Category Archives: Best of Health – Our Dogs

Trust or trash? Just what can you believe? – My October 2017 “Best of Health” article

The annual KC Breed Health Coordinator (BHC) Symposium was, for the first time, opened up to people who are not BHCs. As a result, around 200 people attended the event which featured a packed agenda of topics. There has already been an overview of the day published in Our Dogs (13/10/17) but, this month, I …

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Making sure the obvious really is obvious; my September 2017 “Best of Health” article

Some people are caught out and surprised at the “unintended consequences” of a decision or action to improve breed health. For others, these are entirely predictable outcomes which are merely minor blips on the journey towards a more significant strategic goal. The world of breed health improvement has plenty of examples and, this month, I …

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Complex diseases: can we really find the genes? “Best of Health” August 2017

Many breeds have been pinning their hopes on finding the genetic mutations responsible for diseases and health issues with the expectation that breeders will be able to test their way out of problems. In some breeds, we have been “fortunate” to be able to identify so-called simple mutations from which DNA tests have been developed. …

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Here’s to you, Mrs Robinson – my July 2017 “Best of Health” article

Many Breed Health Coordinators have been waiting expectantly for Philippa Robinson to publish the results of her KarltonIndex (KI) review for 2017. Like me, they are no doubt disappointed to have read the following announcement on the KI Facebook page recently: “I have to extend sincere apologies to everyone waiting for an update on the …

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International collaboration on dog health – part 2: My June 2017 “Best of Health” article

Last month, I wrote about the Breed-specific Health Strategies workstream that I participated in at the third International Dog Health Workshop. This month, I’m sharing some of the discussions from the other workstreams. Show me the numbers This group emphasised the importance of asking “why collect this data?” so that it would be clear how …

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