Monday, February 14, 2011
Pedigree dogs-many health problems are genetic, despite what some say.
A short video well worth watching if you are not familiar with the problems associated with breed standards and the inbreeding allowed and even encouraged by the large kennel clubs. Unfortunately, many breeders do not understand these problems well enough either and often blame (often with the encouragement of holistic vets) vaccines, ill defined "toxins", commercial dog food, and sometimes the owners for problems that quite clearly have strong genetic components, even when not entirely genetic diseases. These problems have not really received enough attention from organized and science and evidence-based veterinarians, but the alternative and integrative veterinarians seem to be exploiting them without any mention of the responsibility the kennel clubs and breeders hold for creating so many health problems in the first place.