Friday, July 22, 2016

Veterinary Highlights: New Test for Shar-Pei Autoinflammatory Disease (SPAID)

Shar-Pei Autoinflammatory Disease (SPAID) is a nasty, spontaneously occurring disease specific to this lovely breed. It can present with fever, swollen, painful joints, ear problems and kidney failure. It has no cure or vaccine, only treatment to relief the symptoms.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine'a AHDC and SLU, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, will now offer testing for SPAID. 

"As a health tool, alerting owners to watch their dogs carefully for signs of SPAID, and as a breeding tool, with the aim of reducing the presence of SPAID in the worldwide Shar-Pei population” by not breeding dogs at high risk for SPAID."

Source article:
New test for Shar-Pei breed: Cornell's AHDC first in nation to provide the diagnostic

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