Info for vets

Info for vets

"Dogslife" is a clinical research project which aims to recruit information from pet owners using a website-based platform to enable the evaluation of the risk factors which affect the health of domestic dogs. The project is a collaboration between The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at The University of Edinburgh, Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research at the University of Manchester, Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool and The Kennel Club. The study has been generously funded by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to enable the development and running of the website, and maintenance of the cohort.

The study aims to recruit a birth-cohort of Labrador Retrievers through the UK Kennel Club; if successful then the project may expand to evaluate further breeds. Information on cohort health is recorded using a web-based data capture system. The data collected will be provided through owner description of symptoms and other aspects of the dog's life and though owner entry of veterinary diagnosis. At the end of the study, data will be evaluated to determine the prevalence of different diseases within a population of juvenile Labrador Retrievers and identify environmental risk factors for health and disease within the population.

Dog owners participating in the project may present you with their Dogslife Veterinary Health Report if their dog is seen for non-routine veterinary care. This form enables the owner to report the information you detail on the form into their dogs record on the website, thereby enabling us to record the presenting complaint, diagnosis and treatment for any presentations. We would be extremely grateful if you could fill it in. Where possible, data inputted into the site by the owner is coded or formatted by the Doglife team using a standard set of veterinary terms derived by the Veterinary Nomenclature coding group.

Thank you for your help and support of this project.