Dr. Cathryn Mellersh (Kennel Club Genetics Centre, Animal Health Trust [AHT]) and James Oliver [Ophthalmologist, BVA Eye Panellist, Animal Health Trust] are undertaking to investigate the genetics of glaucoma (a painful eye condition that can lead to blindness) in the Flatcoated Retriever. Please click here to read their proposal "Genome-Wide Association Analyses for Primary Glaucoma and Pectinate Ligament Dysplasia in the Flat Coated Retriever in the United Kingdom.
How You Can Help
- By having a DNA (via cheek swab) sample taken, if asked for, when presenting your Flatcoat for an eye examinaton.
- Please send to the AHT a DNA sample if your Flatcoat should unfortunately develop glaucoma and you have not as yet banked DNA with them.
- If you have DNA already banked and your Flatcoat subsequently develops glaucoma please update the AHT (click on the following title for the update form: The Update form to submit to the AHT (Form 2H)
DNA swab collection kits can be obtained from:
Animal Health Trust,
Suffolk, CB8 7UU
Telephone: 01638 751000 Ext. 1280/1246
A full list of contacts are at the end of the article.
If you require further advice please contact any member of the Health Sub-Committee (contact details under 'Health').