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122 – Eddie Dziuk: OFA, CHIC and Why Breeders Should Health Test

Eddie Dziuk Ch. Shoreview’s Grace

Eddie Dziuk on OFA, CHIC and the Role of Health Testing

Eddie Dziuk is a behind the scenes kind of guy. But arguably no single individual is more responsible for providing the tools to improve the health of our purebred dogs. OFA and CHIC are invaluable resources which enable breeders to apply “selective genetic pressure *against* breeding abnormal results.”

Eddie Dziuk has led OFA for the last 16 years, including implementation and growth of the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) originally envisioned by the delegate body. CHIC’s “test and tell” protocol has enabled more than 100,000 dogs to earn a CHIC number.

This voluntary program is not an award program, Dziuk reminds people.

It is not a stamp of approval, it's not about ‘normalcy.’ The key piece is that owners must be willing to disclose information,” he adds, both normal and abnormal results.

It is this sharing of results that allows breeders to make more informed breeding decisions. “If you breed dogs long enough, you will produce animals with an inherited disease,” Dziuk notes. “It’s about what are you doing up front and after the fact to address that reality.”

Canine Health Foundation and CHIC

CHIC is co-sponsored by the Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and focuses on empowering national parent clubs for each breed to establish the health protocols and testing best suited for each breed.

Most of the dogs we breed go to pet homes,” Dziuk observed. “The most important thing for these folks is not the dog’s tail set or how much stop it has, they just want a happy, healthy, long-lived faithful companion.”

With that idea in mind, OFA is continuously looking at new testing protocols, developing new efforts that address far more than the orthopedic issues for which the organization was originally created nearly 50 years ago.

Background on Eddie Dzuik

Eddie Dziuk began his journey in purebred dogs in the mid-‘70s by joining the Hagerstown Kennel Club before he even had a dog. He finished his first Beagle, down from Michelle Billings’ Kings Creek breeding, and was hooked. He credits numerous mentors within the Beagle breed, as well as his work for professional handlers from Bob and Jane Forsyth to Tom and Andrea Glassford, for his long-term success in the sport and his breed.

Co-owner of not one, but two, Westminster Kennel Club BIS winners, Dziuk has more than held his own in the breeding and conformation arenas. Both Uno and Miss P, the modern Beagle winners at the Garden, find Dziuk’s breeding in their pedigrees. He talks about seeing both dogs at around six months and falling in love to the point that he’d “beg, borrow or steal” to be involved with their careers.

I believed in those dogs 100 percent,” Dziuk said. While Uno was an odds on favorite, Miss P was a complete surprise, he added. So much so that he missed her winning Tuesday night while on the road for work. “I turned on the tv in the hotel room in Vegas just in time to watch her win,” he observed with obvious dismay.

Encouragement for Owner Handlers

As a long time owner handler, Dziuk encourages owners to compete with their dogs. The top winning 13” Beagle of all time was a dog he showed himself on weekends only. He does note that times are different and the proliferation of dog shows means chasing records is much harder these days.

After 40 years of dogs, every dog show is still an opportunity to learn. It’s a journey,” Dziuk said, “Embrace it.” He also encourages sharing knowledge — whether through judging, belonging to a club, whatever it is.

Final Words

“If nobody is willing to do the work, there will be no dog shows."

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120 – Canine Vaccinations with Dr. Jean Dodds – Part 4

Dr. Jean Dodds

Dr. Jean Dodds - All About Canine Vaccinations

In Pure Dog Talk Episode #120, we talk with Dr. Jean Dodds about the canine vaccination controversy and her recommendations to consider for your dog.

Hemopet and Canine Vaccinations

Protocols, Q & A, and further information on canine vaccinations from Jean Dodds can be found at

Hemopet Dr. Jean Dodds

Hemopet Dr. Jean Dodds

Pure Dog Talk Series with Dr. Jean Dodds

Here are the other episodes with Dr. Jean Dodds:

Episode 118 - Thyroid Epidemic in Dogs

Episode 116 - Wholistic Medicine

Episode 114 - Saving Dogs Lives: Canine Blood Bank

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She explains how to:
•Set up the ideal conditions for your stud dog to thrive
•Calculate when ovulation occurs, and the ideal time to breed
•Determine when a C-Section really needs to happen
•Know what the ‘green discharge’ actually is
•Use the accordion technique and a delee to resuscitate puppies
•Enhance milk production, encouraging the puppies to latch to the breast, and when to tube feed or use formula
•Deal with common conditions such as mastitis, pyometra, eclampsia, and canine herpes

Along with great anecdotes and stories from Myra’s own experiences and breeders who she has worked with.

