Amyloidosis In the Bracco Italiano: Ongoing Research

Amanda Inman, DVM

In this article, I hope to answer some of the most common questions we have about inherited renal amyloidosis in the Bracco Italiano. I will include information from previous and current research investigating amyloidosis, as well as my own experiences as a veterinarian and breeder of these wonderful dogs.

My foundation bitch died of renal amyloidosis. However, the diagnosis was not made until archived kidney tissue was analyzed six years after her death. By that time, her offspring had been bred and I had second and third-generation Bracchi with amyloidosis. Through my dogs that I’ve bred and owned, and through networking with owners and breeders across the world, I’ve been involved in countless cases of amyloidosis in the Bracco over the last 10 years. I am currently involved in ongoing research into this disease at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

My goal is to provide information (and hope) for families faced with this
terrible disease in their beloved dogs. Any experiences that are anecdotal are noted as such and should be taken with a grain of salt as they are not supported by scientific research.