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The Blue Dilute Gene ~

To understand the blue dilute gene better in the coloring of a Blue Lacy.

TLGDA Finally Joins Us In Asking For Health Testing!!

We have always known here at the ABLA that all dogs are prone to hip dysplasia, but even more so herding breeds and working dogs. We have been doing health testing on our dogs for years and also asking our members to do it on theirs. It is wonderful one of the other associations has finally come to understand the benefits of doing health testing to prevent this from happening to people who get their pups.

Puppy Weaning

Nutrition During Weaning

The beginning of weaning is naturally imposed when milk production by the bitch levels off. It is as though the mother, having reached maximum production, gives up and admits that she can no longer satisfy the increasing needs of her puppies.

In small-breed bitches, lactation covers the most intense growth period of the puppies, and meets their greatest needs. In medium-and large-breed dogs, however, the puppies are “abandoned” by the mother’s milk at a critical period in their growth. So, while gestation and lactation are more taxing in small-breed bitches than in large-breed bitches, the opposite is true for the puppies.

No matter how the puppies get their milk, weaning should be a gradual change of diet beginning at about three weeks of age and ending at seven or eight weeks, at which time the mother will begin to distance herself from the puppies, mainly by asserting her precedence at the dog dish.

The puppies should not be completely separated from their mother before this time, so as to avoid adding any stress to a period that is already sensitive to any drastic change in routine.

Calcium requirement are calculated as a function of the puppy’s weight, ranging from 400 mg/kg at the beginning of growth to 200 mg/kg, the estimated need of the adult, at the end of growth.

As an example, a growing puppy that weighs 30 kg will require six times more calcium than a 5-kg puppy at the same stage of development. However, its energy requirement will be only four times greater. This is why it is important to feed each puppy a food having a calcium/energy ratio adapted to its growth potential.

Feeding the litter dry food that is always available avoids any competition for food among the puppies, and so also any diarrhea related to overeating. When weaning, it is recommended that the puppies be fed three or four meals a day for a limited time (15 minutes) to avoid obesity.

After weaning, two meals per day are adequate for most puppies.

Any obesity appearing when fat cells are multiplying at full speed (know as hyperplastic obesity) would be much more difficult to treat than excess fat acquired in adulthood (hypertrophic obesity).

During the growth period, any nutritional imbalance affects the tissues that are forming.

So small-breed puppies, weaned right in the middle of adipose tissues formation, are predisposed to obesity if they overeat. For this reason, slight under-feeding is less harmful in these dogs than overfeeding, since slightly retarded weight gain can be compensated for afterwards, while obesity arising during the growth period is difficult to reverse once the dog reaches adulthood.

In large-breed puppies, on the other hand, weaning takes place during the period of skeletal growth. Any dietary deficiency of proteins or calcium will affect the formation of the bones (osteofibrosis). In contrast, consumption of excess energy accelerates growth, which makes the puppy vulnerable to many problems such as hypertrophic osteodystrophy and joint dysplasias.

Canine Brucellosis ~

B. canis is a disease that can be transmitted to humans as well as other dogs and is a significant cause of reproductive failure, predominantly in kennels.

Reproduction and Artificial Insemination Information

Comparing Canine Artificial Insemination methods

Compare the success rates of fresh chilled vs. frozen semen, and surgical implant vs AI vs transcervical insemination.

The Animal Welfare View

People are part of the natural world, and our relationship with animals is defined in large measure by the natural order. We know that humans and animals are inextricably tied together. In fact, we depend upon one another. It is virtually impossible for any living creature on this planet to exist without making use of fellow creatures. This is a fact that is unquestioned by any member of the animal kingdom with the exception of humans.

The notion of rights is a uniquely human one. Animals do not recognize the rights of other animals. They kill and eat one another as a matter of survival. But for humans, the concept of rights is a fundamental element of our social pact -- the contract that permits us to live with one another in comparative harmony. As part of that contract, we recognize that rights are accompanied by responsibilities. In return for our rights as members of society, we accept the obligation to abide by society's laws.

BARC update ~

Kieko aka Liberty, a young dog, was brought to BARC on Monday, 3/15/10. It was obvious that she had suffered severe head/eye injuries. BARC’s vet reportedly told volunteers that it appeared that the dog had been beaten with a 2×4.

I personally wrote them and received the response Keiko was finally receiving excellent health care. Obviously it was too little too late and not the right health care.

Why Test For Hip Dysplasia?

For instance, in a 1986 Swedish study, the heritability of hip dysplasia in German Shepherds was 0.40 in Sweden, but only 0.25 in the British Isles during the same time period. The difference between breeds may also reflect their levels of inbreeding. The more inbreeding, the lower the heritability index because inbreeding reduces the total genetic variability-that is, the gene pool is smaller. Inbreeding is not a bad word. It only becomes problematic when undesirable genetic traits are concentrated within the gene pool. By definition, every purebred dog of any given breed is highly inbred, or else it would look like a feral dog. We frequently hear that the problem with the American Kennel Club purebred dogs is that they are inbred. We should hope so, otherwise we could never fix type to the point where there were discernible differences between breeds. On the other hand, we would hope that the concentrated gene pools for the various breeds would have been concentrated from stock exhibiting only desirable genetic traits. We would hope that our field, bench and obedience champions would be fit to contribute to the gene pool. Of course, we know that is not true, or there would be no purpose in writing this article.

Oxytocin/Calcium During Whelping

I would push calcium before more oxy, and get those first pups nursing to help the body release natural oxytocin. Oxy is good to help move a pup that is near the cervix but don't forget every time you give it you are making the entire uterus contract, which could loosen the last few pups placentas, once placentas are detached they only have a short time to get out before suffocating. Myra states that when ever she has seen oxy being used you end up with at least one dead pup.

The Amazing Phenomenon Of False Pregnancy

Some female dogs have a nurturing drive so tremendous that they can show signs of a false pregnancy after every cycle with the signs becoming progressively more severe on each occasion. This is an amazing case of mind over body. They want puppies so badly their mind convinces their body they are pregnant. Any time I do not breed my girl she has a false pregnancy and always will. She just loves being a mommy too much.


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