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  1. Do you do dna testing?

    Orivet in Australia or UC Davis in the US. Used to use European labs but find I don’t need to these days.
  2. What should I do?

    Sometimes getting the opposite gender and even a different colour can help your heart stop expecting the second pup to be like the first. I would be concerned about getting the same health issues though, especially if it is a full sibling. Not the blockage, but the rest.
  3. No decent online breed archive for Labs? We have one (well several, but one main one in English) and it is well supported, a large % of the breed are on it back to founders and the collective oversight keeps the error rate acceptably low. But for a quality of life affecting disease I would still test- the chance of a wrongly registered pedigree is low but I wouldn’t take the chance. Over 50 years there are a lot of chances for a sire not quite being who was recorded.
  4. Interesting that they suggest the sire in question came from a marginal line, or the introduction of genetic diversity from other breeds.
  5. Not aware of any comprehensive listing as you describe unfortunately. The info is probably in journals and text books but it’s a task if you are looking at a lot of conditions. I’ve long thought we need clinical geneticists advising breeders in the canine world as there are for people dealing with human DNA test results. We have molecular geneticists and population genetics but there is a gap in professional advice on how to interpret and use testing results in a measured way in breed decision making. My breed has only one applicable DNA health test, for the SOD1 degenerative myelopathy mutation, so I just do that and don’t bother with DNA panels, except for colour which I do out of interest. It’s a simple autosomal recessive, 2 copies put the dog at risk of the disease in old age rather than definitely getting it, so in a pretty healthy breed with average genetic diversity it’s not hard to manage. But I feel for the juggling act many breeders must face. I have been playing around with haplotype and genetic diversity testing but even with a science background it’s hard to knit it all together, too many unknowns and too much rhetoric.
  6. Golden retrievers and exercise

    If I was looking for a breed specifically for that role I’d probably look at a Dalmatian. I don’t know the breed in great depth but the several I have known well have all been sweet natured, easy going with other dogs, and very much built for endurance running. But there is always a chance they were atypical. My long distance running friend has always had English Springers and swears by them. Lives in Tas so cool conditions mostly.
  7. Help buying puppy interstate

    If you want to organise it yourself give Qantas freight a call, some prefer Virgin but I am not sure what, if anything, they are flying at the moment. Or you could talk to companies that organise it for you, someone like http://baycitypettravel.com.au/, https://www.moorholmepettransport.com.au/ or https://www.dogtainers.com.au/, there are several other companies as well. There are also companies that do road transport, although for a young pup I’d go by air. Breed matters- rules for air travel are stricter for short faced breeds.
  8. Fish diet for dogs

    The only issue I have heard of with feeding lots of fish is thiaminase, but I don’t even know if sardines contain it as only some fish does. Sardines may well not have it at all, but if they do having too much can affect your dog’s thiamine intake. (Edited: Rebanne is right about mercury, I forgot that) Rabbit for human consumption can be found in organic and game meat butchers but it’s pretty expensive. I have found hunted rabbit sold for dogs at some stock feed stores around here in the past. It’s very low fat so doesn’t suit all dogs. You could also try duck, supermarkets have the prime cuts but Asian butchers are where I get it cheaper. There is a fb group called ‘Raw fed and nerdy’ where you could ask about fish. They are focussed on nutrient balancing and are not anti kibble, which can be helpful when you want a bit of technical advice.
  9. Annoyed at Big Dog Raw

    I noticed that is some Big Dog too - it says fine ground bone but it was nothing like finely ground. My dogs hated it anyway so I just threw the lot in the bin.
  10. I gave my 36 kg boy a Telfast 180 when he was stung by something in the garden and his face became swollen. We ended up at the vet because he started to vomit and I wasn’t sure if it had stayed down. The vet told me I had given him a low dose and I could have quite safely have given him two, which would be 10 mg per kilo.
  11. Breathing Issue Advice

    I have heard of a number of elderly dogs in my breed getting this. Most overseas. It seems to range in severity from mild and easily managed to severe and life threatening. There is an operation some have used. Of course your vet is the best source of advice, but from the experiences I have heard hot and humid weather make it worse, exercise is usually restricted as part of management, and most switch from a collar to a harness if they were using collars. Good luck. Old dogs are glorious but they do develop unfortunate health challenges just like we do.
  12. Am I being unreasonable?

    Ask the vet for a script so you can get it filled online.
  13. For pick up at nine weeks I would let you come to my house. I would expect you to want to, too. But by then I would have had many conversations with you and checked you out thoroughly. I would not agree to sell you a puppy if I didn’t feel confident enough in you to let you visit at that age. But I don’t allow visits at my home before I have done that due diligence on the buyer. .
  14. The most recent time I used one tablet, which was a child’s dose. Can’t remember how many mg that was. It was a big breed puppy. It’s off label use of course, so all the usual cautions.
  15. I tried all the counter conditioning ideas and travel position ideas with mine but at the end of the day only Cerenia /sea legs helped relieve it, and only time cured it. They both out grew it by 7 months old. 2 different pups of different breeds some years apart.
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