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  1. Border Collie Collapse (BCC) Genetic Study There will be blood sample collections for the Border Collie Collapse (BCC) genetic study in conjunction with the Optigen CEA 20/20 clinic Wednesday 9/26 and Thursday 9/27 during the 2012 National Sheepdog Finals in Klamath Falls, OR. The study is looking for normal/exercise tolerant stock dogs to be used as study controls. Requirements for the genetic study include a short submission form, a small blood sample, and a pedigree (which can be sent separately). During the 2012 National Sheepdog Finals there will be no age requirements for normal dogs; however, dogs older than 8 years are especially helpful.
  2. If they have successfully competed in the past without problems, we'll happily take them if they have since retired.
  3. If you are confident they are a pure bred border collie, we will take dogs without a pedigree.
  4. We are hoping to send samples for the BCC genome scan within the next month or so. We would greatly appreciate additional samples from older unaffected border collies that have worked stock or competed in high activity level events, such as flyball or agility, without signs of exercise intolerance, collapse or disorientation. Ideally these dogs would be at least 5 years in age, and have competed for 2 years. Please consider having a sample collected when you are next at your vets office. Samples can be sent via USPS for $5 or less. Submission forms are on our website. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Katie Minor University of Minnesota Border Collie Collapse
  5. We are hoping to begin our genome scan to look for the underlying genetic cause of Border Collie Collapse shortly. We are still very interested in obtaining blood samples from as many affected dogs as possible. We are also very interested in obtaining blood samples from older dogs (at least 5 years) from as many different lines as possible to use as study controls. Please see our website for submission instructions or email our lab. Katie Minor University of Minnesota BCC Project Coordinator minork@umn.edu Border Collie Collapse
  6. Dr. Sue Taylor is planning to wrap up the field testing at the end of September, and write her findings at that time. If you are able to travel to Saskatoon, please consider doing so this summer. If you have not submitted a sample for the genetic study yet, she can collect and ship the sample while you are in Saskatoon. Travel funds are available to help offset your costs, or to fly the dog to Saskatoon for testing. http://www.cvm.umn.edu/vbs/faculty/Mickelson/lab/EIC/bordercollieEIC/ExerciseStudy/index.htm Katie Minor University of Minnesota Genetic Study Coordinator minork@umn.edu
  7. Update on BCC Exercise Study Based upon information gathered from evaluating 10 Border Collie Collapse affected dogs at the University of Saskatchewan, we have removed the anesthesia, EMG and muscle biopsy components of evaluation. None of the BCC dogs tested have had abnormalities in their lab work or histology that would indicate that Border Collie Collapse is a muscular condition. With the removal of these components, all testing can be preformed in a single day, and there will be no down time for recovery or suture care. If you are able to travel to Saskatoon, or to send your dog for testing, please contact Dr. Sue Taylor sue.taylor@usask.ca All testing is provided free of charge, and up to $500 in travel funds is available. Exercise Study Many thanks, Katie Minor, RN minork@umn.edu Border Collie Collapse Study
  8. We have now arranged a central shipping site for Australian Border Collie owners who would like to participate. Submission forms and protocols are available on our webpage: Border Collie Collapse Katie Minor University of Minnesota
  9. We have now arranged a central shipping site for Australian Border Collie owners who would like to participate. Submission forms and protocols are available on our webpage: Border Collie Collapse Katie Minor University of Minnesota
  10. Border Collie Collapse (BCC) Study Update Hello Everyone, I wanted to post a quick update on samples that we are interested in receiving for our BCC study. To the University of Minnesota-- We are still very interested in receiving additional blood samples from affected or possibly affected dogs. If you are unsure if your dog fits our study criteria, please complete our online questionnaire. We are also in need to controls for the genetic study. We are looking for blood samples from exercise tolerant, normal dogs that are at least 3 years of age. Ideally these dogs should have actively worked stock for a minimum of one season without obvious signs of collapse or exercise intolerance. Please consider having a blood sample drawn the next time you are in to