Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Laryngeal Paralysis in Mini Bull Terriers


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The genome sequencing of hundreds of dogs suggest that laryngeal paralysis in mini Bull Terriers may be more common because of the addition of extra DNA in one of their genes. This gene produces a protein that is incomplete and has no purpose within the animal. The bull terriers with two sets of this incomplete gene have been shown to be much more likely to have the disease than those that do not have the gene. While the gene is shown to not be the only cause of the disease, the information found from this project could lead to a genetic test that could help lower it's frequency.

As a dog owner, diseases like this are terrifying. Knowing that they are analyzing these things and working to make them less frequent, makes me happy. Hopefully, they will find more information on laryngeal paralysis soon, so that families do not have to deal with the pain of watching their dog suffer through this.

Article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191024141223.htm
Related Link: https://www.acvs.org/small-animal/laryngeal-paralysis

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