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NEW DNA TEST FOR CMO AVAILABLE

 

Optigen, Inc. is now running the DNA test for Craniomandibular Osteopathy (CMO) as of June, 2016.

The introductory charge is $75.00 if the test is registered online at www.optigen.com and the code CMO16 is used. The turnaround time for results is typically less than 2 weeks.  Please visit their website to order the test kit.

HEALTH SEMINAR HELD ON OCTOBER 1, 2015 A GREAT SUCCESS

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Dr. Jerry Bell, DVM gave a very interesting and informative seminar on "Breeder Education: Pedigree Analysis, Genetic Diversity & Genetic Disease Control."  Dr. Bell is a Clinical Associate Professor of Genetics at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

 

The seminar was presented in two parts. The first part discussed Pedigree Analysis, Genetic Diversity, and Genetic Disease Control based on West Highland White Terrier pedigrees, AKC registration statistics, and pedigree analysis of the most influential West Highland White Terrier dogs and bitches. He discussed genetic diversity in the breed, how the selection of mates and types of matings manipulates the genes of the ancestors in the pedigree, and popular sire syndrome.

To view the video of Part One of Dr. Bell's seminar, click the following link (Part One is 55 minutes):

Dr. Bell's Presentation, Part One

 

In the second part Dr.  Bell discussed genetic disorders affecting the West Highland White Terrier, with updates from his recent conversations with pertinent researchers. He also discussed our health surveys in relation to what is seen in the field, different types of genetic tests, their availability, and their proper use. He also presented breeding recommendations for managing different types of genetic disorders.  To view the video of Part Two of Dr. Bell's seminar, click this link (Part Two is 1 hour and 22 minutes):

Dr. Bell's Presentation, Part Two

REPORT ON THE RESULTS OF THE EYE CLINIC AT KIMBERTON IN 2015

 

The WHWTCA sponsored the eye clinic at Kimberton on Saturday, October 3, 2015.  Dr.  William Crumley again examined 24 Westie eyes.  The results of the  examinations are as follows:

 

  •  7 dogs had normal eyes
  •  3 dogs with senile cataracts
  •  3 dogs with suture tip cataracts
  •  9 dogs with suture tip capsular opacities (not listed as cataracts)
  •  2 dogs with retinal folds

 

Dr. Crumley comments  "A little tip opacity of the lens capsule is something I will see not infrequently in all breeds, although it seems like I’m seeing it in these Westies.  We don’t have histopathologic analysis,  it could be something as simple as a thickening of the capsule where the lens fibers come together.  I think it is something to keep an eye on going forward, but I’m

not ringing any alarm bells.͟