Author Archive: Ian J Seath

I don’t like your data! – my March 2019 “Best of Health” article

It’s always interesting to read the discussion threads on social media when new scientific papers on canine health and welfare matters are reported and when breed clubs publish their health survey results. I’ve written before about Cognitive Dissonance, a term that captures a multitude of reasons why it’s so hard to get people to see …

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Edition Dog: featuring The Dachshund in Issue 5

Edition Dog is a relatively new monthly magazine full of in-depth and detailed information written by professionals. Each of the features focuses on dog health and wellbeing. Issue 5 features the Dachshund and has a health article on Intervertebral Disc Disease. Photos of SDA Secretary Wendy Starkey’s Smooth Dachshund Ramsay are in the main feature …

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Sunsong Dachshund successes at Crufts 2019

Goril won the Open Bitch Class and Twiglet came second in Junior Bitch.

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Opal’s puppies are 8 weeks old – latest pictures

The pups are 8 weeks old and the first one (Lola) has gone to her new home. Always a sad time but they need the individual attention and to begin socialising with their new families. They are such a well-behaved litter and already getting the hang of going outside to toilet. They like to be …

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Nearly 20 years of DNA testing – what can we learn? – my February 2019 “Best of Health” article

Doctors Tom Lewis (KC) and Cathryn Mellersh (AHT) recently published an Open Access paper where they analysed trends in DNA testing for 8 autosomally recessive conditions in 8 breeds. A headline in the Vet Times said “Study reveals ‘fantastic work’ of DNA testing”. The sub-headline stated that “A study has revealed responsible breeders are reducing …

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