It is most important that you share information about your affected dog with those people who have a stake in his pedigree. Obviously, your dog’s breeder is the first person who needs to know, in case either of your dog’s parents is still being actively used in their breeding program. Then, depending on your relationship with your breeder, you should coordinate efforts to notify the stud owner, and any owners of full or half siblings. Ideally, the task of notifying owners of siblings should fall to the breeder, since few puppy buyers know or have relationships with all the owners of his or her dog’s siblings, so this is where it is very important to have an honest and supportive breeder to help out. If by some chance your breeder is not honest or supportive and indicates to you that he or she is unwilling to share this information with the stud owner or owners of full and half-siblings, it may fall to you to get in touch with those owners you are aware of, to let them know. It will be awkward, but the information is important, and hopefully they will be thankful you told them.
After the owners of your dog’s relatives, another, perhaps equally important place to share your information and provide blood samples to the ongoing Aussie epilepsy research studies. IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE HELP THE RESEARCHERS HELP US, TO SAVE THE AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD AS WE KNOW IT. The researchers will maintain your data in complete confidentiality.
Another set of people you should tell, are any interested parties who may approach you doing pedigree research. As mentioned elsewhere in this website, these people most often honestly seeking information to help them make more informed breeding decisions, they are not usually out on a witch hunt. They are seeking information, not ammunition, and your information might be the one piece that makes a difference!
Finally, if you know your dog’s parents or pedigree, consider submitting your dog’s diagnostic documentation to the IDASH Open Health Database.
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