In her latest entry, IPFD CEO, Dr. Brenda Bonnett introduces us to the new textbook: Health and Welfare of Brachycephalic (Flat-faced) Companion Animals - A Complete Guide for Veterinary and Animal Professionals, Edited By Rowena Packer, Dan O'Neill; Copyright Year 2021, with a focus on chapter on ethics. This thought- and hopefully discussion-provoking blog is entitled Veterinarians and Brachycephalic Dogs - Ethics and Reality. The blog and the Part One of the textbook are important reading for anyone with a concern about dogs, dog health, and welfare.
★ This Month We Feature the Pug ★
As we say in our WSAVA Bulletin article (see below): "Pugs are delightful, funny dogs and their owners adore them. They are also brachycephalic dogs with serious issues including breathing, eye problems, and likely all of them have some degree of spinal malformation." The challenges of extremes of conformation, issues of legislation, concerns about health and welfare of dogs and breeds, are all brought to life in this breed.
Get a GRIHP! on Pugs: This article is part of a series to highlight the Big Picture of health, welfare, and breeding and to help develop Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profiles (GRIHPs) for many breeds.
Learn more about Pugs in our Pedigree Breeds database.
+ See DogWellNet's article, Pug - DogWellNet Resources
The Pug - DogWellNet Resources page contains links to numerous articles, blogs, references, research, IPFD's Partners and Collaborators content, and videos that relate to Pugs. The Big Picture of health and welfare in Pugs is complicated!
IPFD Partners in Action
IPFD Collaborating Partner, The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), has recently published the latest edition of Dog Breeds: What You Need to Know, a regular feature in their online news section (and in the WSAVA Bulletin) that highlights IPFD resources on a particular breed with a focus on breed-specific diseases.
In the latest edition: Meet – and consider Pugs – Update Your Knowledge!
You can also view previous editions of Dog Breeds: What You Need to Know in
our archive article here on DogWellNet.com.
Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD)
What's New in HGTD
Our HGTD Project Manager, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi, provides answers to your questions on canine genetic testing in Ask Aimee.
If you’d like to submit a question to Aimee, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HGTD & Genetic Testing Blog
The HGTD & Genetic Testing blog provides regular updates on our rapidly expanding genetic testing resources. It currently features regular input from Brenda Bonnett and Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi, but be sure to look out for future posts from special guests.
Get Involved in HGTD!
We welcome additional participant GTPs, more collaborators from any stakeholders concerned with dog health and welfare, the advice of experts, the participation of breed clubs and other consumer groups. We stand ready to provide more information to ongoing discussions.
Please feel free to contact us as we work together for healthy dogs and to support those who breed and own them: IPFD CEO, Dr. Brenda Bonnett and/or HGTD Project Manager, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi.
International Dog Health
Workshops (Genetic Testing)
If not for the pandemic, we would have held the 5th International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW) by now. But we’re watching global developments with cautious optimism that we’ll soon be in a position to determine a date/location/format for the next IDHW. In the meantime, we are developing online events to keep important collaborations going,
We are pleased to announce IPFD Virtual International Dog Health Workshops for 2021, which will begin with a focus on genetic testing. Three topics have been identified by our stakeholders as being important to current conversations around canine genetic testing: Standardizing Genetic Reports, Validation, and Genetic Diversity. Within each topic, specific challenges have been raised, and potential goals and outcomes have been identified.
The first of these short workshops - focusing on standardizing genetic reports - is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, 28 September 2021, and will aim to agree on goals and outcomes, as a community, to move forward in post-workshops actions.
This workshop is anticipated to be of particular interest for genetic test providers, breed-health advisors, and kennel clubs, and researchers developing new genetic tests - as it will be addressing many shared challenges around genetic test reports. Topics of the workshop include providing clarity on reporting genetic variants, results where tests are risk-based, nomenclature/terminology harmonization in reports, and advising on genetic test application. Confirmed presenters include Dr. Cathryn Mellersh (University of Cambridge) and Dr. Jonas Donner (Wisdom Panel), with additional speakers to be confirmed.
Please visit the Virtual IDHW Page for updates on workshop dates, speakers, and registration.
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