As many will be aware, there has been significant progress made in recent years in relation to the fight against kidney failure, a disease that has plagued the Bull Terrier breed for decades. In short the Animal Health Trust has been building up a store of DNA samples supplied by Bull Terrier owners, with the intention of trying to identify the rogue gene responsible for the disease within them.
We now however turn our attention to another band of individuals who have a lot of day to day involvement with Bull Terriers, and who could also make a big contribution in the overall battle against kidney failure … veterinarians.
Where owners and breeders can supply the AHT with DNA swabs from their own dogs, the vets could supply blood samples – particularly from those unfortunate ones who may be suffering from the disease.
Two articles written by leading figures in this movement – Terry Heath and Bryan McLaughlin – detail what vets could do to help, and basically these articles need to be passed on to as many vets as possible to inform them of the steps they could take to assist.
I’ve combined both these articles into one simple PDF file and I would request that readers download a copy, print it out and hand it on to their own vet. Just follow the steps below and you should have a copy in no time…
1. Right-click on the download link below.
2. Select ‘Save Target As’ or ‘Save Link As’ from the menu.
3. Specify where you’d like to download the file to (e.g. Desktop, My Documents etc).
4. Click on the ‘Save’ button.
5. Wait for it to arrive.
* Note: These are instructions for desktop computers and laptops only; the procedure may be different for various mobile devices like the Smartphone or iPad.
Given the nature of this file, it will obviously be far more beneficial to get it into as many different vets hands as possible, the more the better. This is where you come in, please circulate it far and wide, e-mail it to anyone you can think of, host it on your own websites etc. Remember, anyone who uses a veterinary surgery can hand a copy to their vet, it doesn’t need to be a Bull Terrier owner…
The message is simple – download it, print it out and give it to your vet!
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