If you own a vizsla *you* hold the key to the success of the DNA collection project. Your help is desperately needed.
The aim is to develop a DNA test and the project needs saliva samples from the relatives of affected individuals. Most of you will not know whether or not your vizsla has a close family member to have been diagnosed with the disease!
Please contact Di Addicott (project coordinator) by email or pick up the phone (01576 202258) to say "my vizsla's pedigree name is XXX - would his saliva sample be useful for the research? "
We will let you have an answer straight away. All communications are dealt with speedily and in strict confidence.
If it proves to be the case that your vizsla is related to an affected individual it does NOT mean that your vizsla is likely to develop PM - not at all. It just means that a saliva sample would be hugely useful for the research.
The sample will be sent to the Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical research and will be completely anonymous once it is entered in to the DNA archive. No information regarding any genetic analysis will be reported back to the owner - OR ANYBODY ELSE IN THE BREED. This is because it will only be possible to find out which genes and environmental factors are important by identifying patterns in large numbers of affected and unaffected animals
Every single relevant sample contributes hugely to the research and brings us a step closer to developing that vital DNA test. One day PM in the vizsla will be history but we need vizsla lovers to come forward with a readiness to help. Please make contact.
All participants are provided with everything that is required - the sample is quick and easy to take - and there are absolutely no costs to the owner. Even the postage is prepaid.
Confidentiality is assured.