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Emerging Canine Diseases from Abroad by Dr Virginia Richardson

 

In the last few years, it has become much easier to travel abroad with your dogs, and there has also been a steep rise in the number of dogs coming from abroad. These may be dogs
being imported to expand the gene pool of certain breeds in thi
s country, they may be from rescue centres (especially from Eastern Europe) or it may be puppies coming from Europe for
sal
e in this country. Most of us will know someone who has travelled abroad with their dog, or someone who has rescued a dog from abroad. Some of these dogs may be attending
your training classes. This freedom of travel means we are now seeing porcsites and diseases in dogs in this country that were only previously recognised abroad.

In 2015 over 164 thousand dogs were recorded entering the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme. Excluding those travelling on holiday, a total of 65,000 dogs were imported from 128 different countries. This level of pet movement has increased the risk of novel pcrosites and novel parasite- borne diseases entering the UK. As the climate in the UK becomes more temperate there is a potential for some of these pcrcsites to survive and potentially harbour diseases previously only considered to exist abroad.

Ticks The biggest threat comes from exotic ticks that travel into this country on dogs from abroad. Unfortunately since January 2015 it is no longer mandatory on the Pet Travel Scheme to treat your pets with a tick product before entering the UK, and higher numbers of exotic ticks are now being identified in this country. The tick Dermacentor reticulatus is responsible for carrying the parasite Babesia canis canis in its saliva. This porcslte causes the disease babesiosis, which is endemic in Northern Spain, Portugal and Italy - all popular holiday destinations.There are now endemic foci in Essex and Wales, and in 2016 four dogs were identified with bcbesiosis, none of whom had travelled, and one case was fatal. The tick needs to attach for 48-72 hours before the parasite is spread in the saliva, and this is one of the main reasons it is important to check your dogs for ticks on a daily basis, as well as using a product that repels and kills the ticks. linical signs associated with babesiosis are fever, anaemia, collapse, and an inflammatory response that can lead to multi-organ failure.

Ehrlichiosis is a serious parasitic infection transmitted by ticks in warm and tropical areas, mainly America, Asia, Southern Europe and also Finland. Like babesia the parasite enters the blood stream via tick saliva, but once in the body it can hide away from the doq's immune system for a long period of time. The most serious form of the disease has a long course of many months to years, and often the connection is not initially made between the disease and the fact that the dog has previously been abroad. Clinical signs are variable - a lack of energy, fever, reduced appetite, prolonged bleeding, also vomiting, lameness, breathing problems and a lack of co-ordination.

Leishmaniosis is another potentially fatal disease that can also affect humans. It is endemic in countries around the Mediterranean - France, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey and the Middle East. It is spread by sandflies, and although the san fly has not yet been identified in the UK, leishmaniosis is not uncommon in the UK due to the number of dogs that have travelled to these areas.Symptoms may develop weeks or years after a bite from an infected sandfly, and include skin lesions (hair loss on ear tips, scaly dry skin), lameness, lethargy, poor appetite, nose bleeds, tongue and mouth ulcers.

Lungworm (Angiostrongylus Vasorum) originally came over from France, but is now well established in most areas of the UK. The worm larvae are present in slugs and snails.

If a dog eats the slug or snail they become infected and then the adult worms migrate into the heart blood vessels and lungs. As well as causing coughing they can cause a bleeding disorder, and occasionally the first sign will be excessive bleeding after routine surgery. Not all dog wormers, especially those that can be purchased without prescription will be effective against lungworm.

 

Tongue worm (Linguatula serrata) is the newest parasite to be aware of from abroad. So called because it is tongue- shaped, it has been identified in dogs imported from abroad, particularly Romania. The worm lives in the nasal passages of dogs, and may cause sneezing, coughing a nasal discharge and nose bleeds.

Take home messages

·   If you intend to go abroad, please protect your
d
og with effective tick and sandfly products
.

·    Check your dog for ticks every day and remove
t
hem with a tick hook. Ticks removed in the first
24 hours wil
l not have had time to spread disease.
Do not kill the tick first with spirit or Vaseline as it
will rel
ease a gluey secretion from its mouth parts
and make it more likely to break and l
eave its
head embedded
.

·   Make sure the wormer you use is effective
again
st lungworm
.

·   If your dog is unwell remember to tell your vet if they
have
ever travelled abroad or originated from abroad,
however many years ago that may have been
.

 

Companion Dog Training by Di Morgan

 

A report published by the Pet Food Manufacturers Association states that there are 8.5 million dogs in the UK and that 37 % of people choose a dog as their first pet. The majority acquire their dog at under one year old, 45% being purchased from a breeder and others from a rescue or rehoming source.

In view of these statistics, it would be reasonable to assume a large demand for dog training. However, the Dogs Trust report' states that only 24 % of owners take or intend to take their dogs to training classes. This may of course be a factor in statistics showing that the most common age for relinquishing dogs is seven months to three years and the most common reasons mostly relate to aggression and other behavioural issues'.

