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CHICKEN JERKY 22/12/08 Causing severe illness in dogs see this link




and - NO! (not puppy dogs' tails) This is a Veterinary warning about LUNGWORM and dogs eating slugs and snails whilst drinking puddle water or walking in the undergrowth. The worm is spreading across UK especially after 2 years of excessive rainfall. Signs to look for are persistent coughing, reluctance to exercise, depression, weight loss, fits, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, paralysis, behavioural changes, bruising and persistent bleeding from minor cuts. All easily confused with other illnesses so important to contact your Veterinary practice for diagnosis. If you suspect your dog may have eaten one don't delay in visiting your Vet. Treatment is available in a monthly-spot on under prescription. Puts a different perspective on escargots a l'ail!
FOUR PAWS PIMPLE BALL August 2008 - If you have a Four Paws pimple ball with a hole through it, DO NOT ALLOW your dog to play with it as they are exceedingly dangerous and are being recalled by the distributors. The balls should have two holes in them so that a dog's tongue cannot get sucked in and stuck but some have been faulty with only one hole.
HEARTWORM 11th July 2008 - HEARTWORM (parasite normally found abroad) has been confirmed in Scotland in a Weimaraner that has not been out of Glasgow. Symptoms: Coughing, breathing difficulties and unexplained bleeding problems should be treated immediately as the disease is progressive and fatal.if not treated. Infected slugs or snails have been thought to be the possible carriers.
CHOCOLATE - WARNING Cocoa Shells Garden Mulch. If you have a dog do not use this type of mulch as your dog could die if it should eat it. A reminder about the dangers of Chocolate to our canine companions.   Keep out of reach of dogs. Between 250 and 500mg/kg of theobromine can prove fatal. Milk chocolate contains 50mg/oz; dark chocolate 150 mg/oz and bitter baking chocolate 400 mg/oz
CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATEPlease remember that chocolate (including the cocoa shell garden mulch) can be lethal to your dogs.  Between 250 and 500mg/kg of theobromine can prove fatal.   Milk chocolate contains 50mg; dark chocolate 150 mg/oz and bitter baking chocolate 400 mg/oz; dark chocolate 150 mg/oz.



GRAPES – Breeder from Canada has reported the death of a dog and one critically ill from grape toxicity.  Says that few Vets are aware of this.  No evidence of scientific proof on this as yet but this is a cautionary tale that perhaps should not go unheeded!31/1/03 Report in Our Dogs this week of a healthy 5 yr old Hungarian Vizsla apparently dying as a result of stealing and eating a bag of raisins.  She did this in the morning then immediately vomited them up .  She was OK during the day but was cold to the touch in evening .
Was sick overnight and very lethargic and poorly.    Blood test was done at the Vets which established that the Vizsla had gone into renal failure.  A few days later peritoneal dialysis was tried at a Vet School but her condition deteriorated whilst on operating table and it was decided not to bring her round from anaesthetic.  The ASPCA (animal  poison control centre) website in America apparently has article on grape toxicity.  Some dogs seem to eat grapes with no dire effect. Could it be that some dogs carry a
gene similar to the mdr-1 gene that these chemicals affect
.   (see below also)
OAK PROCESSION CATERPILLAR/MOTH Caterpillars of the oak procession moth are attempting to gain a foothold in UK. The procession moth caterpillar, so called for its habit of advancing in column, deploys toxic hairs which can cause "severe skin irritation, breathing difficulties, and even anaphylactic shock". The oak procession moth is, once established, extremely difficult to eradicate. . The caterpillars stimulate a severe allergenic reaction in susceptible people. Where it has occurred on the Continent it has caused a severe skin rash and respiratory tract irritation. Anyone in contact with it should get immediate medical advice. Watch out when walking your dogs as your dog could collapse as a result of being in contact with these.

