Research carried out using the Royal Veterinary College’s (RVC) VetCompassTM programme, shows dental disease, osteoarthritis and obesity have the greatest impact on dog’s welfare. The study investigated the severity and duration of eight major conditions seen in practice in addition to recording their frequency to provide an overall measure of welfare impact.
The eight common conditions examined in this study were anal sac disorder, conjunctivitis, dental disease, dermatitis, overweight/obese, lipoma, osteoarthritis and otitis externa. The most common of these were dental disorder, being overweight/obese and anal sac disorder and the ones that affected the dogs’ lives for the longest were dental disease, osteoarthritis and obesity. Conditions classified as most severe were osteoarthritis, otitis externa and dermatitis.