Unfortunately, many owners think that one course of puppy classes will set the dog up for life and don't recognise the continuing need for socialisation and training.This is encouraged by instructors who only offer training for 'puppies. Adolescent youngsters bring additional challenges and without further training and support owners may struggle to maintain control.

Knowledgeable instructors will recognise different stages of development and advise owners accordingly and by attending further classes owners keep in the habit of training and maintain a positive relationship with their dogs.

Some rehomed adult dogs may have behavioural issues and instructors must be able to advise on everyday problems and prevent more serious issues occurring. They will also be able to refer clients for additional help when necessary.

These are reasons why the criteria for the KCAI Scheme Companion Dog Training discipline requires instructors to teach the full range of companion dog training levels from puppy/starter through to fully mature adult. 'Basic' level training can give the impression that standards of control and performance are low, but this is far from the truth - 'basic' refers to a firm basis or foundation of training from which owner and dog can progress into a more
specialised activity
. A good standard of foundation level training is necessary for most dog sports and will aid progress if taught correctly. How much easier will it be to start agility, for example, if a dog already pays attention to its handler, is reliable off lead and has a good wait and prompt recall

It is disappointing that so many owners dismiss training classes so readily.

 

 

Kennel Club Bronze & Sivler Awards held Saturday 10th June

Those passing Bronze were

Anglea with Ruby

Kevin with Dottie

Paige with Snoopy

Charlene with Storm

Nicola with Corky

Kathryn with Amber

Anne with Tiree

Passing Silver were

Danni with Lola

Tat with Taro

 

 

Lovely little story about Pat's Disney on the Disney Diaries Page

Roll of Honor

The Ted Saberton CCEG Dog of the Year Award
In Memory of Ted who was a member and helped cceg in all sorts of ways.....

Sally with Molly 2009

Phoebe with Coco 2010

Sue with Arthur 2011

Angela with Scamp 2012

Sue with Jackson 2013

Trevor with Yarna 2014

Sam with Winne and Richard & Sheila with Baxter  joint winners 2015

Barbarba with Bella 2016

Special Awards For  Advance Training

John with Piya 2015

.Elaine with Koda 2016

The GSD Zimba CCEG Brave Heart Award
Presented In Memory of my lad Zimba

Alan with Zimba  2013

Donna with Kane &  Alan with Nessa joint holders  2014

Joyce with Hepsi 2015

Julia with Susie 2016

The Joan Dutton CCEG Life Time Achievement Award
Presented in Memory of my mum

Pat with Disney 2010

Nat with Lux 2011

Lousie with Bracken 2012

Tracey with Kaiser 2013

Jan with Bryn 2014

Lorriane with Capt Lego 2015

Carol with Freddie 2016

 The CCEG Platinum Award Holders

Pat with Disney 2010

Jan with Byan 2010

Gill with Sky 2012

Ruth with Yogi 2012

Paul with Wisp 2012

John with Piya 2017

Gail with Bambi 2017

Elaine with Koda 2017

Tracy with Perry 2017

 

Microchip Scanner

We now have a Microchip Scanner.... testing we discovered one dog that had been chipped didn't register on the scanner...the chip had 'gone' or stopped working. So after a visit to the vet (who also couldn't find it) a new chip was inserted.


So, if you would like your dog's chip checked please ask.

When using it one  weekend we found most dogs showed concern having the scanner placed near their neck... So, Pat suggested we do this as a training class exercise.... so we will do this by passing the scanner round to a difference class each week.

 

“Dogs’ lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you’re going to lose a dog, and there’s going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can’t support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There’s such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and for the mistakes we make because of those illusions.”
Dean Koontz,

When seeking out information on diet, and other matters relating to your dog's well-being, and where advice is offered as the result of research, than if possible check out who funded the research -research for the most part will find in favour of the company funding it.

Which compnay owns the food I feed my dog?

Barking Heads -  Pet Food UK Ltd.

Hills - Colgate-Palmolive

Burns - Burns Pet Nutritions Ltd.

Oscars -  Oscar Pet Foods

Iams/Eukanuba - Proctor & Gamble

Royal Canin - James Wellbeloved - Pedigree - Chappie - The Mars Group

Proplan - Beta - Omega - Bakers - Purina - Nestle

This site is worth a visit

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

 

 


Bloat & GDV

While most people have probably heard of 'bloat', you may not know the symptoms and signs.

The ASPCA state that "bloat refers to a life-threatening condition that requires immediate veterinary care known as gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV), gastric torsion and twisted stomach. This condition can cause rapid clinical signs and death in several hours." Causes vary greatly, but some factors can include rapid eating, overeating, heavy exercise after eating, fearful temperament and stress. Bloat also mainly affects large, deep-chested breeds.

Symptoms include:

  • distended abdomen
  • unsuccessful attempts to belch or vomit
  • retching without producing anything
  • weakness
  • excessive salivation
  • shortness of breath
  • cold body temperature
  • pale gums
  • rapid heartbeat
  • collapse

 

Graphic from www.cybergifs.com/dogs & www.fuzzyfaces.com