XYLITOL see this link before reading on:-
A chocolate Labrador only 4 1/2 years old, was rushed to the emergency vet after consuming a few dozen pieces of Icebreakers ice cube chewing gum.
The Animal Poison Control Center reported that only SEVEN pieces of that gum is toxic. She had eaten the gum and wrappers no more than 20-30 minutes before we found her lying in a coma-like state of shock in the backyard, foaming at the mouth and barely responsive. On the way to the emergency room, she began to go into severe seizures - it was a horrible and traumatic experience for all of us. Once she was admitted, they tried pumping and flushing out her stomach which didn't work, since the gum was sticking to her stomach. They removed some more of it, but her liver failed. They gave her several I.V.s and plasma, and thankfully, we have an amazing team of vets on duty that did everything they could and more to get the gum out of Shenley's stomach
i n hope that her liver will repair itself .   She is still hooked up to I.V. and has a tube in her that goes directly to her heart but I am happy and much relieved to say that after a very, very long night - one that we all honestly expected her not to make it through - she seems to be doing better, and that she will survive.
It is a "naturally occuring" sweetener that is found in some fruits,vegetables, mushrooms, and often obtained through birch trees' bark. Humans also make it apparently and it is "good" for human teeth. It was the number one ingredient in the gum that Shenley consumed.
Xylitol is EXTREMELY lethal to dogs in fairly small amounts. It causes liver failure which is why Shen was so sick. Many dogs have died from consuming xylitol. It is found in grapes (and raisins) see above and we found it on the packages of Orbit gum as well. Check your toothpastes too!  
Please help to spread the word to other dog lovers & owners so they can be aware of this scary poison! It is our responsibility to make sure our beloved friends don't get into it seeing as how most will eat just about anything:) I would check your gum, candy, toothpaste, etc. (esp. those that say sugar free or low calorie) and throw it out altogether if you have dogs around. Believe me, it is not worth it!!! We are so thankful our Shen survived this - it truly is a miracle as all the articles we've read on the subject have dogs who have not.  And I think this stuff is not great for us humans, either. We absorb 50% of it into our systems (while dogs absorb 100%) so if it only takes 7 pieces to make a medium-sized dog very sick,
just think what a few sodas, muffins and few pieces of gum with that stuff must do to our bodies. I'd rather have real sugar in smaller amounts than chemical stuff...anyway, that's just me - but to keep it in mind for your dogs is much more important!!"
MACADAMIA NUTS & ONION FAMILY Have also been reported as toxic see
STAGNANT PONDS STAGNANT PONDS/POOLS  Algae forms on surface which are toxic to swimming dogs.  Can cause symptoms mimicking symptoms similar to the  ingestion of slug pellets.



ANTI-FREEZE  - Even tiny doses can be fatal to dogs and cats.  4 teaspoons can be dangerous to a 10lb. Dog.  It is sweet tasting . Clean up spills immediately and regularly check for leaks. 
Keep a record of product used in case your pet finds it and you can tell your Vet what was consumed. Store anti-freeze in clearly marked containers in areas that are off-limits to your pets and dispose of any old anti-freeze in a sealed container.  Never allow your animal access to the area when you are draining  radiator fluid from your car.  Consider asking your garage to use a propylene glycol based anti-freeze which is less toxic than conventional ethylene glycol  anti-freeze.  Keep a close eye on your pet in icy weather in case of random spillages elsewhere.  