Myra Savant Harris, R.N. is the author four books including Puppy Intensive Care and Canine Reproduction and Whelping. Myra combines her life-long interest in animals with her professional experience as a labor delivery nurse to bring breeders priceless information on reproduction and whelping. The hundreds of seminars Myra has given throughout the country has given breeders the skills, knowledge and confidence to have healthy and successful litters. She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband Doug Harris and her dogs.

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118 – Thyroid Epidemic in Dogs: Dr. Jean Dodds #3

Thyroid Epidemic in Dogs

Thyroid Epidemic in Dogs: What it is and Why it’s Important

My breed, the German Wirehaired Pointer, is currently ranked number 10 of all breeds for prevalence of this autoimmune disorder. And that’s progress! Ten to 15 years ago, it was ranked second. I learned about all of this the hard way at the beginning of awareness regarding OFA testing for autoimmune thyroiditis in the late ‘90s. My foundation bitch, originally tested clear in an in-house test of t3/t4 only, came back equivocal in the OFA test. In other words her thyroid hormone levels were out of whack, although fortunately she was negative for the TGAA (Thyrogobulin Auto Antibody) that would indicate that her body was attacking itself.

I have had to work twice as hard in my breeding program to weed out this disease occurrence than I would have, had I known then what I know now. A number of beautiful animals were washed out of the breeding program when they failed to come back clear for thyroid. I am so grateful to Dr. Dodds for her work in this area. It has enabled me to not “throw out the baby with the bath water” in my breeding goals.

But my early personal experience taught me the value of what Dr. Jean Dodds has to share in this podcast. Please, take 30 minutes out of your life and do your breed a favor. Listen to what Dr. Dodds has to say here.

The primary points of Dr. Dodds’ interview are as follows.

The thyroid gland is a “master gland.” It is regulated by the pituitary gland. Eighty percent of processing of thyroid hormone occurs in liver. Individual animals might have primary hypothyroidism in which the thyroid gland itself is not functioning properly or secondary hypothyroidism, in which the organs which process the hormone are not working.

We get a primer course in the basics of autoimmune disease. Essentially, the body attacks itself. This is a genetically inherited trait which frequently has environmental triggers.

In people and in dogs, what is heritable is the *propensity* for the body to attack itself, not the specific autoimmune disease. In other words, just because low thyroid is cheap to medicate and not “life threatening” in and of itself is NOT an acceptable reason to continue using those dogs in a breeding program. Other, more serious and often fatal, autoimmune diseases frequently occur in future generations. Dr. Dodds describes breeding affected hypothyroid dogs as a “ticking time bomb.”

Dr. Dodds describes hypothyroidism as consisting of four interlocking circles — inheritance… vaccines as triggers… stress… sex hormonal change … The triggers can cause disease to express itself that is hidden otherwise. Nutrition is at the center of that circle,

What are indications of thyroid disease in dogs?

Some early signs of thyroid disease are: “easy keeper,” changes in cognition/“growly owly,” changes in hair texture, chronic ear/skin infections, chewing the feet, leaky gut. Only when 70 percent of thyroid function is destroyed do we see classic symptoms of obesity, aggression, patterned hair loss, cold intolerance and more.

Dr. Dodds recommends establishing a baseline for our dogs in the breeding program at the onset of puberty. For bitches 12-16 weeks following the onset of the first heat cycle. For dogs between 10 and 14 months of age depending on the breed. Dogs, particularly from breeds with a family history of the disease, should be re-checked every year until six years of age.

She also suggests maintaining a minimal vaccine protocol, avoiding heartworm/fleas/ticks preventatives if possible and good nutrition. (For more information on nutrition, listen to the second installment of this series. Next week Dr. Dodds will discuss vaccine protocols.)

Finally, for dogs affected by hypothyroidism, Dr. Dodds indicates the most effective treatment is to divide the dose and give twice daily. And urges owners to not give the medication with any food containing calcium or soy, as this makes the medicine ineffective.


