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Dog welfare
Issues with brachycephalic dogs

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‘THE world is full of animal welfare problems. But it seems to me that this is a relatively major one, and one that we ought to be able to make progress with without too much difficulty.’

So said James Kirkwood, chief executive and scientific director of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, as he opened a CPD event on ‘Building better brachycephalics’, which was held at the Royal Veterinary College's (RVC's) Hawkshead campus on November 11.

Brachycephalic dogs, such as pugs and French bulldogs, are known to have health and welfare issues associated with their distinctive flat-nosed and large-eyed physical traits. Breeders, veterinary surgeons and others with an interest in welfare came together at the event to …

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