Tag Archives: Our Dogs “Best of Health”

Dog health needs a decision-making revolution: “Best of Health” July 2020

The recent furore about the Dutch government’s legislation affecting 12 brachycephalic breeds has seen yet more polarisation of views on both the definition of the problem and the potential solutions. In summary, the legislation uses a single measurement; the craniofacial ratio to specify which dogs can be bred from. Consequently, the Dutch KC has said …

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Culture eats strategy for breakfast – my June 2020 “Best of Health” article

I’m not overly persuaded by the many comparisons of Covid19 testing and death rates in different countries. Statisticians David Spiegelhalter and Sylvia Richardson said recently: “…it’s tempting to link a country’s statistics to the measures they have taken to control the virus: for example, has Sweden’s more relaxed policy been as effective as lockdown? But …

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Breed Health: leading in the “new normal” – my May 2020 “Best of Health” article

We are living in strange times. I don’t want to say “unprecedented” as this has become rather over-used of late. People (mostly, irritating journalists) keep asking when it will end and why hasn’t enough been done. There’s a huge amount of uncertainty about the future and that’s largely driven by the complexity of the situation …

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Health-tested does not mean “healthy” – My March 2020 “Best of Health” article

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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A world of unanticipated consequences

A few weeks ago, words like “self-isolation”, “social distancing” and “lockdown” were barely part of our vocabulary. The rate at which new information emerges on the progression of Covid-19 seems to increase daily and decisions that were logical and evidence-based one day, may be completely reversed or changed just a week (or even days) later. …

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