Twister's Starry Sky

Beyond The Rainbow

As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade.
I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free
Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.

I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
Were meadows rich and beautiful -- lush and green and wide!
And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.

I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright
That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright Glow pierced the night.
'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and bold
And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.

For although we may not be together in the way we used to be,
We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.




There is now a gene test available for all breeds for the disease traditionally known as juvenile renal dysplasia and now referred to simply as canine (congenital) renal dysplasia. Renal dysplasia results ultimately in kidney failure, with clinical symptoms being first increased thirst and urination (PU/PD), then vomiting, weight loss and loss of appetite. Until now the only way to diagnose the disease was with a wedge biopsy.

It was long thought that only those dogs who died young of kidney disease could have renal dysplasia, but new evidence has demonstrated that more adults than puppies actually succumb to renal dysplasia, and even veteran dogs can ultimately be brought down by this disease. This is important to note as renal dysplasia is an inherited disorder, so those dogs which only develop clinical signs of the disease as an adult may unwittingly enter a breeding program and pass on this disease to offspring even in its most severe form.

The change in names reflects a better understanding of the disease & its mode of inheritance, which is dominant with incomplete penetrance, which means: (a) that any offspring of a dog diagnosed with RD has a 50/50 chance of having inherited the gene for the disease, and (b) that many dogs who do NOT necessarily show signs of the disease may still carry the gene for the disease and pass it on to offspring.

So for families where kidney failure has occurred and/or where a wedge biopsy has been performed and found to be positive (for RD), using the new direct DNA test can allow breeders to locate clear dogs and carriers of the disease gene, and owners to determine if a dog they own may have inherited the defect. The cost per dog is $135 and discounts are given for litters and for breed clubs. Three buccal swabs are needed per dog for testing.

For more information & to order kits, contact DOGenes (Ontario, Canada):
Phone: 705-748-0089


Series of articles by
Debbie Rothman
and her personal experiences with

Renal Dysplasia Part One
Renal Dysplasia Part Two
Renal Dysplasia Part Three
Renal Dysplasia Part Four

Renal Dysplasia-Gene-Mapping

Renal Dysplasia in Shih tzu

Renal Dysplasia in Shih tzu 2

VetGen Marker Test *NEW*

Dogs affected with renal dysplasia
may have no clinical signs,
severe clinical signs,
or anything in between.

Jeff Wayman DVM

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