October's 31 days of Q&A
Questions & Answers
If you would like to submit a question please post it in the comments below, and we will be happy to answer them for you.
What is MPS?MPS is a rare genetic disorder that doesn’t allow sugar molecules to properly break down in the system.
What color is the cat?MPS Army has discovered 3 cats. Trident is white, Bella was black and tan, and Pepper is appropriately named after her black and white coloring.
What types of cares should animals have with MPS?The number 1 thing we always like to advise when caring for an MPS animal is lots and lots of love. Miraculously it seems to be the one thing that helps them have a full and longer life. Beyond love we like to recommend always keeping them active so their muscles don’t try to stiffen up too early, a healthy diet and some good treats, and we like to recommend to not live in fear. These pups can do so many amazing things if we let them. They are just as capable as any other dog, but they may be slower or take a little longer at it. It’s up to us to encourage them to keep reaching for the stars.
How many animals do we know of that have or had MPS?In total MPS Army has discovered 26 animals that have been tested positive for MPS. That is 23 dogs and 3 cats.
Is there any research going on presently into the disease in animals?PennGen (University of Pennsylvania) is the only location that we know of that has done research into MPS animals. We are still trying to learn from them everything they have discovered and we hope to soon know if they will be doing any further research and what that involves. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date on this subject.
How simple is the testing to see if a pup has the gene?MPS Army works with two companies that provide MPS testing. One (Vetnostics) is specific to the MinPin breed and is a very simple cheek swab test. The other (PennGen) accepts a urine sample to run their tests. MPS Army will cover full costs for any family, shelter, or rescue that thinks their pup may have MPS, as well as any breeder that would like to join our MPS Army Certified Breeder Program.
How many MPS animals are in California?13 out of the 26 animals MPS Army has discovered have been from California with a few others in nearby states.
Who was the smallest MPS pup?We do not have exact measurements but among the smallest would be Church, Grimmy, Horus, Pan, Scooby, Tigger, Vader, Walter, and Winslow all measuring in at an XS shirt size.
How is MPS diagnosed?MPS is diagnosed officially through DNA testing (cheek swab or urine sample). However, frequently we can see signs of MPS just by looking at an animal. Many signs include short turned up nose, skinny figure many would think is unhealthy, back legs that do not stretch fully out, large ankles, hazy eyes, curved spine, nose bubbles, large tongue, and they tend to walk with a waddle.