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Microchipping is now mandatory

New Law came in on April 6th

Since 6 April 2016, all dog owners in England, Scotland and Wales have to have their dog microchipped and to register them with a government compliant microchip database such as Petlog. Northern Ireland led the way in 2012, by being the first devolved administration in the UK to introduce compulsory microchipping.

Also, since 6th April, all puppies must be microchipped and recorded on a microchip database by the time they are 8 weeks old.

Any changes to an owner’s contact details must be updated on their microchip database to ensure compliance with the law. If a dog owner subsequently moves, changes contact telephone number, etc. then the dog is no longer considered microchipped under the new law and enforcement can be taken.

The breeder must always be the first registered keeper on the database. No breeder or dog owner may transfer a dog to a new owner until it has been microchipped, unless a certificate from a veterinary surgeon has been issued regarding the dog’s health. For more information on the veterinary certificate, visit the FAQs page at chipitcheckit.co.uk.

Fundraising for Dachshund Research

The best dog in the world!

Hans Kjaersgaard, who owns two Mini Longs, is raising money for research sponsored by the Dachshund Breed Council and selling these car stickers. They are available with Smooth-haired, Longhaired and Wires depicted. Dogs are black on a grey background and red on a white background. Price is £4.00 including postage for the UK and £5.00 for Europe. Sticker is oval 15 cm wide and 10 cm high. E-mail Hans which coat and colour you want and your address and he will send you payment details.

The Breed Council has three main research programmes underway at the moment: The Give a Dog a Genome project, being run by the AHT which is a long-term investigation of the genetic make-up of pedigree dog breeds. Secondly, we are working with Dr. Berge Minassian to support his research into Lafora Disease; in particular, looking for treatments that will benefit affected people and dogs. Thirdly, our work with the AHT and RVC on IVDD where we have a number of strands of work, covering the genetic basis of IVDD and the development of a UK screening programme.
Contact: hans.kjaersgaard@sky.com

Thank you Hans.

No swearing please!

Lafora fundraiser now has a "naughty word" box

Pat Debley, who is a committed fundraiser for Lafora research, was wondering what to do to mark Lent this year.

One of her ideas was to have a 'naughty word' box and every time she, or husband John, or anyone visiting said a bad word they would put £1 inside. Somehow she just managed to curb the odd offending word before it came out during the Lent period, but then things got out of hand and she says she "had a little expensive spell".
 
So, Pat has decided to keep it until the end of the year and see how much she could raise for Lafora. Pat has two dogs affected by Lafora and tells us "Daisy is still going, albeit slower by the week, but still enjoying her food and cuddles. Bertie is not too good and I am keeping everything crossed that he might be accepted for the trial and that it will not be too long coming".

Thank you, Pat.

Lessons learnt by a new puppy owner

5 weeks with a Dachshund puppy

For those wanting to get their first puppy, here's a list of things that Sarah Rundell has learnt in the past 5 weeks:
  • The underneath of my kitchen cabinets were not clean enough. 
  • Puppies' teeth are very sharp.
  • Puppies chew everything.
  • Velcro is irresistible to a puppy, as are slippers, socks, shoe laces, flower pots, knickers and cardboard. 
  • The cat no longer has any toys, they all belong to puppy. 
  • There is no such thing as a moment to yourself anymore. 
  • Something so cute really can fart so bad. 
  • You need to have a pillow at the front of a sofa seat, to stop puppy rolling off in his sleep. 
  • If it has gone silent, puppy is doing something he shouldn't. 
  • You need to be able to take stones, foliage, slugs and snails out of a puppy's mouth with your bare hands no matter how slimey it is. 
  • You can never have enough antibacterial hand wash. 
  • If it's at puppy height it gets eaten. 
  • It is so hard to make a puppy realise he's done wrong because he's so happy. 
  • You need to go to bed at least an hour earlier than you used to, to avoid exhaustion. 
  • Puppies will suddenly have beards of fur, whilst your cat will suddenly have less fur. 
  • Don't chase a puppy to get something it shouldn't have from it's mouth, as this is just more fun for puppy. 
  • If you forget to tell your other half not to chase puppy as above, it really does brighten up your day to see the two of them charge around the garden. 
  • Keep easy pull-on trousers, a coat and slip on shoes close to hand at night, so you don't freeze to death when taking puppy into the garden, whilst being quick enough to save your carpets from accidents. 
  • A dachshund puppy is just as much work as a newborn child. 
  • If you haven't had children, your mum is likely to gloat and laugh when you tell her how tired you are.  
  • You may wonder if you have done the right thing, possibly even cry at one point. It's just tiredness.