See the link here for an easy to follow slide show from Dr. Dodds with these reminders. We’ve also included here the most recent statistics from OFA regarding the rankings of breed affected by thyroid disease. Where does your breed rank?



Summary: Weight gain, hair loss and behavior changes are symptoms of thyroid problems. Learn how to recognize and get treatment for this under-diagnosed and misunderstood malady. Easy to read text with color photos and case studies to help you help your dog!

Author of the Week: Pat Miller

Pat Miller has been a dog trainer for over thirty years. She is the founder of Peaceable Paws Dog & Puppy Training Center and is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She is a leading proponent of positive dog training techniques, and her columns on training are read by thousands in publications such as Whole Dog Journal. She is the author of Play With Your Dog; The Power of Positive Dog Training; Positive Perspectives, Love Your Dog, Train Your Dog; and Positive Perspectives 2, Know Your Dog, Train Your Dog.



Summary: Beware of the Dog offers a wide-ranging look at all types of aggression and the way these troublesome behaviors develop. It explains the latest protocols for evaluating and dealing with the problems of aggressive dogs from classical conditioning to operant conditioning, and prescribes management strategies that really work.

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116 – Wholistic Medicine with Dr. Jean Dodds – Part 2

Dr. Jean Dodds

In Part 2 of Pure Dog Talk's Dr. Jean Dodds series, Jean discusses Wholistic Medicine, food as medicine, and how to test your dog for food sensitivities.

Part 1 - Episode # 114

Wholistic Medicine - How traditional medicine works with conventional medicine

Dr. Dodds quotes Hippocrates:

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food - Hippocrates

Food As Medicine

Food should be dense, have variety, be readily available and safe.

Every animal's genomic structure is unique.  Historically, dog's were carnivorous.  As dogs followed man, they ate scraps and cereal or grain was added to their diet. The dog genome changed from the original wolf genome.  But basically dogs are still carnivorous and require whole meats - bones, organ, tripe, flesh, and muscle.

Diet Preferences: In order

  1. Raw is the first choice - either fresh, freeze dried, or frozen.
  2. Homemade Balanced Diet - Grain and Gluten-free, no wheat, corn or soy.
  3. Grain-free Premium Dry with Grain-free Premium canned food added.


Food Intolerances - Nutriscan Test

Dr. Jean Dodds created Nutriscan, to test for food intolerance and sensitivities for dogs and cats.  Based on unique results, appropriate diets can be recommended.

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Nutriscan - Dr. Jean Dodds

Food Sensitivities - How Do I Know?

Dr. Jean says that if your dog is itching, excessively biting or chewing on himself, or rubbing his face that food sensitivities should be tested.

Another sign is gas.  Listen to your dog's belly to hear if there is excessive gurgling.  We have all had upset stomach's so listen to your gut instinct.

Don't Miss Next Week!  Thyroid with Dr. Jean Dodds

Here is a teaser from Dr. Jean on her Dogwise Book - The Canine Thyroid Epidemic - Answers You Need for Your Dog.


Winner of the DWAA Maxwell Award for 2011, Best Care and Health Book and the Eukanuba Canine Health Award.

Problems with your dog? It may be his thyroid! If your dog is lethargic, losing his hair, gaining weight or suddenly becomes aggressive, perhaps the last thing you (or your vet!) would think about is his thyroid. Unfortunately, however, thyroid disorders can cause literally dozens of health and behavioral problems in dogs and frequently go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed. And the real tragedy is that most thyroid problems are treatable with the right medical care and a well-informed owner can often minimize the chance of a thyroid disorder occurring in the first place.

Noted veterinarian Jean Dodds and co-author Diana Laverdure have done the dog owning public and their vets a great service by writingThe Canine Thyroid Epidemic. The book is written in such a way to inform both the average dog owner and animal health care professionals about the ways in which thyroid disorders occur, can be prevented and treated.

You will learn about:
• The role of the thyroid and why it is essential to a dog’s health.
• How to identify the clinical signs and symptoms of thyroid disorders.
• The lab tests needed to identify thyroid problems and how to administer the proper medicines.
• How an increasingly toxic environment can impact your dog’s health.

