Norwich Terrier Upper Airway Syndrome Health Study (NTUAS)

Breeders and owners of Norwich Terriers have known for a long time that “snort and snuffle” and “raspy” breathing noises are common.  In recent years, evidence has slowly emerged, pointing to an underlying respiratory condition that is quite variable, ranging from noisy breathing to severe distress with heat and exercise intolerance, and even death if not treated.  The condition affects the larynx (voicebox), a complex anatomical structure that controls the amount of air that enters into the trachea (windpipe) and lungs. If the larynx is obstructed in any way, respiratory distress will ensue.  The true prevalence of the condition is unknown because even dogs with no apparent symptoms may be affected.  The condition appears breed-specific and a genetic basis seems likely.  Unfortunately, veterinary awareness of the syndrome (Norwich Terrier Upper Airway Syndrome or NTUAS) is not as widespread.

CHF Grant 2232MOU:  Characterization of Upper Airway Syndrome in Norwich Terriers
Grant Period:  11/1/2015 to 10/31/2017

The NTUAS Study Group is a multi-disciplinary collaboration based at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, led by Dr. Bryden J. Stanley and Dr. Nathan Nelson.  Collaborating veterinary schools include the University of California Davis (Dr. Lynelle Johnson), Texas A&M University (Dr. Kelley Thieman), and University of Pennsylvania (Dr. David Holt).

The overall goal of the NTUAS Study Group is to improve the quality of life of Norwich terriers through the alleviation of NTUAS.  The first step is to clearly characterize the condition by performing in-depth evaluations on many Norwich terriers of all ages.

The study is funded by donor-advised funds from the Norwich Terrier Club of America, through the Canine Health Foundation, and by the generous donations of Norwich Terrier owners and friends.

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You may make a tax deductible donation by mailing in the Donation Form or by visiting the Canine Health Foundation website.  www.akcchf.org/NTUASdonate

IMPORTANT NOTE: When making a donation, do not navigate away from the NTUAS donation page. Donations made from this page only will be applied to Dr. Stanley’s study. Using the “Donate” link at the top of the page or the “Make an Investment Today” at the bottom will result in donations going to the CHF general fund and not to the Norwich study. Once you have completed the process, a receipt will be emailed to you. Please verify that your donation has gone to the NTUAS.

For More Information & to Enroll

The study has CLOSED FOR ENROLLMENT, however, there is a waiting list in the event of cancellations. Please complete the online history form at the NTUAS/MSU website to be added to the waiting list.