As owners we are responsible for the health and well being of our dogs and for most of us even the thought of our dogs being in pain or suffering would be upsetting , sometimes even unbearable .
The Animal Health Trust http://www.aht.org.uk/ are continuously researching health problems which affect our dogs/pets and offer DNA Screening tests for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier . These are for L-2HGA ( L-2-Hydroxy-Glutaricaciduria ) and HC ( Hereditary Cataract ) .
This neaurometabolic inherited disorder is characterized by excessive excretion of L-2-hydroxyglutaric acid in the urine , Plasma and Cerebrospinal fluid , which when builds up in the body has severe disabilitating results . The central nervous system is affected by L-2HGA and symptoms include epileptic seizures, progressive ataxia, dysarthria, and extrapyramidal dysfunction. ( tremors , muscle stiffness unsteady movement ) , these being heightened by exercise or excitement . Signs of this disorder can be apparent at 6 months however they may appear later .
Puppies/dogs with this condition are born with normal eyes , however by a few weeks/ months of age the cataract can begin to appear . By the time the dog reaches 2 to 3 yrs of age the cataract will have progressed to a total Cataract and as it is always bilateral ( both eyes) will result in BLINDNESS .
Both of these conditions have serious consequence and we should , as responsible owners/breeders take every precaution to minimize such disorders being passed on to future generations of our breed . Having our Staffords tested prior to mating , will allow us the knowledge to know whether or not a mating will result in an affected litter , as 2 affected genes (one from each parent ) have to be present for an affected puppy to result .
SURELY NO-ONE OUT THERE ,WITH THESE TESTS FULLY AVAILABLE WANTS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR BREEDING AN AFFECTED PUPPY .
GET TESTED !