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DOG HEALTH & CARE


 

covering all sorts of health, care, and grooming issues and ideas. Techniques, sources, and 'brainwaves' will be featured


GROOMING THE BASICS BY CANINE COAT CARE

The Canine Coat Care video series produced by AMP Productions started in 1996 with the initial aim to satisfy the show exhibitor market but was soon expanded to include the pet groomer and owner market. They now have an extensive DVD library catering for a number of breeds. This title is a general grooming introduction of value particularly to a new owner, or even an asset if you are yet to decide which breed you want to adopt. 2008-02-15 more ...


THEORY OF 5 by Melissa Verplank illustrations by Lisa Vansweden

What a corker of a book - great information, well presented with quality photos, and the best of cartoons by Vansweden. This title is for the groomer with some experience and presented with the challenge of different breeds to groom. 2007-11-17 more ...


THE WELL CONNECTED DOG A GUIDE TO ACUPRESSURE by Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis

Flipping through this book it belies the depth of information and resources tuck away neatly in 160 pages. Once you get into reading it, there are tons and tons of information, which is as well for someone who has never done anything with acupressure other than learn how to spell the word! 2007-10-01 more ...


DOGS, DIET AND DISEASE by Caroline D Levin RN

This rather impressive book is subtitled "An Owner's Guide to Diabetes Mellitus, Pancreatitis, Cushing's Disease, and More" but you know what - it is a really useful refresher course in general digestive organs too. Unfortunately the notes on the diseases and treatments become a bit fussy and overwhelming, mainly because the range of options vets can now offer clients, but sometimes the sections become a bit sketchy too. However, this is a book that will help an owner sought out the maze of information a vet is likely to present a client. Treatments are evolving, and some just aren't available in all countries, so if you aren't an North American resident keep that in mind. 2007-01-05 more ...


CANINE EPILEPSY by Caroline Levin

subtitled An Owner's Guide to Living with and Without Seizures This is quite a tome, much is taken up with the biochemistry and structure of the dog, but the sections on living with an epileptic dog will be of value. 2007-01-05 more ...


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TWENTY POINTERS FOR SUMMER CARE

twenty basic but sound tips and helping your dog enjoy summer! 2005-01-01 more ...


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MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUR DOG

I wrote a comprehensive article covering dog mental health in April 2004, which has now been published, and is available online 2004-04-01 more ...


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CHOOSING YOUR DRY DOG FOOD

Top Dog Journal October 1997 In recent years Australia has witnessed a huge increase in the number of dog dry foods readily available. The bulk of the products are actually imported, the produce of foreign countries, and in most other cases the companies are actually based overseas although using local ingredients to produce the dry food in Australia. 1997-10-01 more ...


CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS

Congenital heart defects are relatively common in dogs, a study in excess of 34,000 found that about 0.9% were affected. The worrying thing was that more purebred dogs were affected than were crossbred dogs. There is much evidence that many conditions are heredity. The problem is that during development of first the embryo and then the foetus, the heart develops through several stages and a two chamber organ eventually develops into the classical four chamber mammalian heart. Because of this change, there are a number of weak points that must be overcome for the final product to be perfect. Holes in the dividing walls must close, various tubes become redundant and must seal themselves off. Not all this happens in the foetus, but some stages carry on into the separate being of the puppy, not finalizing for a week or more. In some cases the actual closing may be purely physiological, relying on interchamber pressures, rather than truly anatomical. So the presence of a small so called hole in the heart of a puppy at post mortem may be normal rather than the actual cause of its death. 1996-10-01 more ...


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EXTERNAL PARASITES: MANGE

first published Top Dog Journal issue 49 There are two different manges that affect dogs. These are sarcoptic mange or scabies and demodectic mange, often known just as demodex. Both diseases are caused by mites, tiny eight legged organisms that burrow into and live in the layers of the skin. 1996-05-01 more ...


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YEAST - BREWERS OR TORULA?

first published in Top Dog Journal issue 49 Yeast is often used as a supplement for dogs. What does it do? Yeast is a high energy food that is extremely rich in the vitamin B group. Its beauty is that it occurs naturally and hopefully the vitamins are contained in a useful proportion, rather than some arbitrary decided laboratory combination that may or may not contain some of the lesser components and may or may not be balanced for the benefit of the dog rather than the financial benefit of the manufacturing drug company. Yeast has a high proportion of digestible protein, which contain many of the essential amino acids. But it does not contain sufficient calcium. If you are not already using a calcium supplement and you decide to use a supplement of yeast, you will need to use a calcium supplement, and cod liver oil to provide vitamins A and D to allow for the proper absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus. 1996-05-01 more ...


BASIC NUTRITION

The nutrition of a dog starts with the nutritional status of his dam, with particular emphasis on her mineral status. It has truly been stated that half the breeding is in the feeding. So what do we do to ensure that the nutrition is right. Dogs need nutrition to grow, to play, to work, to digest their food, to keep warm, to repair damage to their bodies, to resist and to fight infections. It is important to provide them with the right foods to carry out these important functions. It is not enough to buy a packet of food that says it is scientifically balanced. It must be as it has not exploded or leaked out of the bottom of the bag upon disintegration. Dogs need food for energy, growth and banding all else together maintenance. 1994-01-01 more ...


