Nobody who’s had to watch helplessly as their beloved pet is gripped in the throes of a grand mal would ever wish that experience on anyone else. But without knowing about the affected dogs in a pedigree, breeders are doomed to continue breeding proven carriers and other close relatives, to the misfortune of those who purchase puppies from these crosses. And thus, the cycle will repeat itself.
The only way we can stop this cycle is to start sharing information about our affected dogs, in an honest, candid manner. Some people who have grown up in the “old school” of purebred dogs, where one is taught to sweep one’s genetic problems under the rug and out of the public eye, will likely be resistant to the notion of broadcasting the names of affected and carrier dogs. It is important that we change this trend, and for all of us to approach the matter of sharing information about IE (and other genetic diseases) in an open and supportive manner. It’s the only way we’re going to get a handle on it!
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