| Consequently, between us; her
owners, Whisper and I, we plan our treatment accordingly.
Accepting that eventually we will lose the battle in the longterm.
Currently, the scales of life are tipped in her favour if
her enthusiasm for my liver treats are anything to go by!
Additionally, "Whisper" is playing an extremely
important part in the battle against cancer by donating
blood and tissue samples. A research group in Cambridge
at the Animal Health Trust are attempting to identify the
inherited gene mutations that make some pedigree dogs susceptible
to certain types of cancer. The identification of the location
of these mutations in dogs could ultimately help similar
research in humans. The bizarre reality is that the presence
of specific diseases in pedigree dogs whilst clearly detrimental
to their health could ultimately lead to enhanced understanding
and knowledge of these conditions in humans.
The relatively small populations of dogs with very similar
DNA together with the relatively high incidence of these
diseases should make it easier to find the location of the
faulty genes. But until the scientists make that breakthrough
"Whisper" and I will continue to indulge in those
small pleasures that make life worth living!
Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS
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