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  1. Saturday Senior

    It looks as if this boy is safe as he has left the pound hopefully adopted or to rescue.
  2. Saturday Senior

    Click on photo to follow the link. Another old fellow at DAS. He has been there for about a month so may be running out of time.
  3. Foster Dogs

    KTB this thread always lifts my spirits which are often sagging. Your dogs are so loved and your photos so beautiful and lifelike that I can see the expression in the dogs' eyes and I want to reach out and pat them. You are an inspiration and you make the world and DOL a better place. Thanks for sharing and a happy new year to you and your entire household.
  4. RSPCA at it Again...

    Hmm!! Interesting reading
  5. Seizures: at what point do you start to medicate

    Thank you so much Gallomph. That is exactly what I wanted to know. I don't have a syringe but I will go to the chemist tomorrow. She is sleeping at the moment.
  6. Seizures: at what point do you start to medicate

    I don't really know where to put this and I hope KTB won't mind but my girl has just had another seizure which lasted for at least five minutes. Is it true that seizures lasting that long cause brain damage? Also my vet gave me some valium and I am supposed to put it up her bottom if she has a seizure. How would I do this? Just with my finger inside a latex glove. My vet has closed down for Christmas and I am feeling quite alone with this. I had my dog there on Thursday for something else and I never thought she might just be brewing another seizure.
  7. RSPCA in the news

    Okay I will start the ball rolling I thought that each state had its own regulations based on based on state laws. For example NSW has Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1979) https://www.rspcansw.org.au/what-we-do/animal-welfare/prevention-of-cruelty-to-animals-act-1979/ and the ACT has the Animal Welfare Act 1992 https://www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/1992-45/ I think the other states also have their own legislation. I also thought that within a state each RSPCA had different guidelines on how they interpreted their state's legislation but I may be wrong. I live in the ACT and I am quite happy with what the RSPCA ACT does to protect animals from cruelty and abuse and I regularly make donations. It seems to me to be unfair to tar them all with the same brush if you are unhappy with your local one because they are all different.
  8. Seizures: at what point do you start to medicate

    Deleted because as usual I have totally failed to answer your question. Happy Christmas everyone.
  9. Thanks for the offer. It is very kind. I bought some BH grain free with chicken yesterday and it will do. She has had it before with no ill effects. The man in the pet shop seemed to think that the BH with salmon would be back in the future so I am not so worried. Initially it was just the last straw in a bad week but I have calmed down now.
  10. Thanks Anna but she can't eat roo. It gives her diarrhoea. I have found chicken or fish the safest for her. I have rung my vet and am waiting for a reply. Last week she had three seizures on the one day and she also vomited with them. Maybe it was the food but she often vomits when she has seizures.
  11. After a lot of trial and error this is what I feed my allergic dog and it seems to be the only dry food that she can eat without scratching herself until she bleeds. Now I don't know what to do.
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  13. Dog wanted- Melbourne

    Love this thread. Brings happy tears. I am older and that little dog is so cute and I would love him but am not looking for another dog. Fingers crossed for you Bearji.
  14. Breeding for colour

