Generous funding from the UK’s largest dog charity - Dogs Trust has enabled researchers from Dogs Trust, the Royal Veterinary College and the University of Bristol to set up and launch ‘Generation Pup’.
Generation Pup is the first study to follow dogs of all breeds from puppy-hood as they grow up into adults. We aim to recruit 5,000 puppies aged 16 weeks or less, any breed or crossbreed, from anywhere in the UK.
Data about the dogs will be gathered using owner-completed questionnaires. Owners, if they wish, can also grant the research team access to veterinary records, provide samples (e.g. faeces/hair/cheek swabs) from their dogs, and/or take health cards to their vet for completion at routine visits.
Generation Pup has the great advantage of collecting information about dogs as they move through their lives– so the ages at which diseases occur and which factors might have contributed to their development can be identified. This means that researchers in the Generation Pup team can investigate whether aspects such as environment, social interaction, diet, exercise or daily routine may be important in the development of a range of health and behaviour conditions which impact on the well-being of our dogs. Knowledge of important risk factors can be used to develop strategies to reduce the likelihood of associated diseases and behavioural problems affecting dogs in the future.
Generation Pup has the potential to be the largest study of our canine companions of this generation. If you would like to find out more please visit www.generationpup.ac.uk or get in touch with a member of our team at email@example.com, or by phoning 07434 843460.
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