Funding for this research was provided by:
The dog Trust Foundation
The Dog Trust Foundation
Syringomyelia DNA Research Fund
Cavalier Matters Charity
For the Love of Ollie
CHU Sainte Justine Foundation
Fonds de Recherche du Québec—Santé
Text and Data Mining valid from 2018-03-22
Received: 27 July 2017
Accepted: 15 March 2018
First Online: 22 March 2018
: MRI of the brain and cervical region were obtained either for diagnostic reasons or for screening prior to breeding. Blood or saliva was withdrawn at the end of the MRI procedure whilst the dog is still under the effect of the anaesthesia ensuring minimal stress to the animal. In the United Kingdom (UK), Home Office regulations restrict blood sampling for non-diagnostic reasons however if the dog had a blood sample taken for a veterinary diagnostic test and a small amount of excess blood in EDTA remained then this sample was submitted to the study. For majority of UK owned dogs, the DNA was collected non-invasively via a sponge that absorbs saliva in the mouth (Oragene-ANIMAL, DNA Genotek, Inc). It was not necessary to obtain approval from an ethical committee as the procedures performed were the necessary diagnostic tests for the animals undergoing veterinary treatment. Written consent was obtained from all owners and actual identity of dogs remained anonymous. It is important to note that dogs included in this study were not experimental animals but animals undergoing appropriate veterinary treatment or British Veterinary Association/Kennel Club health screening for breeding purposes and therefore no additional welfare considerations were required.
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