The Joint Health Co-ordinators for the UK English Springer Spaniel Breed Clubs have compiled a Breed Health Survey, which aims to give a better picture of the health and temperament of English Springer Spaniels across the breed in the UK. The Survey can be found on a new ESS Health Reporting Website at www.englishspringerhealth.org.uk, and is running for a three month period from 1st May to 31st July 2013.
The Survey can be completed by anyone living in the UK who owns an ESS, whether Kennel Club registered or not, and all information given will be treated in complete confidence, with no names of dogs, or owners’ details ever being published. It will help enormously if the Survey can be completed online, but it can also be downloaded and posted, or emailed to the Health Co-ordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For the first time, the Survey will help put any problems in context by asking owners to submit reports on their healthy dogs as well as those with diagnosed health conditions, and to report on any dog they have owned that has died since January 2008.
The Survey is simple and quick to complete, whilst at the same time providing meaningful data that can be used, if required, by researchers focusing on canine health issues. After the three month survey period has ended, the results will be analysed and published anonymously on the website, which will also provide an ongoing facility for owners in the UK to report any diagnosed health conditions affecting their ESSs, or their age and cause of death.
It is very much hoped that all ESS owners who would like to help safeguard the future welfare of the breed will participate in the Survey and encourage others to do the same, in turn publicising it themselves wherever possible.
Statement issued by: UK English Springer Spaniel Breed Clubs Joint Health Co-ordinators
Lesley Bloomfield and Louise Scott