February 2018: Vet's Advice

January 26 2018

In Bristol many of us are very familiar with the Children of the 90s Study’ and many of us are still actively involved in helping to collect data.

Generation Pup: time to get involved

In Bristol many of us are very familiar with the Children of the 90s Study’ and many of us are still actively involved in helping to collect data. This is a longitudinal study by the University of Bristol, of parents and children following 14,500 families and is providing vital information in many fields of research in child development, health and disease. Now we have ‘Generation Pup’, a similarly longitudinal study designed to follow pups from an early age and once again the University of Bristol is at the forefront. Thanks to generous funding from the charity Dogs Trust’ researchers from the University of Bristol and the Royal Veterinary College, London have been able to set up the largest study of our canine companions in a generation. 

If you own a pup under the age of 16 weeks, the Generation Pup team would love to hear from you. The scientific research project is the first of its kind in the world, which will examine the behaviour, development and welfare of dogs from puppyhood right through to old age. 

The researchers need 5,000 puppy owners to regularly answer questionnaires about their dogs at various stages throughout their life. This information will allow them to investigate dog health and behaviour, and crucially, will help them develop recommendations on how certain diseases and behaviours can be best prevented. 

Besides asking owners to complete regular questionnaires, owners are offered the option of becoming more involved by collecting samples (such as brushed hair) from their dog. 

In return, each puppy owner will become part of the Generation Pup community, receiving regular updates on study findings via the dedicated website and social media. Participating study owners will also be contributing to the improvement of dog welfare for years to come! 

So a call out to all pup owners in Bristol, support your local university and sign up please to help future generations of pups and their owners. 

To learn more please visit www.generationpup.ac.uk 

And, of course, for any more information on puppy health and behaviour matters do give us a call at the surgery and we will be very happy to talk to you.