Health Survey-10 days left

The health survey closing date has been extended to Friday 12th December.  

If you haven’t yet completed the survey for your Glen of Imaal Terrier, there are 10 days left!

Please give up a few minutes of your time to do this for the breed you love!

http://www.efghealth.co.uk/survey14.html

Thank you for your support.

If you have any queries please contact Alison Seall : efghealth@gmail.com

 

 

2014 Glen Health Survey is nearing the end..but not quite

This is a Glen of Imaal Terrier …  It’s a nice looking dog, isn’t it?  But will it give its people the full life and companionship it should?  Nobody can really be 100% sure of anything, but shouldn’t we all be doing our best?  The 2014 Glen Health Survey closing date has been extended, so if you haven’t filled it in why not give it a go?  It can’t do any harm and it could do a lot of good.  Indeed it may even help future breeders be able to say, “Yes, that nice looking Glen of Imaal Terrier WILL give its owners a full quota of healthy, trouble-free years of love.”

http://www.efghealth.co.uk/survey14.html

The health survey closing date has been extended by another two weeks to Friday 12th December.  We haven’t quite reached our targets of 122 UK responses … or an overall total of 300 completed surveys.

WHY is it important to do this survey for all our Glens …?  It’s important to help future generations of Glens …

HOW …?  Researchers need “proof” … by way of robust data … that a breed has a health issue before they will consider a research project … and that robust data needs to come from a reasonable number of Glens both affected by (“cases”) and unaffected by (“controls”) for a particular condition.  We may be able to request the help of scientists to look at specific health problems highlighted within the breed … and this, in turn, will help future generations of Glens … IF enough owners help by participating in this survey!

Please fill in the survey if your Glen is fit and healthy!

Please fill in the survey if your Glen has a health problem/s. We hear about Glens with SKIN problems and ALLERGIES … and about Glens with a problem called PREMATURE CLOSURE OF THE DISTAL ULNA (PCDU), which may also be referred to as ANGULAR LIMB DEFORMITY (ALD).

If your Glen has ever had skin issues or allergies … or if s/he has ever had serious limping issues (with or without an official diagnosis) … please complete the survey!

If you’re happy for you and your Glen/s to be involved in research that may arise from this survey, please don’t forget to include your name and email address in the “Permissions” section at the end of the survey.  Thank you.

 

Any Health Survey week has gone by

PLEASE TAKE THE GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIER HEALTH SURVEY BEFORE IT CLOSES NEXT WEEK …

http://www.efghealth.co.uk/survey14.html

The closing date for the survey is next Friday 28th November

We are still some way short of our UK target of 122 responses … and our overall target of 300 completed surveys.

We have received 97 responses from the UK, and 157 from non-UK owners, making a total, so far, of 254 completed surveys.

  • If you’re a breeder, please pass on details of the survey to your puppy people, as well as doing the survey for all your Glens!
  • If you know anyone else with a Glen, please let them know about the survey!
  • If you still have more surveys to complete, please help us to get to that target of 300!

Just a few minutes of your time will provide another piece of the jigsaw that will help to build a picture of the overall health of our wonderful breed …

If any significant health issues are identified by this survey, we can then look at the possibilities of further monitoring and/or condition-specific research. Thank you to everyone who has already completed the survey!  Your commitment to breed health is much appreciated …

“Working together towards a healthy future for our lovely breed”

Another Health Survey week gone

BREEDERS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE ……

 There are just over two weeks to go before the closing date of Friday 28th November for our health survey: http://www.efghealth.co.uk/survey14.html

UK GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIER OWNERS AND BREEDERS

In the UK Kennel Club’s Purebred Dog Health Survey of 2004, there were 61 responses … for 55 living and 6 deceased Glens.

