Category Archives: Health & Welfare

Understanding the genetics of IVDD – let’s not get too excited (just yet)!

University of California, Davis, researchers have revealed the discovery of a genetic mutation across breeds that is responsible for chondrodystrophy (the skeletal disorder leading to shorter legs and abnormal intervertebral discs) in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [UCD Press Release] The paper says there are two FGF4 retrogenes …

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A German perspective on Breed Health Strategies for Greyhounds

I am grateful to Barbara Thiel for sharing her latest article on the application of Breed Health Strategies in the Greyhound breed in Germany. Barbara was one of the delegates I met at the IPFD’s 3rd International Dog Health Workshop in April this year. She has taken many of the ideas we discussed in the Breed Specific …

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Reflections on the 3rd International Dog Health Workshop, Paris 2017

It would be very easy to view this event run by the International Partnership for Dogs as a talking shop for those of us actively involved in breed health improvement work. I’ve not attended the previous two events, so have nothing to compare it with but, overall, it was an impressive example of international and …

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IPFD Workshop 2017 – summary of actions from Day 2

Day 2 of the IPFD Workshop focused on action planning in each of the 6 workstreams. We reconvened mid-morning, after an early start, for a plenary session where each group presented their recommendations. This is a summary of the final reports. The Day 1 summary is here. Education and Communication This workstream took antibiotic resistance …

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Ian’s presentation at the IPFD Paris workshop: DBC Health Improvement Strategy 2017

Ian Seath’s presentation at the IPFD International Dog Health Workshop 2017 on the UK Dachshund Breed Council’s Health Improvement Strategy: . . . . . . .

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