has just lost her much loved 2 1/2 year old bitch, who developed pneumonia as a complication of PCD.
As many of you will know, there are two labs, one in France (Antagene) and the other in Czech Republic (Genomia) who carry out the tests.
Please look them up and order a test kit and get your breeding dogs and bitches tested so that no other animals suffer the same fate as my friends bitch.
|What is pcd please?|
PCD or to give it it's full title - Primary ciliary dyskinesia - is a genetic disease which is similar to Cystic Fibrosis in humans.
We are fortunate in OES that the gene responsible has been identified, meaning that a test is available to determine carrier / clear breeding stock.
In other breeds the gene responsible has not been found, so the breeding programmes for these other breeds is very much 'hit and miss' as carrier animals show no symptoms.
Mating carrier to carrier will result in a percentage of the pups being affected and a percentage being carriers. If a carrier is put to a clear, then a percentage of the pups will be carriers and a percentage clear. If both the bitch and the stud dog are clear, then all the pups will be clear.
The test is a simple cheek swab, which is ordered from one of the labs. The test kit is sent free of charge, your vet does the test and it is then sent to the lab with the fee and a certificate is issued with the results.
If you look up PCD in dogs on the net, you will find a lot of useful information on the subject.
It's vitally important that all dogs and bitches are tested for this disease prior to mating.
Hope this helps
|My swabs are on their way from Genomia and all of my dogs will be tested and results published. Thankfully I have never had a dog with PCD and I would like to keep it that way.|
|Good news Amber, hope your results are all clear. Problem is that carriers show no symptoms so unless you have a certificate to say your dogs are clear there is no way of knowing.|
Good luck with the tests, let us know
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