Worming Dogs "Information"
Helps & Hints & Tips. and all about Heartworms in Dogs.
Treat heartworm in Dogs ( Pet talk with Paul Shiel )
Heartworm is a disease predominantly found in dogs, however, it may also be present in cats and rarely in Humans.
The disease is caused by a parasite called Dirofilaria - immitis which is a worm that attempts to live in the lungs and hearts of dogs.
It is a terminal disease and by that I mean that the animal infested will eventually die, unless specifically treated for the infection. This disease is transmitted by mosquitoes , whom, then they bit their host they transfer the small larval stage of the heartworm which find their way into the bloodstream. After your dog has been bitten it takes about eight weeks for the larval stages to develop into adult worms which will then breed and produce more larvae, consequently the dog's condition simply worsens. Fortunately, heartworm can be prevented and even treated if your dog is already infected. Some of the common clinical signs are a cough, reduced exercise tolerance with progressive weight loss.
You should seek advice from a veterinarian, if your dog is not already on heartworm preventative medicine, and you suspect it may be infected. I t is very important to understand that the normal dog worming tablets taken approximately every three months for gastro-intestinal worms do not kill or affect heartworm at all. Remember, heartworm lives in the lungs and heart, not in the gut system. To check if your dog in infected, simply go to your vet to have a specific blood test done, which will detect if heartworm is presented.
If they are, then treatment is available to kill the existing adult and larval heartworm. Once this is achieved the dog can go onto the preventative treatment. Again it is very important to check your dog first, before going onto the preventive treatment because if you don't you risk killing your dog.The only safe time to start a dog on a heartworm prevention tablets is when it is eight weeks old. Anytime after that is a risk and the dog should be tested first. There are currently three available ways of heartworm treatment. They are: Dimmitrol tablets given daily Heartgurd 30, one tablet given every month. Heartgurd 30+, which incorporates a gut worming program against roundworm and hookworm.
For further advice consult your local VET.
"SHOWING"dogs - "OBEDIENCE" PART OF YOUR COMMUNITY
Canine Control Council (Queensland) participates in community discussions regarding dogs and responsible dog ownership.
The C.C.C(Q)dogs is the controlling body for its 142 Affiliated Clubs which are located throughout the State. Through its Members, the C.C.C(Q)dogs impacts on industry through:
The Veterinary Profession Canine Research. The Travel Industry. The Printing Industry.
The main purpose of the C.C.C(Q)dogs is to promote the responsible breeding of purebred dogs. To this end there are many regulations concerning the registration of puppies. Many competitions and exhibitions are held to give breeders the chance to have qualified Judges pass opinion on their dogs and thus assist them
to maintain good quality stock.
The responsibility of breeding good quality dogs that are sound in mind and body is one that breeders take very seriously.
Many hours are spent poring over pedigrees and comparing dogs before decisions are made regarding matings and then over selection of puppies for breeding.
Breeding should NOT be undertaken without a comprehensive knowledge of the issues involved.
The C.C.C(Q)dogs has the role of controlling the breeding of puppies by promoting a Code of Ethics, providing a Rule Book, and putting other checks in place.
The C.C.C(Q)dogs does not exercise any special powers or authority. Legislative authority is exercised by State and Local Government bodies.
Affiliated Clubs provide displays of trained dogs and conduct educational seminars.
Part of the purpose of these displays is to encourage people to purchase pure bred stock so that the cycle of breeding and assessment can continue to flourish.
TheC.C.C(Q)dogs maintains a Showground at 247 King Avenue, Durack, for Brisbane based affiliates to use for exhibitions and meetings. Other organizations such as Agricultural Societies or Sports Clubs also permit the use of their facilities for Dog Shows.
One of the very interesting features of the activities sponsored by the C.C.C(Q) is 'showing'.
The many breeds of dogs, some quite rare, are a constant source of surprise to those who are not familiar with this quite fascinating recreational activity.
There are well over a hundred Shows each year at which there may be either many breeds represented, a group of breeds or a single breed, depending on the type of event. Most visitors to Shows are immediately impressed with the beautiful condition of the dogs being shown.
Showing is an excellent hobby, pastime and/or sport for you and your pedigree dogs. Shows give prospective puppy owners an excellent opportunity to view the many breeds available to them, and the chance to talk to breeders.
This can help them to make a better informed decision when purchasing their next "best friend."
Obedience training is one of the best things that you can do for your dog.
The great personal satisfaction one achieves from turning an uncontrolled animal into a well mannered member of your household is tremendous.
Imagine walking down the street with your dog walking beside you instead of pulling your arm from its socket or your dog obeying your call to come when in the park. Thousands of people and their pets attend obedience classes every week. These obedience classes are conducted by clubs affiliated with the C.C.C(Q) and are held throughout the state by affiliated Clubs.
At these Clubs, the owners join in structured classes and are taught how to train their dogs completing simple exercises and taking home ideas to practice.
Obedience classes are open to all dogs regardless of pedigree, breed, size and parentage After a few weeks, dog and handler may be promoted to a higher class.
A few months pass and the owner and family have a happy, well trained canine friend. Most owners are content to use these training sessions to achieve a well socialized and obedient family member. Some owners enjoy their training so much that they go on to enter competitions and gain obedience titles with their dog.
Agility training and trials are also conducted by many of the CCC(Q)dogs affiliated Clubs.
Agility is a sport which challenges the dog and handler to manoeuvre over an obstacle course with both speed and accuracy. Agility is an exciting spectator sport which always draws large crowds wherever it is conducted, with agility demonstrations held at many fetes, fairs and Agricultural Shows.
Retrieving trials are conducted over a short season, late March to September each year. 411 Gundog breeds are eligible to enter the Trials,
which try to simulate actual shooting conditions for duck shooting on swamps or rivers, and other game on land. No live game is used, and only blank cartridges are used in shotguns to fire at the objects catapulted into the air.
Retrieving trials test the handlers and their dogs, and are an opportunity to see Gundogs doing the very work for which they were bred. The dogs love to do it, the handlers enjoy the social aspects of being with other people and their dogs, and all enjoy the competitive nature of this Points are awarded for the dog's steadiness to shot, obedience, style and eagerness.
They are also awarded for the dog's ability to work in the field to find the game and then deliver it promptly and tenderly to his handler.
Tracking is an organized sport where it is vitally important that the dog and handler work as a team. The handler must be able to 'read' his dog's body language to know whether the dog is on the right track. It is a sport which involves a lot of time in setting up and laying the track before the trial. The dog is required to locate the Tracklayer at the end of a track up to 1 kilometer in length and after a time of up to 3 hours
Field Trials are for Gundogs, and are based upon the idea of a pair of friends going out for a days shooting. The dogs work in braces (Pairs) and must point the game, (with the second dog honouring, or backing up the first dog), flush and retrieve the game. Various types of Trials are held, depending upon the breeds of Gundogs, and the work for which they were bred.
Canine Control Council (Queensland) L.T.D.
(dogs Queensland) Postal address:
PO Box 1136, Mt Ommaney, Qld 4074 / Phone: (07) 3252 2661
Dogs Qld, Sports Grounds. 247 King Avenue Durack, Qld 4074
The Canine Control Council (Queensland) L.T.D.
is a member body of the Australian National Kennel Council
and is recognized by all Kennel Clubs throughout the World.