News in brief...
New guidance from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) reported in Dog World means that unnecessary inoculations may no longer have to be carried out. This guidance is for boarding kennels and local authorities.
For the first time, the institute has accepted a titre blood test to show the dog’s level of immunity against infectious diseases, which could preclude unnecessary, but mandatory vaccinations.
This endorsement from some of the main veterinary and animal welfare bodies means that owners, whether kennelling their dogs or not, can be sure of the science supporting such a test.
Puppy mortality survey results
KC Assured Breeder Scheme members recently contributed to research looking into rates of puppy losses in the first three weeks of life (the neonatal period). The survey found that just under 50% of all litters born suffered puppy losses. A third of these deaths were due to stillbirths and the remainder died mainly in the first week of life. According to the results of this survey dog breeders can expect to lose 8% of puppies born alive in the neonatal period.
Dr. Scully’s study suggests that in the UK about half of all litters suffer losses, with nearer 9% stillborn and 8% lost by 21 days of age. All modern studies agree that the large majority of puppies that die will do so in the first week of life.
Read the KC's Press Release.