Licensed veterinarians are running & # 39; canine fertility clinics & # 39; in the United Kingdom.
As crooked as a dog's hind leg: unlicensed veterinarians in the UK conduct & # 39; canine fertility clinics & # 39; with shade for specialized species like Pugs, Shih Tzus and Chihuahuas that fight to reproduce
- An investigation found 37 clinics that are not administered by veterinarians or have none on the site
- Many of these veterinary services offered such as taking blood or caesarean sections
- The number of these clinics is increasing: only one was found in 2015
- Two centers offered artificial canine surgical insemination, which is prohibited
Unlicensed veterinarians are operating in the United Kingdom and run “ canine fertility clinics & # 39; & # 39; shaded for specialized species such as Chihuahuas, Pugs and Shih Tzus struggling to reproduce.
The experts found 37 clinics that are not administered by veterinarians or had no veterinarian on site, although many offer services such as drawing blood and performing caesarean sections.
On the contrary, a similar investigation in 2015 only discovered a clinic without a license.
Two of the clinics had even been announcing a type of canine artificial insemination that requires surgery to complete, a procedure that was banned in 2019.
The increase in these clinics occurs at the same time as a dramatic increase in the number of puppies born by other artificial insemination techniques.
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Unlicensed veterinarians are operating in the United Kingdom and run “ canine fertility clinics & # 39; & # 39; shaded for specialized species such as Chihuahuas, Pugs and Shih Tzus struggling to reproduce (archive image)
According to the canine welfare organization of the United Kingdom, the Kennel Club, there were more births by artificial canine insemination, through the non-surgical route, in the last three years than in the previous six years from 1998 to 2015.
This trend seems to be linked to the growing popularity of so-called brachycephalic breeds, those dogs with short noses and flat faces, such as Chihuahuas, Pugs and Shih Tzus, who may experience difficulties in mating on their own.
Many of the clinics identified by the researchers were mobile companies, advertised through rudimentary websites, which offer veterinary services for dogs at cheap prices.
Some of these clinics seemed to advocate for & # 39; self-delivery & # 39 ;, in which dogs are not taken to the veterinarian to give birth, even when this is advisable, as well as the raw feeding that can cause infections.
Of the clinics identified, 20 offered a stallion service for breeds that require a caesarean section 80 percent of the time to give birth, such as English and French bulldogs, although many of them do not seem to have a veterinarian in place.
"Artificial insemination is, in itself, ethically permissible in many situations," said Madeleine Campbell, animal welfare specialist at the Royal Veterinary College.
"In fact, it can sometimes have positive effects on well-being, for example, by eliminating the need to transport animals over long distances or internationally to reproduce."
The procedure, he added, can also help "maintain genetic diversity by facilitating crossings between animals that are geographically far apart."
"However, if artificial insemination is being used to achieve pregnancies in animals that, for hereditary anatomical reasons, are not able to reproduce or give birth naturally, that has negative implications for well-being and is an ethical concern."
The experts found 37 clinics that are not administered by veterinarians or that did not have a veterinarian on site, although many offer services such as drawing blood and performing caesarean sections (archive image)
"Also, if research implies that non-veterinarians can perform acts of veterinary surgery, such as caesarean sections, then that is obviously worrying and would be illegal," added Dr. Campbell.
"Concerns about non-veterinarians who perform acts of veterinary surgery should be informed to business standards and the police."
"Perhaps it is time for the United Kingdom to create its own laws to better regulate the flourishing industry of dog fertility and reproduction?" Said Josh Loeb of Vet Record.
"At least, there should be more attention paid by the profession to how these clinics are behaving and if, in some cases, they should be considered not as veterinarians but as" pseudo-veterinary "clinics.
The full findings of the study were published in the journal. Veterinary registration.
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