Canine News You Can Use: June 2010
Guaranteed Stone-Free Dalamatians? Yes!
In January 2010, the Kennel Club (Britains equivalent of our American Kennel Club) accepted the registration of its first Low Uric Acid Dalmatian (LUA Dalmatian), despite protests from breed clubs. Dalmatians carry a genetic mutation that predisposes them to the formation of life-threatening urate bladder stones. It is not unusual for Dalmatians to need several surgeries to remove stones during their lifetimes. Feeding a low-purine diet helps prevent urate stones, but the problem can be so severe that in some cases the only option is euthanasia. Genetic testing has shown that there are no longer any Dalmatians in the U.S. or likely the U.K. that carry the normal gene.