But: It is all totally worth it!

Download the Breed Council's FREE Guide to Buying and Owning a Dachshund.

The Pet Professionals offer an online course on buying and owning a Dachshund.

IVDD: An owner's story

Living with, and treating, a paralysed Dachshund

Halyna Bregovic wrote to tell us about her experience.

My 5 year old Mini Long Dachshund, Grishka, has had two episodes of rear leg paralysis, which have been treated conservatively with strict crate rest, passive massage, acupuncture, laser, and as he improved, exercises and a hydrotherapy treadmill.

During his recuperation, I was advised to try using a sling to support his back legs on trips outside to toilet etc. I tried several until I discovered the Gingerlead sling, far superior and ideal for a Dachshund as it helps the the human to give substantial support to the back legs whilst maintaining control of the front end, all with one hand. Grishka really enjoys the balance and support and it gives him the confidence to do what he has to do. The straps are fully adjustable, so great for a human's back - two neoprene handles, one pad for the sling and other one for the handler. The Ginger lead is available in different sizes, but I would highly recommend this remarkable sling for any Dachshund suffering from IVDD or anything else, perhaps after an operation on hips, legs etc. The UK agents are: https://www.orthopets.co.uk/mobility-solutions/gingerlead-support-sling

It has been a tough, exhausting time for both of us, but I never gave up hope. The great news now, after a long slog, is that I have also found a wonderful physiotherapist, who was able to identify and treat many painful areas in Grishka’s body which had probably developed because he was out of sync and over-compensating. The results of the physio are astonishing: he is finally now starting to walk again and I feel like I have a new little Dachshund now and I have never seen him as happy as he is now.

What a mind blowing, beautiful and very humbling experience!

Babesiosis: a new tick-borne disease

Do you know the signs?

Babesiosis is a malaria-like disease resulting in anaemia in dogs which is caused by single-celled babesia parasites, spread by ticks.

At least four dogs in Essex have contracted the disease this year, one of which died. We have also had a report from a Dachshund owner in Leicestershire who has recently had one of her imported dogs go down with very similar symptoms.

Young to middle-aged dogs may be more predisposed, although any dog which does not have immunity is predisposed. Although ticks are the major means of transmission, there have been reports of transmission of Babesia gibsoni by blood transfusions and biting.

Dogs with babesiosis show signs related to haemolytic anaemia including high fever, lethargy, weakness, red urine and collapse in severe cases. Later, severe anaemia, jaundice and multiple organ failure can occur.

Experts regard the spread of babesiosis as inevitable and are concerned at the implications for animal health.

The BVA recommends that owners check pets for ticks after walks. If one is found on the body it should be removed completely using a tick-remover or fine-pointed tweezers, it said. If owners spot suspect symptoms in the dogs, such as weakness, pale gums or “coffee-coloured” urine then they should contact their vet immediately.

More information:

Online Lafora Test Results

All results are on the Kennel Club website

Now that we are several years into the Lafora Screening Programme for Mini Wire Dachshunds and, as responsible breeders are using the test to inform their breeding decisions, there are more puppies being born that are Hereditary Clear of Lafora. Because both parents have been tested Clear, all their puppies will also be Clear.

The Kennel Club records Hereditary Clear on the registration records of these puppies and it is possible to look for their status on the KC's Health Test Result finder service. All test results for Mini Wires (Clear, Carrier, Affected) can be found here.

The Wirehaired Dachshund Club has recently decided to remove its list of Lafora Test Results from their website because it only included tested dogs and did not list Hereditary Clear dogs. Their website now directs people to the KC page of Lafora Status.

Owmers of dogs who participated in the most recent screening session have now been notified of their dogs' test results and these will be recorded by the Kennel Club. We have also been made aware that some Mini Wire dogs in the USA have been tested by Dr. Minassian's lab and some Carriers have been identified. This underlines the importance of testing any dogs that have been exported from the UK so that the spread of the Lafora mutation can be minimised. The WHDC wrote to many non-UK Dachshund Clubs asking them to inform their members of the availability of the test. Their advice was that people should not import a MW from the UK unless its Lafora status was known and they should not be breeding from UK stock before doing a Lafora test.
 

Chances to learn

Dachshund Club of Wales A2 Assessment Day
A2 Assessment Day at the Drill Hall, Chepstow on Sunday June 5th 2016. Download a booking form here. Contact Judith Armstrong, Secretary, for more details - 01693 884082.

Rescue and Welfare

Dachshund Rescue
The independent rescue and welfare charity for UK Dachshunds. Website here. Temporary help for owners is provided by Daxaid.

May 2016

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