Our own 2014 health survey has received 84 UK responses, so far … but we would like to try to achieve at least double the number submitted back in 2004.  This means we still have (at least!) another 38 to go …

The Kennel Club had a disappointingly low number of contact email addresses for Glen owners on their database … just 107  for 760 Glens registered since 1st January 2000 … and it is likely that a number of these email addresses are out of date.  We hope to have reached a few more Glen owners via promotion on the Kennel Club website and its online journal, Kennel Scope; via the two dog newspapers, Our Dogs and Dog World; and through Dogs Monthly magazine, and the veterinary profession’s journal, Veterinary Record.  Our best response rate, although this is mainly INTERnational, appears to have been via Facebook groups.

We are, therefore, turning to BREEDERS, who can potentially make a BIG difference to the participation numbers for this survey!

Just looking back at litters born in the UK from the beginning of 2011 to the beginning of this year … (three years) … 195 puppies have been registered with the KC … from 25 breeders.  Most of these breeders are aware of the survey!  And, hopefully, most of these breeders still have contact details for their puppy people!  If breeders can pass on details of the health survey to the owners of all these Glens … including those who are now living outside the UK … we could, potentially, double our current response rate of 11%!  And if breeders of Glens born in the years 2000 to 2011 send the survey link to all their puppy people for whom they still have contact details … well, the sky could be the limit!

It would be great to have a surge of completed surveys received in the last few weeks of the survey!

Thank you all for your support … please click on the link above to go to our survey page.

Thank you very much to everyone who has already completed the survey.

“Working together towards a healthy future for our lovely breed”

 

Another Health Survey week has gone by

Our health survey is now into its sixth week.  We have received 180 responses to date and so we are well on the way to our target of 300.  With just under 4 weeks until the closing date of Friday 28th November, we need to average 40 responses per week.

It is important to collect health data from as many Glen of Imaal Terriers as possible, so that we can get an idea of the overall health of the breed … and also so that we can identify any conditions that may need further monitoring and/or research.

We have received 70 responses from the UK and the other 110 responses have come from Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, the USA and a couple of other countries.

Of the 180 responses, 20 (11%) are for Glens that have sadly died.  We appreciate that it is difficult to complete a survey for a Glen who has died, but this provides us with some useful mortality data and we would like to thank all the owners who have visited the “End of life” page for their Glen.

The split between dogs and bitches is:

83 dogs (46% ) 97 bitches (54%)

The boys have a bit of catching up to do!

If you have not yet completed the survey for your Glen, please do so when you have a few spare minutes!  If you are a breeder, we should be grateful if you would kindly pass on details of the survey to any of your puppy people with whom you still in contact … as well as complete the survey for your Glens, of course!

Here is the link to our health survey page – http://www.efghealth.co.uk/survey14.html – from where you can access the survey.

There is a SURVEY PREVIEW on the survey page – please do have a read through to familiarise yourself with the format and questions, before starting the survey “for real”.

Please do not hesitate to contact Alison Seall – Tel. 01403 269038 or Email: efghealth@gmail.com if you:

  • have any queries about the survey;
  • need help with the survey;
  • wish to make any changes e.g. add or delete contact details or correct any errors.

Thank you for your support.

Latest Health Survey update

The health survey closes on Friday 28th November and we are nearly half way to our target of 300 responses.  To date, we have received 137 responses from the UK and eleven other countries … please see update charts

If you haven’t already done the survey for your Glen of Imaal Terrier please help us to reach our target of 300!  We would like information about young Glens and old Glens; about healthy Glens and those with health conditions to report; and about those Glens that have sadly died.

BREEDERS – please help spread the word about this survey!  If you are still in contact with any of your “puppy people” we would appreciate you passing on details of the survey.  Thank you.

Here is the link to our health survey page  http://www.efghealth.co.uk/survey14.html  from where you can access the survey.

There is a SURVEY PREVIEW on the survey page – please do have a read through to familiarise yourself with the format and questions, before starting the survey “for real”.

Please do not hesitate to contact Alison Seall – Tel. 01403 269038 or Email: efghealth@gmail.com if you:

have any queries about the survey; need help with the survey or wish to make any changes e.g. add or delete contact details or correct any errors.

A little bit of feedback – CANCER

Of the 137 Glens, 11 have reported 14 cancer diagnoses.  Seven Glens have survived cancer; the other four succumbed to the disease … please look at update charts

Thank you for your support of this important breed initiative.

