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  3. Thank you very much for the comment and link to a very interesting article Jim. Moving beyond just health and biological functioning, as Fraser described, to include the other spheres could provide both better welfare outcomes for patients and financial opportunities for veterinarians. Also neat that the paper cited the article by Shaw 2008. I am currently in a communications rotation right now with Dr. Shaw discussing some of these tough issues and learning tools to navigate them.
  4. not sure if you have seen this paper Canine behaviour problems: discussions between veterinarians and dog owners during annual booster consultations ( which provides information on relationship between veterinarians and the addressing of problem behaviour. Although a small study it provides an insight into the difficulties of clients asking for and accessing veterinary support during the annual vaccination visit. worth a read.
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  8. Information available from various sources quantifies the numbers of dogs and helps to determine prevalence of disease.
  9. Breeding for Behavior | Mentality | Instinct This section focuses on the inheritance of traits/predispositions and their integration with broader issues of dog health. IPFD and DogWellNet hope to develop this topic with the help of Experts - from all areas of the dog world.
  10. Here we are listing a few DWN resources that cover the relationship of dog health and welfare issues as they relate to phenotype.
  11. Brenda, your blog covers all the facets. The effort to inform and create change is challenging. I am hopeful that the new DNA analysis will help dispel fear and shed some much needed light. Breed management is getting a have a much needed leg up. Those vested in a breeds future will be the first to engage. I had a couple of mentors to start me on that journey and it was helpful. I also had to move beyond my National Parent Club to do it but one mentor, C A Sharp, nudged me along. Sharing ideas is a wonderful idea. The photo is from the FB Blog/Page Yorkie Health and Genetics. Best wishes, Patty Coyne
  12. Many thanks to the AKC-CHF and our other sponsors for supporting the collaborative Harmonization of Genetic Testing initiative!!! See the Dog News Annual Issue for the complete article.
  13. An article in the February 2017 edition of the UK's Veterinary Practice takes a look at ongoing national and international efforts to enhance the welfare of pedigreed dogs. It also asks the question, "Are we making a difference?" and encourages veterinarians to examine their role, individually and collectively.
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    This breed has information on veterinary care events (VC) insurance data. Files Available for Download: SALUKIS VC 2006-2011.pdf The VC file has rates of most common and highest risk conditions requiring veterinary care. Agria Dog Breed Statistics FAQs.pdf This file addresses frequently asked questions regarding Agria Dog Breed Statistics. Click on the red DOWNLOAD button above to access the files.
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    Veterinary Practice (UK) article: London Vet Show presentation on progress being made to enhance the welfare of pedigree dogs. VP Publication - February 2017_ Agria and London Vet Show.pdf
  16. I have noticed in a few breed's health surveys that the question of intact or neutered is included. I do not know if the Breed Clubs for DSF in different countries have done health surveys - or if analysis has been done on intact status related to anything else covered in the health surveys. I am aware of research into the increased risk of expression of joint conditions (Neutering Dogs: Effects on Joint Disorders and Cancers in Golden Retrievers: and immune mediated issues (Gonadectomy effects on the risk of immune disorders in the dog: a retrospective study: in dogs that were spayed/neutered early/later in life. I do not know exactly which breeds were studied or how club recommendations for management of dogs are impacted or how breeders/owners/vets specifically handle the spay/neuter question.
  17. Indeed, in Sweden most dogs are intact, male and female, although the trend is changing somewhat in recent years. And, unfortunately, we do not have information on their neuter status in the data. Are there some results that you think would be markedly affected by that? All breeds in Sweden have Pyometra as a relatively common occurrence, because bitches are intact to higher ages. Certain breeds show an increased risk compared to All Breeds. Thanks for the comments!
  18. Curious as to wether there is information as to the neuter/intact status of the dogs in the data contained in the Agria files. Given this is Sweden should we assume the majority of these dogs are intact?
  19. Below we present a collection of links and excerpts from media coverage of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs initiative. We will be adding more content as media articles are published.
  20. Our mission is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of your pet with fully personalised, breed-specific care. Orivet was founded on the premise that each and every pet is unique, with its own set of specific traits, behaviours, genetic health needs and inherent risks. We work with pet owners, breeders and vets to provide completely personalised products and services that treat and care for pets as the unique individuals they are, taking into account each pet’s genetic makeup, age, sex and lifestyle. Through this we aim to encourage the development of a deep, genuine and lasting bond between pets and their owners. Orivet is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.
  21. ASHGI would like to commend IPDF, OFA and CHF for this new initiative. This is a subject that has been concerning me for several years now. I have more than once had to counsel dog owners and breeders regarding cases where a dog tested differently with different labs (and I've experienced this myself, too), where lab results are reported inaccurately (i.e. calling dogs “carriers” when the mutation is dominant as with MDR1 and HSF4), when labs offer tests for our breed that do not apply, when offspring’s test results fail to conform with those of the parents, and more. Thank you for doing this. I look forward to seeing this program develop.
  22. The Animal Health Trust exists to fight disease and injury in animals. Thanks to our pioneering work improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention, horses, dogs and cats are living healthier, happier lives – in the UK and across the world. The Animal Health Trust is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.
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