Bandera's Neonatal Ataxia Health Testing Fund

June 2012

 

In June 2011 the American Coton Club created a Health Testing Fund for ACC Code of Ethics Breeders. One year later we are proud to announce that the Health Testing Fund for Bandera's Neonatal Ataxia (BNAt) DNA testing of the Coton de Tulear has been extended to all Coton de Tulear breeders!

 

Due to the overwhelming generosity of the Coton community’s purchases of the 2012 Coton de Tulear Calendar the American Coton Club (ACC) has established the ACC Neonatal Ataxia Health Testing Fund that is now available to all Coton de Tulear Breeders.

 

Health and Education are a primary goal of the American Coton Club and this is one way that we can help the Coton Community in eradicating this preventable disease from the Coton de Tulear gene pool.

 

We would like to publicly thank all of those that ordered the 2012 Coton de Tulear Calendar as you have made it possible for ACC to establish this fund. We hope to continue to help the Coton Community.

 

Health Fund Details:

The American Coton Club will donate funds for DNA testing of Bandera’s Neonatal Ataxia (BNAt) for Coton de Tulear Breeders in hopes of helping to eliminate this disease from the Coton gene pool.

 

This fund is open to all Coton de Tulear Breeders to use for their breeding Cotons. The ACC will gift $20.00 per Coton de Tulear to Coton de Tulear Breeders who DNA test for Bandera’s Neonatal Ataxia, up to a maximum of 2 Cotons tested per breeder.

 

The ACC Bandera’s Neonatal Ataxia Health Testing Fund will be for Cotons tested from June 1, 2012 until the health fund is depleted. To reserve your gift please e-mail the ACC Health Committee before sending in your DNA samples. Proof of the completed test must also be forwarded to the ACC Health Committee before you may receive your gift. Proof of your test can be your certificate or a receipt from the lab. All test results will remain confidential. If your Coton was tested prior to this notice but after June 1, 2012 you may send in your proof of test to receive your gift.

 

We hope that the ACC Bandera’s Neonatal Ataxia Health Testing Fund will help defray the cost of the DNA test and will encourage breeders to test their breeding Cotons. Testing your breeding Cotons will ensure no carriers are bred to one another. Testing allows breeders to make informed breeding decisions so that we can eliminate this disease from the Coton de Tulear gene pool and never have to hear of a tragic Bandera’s litter being born again.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the ACC Health Committee or for more information about the disease and links to the research and testing facilities please visit our Coton de Tulear DNA test web page.

 

ACC would like to thank everyone for their generosity as well as a special thank you to all who submitted photos for the 2012 Coton de Tulear calendar.  You all helped make this health testing fund possible!  ACC has started working on the 2013 Coton de Tulear Calendar and we encourage everyone to send in their Coton photos for the project. Please send photos to Photos@AmericanCotonClub.com.

 

Disclaimer: The Bandera’s Neonatal Ataxia DNA test may not be accurate for Cotons with unverifiable heritage. This test is specifically for purebred Cotons de Tulear.

 

 

 

June 2011

 

The American Coton Club has created a Health Testing Fund for Bandera's Neonatal Ataxia (BNAt) DNA testing of the rare breed Coton de Tulear. The American Coton Club will donate $2000 for DNA testing at the University of Missouri where researchers have found the mutation for BNAt, also called "Bandera's syndrome".

 

The ACC Bandera's Neonatal Ataxia Health Testing Fund is for ACC Code of Ethics Breeders who choose to DNA test their breeding Cotons. The ACC will donate $20 per Coton de Tulear tested for "Bandera's syndrome", up to three (3) Cotons per ACC COE Breeder. The ACC Bandera's Neonatal Ataxia Health Testing Fund will be for Cotons tested from May 1, 2011 through September 30, 2011. The American Coton Club hopes that this incentive to submit DNA samples to the University of Missouri will help prevent any carriers from being bred to other carriers of this mutation.

 

Coton puppies affected by Bandera's Neonatal Ataxia never gain the ability to ambulate normally. The University of Missouri discovered a gene mutation in the cerebellum of affected puppies in 2010. DNA testing of breeding Cotons enables breeders to breed safely and ensure no affected puppy is ever produced.

 

Bandera's Neonatal Ataxia, called "Bandera's syndrome" for the second Coton puppy diagnosed with the disease, is a self limiting condition. This is a disease of the cerebellum and affected puppies cannot coordinate their movements. The puppies affected by BNAt would never be well enough to leave a breeders home so there is no risk that an affected puppy would ever be sold to a companion family.

 

There have been no known adult Cotons affected with Bandera's Neonatal Ataxia.

 

It is critical to identify the carriers before they are bred to one another. Carriers can safely be bred to Clear Cotons with no risk of producing any affected puppies.  DNA testing is the key to wiping out this disease.

 

Veterinary researchers at the University of Missouri studied Coton puppies affected by Bandera's Neonatal Ataxia and in 2010 announced the discovery of the mutation causing BNAt in affected Coton puppies. The BNAt DNA test will help breeders identify carrier and clear Cotons within the gene pool.

 

Affected puppies are tested at no charge.

 

Please support this research by DNA testing your breeding Cotons.

The DNA test for Bandera's Neonatal Ataxia is $65 and can be done via a blood draw at your veterinarians office.

Instructions for submitting blood samples can be found on the University of Missouri web site as well as the links below and on the ACC DNA Tests web page.

 

Testing in North America

University of Missouri

VetGen

 

Testing in Europe

Antagene Testing Laboratory

Information from Antagene

Order DNA test from Antagene

 

Links

University of Missouri- 2011 BNAt Information

University of Missouri- 2010 BNAt Information

2011 Bandera's Neonatal Ataxia Study

2002 Bandera's Neonatal Ataxia Study