Identifying Markers for Hypertriglyceridemia
Miniature schnauzers are highly susceptible to a condition known as hypertriglyceridemia, which occurs when a dog has high levels of triglycerides, a fatty molecule, in its blood. This condition develops as a dog ages and appears to be linked to several serious health problems including insulin resistance, liver disease, pancreatitis and eye disorders. The high prevalence of this disease in this breed indicates that it is a hereditary disorder. This study will analyze the dog genome to identify genetic markers associated with this condition. Identifying a marker for this disease would help breeders reduce its incidence through breeding practices and would help veterinarians detect at-risk dogs before they develop clinical signs of the disease.