Tibetan Spaniel Health Updates
Tibetan Spaniel mortality survey 07/08/2020
Below is the information and the link to the mortality survey the clubs agreed to, I would be grateful if you could send or forward it to every Tibetan Spaniel owner they know.
'The attached survey is to gain information from the last 10 years as to the longevity of Tibetan Spaniels and the causes of death, the breed would be very grateful if you could fill in a form for each Tibetan Spaniel which has died or been put to sleep.
If you click on the above link it should take you to the form so you can fill in the information.'
Verbal Health Report 23/02/2020:
Kennel Club has limited “hereditary clear” status to 2 generations, starting 2022.
Members of the assured breeders scheme now have to test for PRA every 12 months.
I was asked last time to look into the prevalence of liver shunts and allergies in the breed.
Multiple studies looked into breed predisposition to liver shunts, Tibetan Spaniels were not diagnosed with shunts in any of the studies. However, shunts can occur unpredictably in all breeds, so individuals will sometimes be affected.
There aren’t good papers to compare historic and current rates of allergy, though they seem to be stable between 1974-2001. Humans are having increases in allergies due to multiple factors, many of which are environmental. As dogs share our environment, they may get increased allergies. Hard to say. Tibetan Spaniels don’t get allergies more than most dogs.
No update on brachycephalic testing for Tibetan Spaniels as of yet
No update on the Swedish cancer in Tibetan Spaniels report.