What will the information from completed health surveys be used for?
Health survey information will be used for research purposes only. At this stage, simply the collection of data for future reference. This data will be analysed on a yearly basis and information regarding the incidence and distribution of both health and behavioural issues will be tabulated and displayed on the site. Your health survey information is confidential so no identifying information relating to you or your dog(s) will be displayed. It is hoped that at some point in the future these records will prove valuable for tracking specific issues in the breed with the assistance of researchers/veterinary professionals.
Will the information I provide be submitted to the breed club for their records?
Although SRHP health has the support of the UK breed club, it is an independent project so we do not share health survey information without your permission. However, the Health Survey does now include the option of forwarding your completed form to the breed club if you wish. Alternatively you can complete the breed club health questionnaire separately.
Is there anything else I can do to help with the research into SRHP health issues?
Yes, the more information we have about the UK SRHP population the better. Firstly you could have your dog hip scored - the more SRHP that are hip scored the more accurately the breed average hip score will reflect the UK SRHP population. You could also provide the Animal Health Trust (AHT) with your dogs DNA profile (see here) for use in their research into genetic disease. Currently the AHT are researching both Idiopathic Epilepsy and Steroid Responsive Meningitis Arteritis (SRMA).
What should I do if my SRHP develops a health problem?
Obviously you should start by contacting your vet. In addition, you or your vet may find some of the information on this site useful. Support from other owners can often be found via the facebook groups listed on the links page. You may find other owners who have experienced similar difficulties who would be happy for you to contact them directly. Due to the confidential nature of this project SRHP health cannot give out this information.
What should I do if my SRHP develops a behaviour problem?
Once again you should start by contacting your vet. Your vet should be able to refer you to a qualified behaviour counsellor who can guide you through the process of dealing with the problems your dog is displaying. Support from other owners can often be found via the facebook groups listed on the links page. You may find other owners who have experienced similar difficulties who would be happy for you to contact them directly. Due to the confidential nature of this project SRHP health cannot give out this information.
I am thinking of getting a SRHP, should I be worried about health or behavioural issues?
In general No, you should not be worried. In comparison with some other breeds popular in the UK the SRHP is relatively healthy and sound. However, as you would before purchasing any breed, do your research.....be sure you understand the requirements of owning a dog designed to work and that you can meet their behavioural needs. It is also recommended that you get your dog insured, NOT because an SRHP is any more likely to develop health issues than other breeds but just in case. Hopefully you will not be unlucky and encounter any health problems but, if you do, treatment can be costly.