ACP (acepromazine)    The following has been forwarded by an ADA member (9/05) and it may well be worth asking questions about it:-
ACP (acepromazine) can have the complete opposite effect, instead of calming the dog it can send it completely "ape".  If a dog has tendencies to seizures it will trigger them. 
Even if a Border Collie has never had a seizure but is genetically disposed, it will start them "seizing".
It lowers blood pressure considerably which can have disastrous results.  When my dogs have surgery (spaying/neutering etc) I make the vet sign a paper to say will NOT use ACP either by injection, tablet or any other way of using the stuff.  They have no premed whatsoever.   At the Manchester show a few years ago an exhibitor gave her BC only half a pill and I had to help her to carry him to her vehicle.  She drove straight to a vet and almost lost her dog.  She hasn't been in the show ring since.  She had given him half a pill (the vet said to give him 3 tablets!!!!) because he was a bit nervous of being gone over by a judge.  I've seen dogs take daytheys to recover.
Also, if a dog is prone to seizures, talk to the vet about avoiding the use of phenothiazine tranquilizers (such as acepromazine) and ketamine. Also, certain breeds are thought to have problems with certain drugs, including Belgian Shepherds, Greyhounds and other Sighthounds, Brachycephalic dogs (such as Pugs), and Mastiffs, Boxers and Bull Terriers
(Acepromazine), so be sure the vet is aware of this before the dog has surgery. Note that Acepromazine and possibly morphine are among the drugs that Collies and related breeds (Australian Shepherds (including miniatures), English Sheepdogs, McNabs, Old English Sheepdogs, Shetland Sheepdogs, Longhaired Whippets and Silken Windhounds) may react to.
Drugs that have been documented, or are strongly suspected to cause problems in dogs with the MDR-1 mutation:
Ivermectin (antiparasitic agent)
Loperamide (Imodium; over-the-counter anti diarrhoea agent)
Doxorubicin,Vincristine and Vinblastine (all anticancer agents)
Cyclosporin (immunosuppressive agent)
Digoxin (heart drug)
Acepromazine and Butorphanol (sedatives)
The normal recommendation is: WHITE FEET - DON'T TREAT

and anyone with an Australian Shepherd or Old English Sheepdog willing to take part (dog mouth swabs)  should contact
or  as soon as possible

for demodectic mange    Side effects generally do not occur with any anti-mange doses of
ivermectin except in Collies, Shetland sheepdogs, Australian shepherds, and Old English sheepdogs, though some
individual animals that are not members of these sensitive breeds may also be prone to side effects.  These breeds should not
be fed farmed salmon which is treated with Ivermectin. 
Collies with Ivermectin sensitivity have been found to have a mutant gene for what is called the "P-glycoprotein  There is now a test for P-glycoprotein mutation so that Ivermectin sensitive dogs can be identified. This is a DNA test using an oral swab. Test kits can be ordered directly from the Washington State University Veterinary School via 
LOPERAMIDE More commonly known as Imodium (used in humans for diarrhoea) has been mentioned as another culprit for the above breeds of dog.
MRSA MRSA in pets - research and campaign website http://www.pets-mrsa.comcharity website  

BLOAT / TORSION / GASTRIC DILATATION   .  Those of you with deep chested dogs please be aware that they might get this problem.  Bloat does appear to be on the increase and it is an horrendous emergency when it happens so please be aware that it could happen  to your dog.  Some of the known affected breeds are Setters, Boxers, GSDs, Old English, Rottweilers,  Chows, Dachshunds, Dobermanns,  Standard Poodles,  Weimaraners, Bolzoi, Akita,  Newfoundlands, Mastiff, Bulldogs, Great Danes, Clumber Spaniels, Malamutes, Grand Bleu de Gascoigne. Owners feeding dogs dried food might find it advisable to moisten the food before it is eaten This avoids dry food going direct to the stomach and then expanding in the stomach when the dog drinks after eating. (Better still feed fresh fresh meals!)