    I guess this is something that is already known. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-23/chocolate-labradors-die-earlier-than-yellow-and-black/10418110 Chocolate labradors die earlier than yellow and black counterparts, study finds Updated 23 minutes ago PHOTO: The study looked at more than 33,000 labradors in the UK. (Supplied: Dogs 4 Independence) RELATED STORY: Faulty gene may help explain why Labradors are food-obsessed RELATED STORY: 'He looks after me': How Melvin the dog is helping one woman with dementia RELATED STORY: Meet the retirees who have raised 18 guide dog puppies If you own a chocolate-coloured labrador, chances are it will not live as long as its yellow and black cousins, a new study has shown. Key points: The median life expectancy for a chocolate labrador is 10.7 years, but 12.1 years for a non-chocolate lab Skin disease and ear infections are also more common in chocolate labradors Labradors of all colours are among the most obese breeds Research led by the University of Sydney found the life expectancy of chocolate labradors was significantly lower than their black and yellow cousins. It also found skin diseases and ear infections were more common. The study — which was part of the university's VetCompass program — looked at more than 33,000 labradors in the United Kingdom to get a better insight into their health and life expectancy. Data was extracted on death and disease from a random sample of 2,074 labradors, about 6.2 per cent of the dogs. Lead author of the study Professor Paul McGreevy told ABC Radio Adelaide that the findings were surprising. "The main reason we did the study was to find out what diseases they get … so that we can help breeders prioritise any breeding initiatives to get rid of inherited disorders," Professor McGreevy said. The study found that in the UK, the median longevity of non-chocolate labradors was 12.1 years, where as chocolate labradors was 10.7 years. Labradors are one of the most popular breeds of dog in the UK, and Professor McGreevy said he could not confirm whether the longevity rate would be the same in Australia. PHOTO: Labradors are one of the most popular breeds of dog. (ABC News: Mark Reddie) Focus on colour, not on health Professor McGreevy said researchers believed the difference in life expectancy was related to therecessive gene needed to breed chocolate labradors. He said breeding from a smaller gene pool came with additional risks of health problems and disease for the popular pooch. "We think it may be to do with their disease burden, they seem to have more skin and ear disease, in fact they get twice as many ear infections and four times as many skin infections," he said. "The chocolate gene is a recessive gene, so years ago … they were actually used for hunting and for retrieving, they didn't actually use the chocolate [labradors] for some reason. "But you have to breed from dogs that carry the gene, both parents have to carry the gene to have chocolate puppies. "We may have taken our eye off some of the health [issues] and instead focused on colour." Obesity remains a big problem In 2016 it was found that labradors topped obesity charts in studies and surveys across the US, UK and in Australia. PHOTO: The study found that obesity remained a big problem for labradors. (ABC News: Ian Cutmore) Professor McGreevy said his study had found similar results. He said that osteoarthritis was common in the breed which did not surprise him, as labradors could easily put on weight. The personality of the breed was also mentioned, however Professor McGreevy said more research was needed to find out if coat colour had an impact. He said he hoped researchers would one day join the dots and work out if behaviour was determined by the coat colour. "We are very interested in the behaviour of dogs … [chocolate labradors] have got a different retina to the yellow and black labs, very few people appreciate that," he said. "We don't know how that affects their behaviour but they are looking at the world through different eyes so we would expect some behavioural differences to be found."
  15. Yet another vicious attack

    I am so over this. This dog could move into your neighbourhood and you wouldn't know. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-26/council-dog-attack-victim-call-for-law-change/10306412 Dog that mangled woman's arm gets reprieve, prompting Palmerston council to review bylaws ABC Radio Darwin Posted 36 minutes ago PHOTO: Following multiple surgeries, Diana Thompson still can't dress herself. (ABC News: Jesse Thompson) RELATED STORY: Grandmother endured four surgeries after dog attack, owner got $450 fine RELATED STORY: NT grandmother mauled in dog attack calls for tougher council bylaws The victim of a vicious dog attack and her local council have been left powerless to prevent the animal attacking again after a court dismissed a bid to have it destroyed. Diana Thompson was walking her dog in March when a stranger's unfenced dog dragged her to the ground and shook her arm "like a piece of meat". Following multiple rounds of surgery that cost thousands of dollars, Ms Thompson is still undertaking physiotherapy and can't dress herself; she only recently got behind the wheel again. PHOTO: Diana Thompson attached this photo to the submission, showing her injuries. (Supplied: Diana Thompson and Paul Sedman) The animal's owner was fined for the attack and for having a dog at large — two fines totalling $350. Ms Thompson said that was inadequate. "I know it's not easy to change a law, but surely we could bring something in in the meantime; we could make fines a little more expensive — a couple of hundred dollars is nothing," she said. "If there's hospitalisation, if there's serious surgery, if there's permanent injury, can't we, as thinking people, take that dog away?" In a submission to the Animal Welfare Bill review, Ms Thompson and her husband said they were dumbfounded as to how the council could not act to prevent repeat attacks. But speaking with ABC Radio Darwin's Adam Steer, City of Palmerston CEO Lucio Cercarelli agreed, saying the case showed current animal management bylaws needed to be reviewed. "We took the matter to the court to seek a destruction, and the court found that in this particular case the dog would not be destroyed," he said. "They believe it displayed good behavioural characteristics, that even though they can't guarantee it, it was unlikely that a similar event would occur." Ms Thompson was incredulous. Short of fronting the courts, issuing on-the-spot fines and impounding the animal was about as much as council could currently do, Mr Cercarelli said. The dog has been deregistered and no longer lives in the Territory, but Mr Cercarelli was concerned that laws as they currently stood could simply allow problem animals to move to other municipalities. Unlike some other states, he said, the Northern Territory didn't have uniform legislation when it came to animal management bylaws. "We're calling on the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory, to lobby the NT Government to introduce uniform animal management legislation ... which will assist in dealing with matters such as this."