Welcome to a website that has been set up to investigate the incidence and distribution of autoimmune and immune mediated illness in the Hungarian Vizsla. The project has the support of the UK breed health coordinator and also of the 2 UK breed associations – the Hungarian Vizsla Club and the Hungarian Vizsla Society.
Interest in immune mediated disease developed as a result of veterinary recognition of a breed associated presentation of Polymyositis – an inflammatory muscle disorder. In the vizsla the illness is typified by pharyngeal dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) together with drooling and muscle wasting (especially round the head)
Polymyositis results from inappropriate immune system behaviour.