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Ever heard of Dr. Sharon Center from Cornell Vet School???

Well my Vet called us last week and asked if we would be willing to let Boo participate in a Study that Dr. Center is doing on Havanese. She has done extensive studies on the liver shunts in small breeds and her last group is the Havs. She needs to do two blood draws one in the morning before he eats and one after he eats. I am happy to participate if it will help further the breed and maybe one day eliminate this issue from our breed. When I spoke with her, She indicated that she has done some work with the rescue group. Has anyone heard about the doctor or her work????
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I heard she was doing a study, I'm sure some of the breeders on the fourm will be able to provide you with more info.

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Yes, she has been very involved with our breed as of late. Her work sounds promising.
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Dr. Center has done extensive work with liver shunts, but she is currently looking at Havanese to see if they have elevated bile acids that do not mean disease. My Roxie has had the Bile Acids done--it is just 2 blood tests 2 hours apart with a meal in between. It could be valuable information for the breed.

Be prepared that the bile acids could come back slightly elevated. Would this make you nervous? Roxie's bile acids were mildly elevated and she was worked up for liver disease and at the most she has a mild case of MVD.

It sounds like Dr. Center is looking for normal Havanese to see if they could have slightly elevated bile acids like some of the maltese do.
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Well she and I spoke on Friday and the draws where performed this morning. I am not a "jump to conclusions" type of person. So it would not make me nervous, thanks for asking. She chose Boo because she was looking for a "baseline". I was thinking that she was trying to tie CD and liver disorders together as Boo was recently diagnosed with CD. She does not think that his CD would be a factor in the bile tests, nor does she think that they are related as in a syndrom. . She explained to me that they think they have isolated the gene that carried the liver shunts and are looking to see if it the same gene in all breeds....I find it very interesting and hope it pans out for them as they hope it will...
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Oh yes, Dr. Center is very well known. If you can participate, I would.


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