Another great book from Dogwise Publishing!

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114 – Saving Dog’s Lives: Canine Blood Bank with Dr. Jean Dodds – Part 1

Dr. Jean Dodds

Dr. Jean Dodd's - Part 1 - Canine Blood Bank

Welcome to Pure Dog Talk's 4 part series with Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM.  In this episode #114 Saving Dog's Lives: Canine Blood Bank, Dr. Dodds introduces us to how the first canine blood bank originated.

Jean packs an immense quantity of breeder information on blood types, herpes, plasma and more in this episode that I can't begin to summarize it all... you will just have to listen!

Hemopet - the Canine Blood Bank

Founded by Dr. Jean Dodds, Hemopet provides state-of-the-art blood components and supplies for transfusions to veterinary clinics nationwide.

Hemopet also is a diagnostic testing lab that specializes in thyroid testing which will be featured in Part 2, Episode # 116.

Resources from Hemopet:

Greyhound Adoption from Hemopet Blood Bank

Greyhounds are the primary blood donors for the blood bank.  Highly screened for infectious disease and tested prior to inclusion in the blood donor program, these gentle dogs give so other dogs may live.

4 -5  Greyhounds cycle out of the Hemopet program each week and are available for adoption.  Find out more at

Book Bonus: Canine Nutrigenomics by Dr. Jean Dodds

Listen to our book bonus near the end of episode #114, as Dr. Dodds talks about writing and publishing her two books.  We cover Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health today, and next week we cover The Canine Thyroid Epidemic.

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For our listeners that are unfamiliar with Dogwise Books, Larry and Charlene Woodward have been publishing books for the dog fancy since the 1980's.  Dogwise is a small company out of Washington state that deserves our support.  Many of our favorite books, especially breed specific and training books, would never be in print without Dogwise.

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Bio of Dr. Jean Dodds from

Dr. Jean Dodds received the D.V.M. degree with honors in 1964 from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Toronto. In 1965, she accepted a position as a Research Scientist with the New York State Health Department. She began comparative studies of animals with inherited and acquired bleeding diseases. Eventually, her position culminated as Chief, Laboratory of Hematology, Wadsworth Center. In 1980, she also became Executive Director, New York State Council on Human Blood and Transfusion Services.

This work continued full-time until 1986 when she moved to Southern California to establish Hemopet, the first nonprofit national blood bank program for animals.

The diagnostic division of Hemopet, Hemolife, provides the most advanced comprehensive diagnostic profiles for identifying canine thyroid disease, performs titer testing, as well as a wide range of other diagnostic services. Hypothyroidism is the most common endocrine disorder of dogs. More than 80% of cases result from autoimmune thyroiditis, the heritable autoimmune disease that progressively destroys the thyroid gland. Classical clinical signs of hypothyroidism only appear once more than 70% of the gland is destroyed. Accurate diagnosis may be difficult because thyroid dysfunction produces a wide range of clinical signs, many of which are subtle and mimic those of other causes.

Dr. Dodds also assisted Antech Diagnostics to establish its IFA testing method (published in JAVMA 2000) and with its thyroid testing antibody profiles.

Dr. Dodds is very well-known for her minimum vaccine protocols and as Co-Trustee of The Rabies Challenge Fund. She provides an FAQ on the subject and has authored several articles such as "Changing Vaccine Protocols".

Dr. Dodds co-authored The Canine Thyroid Epidemic: Answers You Need for Your Dog, which was rewarded the Dog Writers Association of America, Best Care and Health Book for 2011 and the Eukanuba Maxwell Canine Health Award. Her second book, Nutrigenomics: Foods that heal your dog, was published in January 2015.

In 2011, Dr. Dodds released NutriScan, a food sensitivity and intolerance diagnostic test for dogs. NutriScan tests for twenty of the most commonly ingested foods.

