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Mark Billadeau

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  1. The cea test, as far as I know, has always been for the causative mutation. Go reread the statement the HEF put out on this test.
  2. I do not know if editors and reviewers of genetic journals believe if these types of genetic tests and the supporting data are worthy of being published. I (and others not in the field of genetic research) will have to trust those in the field to answer that question.
  3. No causative mutation has been found to be published.
  4. Where did you get the idea that the agreement between HEF and Lohi is nullified? When there is new information that we can share; it will be posted.
  5. There is a study out of Israel which found a 20 percentage point increase in vaccination rates correlated to a 2x reduction in infections in those who cannot be vaccinated.
  6. This study was conducted using one of our products Antibody levels predictive of Moderna's vaccine efficacy -study My employer has returned to mandatory mask use.
  7. Not new research, ongoing research running down leads towards identifying the causative mutation(s). Beyond this I am not at liberty to discuss because of the confidentiality agreement (common practice in research) established at the onset of the research.
  8. No new info, getting owners to bring in their dogs for a research study during covid has proven challenging
  9. Here is a link to the published study Investigation of diets associated with dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs using foodomics analysis
  10. Rookies are generally younger seniors being considered younger may not be that bad
  11. Take your dog’s temperature. https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/taking-your-pets-temperature
  12. Depends on the dog! Our first loved fetch. He was so driven to fetch he impaled himself on a bush branch diving into the bushes to get the ball. He kept playing fetch (no signs of pain) until we noticed the hole in his back. He also cut open his front leg (we guess on broken glass in the bushes) and didn’t stop until we saw the blood. His drive was present working stock or any other activity; pain would not dampen his drive. It fell upon us to protect him from his drive. Some of our dogs have been careful to protect their bodies playing or working stock; while others were driven enough to require us to moderate their drive in risky situations. The risks of injury were less about the activity and more about the personality of the dog.
  13. Another resource is the Ontario Border Collie Club
  14. I’ve seen a few published studies on human genes that impact how fast drugs are absorbed from a transdermal patch. Perhaps, there are analogous canine mutations (with very low incident rates) that alter how fast drugs delivered to the skin of dog via spot-on or slow release collars are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. If the serum levels get high enough most drugs can become toxic.
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