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Solutions for EPI

Responsible breeders aware of EPI (and many aren't) already know that EPI dogs should not be used for breeding. The parents and siblings should also be removed from the breeding program "just to be safe," as they would be carriers (in the case of the parents), or potential carriers (the siblings). However, eliminating otherwise valuable breeding animals just on the possibility that they might carry the EPI gene is an extremely difficult decision. Understandably, many breeders cannot or will not go that route.

Therefore, we must look to the genetic roots. By finding the genetic marker(s) and developing a screening test for carriers, we'll be well on our way to eradicating this heartbreaking condition. Additionally, continued education of the public, breeders and show handlers, and veterinarians will increase awareness of the disease and the relevant tests so that informed decisions can be made more easily.