Canine fertility, reproduction and IVDD Seminar – thanks to the Dachshund Club of Wales

The Dachshund Club of Wales hosted a health seminar in Chepstow, today. The speaker was Professor Alexandru Raul Pop from Romania. Alexandru is a vet, breeder and Basset exhibitor so he brought a brilliant combination of veterinary expertise as well as a down-to-earth breeder’s perspective.

The morning presentation covered canine fertility and reproduction with lots of useful information on the bitch cycle and ovulation testing. We heard a useful discussion of artificial insemination including semen storage options and insemination techniques. The afternoon started with information on male fertility and issues such as cryptorchidism which clearly has a genetic link but the mode of inheritance is not known. The Breed Council’s Health website also has lots of advice on breeding.

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The final presentation was on Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) and started by explaining the difference between Hansen Type 1 and Type 2 IVDD. I was particularly pleased to see Alexandru refer to 2 peer-reviewed papers for which I am a co-author:

DachsLife 2015: Lifestyle factors and the risk of IVDD

Neuter status as a risk factor for IVDD

Alexandru discussed the importance of treating Dachshunds as dogs and not wrapping them in cotton wool; they need to be kept fit and in good muscle-tone. He also said that he doubted whether there would be any useful DNA test for IVDD in the next 10 years because it is a complex condition.

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Thank you to Alexandru for a comprehensive presentation on fertility and IVDD. I’m sure everyone learnt something new.

Finally, I’d like to thank the Committee of the Dachshund Club of Wales for organising the seminar and for the excellent catering.

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