Puppy Lung Health Study

Puppy Lung Health Study 2016-11-12T10:00:05+00:00

Abnormal Lung Development as a Cause of Neonatal Death in Norwich Terrier Puppies

Unexplained deaths are reported to be a common occurrence early in life in Norwich Terrier puppies.  The NTCA Health Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Kurt Williams (Michigan State University) is collecting pilot data to study issues of abnormal  lung development that may be contributing to early life mortality in puppies.

Recently (October 2016), in cooperation with two Norwich Terrier breeders, Dr. Williams documented severe abnormalities in lung development as a cause of death in Norwich Terrier puppies that died early in life (less than 2 weeks of age).  The microscopic findings are quite characteristic and strikingly similar. Because of this finding, and the anecdotal knowledge of early life death as an important problem in Norwich Terriers, he hypothesizes that lung developmental abnormalities may be an important and unrecognized cause of death early in life.

To further explore this hypothesis, he is looking to obtain Norwich Terriers who died under 14 days of age. The goal of this pilot study is to have 10-15 puppies submitted for evaluation.

What are the criteria for the study?

  • Norwich Terrier puppy
  • Male or female
  • Under 14 days at the time of death

How can I participate?

Refrigerate the body, do not freeze, and contact Dr. Williams right away via email (will1273@dcpah.msu.edu) with “Norwich Terrier Lung Study” in the subject line of the email.  Shipping instructions and other important information will be provided once it is determined that the puppy is a candidate to be included. The Intake Questionnaire is available for your convenience.

Participating individuals have had speedy results!

Dr. Kurt Williams
DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP
G380 Veterinary Medical Center College of Veterinary Medicine,  784 Wilson Road Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1314