Author Archive: Ian J Seath

Alternative facts and the post-truth world: my February 2017 “Best of Health” article

Dealing with “alternative facts” and the post-truth world It’s pretty clear from what’s happened in recent months that we’re living in what’s being labelled a “post-truth world” where personal opinions and “alternative facts” are used as the basis of policy-making. I’ve written before about analysis paralysis and the dangers of waiting for the perfect set …

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Genetic Diseases: Not so simple after all? January 2017 “Best of Health” article

A recent paper, “The continuum of causality in human genetic disorders” by Nicholas Katsanis caught my eye because it describes some emerging thinking that has relevance in the world of canine genetics. Katsanis writes about recent advances in our understanding of the overlap between so-called simple and complex diseases. These two extremes are characterised as …

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20 videos on how to strip a Wirehaired Dachshund’s coat

I’ve updated my Wirehaired Dachshund grooming page and there are links to 20 YouTube videos on how to strip a Wire’s coat. . . . . . . . . . .   . .. . .  

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Let’s celebrate our Breed Clubs and Breed Health Coordinators – December 2016 “Best of Health”

I’ve had many interesting conversations with Breed Health Coordinators (BHCs) about what they are trying to achieve in their breed. One of the great things about most BHCs is that they are so passionate about their breed, its health and its development. There’s no lack of enthusiasm and motivation to make a difference, but there’s …

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The dangers of evidence-free policy-making

I was interested to read David Cavill’s latest blog where he sings the praises of the RSPCA for their report on the Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA). ‘Breed Specific Legislation – a Dog’s Dinner‘ sets out the history of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), its lack of effectiveness and proposes a number of solutions and recommendations. The …

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