The consent of the Kennel Club registered dog owner releases the
veterinary surgeon from the professional obligation to maintain
confidentiality (vide the Kennel Club General Code of Ethics (2):
Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon
performing a caesarean section and/or an operation on any of their
dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, may
report such operation to the Kennel Club.). All data received will
be retained and processed securely. Any form received where the dog
is not identified as a Kennel Club registered dog will be securely
This information is collected by the Kennel Club to:
- Provide information regarding breeding lines appearing to
perpetuate certain defects.
- Help to deter breeders from breeding from animals displaying
evidence of hereditary problems, or whose natural conformation has
been altered, or where breeding routinely relies on caesarean
operations (vide Regulation B22c (5)).
- Assist dog show judges to be sure that they are not being
called upon to assess dogs with hereditary defects which have been
so well corrected by surgical intervention that these cannot be
- Collect and utilise clinical data over time, to assist in
inferring prevalence and monitor changes and trends to support
health and welfare.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, British Veterinary
Association, British Small Animal Veterinary Association and the
Kennel Club consider that in the interests of animal welfare,
reports should be made to the Kennel Club in appropriate cases, to
help correct some of the problems identified in the breeding of
For the present, the removal of dewclaws may be excluded from
operations to be reported, since, of course, the results of such
procedure will be self-apparent.