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  2. sanford

    Stella's Best Leaf Jumps of All Time

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  4. sanford

    ZOOM Meet up

    Sounds good!
  5. tlwtheq

    ZOOM Meet up

    Well, I was just introduced to ZOOM. Would love to participate. Will message you my email. Edit: tried to do that, got a message about a full email box. My email is public knowledge: tara@shadowfirehosting.com. Bless you for thinking of this!
  6. Islander

    ZOOM Meet up

    Gus and I are ready to Zoom! My granddaughter’s 6th birthday party on Wednesday was my first Zoom. Count us in!
  7. Dianne

    ZOOM Meet up

    Count me in. Husband Kirk did his first Zoom on Wednesday. We are on West Coast and staying home... so meet up time open. Cheers to all for setting this up!
  8. Sam I Am

    Stella's Best Leaf Jumps of All Time

    What a riot!!! Thanks Brad ....put a big smile on my face for the day.
  9. Jane2212

    Katie recovers from Kennel Cough / Bordetella

    I used to get my dogs KC'd because the kennels wouldn't accept them otherwise. However, some kennels seem to have dropped this in the UK, and even my vet said it wasn't worth it since it only covered a couple of strains and they could still catch it. Indeed one of mine came back from a show with it one time even though they had all been vaccinated. We use a petsitter now who doesn't require us to have any vacs at all though I've had my puppy vac'd today with just the dhp ones. J x
  10. Not my Stella, but a happy Stella for sure.
  11. pkcrossley

    ZOOM Meet up

    brilliant. it would probably be impossible for me to do this week or even early next week, but sometime after April 9 might work.
  12. bradl

    ZOOM Meet up

    I'd try that. I have an idea to help you coordinate but I'm just sitting down to eat. Will message you later to see if you think it would be useful.
  13. Kathryn

    ZOOM Meet up

    Like a lot of us right now, I am "sheltering in place" and, as a result, have learned to use ZOOM, the videoconferencing app. I think it would be really fun to set up a zoom meeting at some point with folks from CairnTalk. We could set a convenient time, you could message me your email, and I would set up a "meeting" with any and all CairnTalkers who want to join in. Meet and greet - fun stories - introductions - no complaints or politics. Is anyone interested? Any preferences as to time of day, or day of the week? I would suggest in a week or two so that those who don't show up here regularly have time to see the option. (By the way, when I do this I have to lock Oban out of the room. He sees folks on the screen and is known to bark for their attention...No, Oban, treats do not come over the screen...)
  14. EDITOR’S NOTE: A big, blinking, red stop sign of warning: There is absolutely no connection between the COVID-19 virus and any canine coronavirus referenced in this article. Most importantly, even though dogs can get a mild respiratory form of the canine-specific coronavirus, that virus is totally unrelated to the current human pandemic. Bottom line: Your dog cannot give you COVID-19. As the coronavirus pandemic upturns every aspect of daily life, many Americans are perched on the edge of not knowing, taking things day by day, and in some cases, hour by hour. That’s a feeling dog breeders know all too well. Many dog breeders are used to adapting on the fly when they are expecting a litter. In all but real emergencies – such as when a Caesarian section is required, or when drugs are needed to jump-start uterine contractions – puppies are born in a breeder’s home, not a vet’s office. As “mom-and-pop” veterinary practices give way to big conglomerates, the ability to call a trusted vet for middle-of-the-night assistance is ever-diminishing. As a result, breeders learn to be creative, trying anything that might prevent the spread of disease and save their precious puppies. At least one experimental plasma treatment for the COVID-19 virus being explored in humans – infusing seriously ill patients and at-risk health-care providers with blood plasma from those who have survived the disease – is strikingly similar to how some breeders treat newborn puppies that have an equally devastating but entirely different type of canine virus. Plasma Treatment For Fading Puppies A viral infection that affects the reproductive organs of grown dogs, canine herpes usually doesn’t produce symptoms in affected adults. At the very most, it will usually induce a runny nose and sneezing. But if a female who has never had the virus is infected during pregnancy, she can transmit it to her puppies in utero. As its name suggests, humans cannot be infected by canine herpes virus, which is also seen in coyotes and wolves. Humans can’t be infected with the canine version of coronavirus, either. Informally called “fading puppy syndrome,” canine herpes virus causes maddeningly vague and increasingly distressing symptoms in the first week to 10 days of life, just when newborn puppies start to thrive. The symptoms come on quickly – disinterest in nursing, labored breathing, nasal discharge, and agonizing, non-stop crying. Then, one by one, the puppies slip away, leaving the breeder feeling helpless and heartbroken. As has been proposed for human COVID-19 treatment, some breeders have had success in treating these “fading puppies” with injections of plasma spun down from the blood of dogs that have already had the disease. That approach is grounded in basic immunological principles, says Dr. Jerry Klein, chief veterinary officer for the American Kennel Club. “We all know that the best protection against a disease is getting it and recovering from it,” he says. “That’s the premise of a vaccine,” which tricks the body into thinking it has the disease. It then prompts the body to produce antibodies to fight the invader. In this way, if the “real” version of the disease strikes, the body is primed to neutralize it. In the case of COVID-19, a safe and viable vaccine is still at least a year away, according to most experts. While a vaccine for canine herpes virus is available overseas, it is not approved in the United States. The plasma treatment skips that step of triggering the immune response in the infected patient. Instead, the injections rely on the antibodies circulating in the donor’s blood to repel the disease in their new host. In the case of canine herpes virus, however, knowledge of how the disease progresses and how long antibodies are present after exposure is crucial. How Plasma Treatment Works In Dogs Dr. W. Jean Dodds, founder of Hemopet, the nation’s first nonprofit animal blood bank, notes that plasma injections are only helpful if the donor has a significant number of circulating antibodies. And in the case of canine herpes virus, she says, “the highest titers are usually present only in the first three months after the dog has recovered from it.” The most obvious choice for plasma treatment is the dam of the litter. Dogs are pregnant for only about two months, and when exposure happens during that time, the new mother should in theory still have a good number of circulating antibodies. That’s all well and good, says Dodds – “unless it’s a Chihuahua,” or any other small breed that simply can’t provide enough blood to generate plasma for all the puppies. Time is also of the essence when treating the disease. “If you treat these early signs with herpes-recovered plasma, all or least some of the puppies should survive,” Dodds says, noting that it’s advisable to treat the whole litter as soon as one puppy shows relevant symptoms. The plasma is injected subcutaneously, or under the skin, as well as intraperitoneally, or into the abdomen. She does note, though, that with the latter method, there is a risk of piercing a young puppy’s organs or bowel. Dodds says another issue is finding a vet clinic with a large enough centrifuge, which is needed to spin the drawn blood into plasma. Teaching hospitals at veterinary universities and larger urban emergency and specialty clinics are often a good bet in this regard. Clues For COVID-19 In Humans One option for breeders with at-risk litters or a family of dogs that have known herpes issues is to draw the anticoagulated blood of any dog recently recovered from herpes, spin it, and freeze the plasma in smaller amounts in the event it will be needed in the future. That’s exactly what Dodds did for a client who was desperate to get a female puppy out of her Rottweiler to carry on the bloodline. The mother had already lost two litters to the herpes virus. Apparently unable to resolve the virus, she presumably kept reinfecting her newborns. The Rottweiler’s third and final litter yielded four puppies, which were injected with their mother’s thawed plasma. Two survived – including that much-longed-for female. While not a perfect ending, it was still a happy one. While every virus is different, and it remains to be seen how effective injections of “convalescent plasma” might be in human COVID-19 patients, plasma treatment in dogs offers a glimmer of hope at a time when we need it most. The post Plasma Treatment for Fading Puppies Could Offer COVID-19 Clues appeared first on American Kennel Club. View the source article
  15. Sam I Am

