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Calling all Deerhound owners!

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We would like your help to find out more about heart disease (specifically DCM) and sudden death in Deerhounds which we believe are relatively common in the breed. We want to hear from all owners of (past and present) Deerhounds so that we can learn exactly how common the problems are. We are keen for all Deerhound owners to complete the survey, even if the hounds have always been healthy, so that we can assess the size of the problem. All Deerhound owners, whether pet owners or breeders, are invited to  take a few minutes to complete the confidential survey by clicking the link below: 

https://liverpool.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/confidential-deerhound-survey-for-dcm-and-sudden-death-v-1-2

Please share this with your friends so that as many Deerhound owners as possible may respond.

Please familiarise yourselves with the Owner information sheet and the consent form using the link below as your informed consent is important to us. Thank you.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1QdN05cjH5ZbB7OcUMJFN0ADAqxrjaogd

 

Closing date is 28th January 2018.

Emily has recently been awarded “specialist status”

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Emily has recently been awarded “specialist status” in veterinary cardiology by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

RCVS Specialist status is not easily achieved.

To be included on the List of RCVS Specialists, an individual must have achieved a postgraduate qualification at least at Diploma level, and must additionally satisfy the RCVS that they make an active contribution to their specialty, have national and international acclaim and publish widely in their field.

For more information about specialist status, please visit the RCVS website www.rcvs.org.uk/education/specialist-status

DCM Study

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As an active member of the heart testing panel, and having attended numerous breed shows over the years, I am excited and honoured to be participating in a new study. We are currently actively recruiting deerhounds for a project which specifically aims to establish normal echocardiographic dimensions in deerhounds. The study will also identify the prevalence of preclinical DCM in the deerhounds screened. With the normal values, the hounds could then be screened for disease and the diagnosis of DCM could be made earlier (i.e. before the dog develops clinical signs). We need to identify a large number of dogs which are free of clinical signs and over the age of 4 years.

They would all have echocardiographic examinations as well as repeat investigations approximately twelve months later to ensure that they remained free of heart disease. In addition, DNA would be collected and stored, as collating information about dogs known to be suffering from DCM may help determine mode of inheritance. Affected dogs are likely to be under the care of their veterinary surgeon. We welcome owners and the attending veterinary surgeon to share information, which would be analysed confidentially. We would be very keen to discuss any cases which may be suitable for this study. This research has been funded by generous donations from Mrs Bev Doyle and The Deerhound Club.