Category Archives: Health

Glen DNA Archive

Please support the Glen DNA Archive at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) by contributing Glen DNA + pedigree & health information for future health research projects.  All you need to do is submit five buccal (cheek) swabs from your Glen and send to the AHT, along with a copy of the pedigree and the AHT Submission Form.

For more information and to request a swab kit, please visit the dedicated Glen DNA Archive website:


Contents of swab kit:

Thank you!


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Posted by on January 12, 2018 in General Glen Things, Health


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BVA/KC Eye Testing Clinic

BVA/KC Eye Testing clinic will be held at Newark Showground (Nottinghamshire) on Saturday 24th February in conjunction with Newark Show. This is an all breed event and Peter Bedford will be officiating.

Do share the information on Facebook, Twitter, forums and anywhere you think the news could be of interest to somebody 

Appointments ARE REQUIRED. Please get in touch with Jean Rogers

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Posted by on January 5, 2018 in General dog things, General Glen Things, Health


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DNA Archive Update

The end of year update for the Glen of Imaal Terrier DNA Archive shows that we’ve had a trickle of submissions over the past 3 months … from 7 Glens.  Thank you to their owners … your support is very much appreciated!

 It is very disappointing that only 35% of the swab kits sent / given out have been returned to the Animal Health Trust (AHT):

2013: 7 submissions

2014: 17 submissions

2015: No submissions

2016: GlenArchive website launched

2016: 24 submissions

2017: 33 submissions

 UNUSED SWAB KITS: I will be visiting the AHT in the New Year to return unused swab kits.  If you still have a kit (or kits) that you are not intending to use, I should be grateful if you would kindly return to me by the end of January:

 Alison Seall, 13 Crawford Gardens, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5AZ. UK

 Thank you.


 Hopefully, some New Year’s resolutions will include supporting the Glen DNA Archive!  All you need to do to is send off five buccal (cheek) swabs from your Glen, plus a copy of your Glen’s pedigree and the AHT submission form to the AHT.

 For more information, and to request a kit via the online request form, please visit the dedicated Glen Archive website:

 N.B. The Glen Archive website, which is funded by me, will be “closing its doors” in October 2018, when the domain and hosting package expires.  (The AHT will continue to welcome new submissions from Glens … it is just the dedicated website that will cease activity).

 Wishing you and your Glens a Merry Christmas and a fabulous 2018 … and maybe we can reach that elusive 100 submissions some time next year!




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Posted by on December 22, 2017 in General Glen Things, Health


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Health Survey Results

Back in 2014 Glen of Imaal Terriers did a Health Survey. Okay it’s taken a while but the results can now be read. (Spoiler alert, you’ll need longer than a teabreak to do it justice)

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Posted by on November 3, 2017 in General Glen Things, Health


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Research on castration in dogs

Elizabeth Ayrton writes:-

I am a veterinary surgeon currently completing a Masters degree at the University of Lincoln and working for Behaviour Referrals Veterinary practice. I am interested in how castration affects dogs. We know there are good reasons to castrate for population control and also medical benefits but it would appear that owners often castrate for behavioural reasons and less is known about the effects of castration on behaviour and it may be that some dogs require testosterone for social confidence. I am trying to research this aspect and require information both from dogs being castrated and dogs that are not being castrated in the next 3 months.

I would be grateful if pet owners or vets would contact me if they would be prepared to take part – it purely involves owners answering a questionnaire now and in 3 months time and I am offering entry into a prize drawer for all pets that complete the questionnaire with the chance of winning a hamper of toys for your pet.

I only want pet dogs between the ages of 4 – 14 months who have been owned for at least 2 months. Anyone interested in taking part please e-mail me on and I can either send you a questionnaire electronically or post it out with an SAE if you prefer. The closing date of the survey is November 30th.

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Posted by on October 27, 2017 in General dog things, General Glen Things, Health


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Final reminder!

There will be a KC/BVA eye testing session THIS SATURDAY (October 14th) at Newark Showground (in conjunction with Grantham Show). Peter Bedford will be officiating. Appointments are needed and can be obtained from Jean or 01205820791

Feel free to remind and share anywhere and everywhere.

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Posted by on October 12, 2017 in General dog things, General Glen Things, Health


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Glen DNA Archive

222 swab kits have been sent out to owners, but only 73 kits have been returned to the Animal Health Trust (AHT).  Over 120 swab kits have gone to individual owners; 50 kits have been sent to an individual for distribution amongst her friends; and a further 50 kits to an overseas breed club.

The cost to the AHT of sending kits overseas is considerably more than the 90 pence it costs to send out a single swab kit in the UK, and it is very disappointing that only a third (33%) have been returned to the AHT.  Swab kits are generally posted out to owners within two weeks of receipt of request.  There is a not unreasonable expectation that if an owner requests a swab kit, then the swabs will be returned within a reasonable time-frame, but most of the unreturned kits were requested over a year ago.

  • If the swab kit you requested has been put away somewhere, PLEASE dig it out this weekend and swab your Glen.
  • If you’ve sent your Glen’s swabs to a third party, PLEASE check that they have been sent to the AHT … if not, please ask for them to be returned the AHT as soon as possible … or ask for them to be returned to you, for you to send to the AHT.
  • If you cannot afford the (voluntary) £5.00 donation to the AHT … or if you prefer not to make a donation … or if you are unable to make an online donation … PLEASE just send the swabs to the AHT.

It would be great to reach last year’s target of 100 submissions to the AHT by the end of this year!

Contents of swab kit:

About the archive:


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Posted by on October 6, 2017 in General Glen Things, Health