Breeders' Reports


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We noticed that “Calli” was limping. She had been shown as a kitten and was a young Premier with a few grand points. At first we ignored it. We figured she had sprained it in play. When it reoccurred, it was time for a vet trip. On examination, she was sensitive when her left elbow was palpated. The vet let me feel the little “pop” when he flexed the elbow. The vet was very surprised to find elbow dysplasia, a type of osteochondritis.

We were devastated. We had shown and occasionaly bred Rottweilers in the past, and hip dysplasia is something we are always trying to overcome even with x-rays and responsible breeding. I was on a mission to see if I could track the genetic problem in my cattery since we had bred her. I took her GC fe sire and her SF se dam into the vet the same day for more x-rays. The vet found that her GC sire was also dysplastic. Her sire was already altered. Her se dam was clear.

Our second mission was to see if this was a folded gene problem. We had more x-rays done. I x-rayed all 5 of my whole Folds. A fe sibling to Calli was clear. Her se sibling was clear. A se daughter out of the same dam and a different GC male was clear.

It was right after all the x-rays that I noticed a post from Dr. Johnson about doing a Fold study. I’m working with my vet at this time to send the data and x-rays to Dr. Johnson. For more information on how to participate in the research on osteo, please e-mail Dr. Johnson.

We recently purchased a male, and the breeder kindly did an x-ray before we purchased him. Our goal is to see if we can reduce and hopefully eliminate elbow displasia through screening elbows or ankles of our breeding SF’s.

Although x-raying and registering the hips of Rottweilers and other breeds have not totally eradicated the problem, it does greatly reduce the occurrence and severity of the disease.

The vet put Calli on glucosamine. She is happy with her new owner, Sarah Barlow, in Wimberly, TX. Her prognosis is good, but she may develop arthritis at a younger age than if she had normal joints.
(submitted by Shirley and Crystal Little/C-Gemz Scottish Folds)


Osteochondritis of the Elbow (Elbow Dysplasia)


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