Stop Registering puppies born to dogs with Elbow Dysplasia 3 or 2 or unscored parents.

Stop Registering puppies born to dogs with Elbow Dysplasia 3 or 2 or unscored parents.

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Paws Against Elbow Dysplasia started this petition to The Kennel Club

Members of the public wrongly assume that buying from a kennel club registered dog means that that dog has had all necessary health checks and that the results are a good enough standard to allow them to be bred from.
 
This is not the case, some registered dogs are not even health checked, some dogs are health checked but still bred from even if the results are below what is deemed acceptable as set out by the British Veterinary Association.
 
The BVA advises only breeding with dogs with ED 0 score but many dogs are still being bred who have ED 2 or 3 scores or even without having been scored at all.  This irresponsible behaviour by some breeders means that the painful debilitating disease that is Elbow Dysplasia is continued to be passed down from generation to generation of dogs.

Elbow Dysplasia (ED) Grading System:
0 = Radiographically normal  1 = Mild Osteoarthritis (OA)
2 – Moderate or primary lesion with no OA  3 = Severe OA or primary lesion with OA

We believe the puppy buying public needs to have an assurance that if the puppy they are buying is registered with the kennel club it is from healthy parents who have not only been health checked, but whose results have been interpreted and used in accordance with BVA guidelines.  We understand that Members of the Assured Breeders Scheme are obliged to health test but it is still only advised, not mandatory to heed the guidelines.
 
This would encourage all responsible breeders to register their dogs and adhere to the BVA guidelines and puppy buyers will know that if they buy a puppy NOT registered with the Kennel Club their puppy is more likely to have health issues than ones whose parents are KC registered.
 
We understand that there are no guarantees in nature and sometimes, despite adhering to all health advice, health problems can appear but this way at least generations of puppies will be given the best chance they can of having a healthy, pain-free life.
 
We, the undersigned, request that the Kennel Club amend their rules of registration so that puppies born to dogs with Elbow Dysplasia Scores 3 and 2 or unscored parents should not be registered. We also want elbow scoring to be made mandatory for anyone wanting to register litters with the Kennel Club from any Breeds known to be at risk of Elbow Dysplasia.

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