While the ADAMTS20 variant has been documented in the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, it is not thought to be affiliated with cleft lip in other breeds. Cleft lip/palate can have genetic causes in many breeds, but unfortunately, the causative variant(s) has not been discovered. Environmental factors such as too much vitamin A during gestation can cause clefts as well.
Embark is a research-focused company, and we collect health information from owners, breeders, and veterinarians to hopefully make genetic discoveries ourselves. If you would like, you can fill out the Annual Health Survey located under the Research section of each dog's profile. You may be also sent more specific health surveys via email from time to time. Also, if you have them, you can upload any veterinary reports directly to your dog's profile, under the "Documents" section on the profile homepage. Please note: Documents can include scans or photos, and can be set to private so only you and the Embark team will have access.
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