Linda Stowe, who is the founder of Dodgerslist, wrote to me with a chance for your dachshund to help two IVDD studies. If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I am a big fan of the work Linda does for dogs with Intervertebral Disc Disease. Her passion has changed conventional veterinary protocol and has saved the lives of countless dogs.
Linda was contacted by two of the leading universities that are currently doing research on IVDD. Each is seeking blood samples from Dachshunds.
Here is what the researchers need
Texas A&M and North Carolina State University are in need of blood samples for their IVDD research. Linda thinks it is to help in determining the genetic risks involved in IVDD.
Researchers Dr. Jon Levine, Dr. Gwen Levine, and Dr. Natasha Olby wrote:
“We have made a tremendous amount of progress towards understanding the genetics underpinning dachshunds with and without disk herniation. This March, we completed a preliminary analysis and need additional samples to confirm and strengthen findings. Here is what we are thinking.
Both NC State and Texas A&M would like to obtain blood from:
- A) Healthy, older (10 years or older) Dachshunds with normal neurological exams.
- B) Dachshunds with disc herniation that had surgery and were not able to walk again.
We would examine dogs on site and obtain the samples over a 4-6 week window. We would also accept samples by mail in dogs older than 10 years with no history of disc disease or back pain.”
Those interested should contact the researchers by email at NCSUSCI@gmail.com OR by phone at 919-513-7235.
Please spread the word
The researchers are asking pet owners to share this information with dog clubs and other groups. They are especially concerned about finding dogs who had surgery and are now unable to walk. So if your dog or if you know a dog who meets the criteria, please encourage them to contact the researchers ASAP.