PARVO VIRUS 2006 It has been reported that a parvovirus strain causing several deaths in the SE may be a different strain from the one the vaccine protects against.
TOXOCARIASIS People have been given the incorrect impression that toxocariasis can only be caught from dogs.
Toxocariasis is caused by round worms. Toxocara canis affects dogs and foxes. Toxocara cati are found in cats.
Toxocara eggs are excreted in faeces. Research has shown that only one per cent of dogs excrete eggs compared with ten per cent of cats and 50-60 per cent of foxes.
In dogs, puppies up to six months old and pregnant bitches can excrete eggs. If contaminated faeces are passed, the eggs take more than two weeks to become active. Scooping poop eliminates the risk of infection.
For humans to contract toxocariasis the eggs need to be eaten. Out of 1.5 million people tested in one
test group for the toxocariasis antibodies, only one person was positive and they had no symptoms.
Untrue stories are spread about toxocariasis causing blindness in humans. No case appears to have been documented in medical journals. Impaired vision if a larva lodges in the eye might occur but this is extremely rare.
The more common disease is toxoplasmosis. This is caused by a parasite in cat droppings or in under-cooked meat. This disease can cause blindness and occassionally death in very young babies. This is the reason why ante-natal clinics warn pregnant women not to handle cat litter trays.
HARVEST MITES AND TICKS 2006 Serious allergy leading to paralysis and collapse in some breeds - thought being caused by new strain. Using Frontline on back of dog is not sufficient. Feet need spraying also and possibly under chin.  Prevalent 2006 and ticks 2007 (found near sheep and sometimes found under Yew trees)
FURUNCULOSIS 12/1/04 FURUNCULOSIS  If immune regularities can be corrected it appears that the condition goes away.  Users of Cyclosporine have been pleased with the results despite cost of the drug but this can cause very serious kidney problems.


6/03 CANINE HERPES VIRUS -  New vaccine for Canine Herpes Virus.   Meriel Drug information says that Canine Herpes Virus (CHV-1) is a virus that has been largely ignored for many years. It is highly infectious and a recent study showed that more than 80% of dogs in England have been exposed to the virus at some time in their lives.For most dogs CHV was not thought to cause significant problems so has been ignored by breeders and Vets.  It is now clear that CHV can be a significant
cause of death in young puppies and also smaller litter size and weight.
   In the unborn puppy CHV attacks the placenta of the mother, starving the foetus of nutrients.  This can lead to abortion, stillbirth or re-absorption of the foetus (seen by breeders as infertility).   In the newborn puppy if affected before birth and survives, it may be underweight and have a weakened immune system, making it vulnerable to early puppy infections.  If the puppy is infected soon after birth, CHV is known to be one of
the factors in “fading puppy syndrome”, in which the pup fails to suckle, loses weight and fades away despite intensive care. In the adult dog CHV can cause painful lesions on the genitals.  In the bitch, there may not be external signs but the bitch could be infertile or give birth to undersize and weak litters.  In both males and females, CHV is also known to be a cause of kennel cough.
     There is no cure for an animal that has CHV; infection is probably lifelong and can flare up repeatedly during periods
of stress.  Antiviral drugs do not appear to be effective and are very expensive.


IMMUNISATION Instead of immunising every year, consider having blood taken for  titre levels to establish whether there are antibodies.   The cost of titre level testing is about the same as a course of immunisations.  Or have an antibody check before your puppy is immunised and then another after the immunisation course to establish immunity.    Most Leptospirosis immunisations (except below) are short-lived immunisations;  the different strains that can affect dogs may not be the one in the
immunisation .
9/03 New LEPTOSPIROS IMMUNISATION – Nobivac  Lept 2.  Duraton.  2  year immunity claims to inhibit renal shedding which stops the spread of bacteria via the urine of infected animals.

  1ST YEAR   
NobivacDHPPi NobivacDHPPi NobivacDHPPi NobivacPi    NobivacPi 
NobivacLepto2 NobivacLepto2 Nobivac Lepto2 NobivacLepto2 NobivacLepto2 
NobivacDHPPi NobivacP  NobivacPi   NobivacDHPPi     "cycle" as before 
NobivacLepto2 NobivacLepto2      NobivacLept2   NobivacLept2  "cycle" as before

D=Distemper; H=Hepatitis; P=Parvovirus  Lepto+Leptospirosis

VACCINATION 2005 VACCINATION WEBSITE covers every topic imaginable regarding animal diseases 

