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Unique Updateable Canine Health Guide Launched

Posted: November 16, 2010, 4 p.m., EDT

The Kennel Club, the U.K.’s largest organization dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs, has launched a brand new guide to canine health aimed at assisting veterinarians. The "Veterinary Practice Guide to Dog Health” has been specially developed to provide members of the profession and other practice staff with a handy, updatable resource that covers a range of topics, including breed specific information for all 210 pedigree breeds recognized by the Kennel Club and the range of health tests currently available to breeders and owners.

The guide also contains information on the Kennel Club’s Accredited Breeder Scheme--which currently has around 5,300 members who commit to good breeding practices that encourage the breeding of healthy, well-adjusted puppies--and the Fit For Function: Fit For Life campaign--which aims to ensure all dogs are able to lead their lives to the full, by ensuring they are able to fulfill the function for which they were originally developed.

The guide also provides details about the reporting of operations that alter the natural conformation of a dog, and a sample form veterinarians can copy and use to report such operations to the Kennel Club. It also contains a full set of Kennel Club information guides covering a wide range of topics and examples of Kennel Club registration certificates for dogs from both standard registrations and Kennel Club Accredited Breeders to help advise puppy owners what to expect when buying a Kennel Club-registered dog.

Other topics include a range of Kennel Club initiatives that veterinarians may find useful to pass on to their clients, such as the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme, which is the UK’s largest dog training program, and Petlog, the U.K.’s largest microchipping and pet reunification data base.

 "The Kennel Club Veterinary Practice Guide to Dog Health is intended to assist veterinarians and all practice staff gain information about the two hundred or more breeds of dog recognized by the Kennel Club and any related health issues,” said Nick Blayney, the Kennel Club’s veterinary advisor.

Alongside the launch of the guide, a new dedicated area for veterinary surgeons has been added to the Kennel Club website at This will include links to many of the subjects contained in the manual, and will initially feature the top 20 breeds registered in the U.K. for convenient downloading. Future updated content will be added to this area of the website as it becomes available, and the manual will subsequently be produced as a computer disk for wider distribution and convenience.

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