    A little bit of humour

    Admittedly true....at least in our household.😈
  16. Sam I Am

    Baby Sam meeting his cousin for the first time 2017

    Yikes she is big
  17. bradl


    Won't somebody throw the monkey for me?
  18. bradl


    Meal … nap … meal … nap.
  19. The DNA sequencing of a healthy German shepherd offers scientists new insight into the evolution of the domestic dog while also enabling dogs to be screened for hip and other diseases much more accurately. View the source article
  20. Inadequate socialization, inactivity and an urban living environment are associated with social fearfulness in dogs. Among the most fearful breeds were the Shetland Sheepdog and the Spanish Water Dog, while Wheaten Terriers were one of the most fearless breeds. View the source article
  21. Kathryn

    Spring in Edmonton Alberta....yippee 😛

    Islander -- my two are getting really shaggy too...Angus in particular...I could strip him easily if he would put up with it...but he gets really snappy when I try to pull a little out...it is so ready it is really easy if it were not for the threat to my fingers... I think I will end this year with two yaks.
  22. Islander

    Spring in Edmonton Alberta....yippee 😛

    Another plus - the cold weather will keep people indoors. Here in Victoria, it is glorious spring and too many people are walking around outside and it can be difficult to maintain appropriate distance. Gus and I go for two walks a day as usual, but we have given up on our off leash romps. I don’t want him running up to other dogs or their people. Long walk in the morning when the streets and parks seem to be emptier. He is getting pretty shaggy - I have never stripped him myself! I did clip the hair around his eyes so that we could make eye contact. I live alone (missing my kids and grandchildren terribly though we see each other online) so I am super glad to have Gus for company - he could be just a bit cuddlier though!!
  23. Sam I Am

    Spring in Edmonton Alberta....yippee 😛

    and that’s a good thing? 🤣 Sam......stripping coat....growling...I hate you mum...ggggrerrr.
  24. bradl

    Spring in Edmonton Alberta....yippee 😛

    Well, on the plus side the chill weather keeps the dogs in full coat
  25. Hillscreek

    Cabin Fever

    My friends' two jrt's were called Tizzie and Ruckus. Named for their behavior when little pups. Ruckus always stirring things up between them and any other live thing around. Tizzie getting in a tizzy very easily. What a pair they were. Sadly missed.
  26. Dianne

    Cabin Fever

    Kathryn, I am up for Cairn Zooming, let me "bone up" on it... Katie just finished Zoomies through the house ... cabin fever getting to her Check out Pluto Living on Youtube. Influencer of our times! Sure to bring a smile in these stressful times. ! Cheers all!
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