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Health Survey Data Summary
Here is a summary of the Health Survey data (without the “behavior” piece). Overall, the news is great – we have an overall healthy breed that lives for a fairly long time with ear and skin problems more than anything else. The data was manipulated by turning the absolute numbers into percentages – you will see lots of 0% because 4 cases out of 6000 is vanishingly small. The data is also expressed relative to males and females. Some interesting observations are that females tend to have greater problems with incontinence than males – especially after neutering; but males have kennel cough more often than females. Also interesting was the outcome that of those dogs developing PRA, 66% were females. More analysis of the information will occur as time goes on.
The “Live data” are the responses from people about dogs who were alive at the time of the survey and the “deceased” data are the responses about dogs who had died in the recent past. Different data can be gleaned from both documents. Cancer, when it occurs, is generally an end of life disease (average age of death 10.6 years with Lymphoma, the most common canine neoplasia, resulting in death at 8.7 yrs.)
Our females are living to an average of 11.4 years and our males to 10.3 (the medians are each about a year later). A drawn out distribution and range would show a median age of 12 years for the girls (meaning that 50% are older than that going out to 18)! The median for the boys was 11 with the upper limit being 17.
There are few reports (relatively speaking) of cancer in the living data. That may reflect that by the time hemangiosarcoma and osteosarcoma are diagnosed the dogs don’t live for very long, and also that treatment is still expensive and invasive and most owners seem to be opting for quality of life. Dogs with temperament problems or seizure disorder are being euthanized at earlier ages and not counted in the ‘live data’. Conditions like tick diseases are not well represented in the live data either.
Severely incomplete records were eliminated. You will see some information about disease or illness in some cases, but no information regarding the dog’s sex. The University of Missouri tried to perfect some records where registration numbers were provided by checking AKC data.
The Foundation is extremely appreciative of all the Springer owners who took the time to fill out the survey. Please provide your comments and questions. English Springer Spaniel Health Survey Data – Finalcli (1)
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