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October 2019

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Do you show your dog in Wales?

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on new Regulations regarding Animal Exhibits which includes a proposal that anyone exhibiting (showing) a dog or cat (or other pet species) in Wales will need to be licensed and inspected. Thousands of dogs and cats and horses travel to Wales every year to be shown so such a licensing scheme is not only impractical and unnecessary it will actually have an impact upon Wales' economy. Dogs (registered with the Kennel Club) cats (registered with the governing Council of the Cat Fancy) or horses shown in hand and under saddle should be exempt from registration. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION to ask the Welsh Government to 'add the keeping of dogs, cats and horses engaged in competitive events’ to Regulation 3(4) which lists a number of exempted activities that are proposed should not be subject to the proposed licensing scheme.

Subsidised KC/BVA Eye Screening

The Dachshund Club will be hosting a clinical eye screening session at their Championship Show on 16th November at the KC Building, Stoneleigh. Dr Peter Bedford is the panel eye specialist who will be carrying out the screening.

Our charity, Dachshund Health UK, has agreed to offer subsidies to Dachshund owners so the cost of this test will be just £20. The session will be open to other breeds at a cost of £42 per dog.

To book a place, please contact Daphne Graham 

Examination under the Eye Scheme is not restricted to the identification of inherited eye disease, but also includes general assessment of the health of the eye and adnexa (eyelids, tear ducts and other parts around the eye ball).

Read more about eye disease in Dachshunds.

The Breed Council recommends breeders should carry out clinical eye testing (KC/BVA/ISDS) to check for conditions in addition to cord1 PRA. Read more here about why this is important.

What to expect when you take your dog for an eye examination.
Dachshund Rescue and the Red Foundation are both reporting big increases in the number of dogs being re-homed. The Red Foundation's latest report is shown below.

Discover Dachshunds at Discover Dogs ExCel 12-13 October

Come and meet the Dachshunds at Discover Dogs on 12 and 13 October. The Southern Dachshund Association will be hosting the Dachshund booths, so there will be experts on hand to answer your questions and plenty of dogs to meet and cuddle.

Check out our Advice for Buyers

Does your vet understand Dachshunds?

There are some health conditions which occur more commonly in Dachshunds than in other breeds and these are covered in this new Factsheet written especially for vets. The information identifies conditions that may be particularly prevalent in Dachshunds as a breed, whilst also highlighting any possible differences between individual varieties of dachshunds.

References to relevant papers are included and this summary for vets is drawn from the Dachshund Breed Health and Conservation Plan published by the Kennel Club and Dachshund Breed Council in 2018.

The Royal Veterinary College want to find out what the general public's awareness is of health issues connected to specific dog breeds.

This will help them understand how to best advise and inform potential and existing dog owners about improvements to their dogs' health and wellbeing.

The survey is quite short.(completion takes approx 4-7 minutes) but the results will have a huge impact on improving dogs' lives.

This year, Devoted to Dachshunds is again raising money for research into IVDD and also for those dogs already sadly affected with the disease. EVERY PENNY (the entire £5) from the sale of these lovely cards will be split between the Dachshund Breed Council's research into the condition and the charity, 'Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD' which raises money for rehabilitation, wheelchairs and strollers.  There is a choice of 6 designs. Thank you again to Selina Knox for her support. Click here to order.

Suffolk Dachshund Cafe 27th October
Location: Station Hotel, Ipswich IP2 8AJ

A day to meet other dachshund owners, enjoy treats and raise money for Dachshund Health UK's Back Disease (IVDD) fund.

Email for more details or visit their Facebook page. Tickets are just £5 per family.

You can also support Dachshund Health UK by donating via PayPal:

Thank you for supporting our charity: Dachshund Health UK

A big shout out to:

Emma and Seth who raised £315 for our IVDD screening programme by running the Cardiff 10k in memory of Julie Austin's Bella. 

VIP Dachshund Seniors Facebook Group who raised £300 in their Autumn raffle. 
Find out about IVDD Screening
We're on Instagram now. Follow @DachshundHealthUK
Read the weekly Dachshund Breed Notes here.
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Dates for your diary...

Discover Dogs - ExCel, London - 12-13 October
Dachshund Club of Wales Breeding & IVDD Seminar - 30th November - Chepstow

Online Calendar of UK Dachshund shows and events

On the internet...

New on our websites...

Do you know someone with a Dachshund with IVDD? Recovery can be long and painful for both dog (and owner) so why not let them know that you're thinking of them with this lovely 'Got Your Back' sausage dog card? Cards are available, either singly or in packs of 5 (get 5 cards for the price of 4).

Order from Selina Knox at 

NB The entire purchase price of these cards will be donated to the Dachshund Breed Council's IVDD research fund.

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