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Pedigree dogs
Vets urged to ‘get stuck in’ and help Kennel Club improve dog health

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IF vets want to improve the health of pedigree dogs, they would be much better working with the Kennel Club to affect change than criticising from the sidelines.

That was the message in a nutshell from Nick Blayney, veterinary consultant to Crufts and chairman of the Kennel Club's Dog Health Group following this year's Crufts.

Speaking to Veterinary Record, he said he was ‘frustrated by the ignorance’ of some of his professional colleagues. ‘There are some very, very polarised views. A lot of vets pass a strong opinion without knowing what goes on in the Kennel Club. They are 30 years out of date.’

Mr Blayney said the club had learned a lot since the BBC documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed was aired in 2008, revealing the serious health problems affecting some pedigree dogs.

The organisation had introduced mandatory training for judges, for example, and vet checks at the ringside for at-risk category three breeds.

There is a long way to go but the movement …

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