2003  VACCINATION -  Vaccine Information  Service are  pleased to announce the formation of an international  Vaccine Reaction Register (VRR).  The VRR is an online service that   will allow  ANYONE to report their vaccine reaction!  The purpose is to  try and  correlate certain reactions to certain vaccines, identify   if there is a  pattern between illnesses that people get and vaccines they   have  received,  see if there is any geographical evidence suggesting higher  rates of  reactions in one country/region over another, provide data   about the most  commonly reported vaccine reactions and most importantly  provide evidence  that might prevent more children/people from becoming  vaccine-damaged!  Please forward details of this new facility to everyone you   know, there  is no other place in the UK or the world (as far as I know)  that will allow  people to register their problems or suspected reactions in  this way! The link is    

USA - APRIL/MAY     NEWSLETTER SENIOR DOGS PROJECT   reported in Labrador notes Our Dogs 27/6/03      All Veterinary Schools in N. America are changing vaccination protocols. There  is an ever-broadening trend of eliminating vaccinations for adult dogs, except  for rabies, where required by State law. 'Dogs and cats immune systems mature  fully at 6 months. If a modified live virus (MLV) vaccine is given after 6  months of age, it produces immunity which is good for life (ie canine distemper,    parvo, feline distemper).
If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the  antibodies from the first vaccine neutralise the antigens of the second vaccine   and there is little or no effect. The "titre" is not boosted" nor are more     memory cells induced…..'
12/03 New DOG VACCINE FROM FORT DODGE  DAPPi+LC provides immunity against parvovirus, hepatitis, distemper, parainfluenza, leptospirosis, and also coronavirusInno v 8  claims immunity against Distemper, Parvovirus and Adenovirus 1 & 2, Leptospirosis and Parainfluenza, Coronavirus and Parvovirus type 2b and has proven 3 year duration of immunity.  
ADVERSE DRUG RE-ACTIONSIf you think that your dog has had an adverse re-action to a medicinal product either prescribed by the Vet or bought over the counter, in the case of the former, ask your Vet. whether he/she will be reporting it to the drug company; if the latter contact the marketing company in writing detailing what you felt might be adverse re-actions. (Have you ever tried querying the possibility of one to a drug company.   Persistence makes for procrastination.  They write to the Vet they say  but as they get no reply the matter rests until your next ‘phone call.   The Vet says no letter received etc.)   Considering the amount of drugs prescribed there seems to be minimal reporting of adverse re-actions.   This could be regarded as excellent in the terms of efficacy and the harmless nature of the products or it could be that statistics are flawed by a lack of reports.  The UK Suspected  Adverse Reaction Surveillance Scheme (SARSS) reports each year mainly from Vets.  An example of re-action statistics in the anti-inflammatory therapeutic group in 1993 was 43; 1996 was 37; 1997 was 35; 1998 was 40; 1999 was 40; 2000 was 52; 2001 was 47.
12/04 INTERDIGITAL CYSTS - it has been suggested that a Chinese ?herb called "Armadillo Poison" used for treating damp heat has proved to work quickly on interdigital cysts.  
COUNCIL TENANTS + HOUSING ASSOCS 2009 Microchipping is becoming compulsory for all dogs owned by Wandsworth Council House tenants
PAPER SHREDDERS Watch out that your dog doesn't get near an operating paper shredder or can activate it as can severely injure tongue etc.
LITTER LITTERIn 2002, 70,000 animals were treated by Vets for injuries caused by litter!  A dog's tongue was cut off by a piece of broken glass and a baby hedgehog was strangled by a polythene bag.  Watch the ground for  broken glass whilst out walking your dog – it's everywhere!

