The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States

PROJECTDOG UPDATES

April 12th

ProjectDOG would like to thank the Ridgeback community for their continued support of the Rhodesian Ridgeback EOAD research and population testing. We know the Ridgeback community to be one of our most spirited and proactive collaborators committed to the health and welfare of their dogs, and we thank you for this dedication.

We know and understand the difficulty presented by testing under the constraints of a research project and we are aware, that for many of you, it has created challenges when trying to tailor to your respective breeding programs.

The unconventional testing program was designed to assist breeders, not to hinder them, and our intention to help the community by offering a preliminary test was developed with the best intentions. We hope that the effort can be appreciated for the functional tool it has provided to the community.

Unfortunately, the success of the preliminary test has often been taken out of context and no longer aligned with the research status in which it is rooted. Many breeders relying on the test have now classified or described our testing as a routine (known mutation) DNA test. However, this is not the case, and the preliminary testing status is an important distinction, the cost of testing multiple DNA genetic markers per dog is costly and labor intensive. Projectdog is completely non profit with no paid employees, all volunteer staff, and the cost of testing generates no revenue, in fact, in many cases, there is revenue loss when samples have to be resampled or retested.

We have much empathy for breeders whom are now needing to test their upcoming litters, and we recognize the importance of knowing the status of each puppy prior to the puppy going to it's new home - but until now, we could not offer an alternative to this difficult problem. However, after much discussion with consulting breeders, we have added a rapid testing option to our lineup.

We hope that this if of some help to breeders and owners who require a faster turnaround of results.

We wish to underscore, however, that we remain committed to identifying the actual causal mutation with the aim of ultimately offering a precise and rapid low cost DNA test.

We continue to rely on your support and patience as we advance this study.

Please see below for detailed testing options or visit our website at www.projectdog.org and choose Discovery Testing.

We thank you for your continued support

—The Projectdog Team

Projectdog will now offer two options for EOAD preliminary testing:

  1. Standard batch testing, which requires approximately 100 samples to be received in the laboratory before proceeding. The timetable is not set by the laboratory, but by the number of samples received. The cost for testing remains at $50.00 US per sample.
  2. Single sample testing (one or more samples) with the assurance that your sample results will be provided within 15 business days for viable samples. This process is more costly due to the handling, record keeping and additional quality controls required to be implemented. The cost per sample is $110.00 US.

It is important to note that because we are still in the 'Discovery Testing' phase - it is still necessary to test multiple genetic markers per sample. The prices quoted are non profit. Projectdog donates the labor and earns no profit on the testing.

It continues to be our aim to identify the causal mutation as soon as possible to convert this test to a simple known mutation test which will allow for low cost, rapid, routine testing.

We hope this new option will at least mitigate concerns about the testing timetable for critical samples and we thank the Ridgeback community for your continued support.

Please visit us at www.projectdog.org or write us directly at info@projectdog.org


March 15th We currently have 36 samples, but due to this very frustrating long delay of the last batch, we are working on an option to run 50 samples instead of 100, so please do encourage people to return their swabs as soon as possible.
Thank you!

March 15th The good news is that results are being processed today and individuals should be receiving their test result notifications this evening. We also want to remind everyone that one can always log into their account at projectdog.org to view their results at anytime. Most samples have passed QC, but there a a small number that will still need to be retested, if your dog results have not been updated by tomorrow am, then it is most likely a sample that will need to be retested. Any samples that have failed multiple testing will result in us contacting the owner for a new sample.

Again, we thank everyone for their understanding for a delay that, unfortunately, was beyond our control. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any additional questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Alison

March 14th As most are aware - we were significantly impacted by an instrument disruption. We have been working around the clock to complete the testing and we are as anxious to deliver as you are to receive. Some results will be available no later than tomorrow evening - however, more retesting will be required for some samples due to variability/sensitivity of replacement instrumentation. We are doing our best to complete as soon as possible.

We have also reached out to the Rhodesian Ridgeback Ridgeback Club of the US requesting an option for an open forum with the Ridgeback community to discuss the status and the future of the EOAD testing/research, we maintain that open communication and considered evaluation of substantiated and factual information is the best course of action. It is our hope that all interested parties can join in to participate in this discussion.

Sincerely,
Alison
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