WE NEED YOUR HELP ! 

 

Currently the PCA Genetics Research Committee is working with Dr. Simon

Petersen-Jones with collections of blood samples of affected Papillons

diagnosed with Juvenile Cataracts and blood from the first and second

generations of dogs.  

 

It comes down to statistics when it comes to finding a mutation gene. We need 20 affected blood samples out of 100 total samples of related dogs blood. Presently the Juvenile Cataract research project has logged in 7 affected blood samples out of 27 total.  The success of the study depends on not only the accuracy for the diagnosis but also with the cooperation and support of Papillon/Phalene breeders and owners, who, with the help of their veterinary professionals, submit DNA blood samples from their dogs to Dr. Simon Petersen-Jones MSU Research Team.  You can remain anonymous and send blood directly to him. 

 

The submittal forms are available here :

CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO OPEN EACH FORM

JUVENILE CATARACT

PAPILLON CATARACT INFO FORM
CATARACT FORM

With DNA based tests, we will eventually eliminate the disease while preserving those desirable attributes that make up our Papillons.

            

   While Papillons are generally a healthy breed, there are known genetic problems that affect

   some individuals.

   The goal of this Committee is to enlighten the breeding community and the general

   public about the types of problems that can occur, in the hopes we can all work

   together to reduce their incidence. 

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