Is Addison’s Disease in Dogs Genetic or Inherited?Posted: August 22, 2012
Is Addison’s disease in dogs genetic? Yes, but exactly how the disease is transmitted has not been discovered yet. some researchers think that Addison’s disease in dogs may occur because of a combination of both genetics and environmental factors. Research projects are currently being undertaken to try and determine the genetic markers involved in the disease with the hope that someday, there will be a test available to identify the genetic marker that predisposes a dog to Addison’s. Knowing which genetic markers are responsible for the disease will allow dog breeders to only breed unaffected dogs — therefore improving the overall health of that breed. If you have an Addison’s dog, you may be able to participate in a research study.
The CGAP project at UC Davis is currently accepting blood samples from both affected and unaffected Bearded Collies, Great Danes, Leonbergers, Portuguese Water Dogs, Standard Poodles, and West Highland White Terriers. If you own one of these breeds and have a confirmed diagnosis at any age, check the CGAP at UC Davis website for instructions on how to submit a sample. Samples are also being collected for dogs over the age of seven who are disease free. There is no charge for study participation, although you will be responsible for blood collection and shipping charges. Ask your vet if they will take a blood sample for free — many vets will do this if you tell them it’s for research purposes.
The American Kennel Club maintains a list of current research projects. Check their Addison’s in dogs page for details about the disease and current research projects. Scroll down to the very end of the page and you’ll see a list of current projects being undertaken to find affected genetic markers.