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Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency

Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency, or PK Deficiency, is the lack of a critical red blood cell enzyme (pyruvate kinase), which regulates the final step in the conversion of glucose to energy. As a result, red blood cells are not able to metabolize the energy required for the cells to function normally, which leads to a change in the cell membranes, a buildup of sodium ions inside the cell, a resulting swelling of the cell (as water molecules follow the buildup of sodium), and an eventual lysing (bursting) of the cell. Furthermore, there is a shortened life span of red blood cells as the abnormal cells are destroyed by the spleen and liver. To make matters worse, PK deficiency, through the changes described above, can shift the normal process by which hemoglobin stores and releases oxygen to body tissues. The end result of these changes produces "hemolytic anemia," which is a reduction in red blood cells and tissue oxygenation due to the rupture of abnormal red blood cells.

PK Deficiency Inheritance
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency is an autosomal recessive trait, which means that, for a dog to have PK Deficiency, both parents must be either affected dogs themselves or carriers. Affected dogs will have two copies of the bad gene, while carriers will only have one copy and will not clinically show symptoms, although studies have shown that carriers do have a reduction in normal red blood cell enzyme activity.
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Flat-Coated Retriever

The Flat-Coated Retriever At a Glance
Recognized By AKC
Country of Origin Great Britain
Life Expectancy 7 - 9 yrs
Height Range 22 - 24.5 in
Weight Range 55 - 70 lbs
Colors Solid black or liver
Trainability Highly trainable although easily bored. Training sessions should be kept short and fun and with a light hand
With Children Flat-Coated Retrievers are excellent with children, although no dog should be left unattended with children
With Animals They do well with a variety of other pets
Climate Tolerates moderate heat and cold well
Indoor/Outdoor They do best living indoors with their family and playing outdoors
Exercise Reqd High. Flat-Coated Retrievers require ample exercise with some burn off to be at their best behavior.
Grooming Reqd Brushing as needed and trimming of the feathering on ears and legs
Flat-Coated Retriever Information
The Flat-Coated Retriever was developed in Great Britain in the late 1800's with the advent of the breachcock shotgun requiring a need for a faster retriever. Dogs used in developement were Setters, Spaniels, Collie, St. John's Water Dog, and Wavy Coated Retriever. The Flat-Coated Retriever was deveoped from the start to be a dual-purpose breed as both a working retriever and show dog. The Flat-Coated Retriever is a medium sized active dog that shows power without lumber and raciness without weediness. They are natural retrievers and make an excellent family companion hunting retriever for upland game as well as waterfowl. (They love water.) Flat-Coated Retrievers are slow to mature and often carry on their enthusiam for life (exhibited by a constant wagging tail) and playfullness into their late years. Flat-Coated Retrievers should be trained early with a "light" hand and consistency. They are eager to please but do not respond well to harsh punishment. If left un-trained and un-attended the Flat-Coat could develope into a destructive dog. Being a retriever they like to carry things in their mouths and need plenty of toys to chew. The Flat-Coated Retriever is a family/companion working retriever that is at it's best with family interaction and a job to do. With the proper traing and family interaction the Flat-Coated Retriever will make an excellent addition to the family.

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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
Do you think dogs can read our emotions?
This Week's Question:
What is your dog's favorite game to play?
Totally... they seem to know when we need their affection the most, or when we are in a good mood and want to play.
Joelle from Kinston, NC, USA
I don't think they so much read our emotions as it is them responding to the way we act or when our routines or way of behaving changes, then they notice something is different.
Will from Aberdeen, TX, USA
of course, body movements are words to dogs, our emotions can show all over us...and dogs read that, have great sense of energy
Debi from pilot mtn., NC, USA
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