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UK Vets: Urgent call by vet profession to relieve suffering of brachycephalic dogs and cats

    Blog -- Vet Help Direct:  by Dr Pete Wedderburn BVM&S CertVR MRCVS on May 9, 2016 (see links below).


    Following the Swedish example where veterinarians initiated a petition concerned with health and welfare issues in brachycephalic dogs and a challenge to UK veterinarians on the Pedigree Dogs Exposed blog...


    Vets in the UK are helping to raise awareness for health and welfare issues in Brachycephalic dogs.  As detailed elsewhere on, including The Brachycephalic Issue: Evidence and Efforts, many kennel clubs and breed clubs have been addressing these issues through programs in the show ring and in breeding recommendations and regulations.  The Swedish Kennel Club (SKK) sponsored a Symposium on Brachycephalics, held in February 2016, but already planned well before the Swedish veterinary petition was launched.  The SKK is now  releasing information on the strategic work being done, in collaboration with breeders, breed clubs, veterinarians, dog judges, government representatives, etc.


    The Norwegian Kennel Club is taking a proactive and hard-hitting approach to the issues.  See FOCUS ON BRACHYCEPHALIC BREEDS.

    (Internal) NKK - Focus on brachycephalic breeds 11-04-2016.pdf


    Concerted efforts of veterinarians, together with other stakeholders is needed to gather evidence on this multi-faceted and complex issue and to determine the best approaches to enhance health and welfare in these dogs. Issues and actions relative to exaggerated features in dogs will be a stream in the IPFD 3rd International Dog Health Workshop.  IPFD Partners are actively involved in international efforts to move forward in collaborative efforts including a wide range of stakeholders in dog health and welfare.



    Blog article source:


    With the popularity of snub-nosed breeds the blog article states that "Brachycephalic breeds have experienced a huge surge in popularity. The Kennel Club has seen a five-fold increase in registrations of pugs since 2005 and a whopping 4000 per cent increase in the numbers of French bulldogs."




    As of May 11th this blog includes statements from BSAVA, BVA, and the the Dog Breeding Reform Group (DBRG).



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