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Canine health schemes
Change in advice on selecting sires and dams for breeding under the BVA/KC Elbow Dysplasia Scheme
  1. Ruth Dennis
  1. Aimée Llewellyn
  1. Centre for Small Animal Studies, Animal Health Trust, Lanwades Park, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7UU
  2. Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB
  1. e-mail: ruth.dennis{at}aht.org.uk

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ON behalf of the BVA Canine Health Schemes office, the panel of Elbow Dysplasia Scheme scrutineers and the Kennel Club (KC), we wish to draw colleagues' attention to a recent change in the advice given to dog breeders regarding the selection of potential sires and dams based on radiographic elbow dysplasia (ED) grading. This is given in the BVA/KC Elbow Dysplasia Scheme Procedure Notes, which are available on the BVA's website: www.bva.co.uk/canine_health_schemes/Elbow_Scheme.aspx

Internationally, grading of ED is based on detection or otherwise of primary ED lesions and the depth of any arthritic new bone present. Grade 1 (osteophytes up to 2 mm …

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