Links

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) Genetic Welfare Problems of Companion Animals: http://www.ufaw.org.ukgeneticwelfareproblems.php

A more detailed and scientific website with information on breed related problems in dogs. Highly recommended.

University of Cambridge, Dr David Sargan, Inherited Diseases in Dogs: web-based information for canine inherited genetic disease: http://www.vet.cam.ac.uk/idid

Canine Inherited Disorders database: http://www.upei.ca/cidd/intro.htm

This website is useful for pet owners whose pet has been found to have an inherited condition. Also for potential dog owners who want to help in avoiding these problems when choosing a pet.

University of Sydney LIDA website: http://sydney.edu.au/vetscience/lida

Helps potential purchasers to make informed decisions when buying puppies and kittens. It is ‘designed to collect, organise and disseminate information on the prevalence of inherited disorders in Australian cats and dogs.’

Book: Breed Predispositions to Disease in Dogs and Cats, Alex Gough and Alison Thomas (Wiley-Blackwell): http://www.amazon.co.uk

A comprehensive list of genetic health issues for all of the dog breeds to assist practising vets in their diagnoses. Also an indication of how common these diseases are in a particular breed.

Book: How to have the perfect pup. A ‘Dogs Today’ publication: www.perfectpup.co.uk

An excellent source of information on 100 dog breeds with help and advice to the general public on how to choose a suitable dog and one which is healthy.

Dog Advisory Council: www.dogadvisorycouncil.org.uk

Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding. An independent council chaired by Professor Sheila Crispin (est. 2010) The Council’s recommendations and advice will hopefully lead to very much needed reforms in the dog breeding industry.

Dog Advisory Council Guide to Buying a Puppy:http://www.dogadvisorycouncil.com/puppy/

An easy to use online facility for prospective puppy purchasers. Excellent advice on finding a good breeder and a healthy puppy.  Not breed specific.

VetCOMPASS Animal Surveillance: http://www.rvc.ac.uk/VetCOMPASS/Index.cfm

An electronic system of disease surveillance in companion animals. Information from primary practice vets on breed related genetic diseases will now be able to be effectively monitored.

RSPCA / BVA AWF Puppy Contract: www.puppycontract.org.uk

The RSPCA/BVA AWF Puppy Contract was launched in April 2012. Puppy buyers and breeders can download the Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP) from the website. Use of this contract will give puppy buyers peace of mind that everything has been done to produce healthy and well socialised puppies. Breeders can also safeguard themselves and be assured that their puppies are going to a good home.

RSPCA Born to Suffer Campaign:

www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaigns/companion/dogwelfare/borntosuffer

Seeks an end to the breeding of dogs based on looks. ‘Dogs bred to the KC’s breed standards could suffer from pain, hereditary diseases and developing health problems. These exaggerated features may have been celebrated at dog shows but to some of our best loved breeds, they mean a life of pain and misery.

Cavalier Campaign: www.cavaliercampaign.com

A campaign to reform the current system of dog breeding. Raising awareness of the genetic health problems of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and the measures that are being taken to restore the breed to health.

Cavalier Matters: www.cavaliermatters.org

To raise awareness of genetic diseases in Cavaliers and other dog breeds. To raise funds for specific veterinary and scientific projects which aim to tackle genetic problems.

Cavalier Puppy: http://cavalierpuppy.co.uk

Specific advice for anyone looking for a healthy Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy.

For the Love of Ollie: http://www.fortheloveofollie.com

Sandy Smith’s heart warming book about her own dog’s battle with Syringomyelia which has already raised thousands of pounds for research into this painful and debilitating condition. Now also available as an e-book.

Pedigree Dogs Exposed Blog: http://pedigreedogsexposed.blogspot.com

Jemima Harrison’s sharp and inciteful blog on dog breeding related issues.

The Karlton Index: http://www.thekarltonindex.com

Measures the performance of dog breed clubs in tackling the health and welfare issues in their breed.

Sick Puppy Helpline UK:

www.facebook.com/YEGPU6CR

Gives consumer help and advice if you buy a sick puppy. Also information about Consumer Law, such as the Sale of Goods Act (SOGA)

BVA/KC Canine Health Schemes website: http://www.bva.co.uk/chs

Eye Disease; Hip Dysplasia; Elbow Dysplasia; Chiari malformation Syringomyelia (CMSM)

k9 Check: http://www.k9check.co.uk/

k9 Check is building up a database of health data for dogs from individual cases submitted by dog owners

Finnish Canine Genetics Group (University of Helsinki and Folkhaslsan Research Centre) http://www.koirangeenit.fi/in-english/

Aims to identify genetic abnormalities leading to different hereditary diseases as well as other breed specific traits, to develop genetic tests for purposes of breeding

Dogs Club TV www.dogsclub.tv/dog-and-puppy-advice/health-problems

Created by Mandrill Television production company. Their videos provide information and advice on all dog matters, includiing puppy advice, training, grooming, and health

Dog Health Workshop  http://www.doghealthworkshop.com

The Dog Health Workshop was arranged in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2012.  Around 150 stakeholders from 20 countries that share a responsibility for dog health, such as geneticists, veterinarians and representatives from the cynological and animal welfare organsations, gathered in Stockholm to discuss key issues with relevance to canine genetic health. Initiatives arising from the workshop may be seen on the website above.  The German Kennel Club will arrange a second Dog Health Workshop in Dusseldorf in 2014.