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Old 01-19-2009, 07:10 PM   #1
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I thought I'd post this abstract presented by a Professor at UC DAVIS - Really its fairly pertinent to Libbye Miller DVM's article. However, it does not address the PETA issues. That is why I've created a separate thread.


The most common soundness problems addressed with breeder clients at UC Davis include:
1. Orthopedic disorders
2. Seizure disorders
3. Atopy
4. Cryptorchidism
5. Temperament problems
6. Ophthalmic disorders
7. Cardiac disorders
8. Bodily malformations (brachycephalic, entropion, chondrodystrophic)

The priorities of most breeders are:
1. Conformation/appearance
2. Performance/personality/trainability/instincts
3. Ease of reproducing
4. Marketability
5. General health/easy “keeper”
6. Fast fixes for heritable problems.

1. Private breeders produce the best purebred pets (vs puppy mills).

2. Private breeders priority is not to produce pets, but to produce individuals they can compete with and win, or succeed at an endeavor (search and rescue, assistance, therapy) or gain a reputation as a good breeder, somehow.

3. Selection pressure must be applied to make progress toward a breeder’s goals. This selective pressure often does not depend on or correlate with the breeds’ health defects.

4. The perfect, sound, winning, successful dog or cat does not exist, whether it originates from a breeder or from a shelter.

5. Purebred dogs and cats offer the most predictable appearance and temperament.

1. Breeders tend to believe one another, the internet, breed fancy publications, dog food labels, feed supply store employees and their own “breeder’s 6th sense” more than their veterinarian.

2. Unless that veterinarian happens to be a very successful breeder too.

3. However, some “breeder veterinarians” are met with suspicion and even hostility due to competitive personalities. suspicion and even hostility due to competitive personalities.

4. Breeders will seek the “breeder veterinarian’s” advice at dog or cat events, but may not be willing to seek consultation ($) at his/her clinic.

5. “Golden” breeder clients do exist and should be cultivated and supported.


Genetic Diseases: Diagnosis, Counselling and Control in Small Animal
Medicine
Autumn P. Davidson DVM, MS, DACVIM
Clinical Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, United States of
America,

Abstracts Voorjaarsdagen 2007 | 113

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Maybe someone can put it wrong, but I like that article that you have found.
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Maybe someone can put it wrong, but I like that article that you have found.
At the end of the day, she is a University Professor who is widely published. I would value her research as it isn't based on anecdotal experience.

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At the end of the day, she is a University Professor who is widely published. I would value her research as it isn't based on anecdotal experience.
She does sound like she knows her stuff, is there any more of her articles? I would like to read them as you say that it isn't based on anecdotal experience, and sounds intresting.
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She's written an informative article on Bruccelosis - associated with reproduction in the dog

http://209.85.229.132/search?q=cache...ient=firefox-a

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I'll have to save that link and come back to it later when the computer has decided to behave, but when it does I will look at it thanks.
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