Friday, September 25, 2009

Listing for Inherited Diseases in Animals (LIDA) expands to include inherited diseases in Cats.



The University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science announced this week, the expansion of the Listing for Inherited Diseases in Animals (LIDA), an easy-to-use online resource for pet owners, veterinarians and breeders, which now includes information about genetic diseases in Australian cats, as well as Australian dogs.

LIDA for Cats collects, organises and disseminates information on the prevalence of inherited disorders among Australian cats. It is a jargon-free description of feline inherited disorders, written by university students, and classifies the disorders by breeds and organ systems. LIDA for Cats can assist potential pet owners to make informed decisions before purchasing a kitten; enable veterinarians to provide clients with local current genetic data and professional experiences of their veterinary colleagues; and assist breeders in improving breeding programmes and breed standards.

The LIDA website uses non-technical descriptions and is designed to make the task of choosing a healthy pet easier and enable potential pet owners to understand health problems different breeds may face.

The data presented on the LIDA website will assist:

- Potential purchasers to make informed decisions when buying puppies and kittens.
- Veterinarians to provide clients with local current data and professional experiences of their colleagues.
- Breeders to recognise which unwelcome traits are increasing and which are being successfully reduced.

To access the LIDA website, please go to:

http://www.vetsci.usyd.edu.au/lida/

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