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Survey: Why do we retire working Gundogs?

The following item was sent to the Society on 24 January 2020 by John Houlton.

I have a favour to ask of you for the benefit of working gundogs!  I am a semi-retired veterinary surgeon who specialised in canine orthopaedics while in clinical practice. For the last 25 years I have had working Labradors (currently I have six) and pick-up around 80 days each season. I am passionate about the health and well-being of gundogs and some years ago undertook a survey on their injuries. This was published (Houlton, J.E.F. (2008) A survey of gundog lameness and injuries in Great Britain in the shooting seasons 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 Veterinary Comparative Orthopaedics & Traumatology 21, (3), 231-237) and now I want to investigate why gundogs stop working. We all think we know but there is no good data on this subject and I suspect there may be some surprises. So I have launched a survey which takes around 3 minutes to complete. 

I would be very grateful if you could bring this to the attention of your members either by email or via social media. The link is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/M5J7K38

Thank you in anticipation and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on john.houlton@btinternet.com or on 07901 622639.

Regards John Houlton

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