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BLOOD STORE FOR DNA RESEARCH
We are pleased to announce that we have recently set up a Blood Store in partnership with the Animal Health Trust (AHT). This is specifically for Basset Hounds, to establish a DNA database, to help research into conditions affecting the breed now and in the future.
This is a very exciting and important new development for the future of our breed and we would urge all breeders/owners to submit blood samples from their hounds in order that we may all benefit from this in the future.
It has been agreed that the data obtained from the use of the DNA samples in research is to be employed only for the benefit of dogs. No commercial organisation, seeking to use the information for other purposes, will be allowed access to any data. Please support us in this exciting new venture.
Please Note that Vets are not allowed to take blood purely for research purposes but they may submit surplus blood. So if your dog is undergoing any surgery or investigation that involves taking a blood sample, please ask your vet to keep any surplus bloods and send it in to AHT. Please attach an official AHT Sample Submission Form with any samples submitted - this can be downloaded from HERE.
It is very straightforward and instructions are on the form.
If puppies being blood tested are not yet Kennel Club registered, they can be identified initially by the breeder in the usual way and then once they are Kennel Club registered, those names can be notified to the AHT by the breeder.
All the breeder then must do, is to notify puppy owners that the puppy's blood has been submitted to the AHT for future reference and should there be a change in the status of the dog's health later in its life, they should notify the AHT by submitting an official AHT Health Status Follow Up Form, and that can be downloaded from HERE.
If we can store litter information in this way, it will be very valuable when trying to monitor and establish a disease's development and mode of inheritance. This is a crucial development in the research already ongoing for Malassezia Pachydermatis and proposed research for Closed Angle Galucoma.
As with all such projects, all information provided will be confidential.
We sincerely hope that you will assist us by giving your support to the scheme.
PLEASE LOOK AT OUR SPECIFIC SECTION FOR THE ANIMAL HEALTH TRUST - THERE IS MORE INFORMATION AND SOME FAQs ABOUT THIS PROJECT ON THE ANIMAL HEALTH TRUST SECTION OF THIS SITE.