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About sandgrubber

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  1. My first thought is contact allergy. Maybe to grass. Is there Tradescantia (wandering Jew) on your property? But Rebanne is right, you need a vet's advice...and roo+veg isn't a balanced diet. Diagnosis via internet is a dubious process.
  2. What are they rolling in?

    Good suggestion. Yep. I'm in NZ and we have possums. But my Springer (hunting lines) is possum mad, and she's not interested. Just the Labs. When I lived in WA, the Labs' great granddam had a special plant she liked to roll in. It was odorless to me. But when it happens on tarmac, I think you can rule out plants. Mystery unsolved.
  3. What are they rolling in?

    My own theory is they're reacting to something taken up to the vomeronasal (aka Jacob's) organ... which is almost poorly developed in humans, picks up pheromones among other things, and is hardwired to reactive drives (notably sex drive) in the brain. Maybe a calling card from a female rabbit or cat that's in heat?
  4. Rescue dog honored at retirement

    BBC News - Famed Mexican rescue dog Frida retires after nine years' duty https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-48753764
  5. What are they rolling in?

    Many of us know and dread the smell when the beloved dog finds something raunchy to roll in. My two Labs sometimes do the same rolling act, with the same obsessive joy, when there's nothing apparent for them to delight in. Sometimes it's in grass; occasionally it's on tarmac. My Springer isn't at all interested. And I can't smell anything afterwards. Do others have dogs that do the same? Any ideas about what is going on?
  6. Annual blood works

  7. Annual blood works

    I agree. For rescues, where no baseline is available, thorough screening is appropriate. It would require a lot of study to say WHAT screening for what age/breed, etc. For young dogs in some breeds, I'd think hip Xrays would be more useful than blood work. I guess it makes sense to do oldies, too, although I'm 70 (borderline cholesterol, otherwise OK) and they don't recommend doing my blood work but every couple of years.Furthermore, as I get older they drop tests from the recommended panel... no more colonoscopies or boob xrays . Bottom line : better guidelines are needed. I think pressure to do (and bill for) unnecessary/unjustified tests results in resentment of vets. Vets get caught in the bind. Veterinary suicide rates are high... this very unclear question does not help.
  8. Annual blood works

    Has anyone who does annual blood work (apart from the folks who need to do it to monitor some drug or condition) found it was useful for finding a problem early?
  9. 4 months old, Jap Spitz with 1 testicle

    https://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-diseases-conditions-a-z/retained-testicles-puppies Undescended testicle aren't good, and ate likely to be hereditary.
  10. Man dies from severe injuries caused by his pet dog

    Not sure about prey drive being widely used as a training tool... I suspect many of the problem dogs had no training at all. But I think you hit the mark about failure to select against unpredictable, high drive, and unsocial temperament. The belittling of back yard breeders hasn't helped... I mean the old fashioned kind of BYB, selecting for the 'family dog' rather than breed, price, or show conformation: Where a family decides to breed a much loved pet because they would like to have a pup from her and at the same time teach the kids a bit about the facts of life...and have some pups to place with the neighbors. Not the money driven BYBs who sell litter after litter of the breed and color that's in vogue.
  11. Dog / wolf differences

    BBC News - Dogs' eyes evolve to appeal to humans https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-48665618
  12. Puppy with flatulance

    Evidence? I have read the opposite.
  13. Annual blood works

    I asked precisely this question on skeptvet.com blogsite discussion of screening tests. It's worth reading the whole blog post, including the questions. http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2019/05/what-are-screening-tests-and-should-you-use-them/
  14. I just looked at the pictures. The first few lines made it clear that this isn't research based (though the 2009 book it refers to probably is). I sure don't think the dogs in the photos look guilty. Anticipatory, maybe.
  15. Man dies from severe injuries caused by his pet dog

    On the secondary subject here...more dog attacks: I have always scratched my head about why Oz bans pit bulls, yet staffies are extremely common (#2 in litter registration with ANKC) and AmStafs (which are genetically indistinguishable from APBTs) are allowed. Both are subject to BSL in the US and parts of Europe. There are bad apples in every breed, and people looking for a bad-ass dog will find those that fit their image of what is bad-ass...and breed from them. Easy to see that happening with staffies and AmStafs... or crosses thereof. With so many dogs acquired from shelters and internet sales, indiscriminately bred dogs pups and dogs and pups bred to be mean will often end up in the hands of people who can't cope with them. That cute wagging pup may not be so cute when mature. I don't see a good solution, but it's hard to see how the sorts of dog control measures becoming common in Oz are going to help. Cracking down on small breeders is definitely going the wrong way.