SKYES AND MDR1

SKYES AND MDR1

Skyes do not have MDR1 (multidrug resistance mutation 1). It has been studied and tested. MDR1 means sensitivity to various drugs, like ivermectin (dogs with MDR1 can also be sensitive to some other drugs like doxorubicin and butorphanol). The mutation is most commonly found in all Collie breeds and some breed of sheep dogs, here is a list that can be found on line:

  • Australian Shepherd
  • Border Collie
  • Collie
  • English Shepherd
  • German Shepherd
  • Long-Haired Whippet
  • McNab
  • Miniature Australian Shepherd
  • Mixed Breed
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Silken Windhound

That said, Skyes are known to react very badly to ivermectin, therefore it is never recommended to use ivermectin products for Skyes, as it can be fatal. So our answer is, just stay away from ivermectin and don’t try if your Skye can tolerate it. Chances are he won’t. It also seems that testing although reassuring for the owners, is not needed.

Email: info@skyeti.ch
Skye Terrier International Association
Zuegelweg 18
3777 Saanenmoeser
Switzerland