• Grantee of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) and has over 150 research publications.
• Former President of the Scientist's Center for Animal Welfare
• Former Chairman of the Committee on Veterinary Medical Sciences, National Academy of Sciences
• Former Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Academy of Sciences
• Former member of the National Research Council/BANR Committee on National Needs for Research in Veterinary Science, which released its report in July 2005
• Board of Directors of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
• Board of Directors of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation

• 1974: Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year, AVMA Annual Meeting
• 1977: Region I Award for Outstanding Service to the Veterinary Profession from the American Animal Hospital Association
• 1978 and 1990: received the Gaines Fido Award as Dogdom's Woman of the Year
• 1978: Recognition of Special Contributions to the Veterinary Profession from the American Animal Hospital Association
• 1984: Centennial Medal from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
• 1987: Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academy of Practice in Veterinary Medicine
• 1994: Holistic Veterinarian of the Year Award from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

U.S. Patent 5,196,311   ELISA Test for von Willebrand Factor
U.S. Patent 5,202,264   ELISA Using Multi-Species Antibodies for Detection of von Willebrand Factor in Multiple Species
U.S. Patent 5,486,685   Oven with Food Presence Indicator
U.S. Patent 5,830,709   Detection Method for Homologous Portions of a Class of Substances
U.S. Patent 6,287,254   Animal Health Diagnostics
U.S. Patent 6,537,213   Animal Health Care, Well-Being and Nutrition
U.S. Patent 6,730,023   Animal Genetic and Health Profile Database Management
U.S. Patent 7,029,441   Animal Health Care, Well-Being and Nutrition
U.S. Patent 7,134,995   Animal Genetic and Health Profile Database Management
U.S. Patent 7,548,839   System for Animal Health Diagnostics
U.S. Patent 7,552,039   Method for Sample Processing and Integrated Reporting of Dog Health Diagnosis
U.S. Patent 7,794,954   Detection and Measurement of Thyroid Analyte Profile
U.S. Patent 7,797,145   Animal Health Diagnostics
U.S. Patent 7,799,532   Detection and Measurement of Thyroid Hormone Autoantibodies
U.S. Patent 7,865,343   A Method of Analyzing Nutrition for a Canine or Feline Animal
U.S. Patent 7,867,720   Food Sensitivity Testing in Animals
U.S. Patent 7,873,482   Diagnostic System for Selecting Nutrition and Pharmacological Products for Animals
U.S. Patent 8,060, 354  System and Method for Determining a Nutritional Diet for a Canine or Feline Animal

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Secrets to Feeding Dogs for Optimum Cellular Health and Longevity Revealed in Groundbreaking New Book
Vibrant health begins in the cells. Learn how to transform your dog’s cellular health with the power of nutrigenomics in this ground-breaking new book. Nutrigenomics (a combination of the words nutrition and genome) is the study of how the foods we and our pets eat “speak” to our cells to regulate gene expression, which in turn plays a huge role in determining whether a person or animal will live a life of vibrant health, or one plagued by illness.

Scientists now know that while we can’t change the genes we are born with, we can change how those genes behave, which is exactly what authors W. Jean Dodds, DVM and Diana Laverdure show us how to do in their newest book, Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health from Dogwise Publishing.

Read Canine Nutrigenomics and discover:
• How to tell which foods create optimum gene expression and vibrant health at the cellular level and which foods lead to chronic disease.
• The amazing healing power of functional foods.
• The “Three Keys” to easily creating a foundation diet for your dog based on the principles of nutrigenomics.
• How to use functional ingredients to treat, manage and even reverse a wide variety of chronic canine health conditions.
• The 10 “canine functional superfoods” and how they can supercharge your dog’s health by optimizing his gene expression.
• The signs of a food intolerance/sensitivity and how to stop it in its tracks.

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97 – First Aid for Dogs: Bloat, Shock, Heatstroke and Snakebite

First Aid for Dogs

First Aid for Dogs: Bloat, Shock, Heatstroke, Snakebite

First Aid for Dogs, Part 2 with Dr. Cynthia Heiller, DVM

What conditions require immediate veterinary attention and how to recognize them can be the difference between survival or not.

First Aid for Dogs - Bloat

Bloat is extremely time sensitive and requires veterinary care within an hour.  If your dog is a deep chested breed, meaning the chest is deeper than it is wide, it could be prone to bloat.  Bloat is when the dog's stomach distends and possibly twists.  The twisting cuts off the blood flow to the vena cava which leads to shock and death.

Bloat may occur if the dog overeats, or without warning.  Often the dog tries to vomit, but food does not come up.  Think of how uncomfortable you feel after a huge Thanksgiving dinner and multiply that 10 times.  Bloat is extremely painful and requires surgery.

