WSGP Cafepress Store
Check out new items added to the store including jewelry, shot glasses, ipod cases, laptop skins and more!
serving the white shepherd community since 1999
Home News Updates Contact Us Articles Breeding Data Policy Database & Submissions Finances Geneticist's Pedigrees History Links Longevity Awards Memorials Necropsy Pages Overview & Tools Privacy Policy Research Support/Donations
      Send personal donation checks              or money orders to:      White Shepherd Genetics Project      Susan Ewart, Treasurer      75 Old Albany Road      Greenfield, MA 01301
Interpretation of necropsy results:
Content copyright 2016. White Shepherd Genetics Project. All rights reserved.
BETSUN’S CAPRICE BONTRAP, CD Sire:  Hoofprint Viking Trapper Dam:  Foxhill Lady Frosted Crystal December 27, 1998 – March 27, 2007 9 years, 3 months
The most notable necropsy findings relating to cause of death were a tumor of the soft tissue of the mouth (squamous cell carcinoma) that was also invading the bone of the jaw, and resultant spread of that cancer to the lungs (metastasis.)   The tumor in the lungs is an undifferentiated carcinoma, so it is not identified as the same type of cell origin as the growth in the mouth, but is most likely spread from there as there was no other primary tumor identified on necropsy examination. The lungs appeared to be uniformly affected by the cancer, with little normal or functional tissue left.  There is a notation in the report that the chest cavity did not collapse, which means that the lungs had lost their pliability because of the amount of abnormal tissue present.  There is evidence of congestion of the liver that is consistent with what would be expected as a secondary effect from the amount of compromise that is present in the lung tissue.   The right thyroid gland appeared smaller than normal.  There was also some ectopic (displaced or malpositioned tissue, often congenital) thyroid tissue on the surface of the heart, which may have been functional.  There is no evidence or history of hypothyroidism included in the report.  The pancreas reflects changes indicative of Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) but there is no history of GI problems included.  Most likely Caprice required supplementation of pancreatic enzymes, as there was severe underdevelopment of the exocrine pancreatic cells noted.  The changes in the kidney of mild interstitial nephritis and tubular necrosis are consistent with the age of the patient, and do not indicate any likely pathology.   There was no evidence of disease of the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, immune system, skin, neurological system, skeletal system or eyes.