Month: June 2015

The Incredible Story of Blackjack

Miracles, we all know, happen with amazing frequency in Kerries. But tragedies occur, too. In the story of Blackjack, both collided in a powerful and extraordinary way. The miracle was way beyond anyone’s dreams, and the tragedy far worse than anyone could possibly imagine. His …

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A Novice’s Guide to PNA

Part 1: Frequently asked questions about PNA What is PNA? PNA stands for progressive neuronal abiotrophy, also referred to as cerebellar cortical and extrapyramidal nuclear abiotrophy, or simply abiotrophy, a genetically transmitted, fatal disease in Kerry Blue Terriers. It is characterized by head tremors and …

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Understanding Your Dog’s Blood

Veterinarians recommend annual exams that include a blood count and chemistry profile. Reprinted with permission from Dog Watch, January 2008 The chief function of canine blood, like human blood, is to transport oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues and to carry carbon dioxide and …

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von Willebrands Disease

A rare blood clotting disease in Kerry Blue Terriers  This interesting information took place on KerryBlues-L, a newslist for Kerry Blue Terrier fanciers. Kathy Ericksen had a few questions about testing for von Willebrands disease before a Kerry goes in for surgery. The questions were …

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Should You Have Your Kerry Screened for Factor XI?

You may be wondering, why should I have a DNA test done? You may be thinking, my Kerry is just fine. Your Kerry just may be fine, but then again, maybe not. And that?s exactly why every Kerry needs to be screened. This genetically acquired …

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Factor XI Sample Submission Instructions

UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIAThe School of Veterinary Medicine March, 7, 2005 Instructions for Sample Submission Please follow these instructions to obtain a DNA sample and remember to provide all the necessary information when you send your animal?s sample. You need to send either a blood sample …

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FXI deficiency in Kerry Blue Terrier dogs causing a mild bleeding disorder

March 7, 2006 by Dr. Urs Giger Updated March 9, 2013  Several hereditary bleeding disorders have been identified in many different canine breeds and involve clotting (coagulation) factor deficiencies, platelet disorders, and von Willebrand disease. Coagulation factor XI (FXI) deficiency in the Kerry Blue Terrier …

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