While not recommended if not a vet, and only if immediate transport to a vet is not available, a needle placed three fingers behind the ribs and inserted into the stomach may temporarily relieve the gas pressure on the vena cava and buy time.

Surgery is the only treatment.

First Aid for Dogs: Internal Bleeding/Shock/Sudden Paleness

Trauma is the common cause for internal bleeding.  Splenic tumor bleeds may also occur without warning.  Internal bleeding may lead to shock and sudden collapse.

Test the gums for sudden paleness.  Apply pressure to the gum and release.  The color should refill in 1-2 seconds.  If longer, the dog may be in shock or bleeding internally.

First Aid for Dogs: Heatstroke

If the dog is in distress, and it is hot, immediately take the dog's temperature.  Temperature over 105 degrees is heatstroke and critical.

Cool the dog with tepid water, NOT COLD.  Use fan or air movement for evaporation cooling.  Cool dog to 103 degrees.  Cooling to fast or below 103 degrees can lead to other problems.

Short nosed dogs are most at risk for heatstroke.

Dogs that are overweight have fat layers that insulate and prevent cooling.  Keep your field dogs in condition.

First Aid for Dogs: Snakebite

Snakebite's may not be immediately obvious.  Puncture wounds can be difficult to locate.  Localized swelling is the sign to watch for.

The vet will run a blood clotting test to see if there is venom.  Up to 25% of snakebites are dry, but the clotting tests are required to test.  Venom amounts and concentrations injected vary.

Antivenom within two hours of the bite is recommended.

Snake vaccine is recommended, but antivenom and vet care is still required.

Do Not's

Do not apply a tourniquet or X cut the bite.

Do not ice.


Give Benadryl

Carry the dog, and keep them calm.  No exertion.

And Finally...Foxtails

Foxtails in some regions of the U.S. keep vets in business!

Foxtails can be fatal to your dog and travel inside the body and can be found anywhere - in the lung, against the spine...  Foxtails can lodge in vulva or in the sheath when a male dog lifts his leg.  Oh, my goodness.

Prevention is Best

Prevention is the best option.  Check between dog's toes, the face, the eyes and ears.  If a dog is sneezing or sneezing with blood, a foxtail or foreign matter may be to blame.

For heavy coated breeds, keeping a blower and table handy is an easy way to check quickly for foxtails.

Be sure to listen to First Aid Part 1 - Episode #94.


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94 – First Aid for Dogs – Are you Ready for Field and Show Emergencies: Dr. Cynthia Heiller, DVM – Part 1

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First Aid for Dogs - Are you Ready for Field and Show Emergencies: Dr. Cynthia Heiller, DVM - Part 1

First Aid for your dogs... Are you ready?

Dr Cindy Heiller, DVM is an Emergency Vet with Redwood Vet Clinic and has saved more than one dog and horse at field trials.

Breeder of German Wirehaired Pointers, Cindy has dual champions, master hunters, won the National, and served on the Parent Club board.

Are You Ready for Field and Show Emergencies: Step 1

First Aid Books

Unless you treat dogs and people on a daily basis, it is difficult to remember everything.  Add the adrenaline of an emergency situation and a first aid book becomes an essential tool.

General First Aid and Canine First Aid

Dogs are mammals too.  People get hurt at shows and in the field.  A general first aid book applies to both.  Add a canine first aid book as well.

Red Cross First Aid and CPR Course - Step 2

Take or refresh your Red Cross First Aid and CPR course.  CPR can be performed on people, dogs, birds, cats and more.  You might be the only first responder available.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

Start with a commercial kit or make your own and pack in a waterproof container.

Add to a Basic Kit

  • Thermometer - electronic, don't use mercury
  • Vet Wrap (self adhering bandage)
  • Dog Toenail Clippers and Kwik Stop
  • Elizabethan Collar
  • Skin Stapler - purchase through vet supply and ask your vet for instructions

Medications and Flushes

  • Saline or Betadine or Chlorahexadine with flushing syringe
  • Eyewash Saline
  • Cortisone ointment/spray for bug bites
  • Hydrogen Peroxide to induce vomiting - call poison control first
  • Benadryl - oral

From Your Vet

  • Amoxicillin
  • Metronidazole - non-specific diarrhea, be careful of overdose
  • Tramadol

Emergencies and Your Trusting Vet Relationship

First Aid Emergencies are... emergencies and not a substitute for veterinary care.  The first hour can be critical if not assessed correctly.

