The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) released its newest edition of A Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations in April. Seven years in the making, the over 80-page document incorporates new scientific evidence in many aspects of dog breeding and kennel management, including behaviour and social needs, housing, medicine and nutrition. The latest Kennel Code applies to various environments in which dogs are kept for breeding purposes, ranging from a private home to a large facility
“Our hope is that this comprehensive document will be used by breeders, kennel operators and people looking to purchase a dog from a breeding facility,” says Dr. Troye McPherson, CVMA President. “We want legislative bodies to incorporate into law a reference that will address the breeding and keeping of dogs, and we want veterinarians to use this resource to assist their clients who are dog breeders, kennel operators or prospective owners.” The new Kennel Code covers the following topics: animal environment, food and water, animal wellbeing, husbandry including breeding practices, transport and end of life considerations. It also has specific considerations for working dogs and aging dogs. The current Kennel Code is available in English only, but a French version will be released later in the year. To download a copy of the new Kennel Code, visit the Practice Tools section under the Practice & Economics tab on the CVMA website at www.canadianveterinarians.net.