Inherited diseases in the dog

10.5.2010

<p>It has become evident that our genes influence the development of most diseases and they have to be taken into account when planning disease prevention. It is important to diagnose correctly the genetic diseases especially in the breeding stock and the right diagnosis is also necessary for the development of genetic tests. Genetic diseases have a great impact on the wellbeing of dogs.</p>

Genetic diseases cause a significant part of the chronic diseases in the dog and seriously affect the quality and length of life. Pathological examination can be used to diagnose a genetic disease already present in the breed, however, identification of completely new inheritable diseases has become a more significant part of the work. Genetic diseases are currently one of the most important reasons for animals being sent to Evira for pathological examination.

Scientific research in the Pathology Research Unit focuses on finding new genetic diseases. The objective is to describe the diseases so that they can be correctly diagnosed by the medical community. The aim is to establish the hereditability of diseases and to find the genes responsible for them. The disease mechanisms are often easiest to study after finding the genes behind them.

The genetic diseases of animals are also used as a model for human diseases, which is why research on canine genetic diseases has wider medical and social significance.

Read more about the project New hereditary diseses affecting the welfare of animals

For more information, please contact:
Professor Marjukka Anttila, Pathology Research Unit,
tel. +358 (0) 50 354 4601, marjukka.anttila at-merkki-kapea.gif evira.fi

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