The Health & Welfare Sub Committee was established in 2009. Current committee members are Jackie Crawford (Chair), Barbara Weston (Secretary), Peter Sheppard, Frank Geraghty, Linda Thorogood, Lynn Peters, Margaret Hughes, Sue Boden, Carol Page (as BHC and ex officio)
- To monitor breed health and develop future breed health surveys
- To Encourage Clumber Spaniel owners to participate in health surveys and carry out screening for known health conditions in the breed
- To Provide a contact point for help and advice with regard to health problems
- To Provide information on testing sessions
- To Fund raise for further research
- To Liaise internationally with other breed club health committees
The Club appoints two Health Officers, who are also members of the Health & Welfare Sub Committee, who may be contacted in confidence for help and advice on health matters.
The Sub Committee has also produced two leaflets; one outlines the information provided here and the other is a letter to a Vet introducing the Clumber Spaniel. We hope that both will be useful to new owners and would encourage breeders to include copies in their “Puppy Pack”
Health screening is recommended for all dogs particularly those being bred from. Current health screening recommended by the Clumber Spaniel Club:
KC/BVA hip scoring. This has to be done by a veterinary surgeon. The dog will need to be heavily sedated or put under anaesthetic. X rays will be taken of the hips and forwarded to the KC/BVA who will assess and score them, the lower the score the better. A fee will be charged by the veterinary surgeon for carrying out this procedure as well as a fee by the KC/BVA.
PDP1 DNA test. PDP1 is a debilitating exercise intolerance condition, with fatal outcome usually before the dog reaches 3 months of age. A simple cheek swab will determine whether the dog is a carrier of PDP1 or is “clear” of the disease. Carriers should only be mated with “clear” status dogs. The test is carried out by the Animal Health Trust and details can be found on their website. Group submissions of 20 or more will qualify for a 20% discount, further information on this can be obtained from Carol Page on 01489 589734 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Eye testing is recommended by the club. Completed eye test forms should be forwarded to the Clumber Club Health Officer.