Researchers at The Roslin Institute and The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies are teaming up to find out how diet and exercise can influence a dogs susceptibility to illness. The team aim to recruit Labrador Retriever puppies aged less than a year old. The owners will be encouraged to input details of the puppies eating behaviour and exercise routines online each month "“ www.dogslife.ac.uk.Dylan
Clements, from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies said the research would help provide information on how the most common breed of dog in the UK is looked after.He said: "We hope that assessing the lifestyles and health of a large number of dogs will make it possible for us to identify factors contributing to common illnesses. Ultimately, this may enable us to provide owners with advice on managing their dogs and prevent them developing diseases in future."The £100,000 project is funded by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. Caroline Kisko from the trust, said: "This study will look at how a dog's lifestyle and environmental factors affect the dog's health over time and through this we can ensure better treatment through education for owners on the best care for their pets."