SHCA Trust: Health

The Health arm of the SHCA Trust funds medical research related health and medical issues affecting the Siberian Husky. We also support seminars related to health and medical issues in Siberian Huskies .

Each year the AKC Canine Health Foundation polls breed parent clubs about their top health concerns and research interests. This poll is not scientific but represents the opinions of a group of representatives from the parent club.


You and your Siberian(s) can make a difference!

With your help and your dog’s hair, you can be part of the first step in beginning to map the Siberian genome. The SHCA Trust Health Chair has written a grant to help a geneticist begin this process. Dr. Jean Dubach will pull the specific gene region that she needs from the follicles of your Siberian's guard hair or whiskers. Although everything is confidential, she would like a pedigree for each dog submitted. Be sure the pedigree is attached to that dog's baggie of hair if you submit more than one. Generations are appreciated, if possible. If you do not have a pedigree for your Siberian just say so, it can still be part of the study.

The Trust is asking all Siberian fanciers to collect their dog's hair and send it directly to the researcher. The cost of a single stamp can go a long way to improve the lives of Siberians everywhere. You can find directions on how to collect the guard hairs, where to send them, and a brief of the study below.

How to Collect Siberian Hair with the Follicle Attached

  • The follicle is the small bulb like end of a guard hair or whisker. 
  • When grooming you can find guard hairs with follicles or you can pluck them. 
  • The larger, stiffer guard hair is best from around the neck or tail.
  • Whiskers are really good – shed ones only. You don’t want to hurt the dog.
  • Please do not include the undercoat as it is hard to sort through.
  • Place at least 20 hairs with follicles in a plastic bag.
  • Blood (0.5 ml) or tissue (pea size) is acceptable if stored frozen and sent in the mail.
  • Please include a pedigree with AKC # for each bag submitted. If there is not a pedigree, just say so.

Send samples to:

                Dr. Jean Dubach
                Genetics Core Laboratory, CTRE Building
                Health Sciences Campus
                2160 South First Avenue, Rm 026                  
                Maywood, Illinois 60153

For more information about the study, please click here: Evaluating Genetic Diversity


 

The SHCA Trust encourages Siberian owners to visit the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals website – www.OFFa.org  - and complete the Siberian Husky Health Survey. Information gathered will be available to the parent club, veterinarians and researchers. Personal information and pedigree information is NOT a part of the survey.

Anyone who is interested in obtaining funding for research may contact Lee Cera

 


Last update of this page: 01/18/2020.

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Here's How to Donate

By Check
Make your check payable to SHCA Trust, and to ensure that it is properly credited, please use this link to download a donation form .

Mail checks to thefollowing address:

SHCA Trust
Ricki Silveria
2435 Wagner Creek Ct.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
 

By Credit Card
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Here's How to Donate

By Check
Make your check payable to SHCA Trust, and to ensure that it is properly credited, please use this link to download a donation form .

Mail checks to thefollowing address:

SHCA Trust
Ricki Silveria
2435 Wagner Creek Ct.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
 

By Credit Card
A credit card gift to the SHCA Trust is not only convenient, it also entitles you to the same income tax deducation as a gift of cash. To make a cash donation or donate via mail, download our Donation Form. Or, to use PayPal to make your credit card gift, click on the Donate button:

 


Trust Health News

The Trust has matched an SHCA donation of $455 to help acquire Siberian Husky DNA samples for banking at the CHIC DNA Repository. This DNA Bank “collects and stores DNA samples along with corresponding genealogic and phenotypic information to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs.” With The SHCA donation and our matching grant we hope to add 100 more Siberian’s DNA to the CHIC Bank. We would also like to thank the OFA who will be underwriting 50% of the costs of the DNA banking.

The Trust also made a donation to the AKC Canine Health Foundation Epilepsy Research Initiative.


Visit our Donations page to find out how you can help!