 4/04 EURO PASSPORT REPLACING PETS 3/7/04.  Britain will keep its 6 month UK quarantine following a rabies vaccination blood test,  Dogs, cats and ferrets will be able to travel throughout Europe including the UK without the need for a blood test.  The directive EC 998/2003 became law in 7/03 and comes into effect with all EU countries 7/04. 
The new Pet Passport  will contain the pet owner's identity, the pet's identification details, eg microchip/tattoo number, details of up to date rabies vaccination and details of other vaccinations the pet has had.   National rules will still apply for 5 years so animals returning to UK will still need details of current tick and tapeworm treatment.  (Pets Travel Scheme)

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 TRAVELLING ABROAD  -  Pets' Passport treatment requirement  for ticks and tapeworms is for entry into UK.  If you are going away for any length of time you may wish to treat your dogs before you go as this will cover for ehrlichiosis and babesiosis (check manufacturer's info leaflet before doing so for time lapse between doses as it may prevent you from using on return to UK).  Along the Mediterranean coast throughtout the Iberian Peninsula, sand flies transmit LEISHMANIASIS.  Dogs die from this disease which develops later,  Female sand flies bite from dusk until dawn so to prevent leismaniasis ensure your dog is indoors in sand fly area during this time.  InS. Europe, especially regions such as Po River Valley on N. Italy, mosquitoes transmit heartworm.  Give Stronghold 2 weeks before you travel to heartworm endemic regions but check manufacturer's data before giving subsequent doses.   Scalibur collar – Intervet - (2 sizes) (deltamethrin) should now be available from Vets for protection against Leishmaniasis.  Needs to be worn 2 weeks before departure. (Personal suggestion - if you have a Collie, Aus Shepherd, Old English Sheepdog check with your Vet about usage of these drugs, insectacides)

PETS Travel to HOLLANDStena Line on the High Speed Sea Service Discovery (Harwich –Hook of Holland) can now take pets as the route is now part of the PETS travel scheme.  The crossing is 3 hours 40 minutes and is the fastest direct route to Holland

PET TRAVEL 5/03PETS US flights – VIRGIN AIRLINES Virgin has been granted a licence to operate approved routes from the USA to the UK under the Government's Pets Travel Scheme.    They will operate the approved route from Los Angeles to London Heathrow Monday to Friday from 19th May, 2003 for a three month trial period.  If successful, they will extend their participation to all their routes in US and Canada.  

BEACHES WHERE DOGS ARE WELCOME 2003  Manorbier Bay, Pembrokeshire; Pendine Sands nr. St. Clears, Carmarthenshire – watch out for unexploded grenades; Fistral Beach, Newquay; Saunton Beach, nr. Braunton, N. Devon; Slapton Sands, nr. Dartmouth watch out for tar under stones; Bournemouth East – the stretch between Southborne and Hengistbury Head; Holkham Beach, Norfolk – don't let your dog worry wading birds or naturists; Point of Ayr, Flintshire, Maryport, Cumbria; Dornach Beach, nr. Tain, Highland  Check details and rules on or The Marine Conservation Society and Caradon District Council's Animal Welfare Dept. tel 01579 341360 publishes a free Cornwall Beach Guide for Dog Owners featuring 142 beaches  
see this link for travel information

