Everyone of us has either lost a Wolfhound to bone cancer or wept with a friend who was struck by this tragedy. The progress of science has made it possible now to find defective gene(s) responsible for bone cancer in our Wolfhounds. When the gene(s) is identified it will allow us to screen Wolfhounds before breeding and therefore significantly decrease numbers of hounds succumbing to this terrible, incurable disease. Not only that, the results of such research project may help in treatment of human bone cancer as there are appear to be large similarities in the dog and human osteosarcoma, particularly the kind that affects children.
Here is a chance for all of us to contribute to improvement of health of our wonderful hounds through aiding research regarding bone cancer. A large, international project including experienced scientists from among others USA and Sweden has been launched. The project already has sufficient funding and equipment and the only element missing for success is enough samples from our hounds. We are indeed lucky that one of the best research teams in genetics wants to devote time and huge resources to our hounds!
What is needed are blood samples from sick hounds affected with bone cancer as well as healthy, old hounds whose DNA will be used for comparison. It is very easy to take a small blood sample and all information regarding your hound and the results will be treated strictly confidential.