ANOTHER GIANT LEAP FOR SCOTTIE HEALTH was taken earlier this week when I read that the Animal Health Trust (AHT) has received confirmation from US research scientists that they have agreed to perform the necessary experiments to determine whether UK Scottish Terriers are likely to share the same genetic risk factors for bladder TCC as the US Scottish Terriers.
This is welcome news indeed. So far the AHT have received 5 swabs from TCC affected UK Scottish Terriers, together with 4 coming from unaffected elderly scotties. The AHT would ideally like to be able to send 10 samples from each group to our US collaborators. So, if you are aware of a UK bred pedigree Scottie suffering from TCC, or you have a scottie that is over 11 years of age and has not suffered from any cancers and would like to be a part of this ground breaking research, please get in touch.
I am indebted to all that have supported this research so far …. in February 2013 no research into TCC was being looked into in the UK at all, and now 8 months later progress is being made. This certainly is one truly giant leap for Scottish Terrier Health.
Further Reading For TCC based research carried out by Scottish Terrier club of America
Fine Mapping of Loci for Transitional Cell Carcinoma in the Scottish Terrier, West Highland White and Shetland Sheepdog
- The search goes on …. (scottishterrierhealth.com)
Hi, I just discovered your website and I would love to find out more about this research. I live in the U.S. and have a U.S.-bred Scottie who is 13 and 1/2 years old and has never had TCC or any other cancer. Despite her advanced age, she is still active and in remarkably good health, except I just discovered she has elevated liver enzymes, but apparently that’s not unusual for the breed. I would love to have her involved as one of the elderly healthy control subjects in the TCC study you write about here. Please feel free to contact me via email.