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£100 subsidy for IVDD Screening

KC Grant to support our programme

Last year, when we launched our IVDD Screening programme, we applied to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for a grant to support the programme over the next 3 years. We have been notified that our application has been successful and we are incredibly grateful to the KCCT for their generosity and support for our work.

At the Breed Council meeting held on 14/5/17, it was agreed that, in light of the KCCT grant and other fundraising, the Council would now be able to increase its subsidy of the Screening Programme.

The Council will now be able to offer a £100 subsidy on X-ray screening as well as paying for the scoring of the X-rays.

Depending on the level of uptake of the screening programme, we hope to be able to offer this support for at least 3 years, which should give us a strong base for reducing the risk of IVDD in the breed.

Breeders who have participated in the Screening Programme since its launch will also be able to reclaim £100 from our Health Fund. They are the true pioneers of this programme in the UK and we want to ensure their support is also recognised.

The cost of participating in the Screening Programme, if breeders use our CVS partner vets, will now be just £200. Breeders will still need to pay £300 to the CVS practice carrying out the screening but can reclaim the £100 subsidy from the Breed Council once their screening results have been confirmed.

A condition of participating in the Breed Council’s scheme is that the owner agrees that their dog’s X-ray results may be published in an online registry of screening results and that they participate in a regular survey of their dog’s health.

For more information on how to have your dog screened, please visit our IVDD website.

Breed Council AGM 2017

Annual Report

The Dachshund Breed Council held its AGM and a Council meeting on Sunday 14th May 2017.

Ian Seath was re-elected as Chairman to serve for a term of 3 years. He presented his report for 2016 which you can read here. Anne Moore was re-elected as Vice -chair to serve a further 1-year term.

The Treasurer presented the Council’s accounts and it was agreed, at the subsequent Council meeting, that the Midland Dachshund Club would present a proposal for investing in new educational materials to be used at the Discover Dogs and other Pet Show events for Dachshund buyer education.

In light of the continuing importance of investment into breed health improvement projects, it was agreed at the AGM that the Breed Council should set up a charity for the management of future fundraising and expenditure. This will ensure we have effective governance in place and enable us to reclaim Gift Aid on donations. The Health Fund has a current balance of £27,000 with funds ring-fenced for “Give a dog a genome”, IVDD and Lafora projects.

Little Legs Fundraising

Initiative to support IVDD screening

Little Legs Fundraising has been born from a passion about the health and welfare of our beloved breed.
There are some amazing initiatives ongoing for dogs who are suffering from IVDD and because this can be as many as 1 in 4, we are trying to tackle the root cause.
The hope is that we can raise £15,000 so breeders can undertake screening at a reduced cost and make informed decisions about their breeding programmes to reduce the number of IVDD cases causing devastation on a daily basis. Prevention is always better than cure and we would wholeheartedly appreciate any support.
How can you help?
Donate, even a small amount at:
Like our Facebook page to keep updated with our progress. We also have many products and raffles with all proceeds to our target.
Message us through our Facebook page if you would like to do some fundraising. We have people doing a range of activities to help us achieve our target so anyone who wishes to support is welcome to arrange something of their choosing and will be gratefully welcomed.
We are also hosting a Dachshund Day in August where there will be a range of stalls, a dog show, children’s entertainment and a pet photographer to name a few! Announcements will be made on our Facebook page in June so pop over and give us a like.
Carley Denton & Lisa Roylance

Editor's note: Thank you Carley and Lisa for the £300 you raised in your first week.

Other news in brief...

Latest Lafora Screening Results

Of the 38 dogs tested in March, 28 were Clear, 8 were Carriers and 2 were Affected. All the owners have been informed and Test Certificates will be emailed to them. All test results will be available on the KC Health Results website. The next subsidised screening session will take place in the Autumn. Contact to reserve a place.

IVDD Screening
Find out how to participate in our subsidised IVDD Screening Programme.
Christmas Cards!
Selina Knox ( will be selling Christmas Cards to raise funds for our Back Disease (IVDD) research programme. Artist Joy Fitzsimmons has very kindly donated an image for one of the cards. Her dog, Ned, recently suffered an IVDD episode. More details to follow!

Grape & Raisin Poisoning
Grape and raisin toxicity is well documented in dogs, although the exact substance that causes the poisoning is still not understood.

The Veterinary Poisons Information Service has not had any fatal cases reported since 2013 but have had reports of renal impairment in dogs much more recently.  

The outcome is poor in animals that present late, so the apparent reduction in severe cases is probably due to increased awareness and prompt treatment.  In the absence of knowledge about the cause, the VPIS continues to recommend treatment for pets that ingest grapes, sultanas, raisin or currants.

Dates for your diary

Have a go at dog showing
Southern Dachshund Association is running an introductory event on 25th June for anyone who hasn’t shown before or who has less than a year’s experience. Find out what’s involved in showing a Dachshund. You don’t have to enter their show to take part in this. Details here.
Seminar/A2 Assessment
The Dachshund Club and Longhaired DC will be running a seminar and A2 Assessment near Wolverhampton on July 23rd. Contact the Secretaries: Annette Latham-Jackson or Lynda Billinghurst.

Rescue and Welfare

Dachshund Rescue
The independent rescue and welfare charity for UK Dachshunds. Website here. Temporary help for owners is provided by Daxaid.

June 2017

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