HOLIDAYS WANT A HOLIDAY WITH YOUR DOG?  Why not  book in at Dalswinton Country House,  St. Mawgan-in-Pydar, Cornwall. Tel 01637 860385?  Owners Sal & Stewart  Hope and Smoky the dog (Battersea) has territorial rights!  Get him to dance by raising your feet up and down and jumping with a toy in front of him!  Email  Bed and breakfast (evening meal if required can be booked and chosen in a.m.  Beautiful tranquil surroundings.  Friendly relaxed intermingling atmosphere.  Swimming pool (not for dogs as they damage pool liner); 7 acres of fields for walking dogs.  Public footpath to Mawgan Porth beach (2 stiles en route not suitable for large dogs or weak people!)  NO CHILDREN.  My dogs didn't want to come home! Special winter breaks 3 nights for price of 2.  
see this link for travel information
HOT CARS Heat control in dogs is different from humans .  When stressed, dogs often refuse water and sweat minimally only through pads and ears. 
Example - Temperature outside car parked in shade at 2pm = 28°c.  At 2.10 pm temperature was 48°c.  Experiment repeated with windows open 10cm and raised tailgate.  After 10 mins the temperature was 42°c.  Next test with larger estate car parked in shade - the outside temperature was 32 c.  After 10 mins the internal temperature was 47°c.  With windows opened 10 cm and  tailgate open, after 10 minutes the temperature was 46°c.  The sun moved so car partially in sun and with windows closed the temperature reached 55°c.  Opening windows and tailgate  did not bring temperature below 42°c - all within 10 minutes.  Temperament of dog and associated stress levels must also be borne in mind.
DEVICE FOR LEAVING CAR BOOT AJAR AND LOCKED SEE THIS SITE Ventlock  Also read their sensible advice page
PET BEHAVIOURISTS 2004 Pet  Behaviourists  is a new website  on which people can check whether the Pet Behaviourist they want to consult  is bona fide
BREEDERS' HELP-LINE BREEDERS' HELPLINE  If you are a breeder or rescuer who recognises that you are no longer able to cope and you are having difficulties looking after  your dogs and dealing with their health and welfare, please contact the Breeders' Helpline BEFORE  your dogs suffer.  To get the Helpline's support and guidance Tel 0845 30 30 180.     Animal collecting is now apparently recognised as an obsessive compulsive disorder and people can need help to overcome it.
DOG BLOOD DONORS Website for dog blood donors:-
CANINE IMMUNE MEDIATED DISEASE AWARENESS The Queen's Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge are issuing a questionnaire to establish a true picture of the incidence and apparent increase of auto-immune disease in the UK. The survey aims to investigate possible genetic susceptibility and potential triggering factors in Addison's disease, Auto-Immune Hæmolytic Anæmia, Immune Mediated Thrombocytopænia, Hypothyroidism, Immune Mediated Polyarthritis, Auto-Immune Skin Diseases and Endocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. Anyone who has a dog which has been diagnosed with any of these or who may believe their dog to be suffering from an as yet undiagnosed condition or has an auto-immune condition not included in the list is asked to write for a questionnaire (s.a.e. appreciated) to CIMDA, 73 Osidge Lane, Southgate, London N14 5JL. Tel. 0208 368 9148 or e-mail:
LYMPHOMA CANCER PetScreen (a UK Bioscience company) has claimed it is close to a breakthrough in treatment of the biggest cancer killer in dogs.  They are said to have discovered an effective screening, detection and treatment programme for canine lymphoma.  It will be launched in the UK in April 2007. 
High risk breeds include Golden and Flat-Coated Retrievers, German Shepherds, Bull Mastiffs, certain Spaniels including English and Irish Water Spaniels.  At risk breeds include Boxers, Bernese Mountain dogs and Rottweilers. (OD 10/10/06)
CANINE EPILEPSY A gene for a form of inherited canine epilepsy has been discovered.  Research is progressing on a test for breeders to use to detect the gene in their stock.
VET HOSPITALS  See this link Vet hospitals  Not all Vets are the same. There are many things to consider when making this choice, personal recommendation, convenience of access etc. However it is important to remember that not all veterinary practices are the same. Veterinary Hospitals represent the highest standard of veterinary practice in the UK. One certain way of recognising a Veterinary Hospital is by seeing the BVHA membership logo being displayed.   One of the most important aspects of a Veterinary Hospital is that they have members of staff on the premises 24 hours a day.  In most veterinary practices there is no-one on the premises after the end of evening surgery or over weekends. This means that there is no-one on the premises to look after any patients that are kept in overnight. No-one to notice that an i/v drip line has become blocked, a patient
has started to vomit or is showing pain.  The ability to provide 24 hour nursing care is a major cost for Veterinary Hospitals, their prices may have to reflect this. However it is one of the strongest reasons to choose a BVHA member Veterinary Hospital to look after your animals. see also   and
BREEDERS IN TROUBLE Any breeder feeling concerned about the current welfare of their dogs and need to talk.  Call in confidence 0845 30 30 180  This is an independent organisation supported by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust (reg. no. 327802)
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