Animal Welfare Wrap-up: Volume #11
Here is our weekly roundup of the latest news in animal welfare. Click through and read the latest animal welfare news.
This week, we have news about brachycephalic dogs (bulldogs, pugs, and French bulldogs) and greyhounds. We also give Prof. Paul McGreevy a well-deserved award and take a look behind the scenes at our RSPCA NSW Sydney Shelter.
A study published in current biology examines brachycephaly, the term for the smooshy face trait that some dogs have as a result of selective breeding. The study also analyzes the genetic mutation responsible. According to the article, “Smooshed faces, or brachycephalics, are cute but their wide eyes and bug-like face do them no favours.” They are prone to respiratory distress and tend to have more eye injuries than other breeds.
LoveisBlind.org.au has more information about how brachycephaly can affect the welfare of dogs.
You can adopt or foster a greyhound if you have ever considered it. We’ve created a booklet that will help you develop a relationship with the dog and learn about their needs.
The International Canine Health Awards awarded Professor Paul McGreevy the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to canine welfare and behavior and his work with VetCompass. Professor McGreevy is the University of Sydney’s first Professor of Animal Welfare Science. He focuses his research on dog welfare and behavior.
Channel 7’s The Morning Show visited RSPCA NSW Sydney’s shelter to learn how animals are cared for, prepared for adoption, and rehabilitated. Check out the amazing animals that are waiting to be adopted on Adoptapet.