your vet’s office. To the Western College of Veterinary Medicine-- We are still looking for dogs to travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to participate in either sheep herding or ball chasing studies. All diagnostic testing will be provided free of charge, and travel funds are available. A group sheep herding time will be arranged for a to-be-determined time this Spring/Summer. Ball chasing dogs can be evaluated individually throughout the spring/summer when travel conditions improve. For additional information on BCC, including-- a detailed description of collapse characteristics, videos, submission forms for normal and affected dogs, as well as information about the exercise study; please see our webpage: http://www.cvm.umn.edu/vbs/faculty/Mickelson/lab/EIC/bordercollieEIC/home.html Many thanks to those who have already participated in the exercise studies, and/or submitted blood samples. Katie Minor University of Minnesota 1988 Fitch Ave 295 AS/VM St. Paul, MN 55108 phone: 612-624-5322 fax: 612-625-0204 minork@umn.edu
  11. Border Collie Collapse (BCC) Study Update Hello Everyone, I wanted to post a quick update on samples that we are interested in receiving for our BCC study. To the University of Minnesota-- We are still very interested in receiving additional blood samples from affected or possibly affected dogs. If you are unsure if your dog fits our study criteria, please complete our online questionnaire. We are also in need to controls for the genetic study. We are looking for blood samples from exercise tolerant, normal dogs that are at least 3 years of age. Ideally these dogs should have actively worked stock for a minimum of one season without obvious signs of collapse or exercise intolerance. Please consider having a blood sample drawn the next time you are in to your vet’s office. To the Western College of Veterinary Medicine-- We are still looking for dogs to travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to participate in either sheep herding or ball chasing studies. All diagnostic testing will be provided free of charge, and travel funds are available. A group sheep herding time will be arranged for a to-be-determined time this Spring/Summer. Ball chasing dogs can be evaluated individually throughout the spring/summer when travel conditions improve. For additional information on BCC, including-- a detailed description of collapse characteristics, videos, submission forms for normal and affected dogs, as well as information about the exercise study; please see our webpage: http://www.cvm.umn.edu/vbs/faculty/Mickelson/lab/EIC/bordercollieEIC/home.html Many thanks to those who have already participated in the exercise studies, and/or submitted blood samples. Katie Minor University of Minnesota 1988 Fitch Ave 295 AS/VM St. Paul, MN 55108 phone: 612-624-5322 fax: 612-625-0204 minork@umn.edu
  12. Hi Group! I am the study coordinator at the University of Minnesota. We are interested in ALL affected dogs for the genetic study. You do not have to have your dog formally evaluated by Dr. Taylor in Saskatoon to participate in the genetic portion of the study. For the exercise testing, yes, you (or your dog) do need to travel to Saskatoon. Dr. Taylor does have funds available to help defray the cost of traveling expenses. We can help you decide if your dog fits the profile of a BCC affected dog by evaluating our online questionnaire, and videos if available. To complete our questionnaire, please follow this link: http://www.cvm.umn.edu/vbs/faculty/Mickelson/lab/EIC/bordercollieEIC/Survey/index.htm Please let us know if you have any questions, Katie Minor University of Minnesota Canine Genetics Lab 612-624-5322 minork@umn.edu
  13. Recently our collaborator Dr. Sue Taylor of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine has conducted standard exercise tests with Border Collies apparently affected by BCC. Below are some of her findings: An exercise intolerance syndrome similar to the Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) syndrome described in Labrador retrievers has been recognized in Border collies and may be called Border collie collapse (BCC). This disorder has also been called exercise induced hyperthermia and "the wobbles". It is most common in dogs used for working stock but has also been seen in dogs training for agility or flyball competitions and in dogs repetitively retrieving a ball. Affected dogs are normal at rest and seem healthy. They will sometimes become abnormal after five to fifteen minutes of strenuous activity, particularly in warm weather. All of the factors contributing to the tendency for an affected dog to collapse on a given day (excitement, heat, intensity of exercise) have not been determined. Some dogs seem relatively normal while they are exercising but only