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CVMA Policy on Inherited Disorders in Responsible Breeding of Companion Animals

The CVMA supports the responsible breeding of companion animals such that only animals without deleterious inherited disorders are selected for breeding. Companion animals with inherited characteristics that negatively affect the animal’s health and welfare should not be bred, as those characteristics and related problems are likely to be passed on to their progeny. To assist with this, the CVMA encourages veterinarians to pursue continuing education in the emerging area of genetic diseases in companion animals. The CVMA encourages veterinarians to educate breeders, pet owners and the public on the responsibilities involved with breeding and selecting pets to ensure that they are not contributing to poor animal health and welfare issues.

(October 2017)

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