Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Medical Alert !!!


You all may already know this but my Vets did not.  There is a mutant gene called MDR1 found in some herding dogs. These dogs (and I am one of them), may experience toxicity after normals doses of certain drugs.  The Washington State University can do a free test for you with just a swab in the mail.  I am positive for this gene and mom always puts this on my tag and makes sure my Vet knows.

Here is a url to the WSU website   http://www.vetmed.wsu.eud/VCPL

Breeds affected by the MDR1 mutation (frequency %)

Breed Approximate Frequency
Australian Shepherd 50%
Australian Shepherd, Mini 50%
Border Collie < 5%
Collie 70 %
English Shepherd 15 %
German Shepherd 10 %
Herding Breed Cross 10 %
Long-haired Whippet 65 %
McNab 30 %
Mixed Breed 5 %
Old English Sheepdog 5 %
Shetland Sheepdog 15 %
Silken Windhound 30 %

awesome...being healthy!!!


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