Midland & West of England Great Dane Club

Midland & West of England Great Dane Club

Est. 1948

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This page relates to health issues, health testing, and relevant links which will hopefully be of interest to breeders & owners, by providing information and also, as an aid to improve the health of our breed.

KC Breed Watch….

Breed Watch Final with hyperlinks.pdf Breed watch Booklet 2013 final.pdf 20835_KC_Breed_Watch_Infographics_A5_r4_screen (1).pdf

Anyone wishing to assist in the Great Dane Bloat Study please read the email, sent to the G D Breed Council Health Officer, below:-

Great Dane Bloat Study being collated by Mr Taimur Bilal Hyder Alavi BVSc BSc(Hons) MRCVS

I’m a vet that’s running a study investigating the link between gastric dilatation and volvulus (a condition that I can see from your website you’re very much aware of) and the surgical procedure ‘splenectomy’ (removal of the spleen).

Currently veterinary literature is confusing as to whether or not your dog having a splenectomy increases the risk of them subsequently having a GDV. This is important as vets don’t know whether or not the additional risks involved in performing a surgery to prevent a GDV (‘gastropexy’) are worth taking at the same time as they perform a splenectomy.

We are hoping to investigate this issue and, through this, be able to issue some guidelines based on hard facts that will help prevent GDV’s occurring.

I am contacting you as you are listed as the Health Officer on the Dane Council. At the end of this email is a link to a (very) short survey that, with enough responses, would allow us to investigate this association. I would be massively appreciative if you would be willing to spread this amongst your breeders and owners, - perhaps via your newsletter?


Vet Surgeons recommended for Doppler echocardiography examination  click on heart

Link to Heart Testing Information click on heart

Link to PennHip Screening (Coming soon)

Vet Surgeons recommended for Eye testing (Coming soon)

Vaccination Guidelines The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) regularly publishes guidelines for the vaccination of Dogs and Cats. Their website can be found at http://www.wsava.org/guidelines/vaccination-guidelines and it also contains a wealth of information on kidney, liver and hereditary diseases.

Heart testing Vets

The Kennel Club have approved a new official DNA testing scheme for Inherited Myopathy in Great Danes (IMGD)/Hereditary Myopathy/Centronulcear Myopathy (HMLR,CNM) This is something within our control and, with careful breeding programs, can be eradicated from our breed. The test being done is Centronuclear myopathy (CNM) for inherited myopathy or, in the old days, central core myopathy. Laboklin does the test for mutation in the BIN1 gene.

Genetic Tests  may also be carried out for coat colour testing   LISTS OF UK LABORATORIES

The Kennel Club has confirmed that from 1st August 2018, any DNA health test result submitted for inclusion on its database must have at least two forms of identification on the result certificate.   

It will be mandatory to include the dog’s microchip or tattoo number along with either the dog’s registered name or registered number. Any test results that do not carry these identifying features will not be accepted.

This brings the recording of DNA test results in line with those health tests carried out by the British Veterinary Association.

DCM Research still ongoing at Liverpool University Small Animal Teaching Hospital. If you are interested in having your Dane tested there are 2 options: You can travel to the hospital and have a heart scan + bloods etc done here - if your Dane is 4yr + OR if you have a Dane aged 1yr or above we can arrange to have a holter monitor (ECG) sent to your local practice to be fitted for a 24 hour period. Please contact Joan Toohey on 0151 795 6129 Mon - Fri 8a m- 2pm for more information or to arrange an appointment.

Great Dane Dilated Cardiomyopathy has not gone away! - and we want to help!

Seeking Great Danes!

Don't give up now! - We have worked together for over a decade and

we can continue to find out more to benefit the health, quality of life

and welfare of Great Danes.

We invite any of the following Great Danes and owners:

lf you would like more information, or to arrange a booking for full screening or Holter screening, please contact Mrs Joan Toohey (receptionist at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital, University of Liverpool), or Professor Jo Dukes-McEwan, Professor of Veterinary Cardiology, University of Liverpool.

Small Animal Teaching Hospital, University of Liverpool, Leahurst Campus,

Chester High Road, Neston, Cheshire CH64 7TE.

Thank you for reading this!        Jo Dukes-McEwan & Hannah Stephenson

Printed with kind permission from Joan Toohey

Great Dane Dilated Cardiomyopathy has not gone away ! - And we want to help !

What we know:

What we do not know: