Pupscan Project

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UPDATED 17.01.18

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Mahatma Ghandi

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Happy New Year

The Pupscan Team would like to wish a Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone who has supported the project over the last 12 months. It's been a very busy year for us. To date we have scanned 38 different breeds ranging from Great Danes down to Mini Dachshunds, giving a total of over 1,500 puppies scanned with more litters booked in over the coming weeks. Seminars have been run, many by various Breed Clubs and have been well attended and received, it has been fantastic to see the belief in and support of the project and more dates will be announced shortly for the months ahead. 
The team has clocked up many thousands of miles travelling all over the UK and Ireland and we extend a big thank you to all the breeders and Breed Clubs for their generous donations. We also opened up our new offices in Newcastle where the team meet regularly to keep updated on the project.
Our new Logo is now finalised and Certificates will be issued over the coming weeks to those breeders whose puppies have already been scanned and we thank you for your patience. 
To all those puppies who have been ‘Pupscanned’ to date we look forward to following your progress throughout your life in your new homes and wish you many years of health and happiness. 
From all the Pupscan Team.

The PUPscan Project is researching hip and elbow disorders in all breeds of dogs with an aim to identifying the processes that lead to atypical joint development.

Despite 50 years of hip ‘scoring’ most participating breeds have yet to see a significant reduction in the incidence of hip and elbow disorders.

While some of the disorders may be genetic others, possibly the majority, have other causes. Over 50 years ago it was recognised by experts studying canine hip problems that at 16 days of age severely unstable hips in puppies could be identified. 

PUPscan will identify abnormal hip development before 2 months of age. We can demonstrate significant differences in the rate of hip development between breeds and the genders.

Over the research period, using the most up to date Ultrasound diagnostic equipment in the first 2 months of life, and analysing x-rays at full skeletal maturity, PUPscan plan to identify the dogs most at risk of genetic disease. 

The PUPscan project will produce breed and gender specific data and measurements that can be used as guidance for puppy care for the future in order to minimise the risk of premature disability.

Pupscan are delighted to support the Navan Dog Show Best of the Best Supermatch  which will be held in the National Show Centre, Cloghran Dublin on 27th January, in aid of Scoliosis Ireland and Temple St Childrens Hospital .