Category Archives: Best of Health – Our Dogs

Fighting the dog health infodemic – Our Dogs Best of Health article

Along with the recent talk of a Coronavirus Pandemic, there has been a discussion of the parallel infodemic. The World Health Organisation (WHO) launched an online platform to combat misinformation and fake news which they described as an infodemic. It occurred to me that we could perhaps learn something from the WHO responses that would …

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Health-tested does not mean “healthy”: my “Best of Health” article for March 2020

I’ve been involved in several conversations over recent months about where we should focus our efforts if we want to improve the “health of dogs”. In my breed, Dachshunds, we often focus on back disease (IVDD) as the most significant health issue facing the breed. The evidence suggests the breed is 10-12 times more likely …

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Thinking fast and slow – my “Best of Health” article for February 2020

Last month, I ended with a quote from Dr Dan O’Neill at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW4): “We need to stop saying it’s all about the dogs. It is clear that it is really all about the people”. While it’s important to understand canine health and genetics, it’s become apparent that many of …

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Breed Health – time to look ahead: My “Best of Health” article for January 2020

It’s that time of year when New Year Resolutions have either already been forgotten or are well on the way to become good habits. It’s also the time of year when many Breed Health Coordinators (BHCs) will be reflecting on their achievements in 2019 and looking ahead to plans for 2020. One of my Christmas …

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Breeders: the good, the bad and the future – my December 2019 “Best of Health” article

Question: What’s the definition of a Puppy Farmer? Answer: Anyone who breeds more litters than you do! The problem with the Puppy Farmer label is that it’s laden with emotion and it’s a term that gets used to brand some breeders who clearly aren’t farming puppies with little regard to their welfare, socialisation or the …

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