Help out a research project on Scottie Cramp

Jessica and Cambria, her wheaten Scottie, write:

I hope the holidays treated you & Bridget well! Cambria got so many treats I’m not sure we’ll ever accomplish the vet-mandated 2 pound weight loss.

I was hoping that you could help spread the word about a research project going on at NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr.Olby is heading up a team that is researching Scottie cramp. They are collecting blood samples from Scotties with and without Scottie cramp to find a genetic link to the disorder. All of the information about the project can be found here (Update: Link no longer works unfortunately).They’re also requesting video of scotties during a cramp episode to help with the research.

Our local club in Charlotte, NC is holding a blood sample drive next Saturday to try & collect as many samples as we can. The head of this group can be reached at (Harry Bufkin) if you have any questions about organizing such an event. Thankfully, we’re close enough that the vets from NC State are coming down to collect blood samples, but the same thing could be organized with any local vet.

Happy New Year!

3 thoughts on “Help out a research project on Scottie Cramp

  1. I was interested to read your piece about the Scottie cramnp project. This has in fact already been done in Sweden and there are several films available with Scotties cramping. A number of post mortems have also been carried out and the actual cause of the disorder has been discovered. The scientist in charge was closely connected to Scotties and his name was Professor Bengt Andersson. I am sure his paper is available for the scientists now looking into the problem once again.

    Dan Ericsson
    Raglan Scottie, Sweden

  2. Yes, it has been known for some time now that Scottie Cramp can only be passed on if both dam and sire carry the gene so responsible breeders have had the tools and knowledge to prevent it in their litters. I didn't realize that the actual gene had been identified! This is great news, yet troubling if the American scientists are reinventing the wheel that Swedish scientists had already discovered.

  3. The blood drive has been taking part today anyway, but are Prof. Andersson's available on the Internet? I would be surprised if the researchers were completely unaware of it(?!). The stated description of the study is:

    "The purpose of this study is to identify the chromosomal abnormalities (mutations) that
    cause Scottie cramp and hereditary ataxia in Scottish and Cairn terriers. DNA will be banked
    and pedigree data collected from affected dogs and family members (while maintaining
    anonymity) so that it will be available for gene mapping studies." Has all that already been done?

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