Kennel Club hosts inaugural webcast to discuss brachycephalic health

The Kennel Club has hosted a unique webcast to discuss brachycephalic health and what can be done collaboratively to ensure a healthier future for dogs.

Chaired by Kennel Club Chairman, Tony Allcock OBE, the webcast panel comprised Dr Jane Ladlow, European and Royal College Specialist in Small Animal Surgery and leading BOAS researcher; Bill Lambert, Head of Health and Welfare at the Kennel Club; and Charlotte McNamara, Health and Welfare Development Manager at the Kennel Club.

The panel discussed brachycephalic health, approaches across Europe, the need for a collaborative, evidence-based approach, including how the Respiratory Function Grading Scheme can help protect and improve the health of brachycephalic dogs now and in the future, and the importance of data collection and ongoing research into the complex Brachycephalic Obstructive Airways Syndrome (BOAS). 

The webcast is available to watch at: 

Tony Allcock OBE, Kennel Club Chairman commented: “Brachycephalic dog health is one of the most pressing canine issues globally due to its complex nature and the wide range of contributing factors. It’s important to keep raising awareness of the issues while focussing on evidence-based actions and how we can work together to protect and improve the health of these dogs worldwide. This is a priority for the Kennel Club and all those who care about dogs.”

Read further information about brachycephalic dog health, what The Kennel Club is doing and which tools and health screening is available to breeders.

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