Update on Health Matters

 

  

 

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Results of Heart Testing

 

Mr Fisher examined 55 dogs at the Road Show on Saturday 19th July 2014 and found the initial results to be encouraging. But to have an accurate representation of the breed. He would like to screen more dogs particularly older ones in the

6-13 year age groups as he would expect high numbers in the 3yr age group to be clear of acquired disease.

 

                                          

19th july 2014
Grade 0 1 / 6 2 / 6 3 / 6 4 / 6 5 / 6
Age
0 - 1 12 1        
1 - 2 9 1        
2 - 3 9          
3 - 4 10          
4 - 5 4 1        
5 - 6 4          
6 - 7 2          
7 - 8   2        
8 - 9            
9 - 10            
10 - 11            
11 - 12            
12 - 13            
13 - 14            
14 - 15            
Total  50 5 0 0 0 0

 

 

Mr Fisher examined 57 dogs at the Champ Show on 17th October 2015 and found the following results. But to have an accurate representation of the breed. He would like to screen more dogs particularly older ones in the

6-13 year age groups as he would expect high numbers in the 3yr age group to be clear of acquired disease.

 

17th Oct 2015
Grade 0 1 / 6 2 / 6 3 / 6 4 / 6 5 / 6
Age
0 - 1 15          
1 - 2 20          
2 - 3 7          
3 - 4 5          
4 - 5 1   1      
5 - 6 2          
6 - 7   1        
7 - 8   1        
8 - 9 1       1  
9 - 10            
10 - 11            
11 - 12 1          
12 - 13            
13 - 14            
14 - 15     1      
  52 2 2 0 1 0

 

Although this is still very encouraging we will continue to do the heart testing to enable us all to build up a picture of the health of our fantastic breed. 

your continued support is appreciated and we would encourage you all to have the testing done on all of your chins regardless of age or if they are in the ring.

 

 

 

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As our breed continues to rise numerically The Japanese Chin Club are committed to the health and welfare of the breed and feels that although many breeders have already been carrying out health testing to ensure their own dogs and the breed continues a healthy future. It is important for the club to support members who are experienced breeders, and encourage new breeders and pet owners by offering free heart testing at the Road Show in July. The club intend to collate health test results and build a formal database of tested dogs should enough members wish to send copies of their health certificates to the Health Co-ordinator at Colonsay House, Davids Lane, Benington, Boston, Lincolnshire PE22 0BZ. The club will be asking all members to complete a short survey and will be sending this out later in the year or can be completed online on our website. The survey will be totally anonymous and it is hoped that members will give honest answers to enable the club to organize further health testing sessions. We will collate all information given and publish the results on our website and in Chin Wag. This is only a start to ensure the continuing health and welfare of our breed; there is no quick fix to organize and implement any health testing programme! it takes time; and it is hoped that the club, breeder/exhibitors and pet owners alike can work together, and subject to the support of our members, it is hoped to run them regularly in the future. Linda Flynn Health Co-ordinator Tel: 01205 760374

 

In the USA, Dr Leanne Bertani has researched and written a series of papers on the health of the Chin and these can be found on the Japanese Chin Club of America website at http://www.japanesechinonline.org/health/ It must be stressed that although these problems can occur in many toy breeds they are by no means common and the Chin is normally a healthy companion, living 10 to 12 years or beyond.

Mrs Linda Flynn Health Co-ordinator

 

 

Health Co-ordinator

Linda Flynn

Contact: Tel: 01205 760374

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