Tackling inherited and conformational problems in dogs
10.30 Registration, tea and coffee
10.45 Carol Fowler: Welcome and introduction to Dog Breeding Reform Group (DBRG) and DogBreedHealth
11.00 Dr Clare Rusbridge: When bad becomes normal – Tackling welfare problems related to conformation
12.00 Professor Sheila Crispin: Ocular problems related to poor head conformation: the wrong kind of skin and excessive amounts of skin
12.30 Professor Sheila Crispin:: Ocular problems related to poor head conformation: skull shape, does it matter?
13.00 Lunch and networking (Poster Session)
14.00 Dr Clare Rusbridge: When bad becomes normal: tackling inherited disease
15.00 Discussion (both speakers) chaired by Pete Wedderburn: Final thoughts on inherited and breed-related disease.
When Bad Becomes Normal – Welfare problems related to conformation
With an emphasis on neurological problems such as Chiari-like malformation, brachycephaly, syringomyelia, vertebral malformations in screw tailed breeds, and Wobbler’s syndrome, Clare Rusbridge discusses how selection for certain conformation may increase risk of disease and opens discussion on how they could be addressed.
Ocular problems related to poor head conformation: the wrong kind of skin and excessive amounts of skin
With the exception of known inherited diseases such as hereditary cutaneous hyaluronosis (HCH), the reasons for poor head conformation are complex and do not follow patterns of Mendelian inheritance. Sheila will argue that breed-specific standards are fine, provided that those standards are not causing, or perpetuating, conformational abnormalities that have health and welfare implications.
Tackling ocular problems related to poor head conformation: skull shape, does it matter?
What happens when we select for characteristics that change the shape of the dog’s skull? There are more than 400 documented breeds worldwide and their craniofacial morphological diversity is astounding, but not necessarily synonymous with good health. Sheila discusses the adverse impact that skull shape can have on a dog’s quality of life, with particular emphasis on the ocular problems associated with brachycephaly.
When Bad Becomes Normal: tackling inherited disease
With an emphasis on neurological problems such as Lafora’s disease, degenerative myelopathy, epilepsy, and inherited susceptibility to immune-mediated disease and cancer, Clare Rusbridge discusses how challenging it can be to avoid genetic disease or disease susceptibility and opens discussion on how to tackle inherited disorders in a breed.
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