APGAW Dog Sub-Group Review and Recommendations for Developing and Effective Strategy for Dogs

APGAW Dog Strategy December 2 2014

The Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) launched its Dog Sub-Group and Review and Recommendations for Developing an Effective England-wide Strategy for Dogs at a meeting at the House of Commons.

The setting up of a Sub-Group for Dogs under the chairmanship of Rob Flello, MP, is a very welcome development. The Group will cover dog control; dog breeding, dealing and trading; dog identification; responsible dog ownership; and resources.

The Group recommends that the laws relating to the breeding, dealing and trade in dogs should be reviewed and updated by means of statutory Codes of Practice under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). It recommends a more consistent approach by local authorities in enforcement of the AWA; the endorsement by Defra and widespread use of the Puppy Contract; and veterinary advice to breeders on inherited breed related disorders.

The full Report may be seen here: Strategy for Dogs [PDF]

New Research on Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease

New Research on Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease is being carried out at the Royal Veterinary College in conjunction with VetCOMPASS by Ms M Mattin, Prof A Boswood, Prof D Church and Dr D Brodbelt.

VetCompassThis study needs the help of Cavalier owners and their dogs and primary vet practices. It aims to document the prevalence of DMVD in UK dogs, evaluate survival characteristics of dogs at various stages of the disease and to determine the prognostic value of clinical measurements and cardiac biomarkers.

If you are willing to take part in this study, you will receive valuable information about your own dog’s heart condition. This will enable your vet to optimise the care of your dog at different stages in the disease. You will also be contributing to research on a disease that frequently compromises the health of the Cavalier breed.

A blood test can provide vets with useful information about the severity of MVD through ‘cardiac biomarkers.’ The study will evaluate whether these tests can also help vets estimate the outlook over time for dogs with MVD and manage the disease more effectively.

Participation involves a health check and a one-off blood test as part of your dog’s regular check-up. The results of the cardiac biomarker blood test will be returned to your vet for your dog’s benefit.

If your dog has MVD and you are interested in participating in the study, please ask your usual vet if they are part of the VetCOMPASS MVD study. If not, please direct them to the VetCOMPASS website for further information:

VetCompass Website

Alternatively ask them to contact Maddy Mattin at the RVC:

Email: mmattin@nullrvc.ac.uk
Tel: 01707 667168
Mob: 07757 750492

A lot is being asked of Cavalier owners at the present time but together we can help to ensure the future health of the breed that we love.

House of Commons Debate on Puppy Farming

Vet, Marc Abrams’, petition to end puppy farming in the UK will be debated in the House of Commons in March 2014. If you object to this inhumane treatment of breeding dogs and their offspring, please write to your MP. In your email or (better still) letter, ask them to attend this debate and vote to outlaw the large scale, commercial breeding of dogs where animal welfare and the basic needs of dogs are being ignored. Dogs are companion animals and it is not appropriate to ‘farm’ them.

Your MP’s contact details can be found at: findyourmp.parliament.uk

Meeting with Jim Fitzpatrick, MP

Dan O’Neill, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP and myself met with Jim Fitzpatrick, MP, former Labour Minister for Animal Welfare. Jim agreed to request a future APGAW meeting on Dog Welfare, support the Objectives of the Dog Breeding Reform Group and request a meeting with Huw Irranca-Davies, MP, current Shadow spokesperson for Animal Welfare.