NEW LEGISLATION INFO
The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force in England on 1st October 2018. Essentially, it is a tightening and standardisation of rules governing the breeding and commercialisation of certain animals. Primarily, this covers breeding dogs, selling pets, hiring horses, or keeping animals for exhibition or education.
DEFRA recommended to local authorities that KC Assured Breeders of more than three years’ standing would automatically receive a five-star breeding licence for five years – unless inspection found poor welfare standards. The ABS is the only UKAS accredited body in this sector and operates to what is called the higher standard, meaning the members are low risk as they are already operating and being inspected for higher standards.
The key change for dog breeding is that a licence is now needed for breeding three or more litters and selling at least one puppy in any 12-month period. This is good news as more breeders will need to have inspections and meet welfare standards. It is still possible to breed any number of puppies without a licence as long as they are not sold.
WARNING - 03 JAN 2018
The EDP has recently posted the below articles relating to the death of one dog and the severe illness of another following their ingesting of washed up fish on North Norfolk beaches.
Please read the articles in the links below and pay extra special care if you walk your dog on a beach.
Another useful link:
With summer in full swing (on and off obviously in UK climate) there’s now an abundance of interesting flora and fauna through which your Catalans may wish to ramble and explore during the hot, dry weather.
However it may be best to avoid long, grassy areas as lurking amongst the colourful bursts of blooms and shrubs are a collection of creepy-crawly bugs, seeds, thorns, burrs and ‘sticky-pods’ as well as pollens, all of which can easily get entangled in the lush long coats of our beloved doggies.
These add-ons can lead to bites, rashes, other skin irritations, inflammations and general discomfort. We would ask that you pay extra special attention to your dog’s temperament (often a sign of something amiss) and groom them carefully and more often. In some cases seeds, burrs and the like, can dig their way through into and under the skin much like ticks.
Catalans have a special double coat used to manage hot and cold weathers but their coats may increase in volume during the summer (due to hereditary factors - Catalans were used to herd sheep in the mountains during summer) so it can be difficult to spot foreign elements trapped within and causing unrest. You will need to spend additional grooming time to get to the skin under the fur all over the dogs’ body and ensure nothing is untoward.
Additionally with the thickening of coat remember that your dogs (for the most part) will not be at higher altitudes and in cooler air as were their ancestors. So please ensure your dog is well hydrated at all times (carry a water bottle on long walks) and able to cool themselves with either a dip in the river or under the hose/sprinkler. Do not, please, remove their undercoat as this is essential to their self-maintenance. Excessive panting and lethargy will indicate if they are overheated.
We hope that you take these suggestions as with the best of intentions and enjoy a beautiful, warm and pleasant summer with your Catalan.
Click here for more info: http://www.aht.org.uk/skins/Default/pdfs/sci_2014poster.pdf
New tick disease killing dogs http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35815813
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