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* 1. The goal of this project is to try to help Westies. As we know, pulmonary fibrosis is relatively common in Westies, and is associated with difficulty breathing due to progressive scarring of the lungs. Onset is often subtle, and it can be hard to find new treatments or show that treatments work by the time that the disease has advanced. In people, an easy test called the 6 Minute walk test, is used to determine exercise tolerance, and it is also used to show if treatments are working, or if the disease is stable or getting worse. The westie community desperately needs an easy test to help with this disease. The standard way to do a 6 minute walk test is to have dogs walk in a set course in a hospital; however, this summer, we have shown that the test can also be done outside at home by the dog's family. We are trying to recruit severe hundred Westies to help establish what a normal Westie walks at home, so we can help fight this disease better.

What we need are westies that are able to help!
Please contact me if you have any questions. Elizabeth.rozanski@tufts.edu
While we think the dogs will love it, the study was approved by our hospital animal study board!

What you need to get started besides a dog, is a way to measure how far you walk and a timer. We have used MapMyRun app, so if you have a smartphone or access to one, this is the easiest way to go!

Take you dog to an area free from distractions (like a parking lot or other large area) if your dog is easily distracted! If allowed, high school running tracks are easy but they don't all allow dogs.

Make sure the outdoor temperature is comfortable (not too hot or cold)

Using the Smart Phone app (or a stopwatch and other form of measurement) walk your dog for 6 minutes; let him (her) set her own pace, no running! If you dog wants to rest, STOP. Record the value walked (feet, yards, meters or part of a mile are all fine!)

My dog walked (distance)

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* 2. My dog has pulmonary fibrosis

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* 3. What is your dog's name (call name, not AKC name)

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* 4. What is your dog's sex?

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* 5. What is your dog's age?

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* 6. Does your dog have pulmonary hypertension?

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* 7. Does your dog have any health problems that you know? If yes, please state

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* 8. How much does your dog weigh?

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* 9. At rest, at home, what is your dog's resting respiratory rate? Count how many breathes your dog has in 15 seconds, and then multiple by 4.

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* 10. Any other comments or questions?

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* 11. If you want to receive the results; please give me your contact information; otherwise thank you for participating!

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