Calling ALL Chinese Shar-Pei.

Please participate in a study being conducted by the University of Colorado. Researcher Anne Avery states, “This study will be measuring proteins in the blood that are associated with inflammation. In people with Familial Mediterranean Fever, there are elevated levels of these proteins, even when they are not having (fever) episodes. This is not necessarily to develop a test for the disease, because I think a group at NIH (National Institutes of Health) is close to identifying the gene(s), but to understand how those genes make dogs sick, and perhaps to use the levels of some of these proteins to monitor therapy, for example colchicine therapy.”

Researchers are looking for blood samples from all Shar-Pei – no pedigree is necessary. They are more interested in the medical history behind your Shar-Pei, so rescue dogs are very welcome to participate in this study. They prefer at least a year’s documented medical history (can be combination between the rescue organizations records and personal history after adoption) on non-fever dogs. If your Pei’s medical history is less than a year but the dog has had two documented fever episodes, they can participate. The minimum age requested is one year old.

There are two ways to participate: First, I have arranged to hold a DNA draw Sunday afternoon, September 30, 2007, at my home in Fremont, CA. Please e-mail or call (510) 795-9456 to make an appointment for that day. There will be two licensed veterinary techs who are very familiar with Shar-Pei doing the blood draws. I will gather all that day’s samples together and cold ship overnight. Or you can go to your own veterinarian to have blood drawn and then you can cold ship overnight via UPS (on U C’s prepaid account). Most veterinarians will do this at no charge for research purposes. Contact me at the above e-mail address or phone me for all the particulars.

Please consider participating in this and/or any future research project that will benefit our breed. One needle stick can possibly reduce or eliminate future pain and suffering from disease for our breed. Over the past 30 years, we have gone from a life expectancy of six to eight years to 12 years. Let’s see if, through research, we can add a few more precious years to that.