THE NORTH OF ENGLAND WEIMARANER SOCIETY (N.E.W.S.)

Health

Written by Gil Simpson BVMS MRCVS

The Kennel Club has asked all breed clubs to appoint a single Breed Health Coordinator to help monitor and advise them of any health problems in the breed. The remit of the Health Coordinator is that of a conduit for health information to and from the Kennel Club and the Breed. It is important to monitor health trends within the breed so that if a health problem emerges, breeders can recognise the problem and with or without the help of the Kennel Club's geneticists, find a way to control and hopefully eradicate it.

I have been asked to be the Health Coordinator and I would like to invite anyone who has had a health problem with their Weimaraner to let me have any information. The information will be treated in complete confidence and the individual dog need not be identified, though in practice this information could ultimately prove useful. Being a Vet I am no stranger to client confidentiality and you can be assured that any information given would be made available only to the Kennel Club.

My remit is not to give advice on any health problem, but purely to report it to the Kennel Club. If I can give advice I will, but please don't ask me to give a diagnosis or comment on the treatment your vet may have suggested. As owners of such a superb breed as the Weimaraner we owe it to the future of the breed to do our utmost to protect the breeds' health today and in the future. To assist you in providing any information, a downloadable form can be obtained from all the breed clubs websites. Please send the completed form to myself either by email or to the address on the form.

Gil Simpson BVMS, MRCVS

Breed Health Questionnaire in Word document

Breed Health Questionnaire in PDF

 

The Kennel Club have various pages regarding the health of the Weimaraner and the breeding practises. Please take your time to read them.

Weimaraner Health

Breeding Restrictions

Colour Restrictions

The Weimaraner

Movement Disorder Affecting Weimaraners

The Neurology and Neurosurgery department of the Small Animal Hospital, University of Glasgow is interested in collecting information about a recently identified movement disorder, which affects Weimaraner dogs. The affected dogs are young puppies at the time of onset of the disease and are showing signs of episodic muscle stiffness and collapse. The signs appear to be triggered by exercise and/or excitement. The diagnostic tests done so far have failed to identify a cause for this disorder and a genetic cause is suspected. This is a very distressing condition for the animal and the owners, and medical treatment has only resulted in partial improvement of the signs.

The aims of this study are:
- to identify Weimaraner dogs affected by the disorder
- to gather information about the clinical signs shown by the affected dogs
- to gather pedigree information from the affected dogs to determine whether there is an underlying genetic cause,
- to potentially identify the gene(s) responsible of this disease so that a genetic test can be developed to eradicate the disease.

If you have (or had) a Weimaraner, who presented signs of episodic muscle stiffness/weakness/collapse triggered by exercise or excitement, we would like to hear from you.

This survey should only take 10 minutes of your time and could potentially help pets suffering from this condition. All data collected will be securely stored and will only be accessed by the investigators of the study. Your information will not be transmitted to any third party. By completing the online questionnaire, you consent to participate in the study. You can withdraw at all time from the study by closing your browser before the end of the questionnaire. You can withdraw from the study at any time by sending the investigators an email or a letter at the address below.

If you would like to help us even further, you will also be given the opportunity to provide the pedigree of your animal if (s)he is/was registered to the Kennel Club and a video footage of the episodes if possible. If your animal is still alive, we will also ask you whether you would agree to collect DNA samples from your animal to allow us the opportunity to characterize any underlying genetic defect. This will be done by using cheek swabs, which are a painless way to collect DNA samples. The swabs will be sent to you with a detailed instruction for use. All postage fees will be paid.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would require further clarification about the objectives of the study or if you have any comment or question about the questionnaire itself. You can contact us by letter at the address below or by email at k.faller.1@research.gla.ac.uk.

Thanks again for your help. We hope this study will contribute to Weimaraner welfare and quality of life.
Kiterie Faller and Rodrigo Gutierrez-Quintana,
Neurology and Neurosurgery service,
Small Animal Hospital, University of Glasgow

Address: Small Animal Hospital
Bearsden Road
Glasgow
G61 1QH
United Kingdom

SURVEY

What the Kennel Club does for Dog Health

To raise awareness of the work carried out by the Kennel Club, a new report has been produced on 'What the Kennel Club does for dog health?'

What does it contain?
The report encompasses much of the work undertaken in recent years and includes detailed sections on:
How we promote health through education
Initiatives designed to improve health awareness in dog shows
How we promote and progress scientific research
How we encourage responsible breeding of healthy dogs.

Each topic covered in the report is accompanied by an impact statistic to show what effect each initiative, or event, has had.

To view the report please click here

 

 

 

 

 

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