Tag Archives: Our Dogs “Best of Health”

The why and how of Breed-specific Health Strategies – “Best of Health” June 2019

When I spoke at the 3rd International Dog Health Workshop in Paris in 2017, I started by saying that breed health improvement is not a conformation problem, a genetics problem, or a veterinary problem. It’s a change management and a continuous improvement problem. For IDHW4 held in the UK recently, I said the challenge is …

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We need to stop trying to change people’s minds! – my May 2019 Best of Health article for Our Dogs

I am looking forward to the 4th International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW) co-hosted by the Kennel Club and International Partnership for dogs in Windsor at the end of May. I have been helping to organise one of the themes, Breed Specific Health Strategies, which is the subject of a series of workshop sessions. I will …

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Where do Breed Health Strategies come from? – my “Best of Health” article for April 2019

It might sound like a daft question to ask where Breed Health Strategies come from but I think it is of fundamental importance for those of us in breed club leadership roles. It’s also not something that just Breed Health Coordinators should be concerned about. Here in the UK, the Kennel Club has been supporting …

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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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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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