show symptoms about 5 minutes after exercise is halted. Affected dogs commonly develop a stiff, stilted gait with short strides in all 4 legs during an episode. Affected dogs may seem dazed and confused or may simply lose their focus. Some dogs get very wobbly with an incoordinated gait (appearing "drunk") and a few dogs actually become unable to walk. Dogs are abnormal for 5 to 30 minutes, but then recover completely with no residual lameness or muscle stiffness or discomfort. We are currently performing strenuous exercise studies to try to determine whether BCC is a metabolic, muscular or nervous system disorder. Body temperatures are very high during an episode (often >41.7C, >107F), but not obviously higher than those seen in unaffected dogs performing the same exercise. Affected dogs have normal blood sugar and electrolytes (sodium and potassium) before exercise and after collapse. Border collies with BCC are negative for the dynamin 1 mutation causing EIC in Labrador Retrievers. Here is a link to the printable handout: http://www.usask.ca/wcvm/wcvm_people/profi....JULY.21.10.pdf Dr. Taylor is still seeking affected dogs that are able to travel Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada to participate in the exercise phase of our study. This will involve thoracic radiographs, EKGs, cardiac echo, and clinical and blood tests before and after retrieving a ball for 10 minutes, followed by a muscle biopsy (2 days of evaluation). Funding is in place to help defray the cost of dog travel. Please contact Dr. Taylor if you are interested (sue.taylor@usask.ca). For those unable to travel, we are still seeking blood samples, questionnaires, and pedigrees of affected and normal dogs for the genetic portion of the Border Collie Collapse. "Normal" dogs should be at least 3 years of age without signs of exercise intolerance or collapse when worked hard. Please contact me at minork@umn.edu or see our website for more information: http://www.cvm.umn.edu/vbs/faculty/Mickels...ieEIC/home.html Katie Minor University of Minnesota
  14. Hello, Dr. Sue Taylor at the University of Saskatchewan is still looking for a few more Border Collies with collapse to participating in a ball chasing exercise physiology study. Shipping charges or gas money may be reimbursable. Please email Dr. Taylor if you are interested in participating in the exercise study sue.taylor@usask.ca Please click this link for more details: http://www.cvm.umn.edu/vbs/faculty/Mickels...Study/index.htm If you are unable to travel to participate in our physiology studies, we are still recruiting dogs for the genetic study. Please click here for more information: http://www.cvm.umn.edu/vbs/faculty/Mickels...ieEIC/home.html Thank you, Katie Minor University of Minnesota minork@umn.edu
  15. Border Collie Collapse (BCC) Update In conjunction with the BCC genetic study taking place at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Sue Taylor at the University of Saskatchewan will be evaluating Border collies with BCC during and following participation in a strenuous exercise protocol this summer. Dogs that chase a ball will be evaluated with a 10 minute ball retrieving protocol and dogs that work stock will be evaluated with a 10 minute sheep herding exercise protocol consisting of a series of outruns and fetches of 3 sheep in an outdoor pen. Exercise will be halted immediately (before 10 minutes) at the first sign of any lameness, weakness, in-coordination, extreme exhaustion or mental confusion. Dogs participating in this phase of the study should be intense and physically fit and must have experienced at least 2 episodes of collapse with exercise. They should be fairly severely affected by BCC, so that they are likely to show signs with 10 minutes or less of intense exercise. Physical, orthopedic and neurological examinations, blood tests, chest radiographs, cardiac ultrasound and ECG will be performed to eliminate other common medical and cardiac causes of exercise intolerance. Blood samples and physiologic variables will then be evaluated before and after participation in 10 minutes or less of strenuous exercise. A small muscle biopsy from the rear leg of each affected dog will then be taken under general anesthesia. All testing will be performed at no cost to the owner. Sheep herding protocol scheduled: June 28, 29, 30, 2010 Ball chasing protocol flexible scheduling June-August. If you have an affected Border collie that could travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and participate in this study (either chasing a ball or herding sheep) please contact Dr. Sue Taylor at the University of Saskatchewan. sue.taylor@usask.ca University of Minnesota BCC Webpage http://www.cvm.umn.edu/vbs/faculty/Mickels...ieEIC/home.html
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