HEALTH REPORT FROM THE MEETING OF THE

WSS JOINT HEALTH GROUP

HELD ON 26TH NOVEMBER 2017

 

FITTING

Two new Fitters have been reported to the JHG. Details will be published in the WSSC Yearbook 2018.

 

MENINGITIS

A very small survey of dogs who developed Meningitis resulted in one particular item that it is felt is worth passing on to owners.  ALL of the dogs first presented with pain in the limbs, mostly the neck but also limping. Most were misdiagnosed initially, so it is worth keeping in mind that such symptoms could possibly be a sign of Meningitis.

 

DANGER TO DOGS

The JHG had a report of a dog that had swallowed a corn on the cob husk of which the owners were not aware, after some time the dog was very unwell and it eventually resulted in an operation to remove a foreign object and a large part of a Corn on the Cob husk was found blocking the intestines.  Sadly this dog did not survive the operation.  So do be aware of what your dog may be eating .

 

MICROCHIPS

The JHG have been made aware that it is believed that there may have been a ‘bad’ batch of microchips used some 5/6 years ago. A number of dogs of this age have been found to no longer have a readable microchip, so it could be worth getting your dog checked at the next Vet visit if around this age.

 

GLAUCOMA

Everyone should be aware of the new Pilot Scheme that is being trialled for Gonioscopy testing, when a grading will be given along with the usual Affected and Unaffected results.  This Pilot was to finish in January 2018, but has now been extended until at least July 2018 to collect further data.

 

CANCER

The Club Newsletters and social media have carried the link to a Cancer Survey that is being organised by the University of Nottingham, please ensure that you complete this survey for each of your dogs that may suffer, or have suffered from this condition, including dogs no longer with you.  The link is:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/spaniel_cancer_survey

 

Julie Revill

Secretary

WSS Joint Health Group