Alison Seall EFG Health Coordinator

Health Survey-Update 2

Who needs to do the health survey? 

All of us!  The survey is for all our Glen of Imaal Terriers (both living and now deceased) born on or after 1st January 2000.  We welcome responses from Glen owners all over the world.

Why should we take the survey? 

It is important to collect health data from as many Glens as possible, so that we can get an idea of the overall health of the breed … and also so that we can identify any conditions that may need further monitoring and/or research. 

It is also just as important to identify owners willing to help with health research initiatives.  

For this reason, we have included a “Permissions” section at the end of the survey:

“This survey may reveal health conditions that require looking into in more detail i.e. further condition-specific monitoring and/or research. We have set up a confidential database of owners who are happy for their Glens to participate in future monitoring of specific health conditions, or research initiatives, either as a “Control” (without the health condition) or “Affected” (with the health condition).

If you would be happy for your Glen to help, please provide your contact details” 

If we undertake any research initiatives following this survey, we will only contact those owners who have provided their contact details.

Progress

We are now into the fourth week of the Glen health survey and the number of completed surveys received is 85, to date.  The split is 53 (62%) from the UK and 32 (38%) from non-UK resident owners.  We need a few hundred responses for meaningful health data … so we still have quite a way to go!

Survey information & link

The closing date for the survey is Friday 28th November, so just under six weeks to go.  If you have not already completed the survey for your Glen/s, please do spare a few minutes to help with this important project … for the benefit of our lovely breed.  Thank you.

A big “Thank you” to everyone who has completed the survey … and especially to those who have also requested a DNA swab kit for our international DNA Archive at the Animal Health Trust!

Here is the link to our health survey page – http://www.efghealth.co.uk/survey14.html – from where you can access the survey.

There is a SURVEY PREVIEW on the survey page – please do have a read through to familiarise yourself with the format and questions, before starting the survey “for real”.

Please do not hesitate to contact Alison Seall – Tel. 01403 269038 or Email: efghealth@gmail.com if you:

  • have any queries about the survey;
  • need help with the survey;
  • wish to make any changes e.g. add or delete contact details or correct any errors.

Thank you for your support.

EFG and GOITA

 

Glen Health Survey 2014

The Glen of Imaal Terrier breed clubs – the Glen of Imaal Terrier Enthusiasts and Fanciers Club (EFG) and the Glen of Imaal Terrier Association (GOITA) – are supporting an important breed health survey and would like to encourage all Glen of Imaal Terrier owners to participate whether you are UK or worldwide based The Kennel Club has emailed details of the survey to owners with up-to-date email addresses on their database.

The Glen survey aims to collect data about the overall health of the breed – this includes health conditions that have been diagnosed, cause of death and reproduction and fertility.The survey is for Glens born on or after 1st January 2000. Responses are welcome from: ~ Glens with health conditions to report AND Glens who are fit and healthy ~ old Glens AND young Glens ~ pet Glens, show Glens, working Glens AND Glens who have been bred from The closing date is Friday 28th November 2014. There are two main objectives for this survey: [1] To collect disease prevalence, cause of death and reproduction & fertility data.  This information will help us to identify any health issues that may need further monitoring or research. The feedback from this survey may also influence future breeding guidelines. [2] To establish a database of owners who would be happy to help with future health research projects.  We have a “Permissions” page where these owners can provide their contact details. We have published a preview of the survey (see the link below), so that you can familiarise yourself with the format and questions before actually starting the survey “for real” …

  1. To ensure that your Glen’s information is included in the final analysis, it is important that you go through to the “Confirmation” page, answer “Yes” to the confirmation question and then click on the “Next Page” button … sounds complicated but it will make sense, I promise! 😉

After analysing the data, we will publish the report on our breed club websites..  All information submitted via this health survey remains strictly confidential … the final report will not disclose the identity of individual dogs or owners. Thank you very much for your support in this so do visit http://www.efghealth.co.uk/survey14.html Working together towards a healthy future for our lovely breed”