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INTERNAL PARASITES: HEARTWORM

first published Top Dog Journal October 1993 Dirofilaria immitis and Dipetalonema reconditum Heartworm has become established across much of the world. The life cycle of this parasite requies just two hosts; the dog and the intermediary host, the mosquito. 1993-10-01 more ...


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WILD DIETS

first published Top Dog Journal October 1993 The natural or wild diet of a dog reflects its ability to hunt and/or harvest. The ferasl packs of dogs may adopted several ploys for food gathering, hunting as a pack, hunting as pairs, hunting as individuals, scaveraging from other pack kills, scaveraging from human refuse. The essence of any of these programmes is the gathering of a variety of food types and food qualities. 1993-10-01 more ...


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INTERNAL PARASITES: HYDATID

first published Top Dog Journal October 1993 Echinococcus granulosus Hydatid disease seems to be a forgotten potential. Its presence in the dog is of no threat to his health; its presence in man is potentially extremely dangerous; its presence in carcases could ruin the Australian meat market. 1993-10-01 more ...


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MEAT IN PERSPECTIVE

first published Top Dog Journal September 1993 Meat is a valuable food source for ourselves and our canine companions. The smallest baby puppy can begin to successfully digest meat from about ten days of age. The oldest dog, with a healthy digestive tract, can digest meat; meat is an integral part of the canine's life cycle. The ability to digest any food matter depends on the suitability of preparation. The baby puppy cannot digest a slab of meat, he has not the dentition to achieve the first masticating, nor the tissue strength of the intestinal wall to further digest the meat. 1993-09-03 more ...


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EXTERNAL PARASITES: IDENTIFYING FLEAS

first published in Top Dog Journal (Australia) June 1993 How many times have you heard or said the following: My dog is always scratching but I can't find any fleas. Fleas are very adept at avoiding detection, it is often easier to look for flea dirt on your dog than the fleas themselves. 1993-06-01 more ...


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SUPPLEMENTS - COD LIVER OIL AND KELP

Supplements are generally not required if the owner is feeding a prepared dog food specifically suited for the average dog doing the average thing. Dogs constantly performing, competing, breeding, etc, need more than the average commercial dog food will provide. Changing the diet to a better quality or more appropriate formulation may be sufficient. Supplements, particularly if fed in conjunction with a balanced diet should only be fed after careful consideration. By including a supplement an owner may be unwittingly completely altering the delicate balance of nutrients particularly if pure or near pure forms of chemicals are added. In this feature two more naturally occurring supplements will be discussed. 1993-05-01 more ...


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SPECIALIST VETERINARY SURGEONS - AUSTRALIA

We often hear of specialist veterinary surgeons, or veterinary surgeons who specialize in certain areas - but what is a Specialist Veterinary Surgeon. It is not just any Veterinary Surgeon with a standard degree or qualification; he is one who has and has demonstrated expert knowledge and skill. 1992-06-01 more ...


KENNEL COUGH

published Top Dog Journal June 1992 Kennel Cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease of dogs. Although rarely life threatening it causes coughing bouts which can persist for a number of weeks, despite treatment, creating significant discomfort for both the dog and its owner. Massive outbreaks can occur in kennels with the vast majority of dogs affected. It is far better to prevent kennel cough rather than try and control the signs of infection once they have occurred. 1992-06-01 more ...


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BEDDING TIPS AND IDEAS FOR YOUR DOG

As with the two legged companions of dogs, ourselves, our dogs will spend many hours of each day resting or sleeping. Nothing is nicer or more refreshing then sleeping in comfort, snuggly in winter, coolly in summer. 0000-00-00 more ...


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TRAVELLING

TRAVELLING with dogs can be great fun - if they are accustomed to riding in cars. Briefly, to get your dog used to the car, you must gradually introduce him to the idea. Let him sniff and explore around the vehicle a few times, to get him used to the strong smell of petrol, grease and residual exhaust fumes. Do not have the motor running at this stage or when you progress to the second stage of having the dog join you in the car. Young dogs and puppies should be lifted in and out of cars, to prevent injuries. Gradually move on to starting the car engine while the dog is sitting in the car, then driving down the driveway, then around the block, etc.. If Rover is not used to car travel, don't feed him before putting him in the car - the results can be quite unpleasant! Any dog that rides in the back of a utility or truck should be restrained on a chain that is short enough to prevent the dog from going over the side and being hung. [Ed. For more detailed information about dogs travelling in cars, refer to Top Dog Journal July 1995 "Jump In My Car."] 0000-00-00 more ...


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MEAT - WHAT IS IT AND WHY FEED IT TO DOGS

first published in Top Dog Journal Meat is usually taken to be the skeletal muscle of cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry. Heart is usually included with offal. It is also muscle, but not skeletal muscle from the bones of the animal. 0000-00-00 more ...


THE MAGIC TOUCH

Tellington Ttouch Recently I was poking about to see what dog videos were available, and of course stopped by eBay. There I found The Tellington TTouch one for dogs, and promises of learning how to touch and handle and probably overcome fear and a few other issues. What the heck, a healthy skeptic I bought a copy and it arrived shortly afterwards. 0000-00-00 more ...


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UPDATED NUTRIENT REQUIREMENTS

After a very long wait (from the mid 1980s) the USA National Research Council are in the process of releasing a new revised and much larger "Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats", alas, the cost will prevent most from investing in this book (US$265.50) but it is available from National Academies Press http://books.nap.edu/catalog/10668.html 0000-00-00 more ...