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Improving the health of pedigree dogs

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By Suzanne Jarvis

A range of actions are needed to improve the health of pedigree dogs, and multiple stakeholders must be engaged for progress to be made.

That was the outcome from the fourth International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW), held earlier this month and hosted by the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) and The Kennel Club in the UK.

Outcrossing more breeds and creating an international brachycephalic health group were among the key recommendations (see box). Working groups have been established to drive these actions over the next 18 months.

The workshop concentrated on breed-specific health issues. Delegates were split into groups and asked to suggest recommendations.

One group focused on brachycephalic breeds. It recommended that vets use a grading system to indicate severity of brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) – a system that would be understandable by owners and could guide breeding and …

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