Published: 20/11/2014 12:29:19
National Canine Health Testing Week
We’re proud to support the Kennel Club’s National Canine Health Testing Week initiative, helping to promote the importance of making sure that dogs are adequately health tested before breeding. Have you posted a #healthyselfies of your dog on social media to promote the campaign? We have! See ours by clicking here
A lot of health tests are easy to access, such as obtaining hip scores and elbow grades for dysplasia, and eye screenings in breeds that are known to have inherited eye problems. If you need information on accessing these, please speak with your local vet.
For dogs with white pigment in their coats it is also important to have their hearing tested as these animals are more likely to suffer from inherited deafness. At the Animal Health Trust, we’ve offered BAER accredited hearing tests since 1992. We see a lot of puppies from breeds with predominantly white coats, such as Dalmatians, for their check-ups every week. Find out more about this by clicking here
Another area of our work which assists in the healthy breeding of dogs is our research into inherited diseases. Overtime, the research can result in a simple DNA test to check if a dog is affected by, or a carrier of, a certain inherited disease, such as cerebellar ataxia or primary lens luxation. For more information on our genetics research for dogs, click here
Keeping animals happy and healthy is at the core of the Animal Health Trust’s work and it’s great to be able to share this message with others through initiatives such as National Canine Health Testing Week.
Spending your money wisely
From every £1 you give
us we spend 93p
fighting disease and
injury in animals.
We use the remaining 7p
to raise the next £1.