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8 Your Dog May 2019

Yorkshire-based


The Insurance


Emporium has


reported a 950


per cent rise


in claims from


owners whose


dogs have been


poisoned by


xylitol. Chewing


gum containing


the sugar


substitute was the


worst off ender


(91 per cent),


followed by mints.


DOG
DATA

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veterinary anaesthesia expert from a leading UK animal referral hospital
has been sharing her skills in a bid to boost the knowledge of vets in
southern India.
Louise Clark, European specialist in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia
and head of anaesthesia at Hertfordshire-based Davies Veterinary
Specialists, spent four days teaching at Worldwide Veterinary Service’s
International Training Centre in Ooty, Tamil Nadu.
Supported by the WVS team,
Louise ran an anaesthesia
special training course with
lectures, group discussions, and
demonstrations.
“Skill transfer is without doubt
the most eff ective form of
volunteering,” said Louise, who’s
volunteered for WVS previously.
”It was very rewarding seeing
participants grow in knowledge
and confi dence and I’ve had some
lovely feedback.”

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ccording to the British Veterinary Association’s
‘Voice of the Veterinary Profession’ survey and
Dogs Trust’s latest puppy smuggling investigation,
the French Bulldog tops the list of the most illegally
imported breeds.
The BVA’s poll reveals that 54 per cent of vets who
suspected a case of illegal importation were most
concerned about the French Bulldog, followed by Pugs
(24 per cent) and designer cross-breeds such as
Cockerpoos (18 per cent).
Vets’ suspicions were aroused when they found the
puppy was too young to have been imported legally, his
age didn’t appear to match the information on the pet
passport, poorly completed documentation, suspicious
vaccination records, or poor health.
Meanwhile, Dogs Trust’s report uncovered that
63 per cent of puppies intercepted at the British
border as part of the Puppy Pilot scheme,
between 2015 and 2018, were French
Bulldogs, Pugs, English Bulldogs,
and Dachshunds.
To further add to the breed’s woes,
a series of studies carried out by
the Royal Veterinary College’s
VetCompass programme found that
French Bulldog bitches are more
likely to suff er from diffi culties
giving birth (dystocia) than
cross-breed bitches.

INDIA


● It’s thought that stray
Mera may be the fi rst dog
to conquer a 23,389ft
Himalayan peak, when she
followed climbers to the
summit of Baruntse
in Nepal. Sherpas believe
the Tibetan Mastiff
X Himalayan Sheepdog
brought luck to the
March expedition.

● A street dog, rescued
from stone-throwing
children by West Bengal
Police, has gone on to

graduate with top honours
in India’s elite bomb and
drug-sniffi ng squad — the
fi rst-ever mongrel to
do so.
Asha, which means
‘hope’ in Hindi, not only
has a keener nose than
her pedigree Labrador
and German Shepherd
counterparts, but can
run faster and jump
higher, too.

● Runners in Canada’s
Elkmont Trackless Train
Half Marathon were
surprised to be pipped
at the post — by
a Bloodhound!
Two-year-old Ludivine
was only let out for a wee,
but escaped and joined
the race, fi nishing seventh,
despite stopping en route
to sniff a dead rabbit and
play with a herd of cows!


World
pupdates

UK vet takes anaesthesia


knowledge to India


Practising some skills transfer.

Frenchies UNDER FIRE


Tough times for the
French Bulldog.

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