As breeders, field and dog agility competitors, we and our dogs are outdoors, on the road, and in remote areas on a consistently basis.  It is important to have a good, trusting relationship with your vet.

Take care to develop and not abuse that relationship.  If your vet is not willing to help educate you on basic or emergency care , perhaps find someone that you can communicate better with.

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64 – Bloodhound Mantrailing and Canine Health Foundation Tick Program with Susan Hamil

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Bloodhound Mantrailing, Canine Health Foundation Tick Program and more with Susan Hamil

Bloodhound Mantrailing vs. AKC Tracking

Bloodhound Mantrailing is a Bloodhound Club breed specific performance trial that differs from AKC Tracking.  AKC Tracking is an all-breed event where the dog has to track every turn.

Bloodhound Mantrailing does not have to indicate each turn.  Scents can be 18 hours to 36 hours old.  Trails are variable surfaces - grass, parking lots, buildings, and the bloodhound has to give positive identification of the person that laid the trail.

Bloodhounds as Evidence Tools

Did you know that bloodhounds do more than find lost people or track criminals?  They also are used as an evidence tool in court and investigation.  An item is presented to the bloodhound, and the dog then "picks from a line-up" the person whose scent matches the item.

Susan Hamil - Quiet Creek Bloodhounds

#1 Bloodhound status belongs to Susan Hamil's Quiet Creek Bloodhound line.  However, Susan's dedication to the Canine Health Foundation and it's Tick and Disease prevention program demonstrates how excelled breeders and dog people give back to their sport.

Listen as Susan Hamil discusses many of the challenges and accomplisments of the Canine Health Foundation and her role as an AKC Delegate.

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55 – Seizures and Epilepsy: Genetic Testing for the Cause – Liz Hansen

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Canine Epilepsy: Bring the Breeders to the Scientists

Liz Hansen, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine Genetics Lab, and breeder of Standard Schnauzers and Berger Picards, is helping to coordinate the international consortium on epilepsy.

Affected and Family Members Blood Samples Needed

DNA Banking of affected dogs and their immediate affected or non-affected family members increase the ability of researchers to compare the genome sequences.

Since there are multiple forms of epilepsy. An online survey to assist owners willing to donate blood for the DNA bank.  Cheek swabs are not adequate for this particular research.

Canine epilepsy is one of the most emotionally devastating problems facing dog owners and breeders today. A consortium of researchers from the University of Missouri, University of Minnesota, Ohio Sate University, and the Animal Trust (England) are currently doing DNA research to try to locate the mutation(s) responsible for causing epilepsy in dogs. The genes controlling seizure problems in dogs are not well understood, but this project is attempting to find the marker(s) or mutation(s) responsible.


Mice, Rats, Humans, Canines

Epilepsy is being studied across species.  A canine discovery helps people too.

Listen as Liz Hansen explains the advancements and current research on both seizures and epilepsy.  One seizure is not necessarily epilepsy.

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51 – Finding the Genetic Test: Pat Fendley’s Fight Against Cerebellar Ataxia in Spinone Italiano

But I Don't Have Spinone Italiano's?

Every breed has something lurking in it's DNA.  Pat Fendley's sacrifice to "save" her breed is a lesson for all breeders.

Cerebellar Ataxia

Cerebellar Ataxia is a horrific disease that affect puppies.  They start with wobbling or stumbling.  Within months, the disease rapidly progresses until the young dog can not even stand on it's own and is euthanized.

Breeder's Secret

For many years, the existence of Cerebellar Ataxia was denied or ignored by some breeders.  In 1998, Great Britain publicly acknowledged the disease in the Spinone Italiano.  Lack of knowledge of it's genetic origin caused many unaffected dogs to be removed from the gene pool.  Some even believed it was a communicable disease, rather than genetic.

Pat Fendley

Pat Fendley tells her story of working with the Animal Health Trust in Great Britain by breeding a carrier test litter to develop a genetic test to identify carrier dogs.  This test litter made it possible for many other dogs and owners to not suffer the disease.


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