Introduction to the cancer survey

Further to our successful first Spaniel and Otterhound health symposium in November 2016 the delegates prioritised cancer as a major condition that Spaniels and Otterhounds suffer from. There is concern amongst owners and breeders that perhaps Spaniels and Otterhounds are particularly susceptible to cancer. Nottingham’s canine health genomics group have been working with a number of breeds looking into different aspects of cancer for some time. We are therefore pleased to be working with the Spaniel and Otterhound health groups to understand more about cancer in your dogs. In the first instance, we have elected to undertake a survey looking at the types of cancer that your dogs are suffering from and what the outcomes are of those affected dogs. We hope by conducting this survey we will be able to identify particular aspects that seem important in these dogs and undertake more specific work in the future.


The survey will provide us with a lot of information and your help with this matter it invaluable. The survey is open to all owners of Spaniels and Otterhounds. One survey should be completed for each of your dogs that has suffered or is suffering from cancer. We would also like you, if possible, to complete surveys for dogs that have suffered from cancer but are sadly no longer alive. Please complete one survey for each dog you have owned that has suffered from cancer. If you would prefer not to complete this online, the survey is downloadable, alternatively, please inform your health coordinator if you would like the paper version. It is important to state that this survey is anonymous and any owner and dog details provided to the research team at Nottingham will never be shared with anyone else. This is both a legal requirement and also an important aspect to ensure we have the trust of owners to inform us in as much detail as possible about their dog’s cancer, which we appreciate is emotionally very difficult. This will give us the best chance to understand it. 


The survey should take around 15-20 minutes to complete and we hope very much that you can complete the entire survey. This is very important for us to be able to interpret all of the information together to maximise the clinical value.


Please return any hard copies of this survey to Dr Mark Dunning, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD



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* 1. This question is with regard to consent to use the information contained in this study anonymously for research purposes (please select all consent boxes):