NEW DNA TEST FOR CMO AVAILABLE
Optigen, Inc. is now running the DNA test for Craniomandibular Osteopathy (CMO) as of June, 2016.
The introductory charge is $75.00 if the test is registered online at www.optigen.com and the code CMO16 is used. The turnaround time for results is typically less than 2 weeks. Please visit their website to order the test kit.
WFA Health Seminar for 2017:
Neonatal Puppy Care and Fading Puppy Syndrome
Margret Casal, Dr med vet, PhD, Dipl.
ECAR Associate Professor of Medical Genetics, Pediatrics, and Reproduction, University of Pennsylvania Vet School
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Kimberton Fire Hall, Kimberton, PA
Dr. Margret Casal obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Zürich in Switzerland and her Master's in Virology from the University of Bern, also in Switzerland. After working in small animal reproduction for several years at the University of Zürich, she came to the University of Pennsylvania's (PENN) Veterinary School for a residency in Medical Genetics. After the residency, she stayed at the PENN and completed a PhD in Gene Therapy and Genetics. Dr. Casal is specialized in veterinary genetics, pediatrics and reproduction. She is board certified in theriogenology by the European College of Animal Reproduction.
Her clinical interests lie primarily in pediatric diseases of the cat and she has been working in the field of canine and feline reproduction for the past 25 years. Her research interests are focused on the characterization, genetic basis, and treatment of canine genetic skin disorders that also occur in humans. She has also been working on discovering the genes involved in idiopathic epilepsy and primary ciliary dyskinesia in the Irish Wolfhound.
REPORT ON THE RESULTS OF THE EYE CLINIC AT KIMBERTON IN 2016
From Kay McGuire:
"I am sorry to say that only 13 dogs were examined this year, October, 2016. This was a large monetary loss to our Club, I am hopeful that more members might take advantage if we are so lucky to have the clinic available in 2017. The eye issues found again this year were cataracts, keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye) and persistent pupillary membranes (PPM). PPM’s are not usually noticeable to the naked eye and depending on the location (cornea to iris, iris to lens) it may be recommended that the animal should not be bred. Again, this may be a reason you may want to have your dog’s eyes checked at such an affordable price".
Please note that there will be no Eye Clinic in 2017. Low participation in 2016 and inability to secure a veterinary opthalmologist forced this decision.
WFA LAUNCHES YOU TUBE CHANNEL
The Westie Foundation of America, Inc. (WFA) ispleased to announce the launch of our new YouTube channel. The WFA will use this channel to start creating content aimed primarily at serving the Westie pet owner. WFA will also be providing useful content for veterinarians and breeders.
Coming episodes will include interviews with experts like Dr. Kay McGuire with recommendations on how pet owners can better care for their Westies. We’ll also be provided updated information on the work we’re doing to help foster improved health for West Highland White Terriers.
Subscribe to the channel and help us spread the word. Go to our YouTube channel at