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Is This a Way Forward to Tackle Genetic Problems in Pedigree Dogs?

The Companion Animal Welfare Council have produced a report covering a recent workshop discussing the issue of genetic health issues affecting our much loved pets. The report gives some very interesting food for thought on a number of options that may be available to us as we battle to tackle the problems affecting certain dog breeds suffering with genetic health conditions. Well worth a read.

Report of the Companion Animal Welfare Council Workshop held at 14:30 on Thursday 9th October 2008 at 2 Millbank, Westminster.
Summary and conclusions
At present, structured and coordinated approaches to implementation of appropriate breeding strategies for addressing genetic welfare problems in companion animals are limited and the leadership for such coordination is unclear. By default, the approach adopted has been one of developing diagnostic tests and breeding strategies to tackle specific problems.
This is of course extremely important but there needs also to be higher level consideration of whether [...]

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