Official Newsletter for the Bearded Collie Foundation for Health
Vol XVI, Issue I, Spring/Summer 2016

Owner Stories

Jen - A Deaf Working Dog

Rusty - Recurrent UTI

Owners are invited to submit stories of their Beardie's health or behavioral issue for the upcoming fall newsletter.  Contact the editor here
Did you know?
  • Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol used as a sweetener in many common human food products such as candy, chewing gum, toothpaste, mouthwash and some sugar-free foods. Xylitol is also used in pharmaceuticals such as chewable vitamins, throat drops and throat sprays.
  • Xylitol can be poisonous for dogs
    • Peanut butters that contain xylitol - click here
    • Substances containing xylitol - click here
A survey on the open health registry is available (until June 9).  Click here for survey.  Upon completion responses to most questions are displayed.

The most recent annual open health registry report is available Progress with Genetic Diversity Project on USA Bearded Collies
As announced in the fall 15 newsletter, the project involves calculation of 10 generation coefficients of inbreeding (COI) of all Bearded Collies in the AKC Stud Book.  This has been completed for 1977-2005; the information is on p 14 of the short open health registry report.  Once the task is complete, the data will be analyzed by a veterinary geneticist.  The results will be available through BeaCon's website and the BCCA Health Committee.

For definition and use of COI's see these links - KC, the most recent open health registry report, or Australian Shepherd Genetics and Health Institute). 

Early Summer Auction.  This is planned for later June and will be announced on Beardie lists and facebook.

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