Click on this weblink for an article by a vet on the subject of Leishmania, its causes and treatment. Whilst the article is in the GIN newsletter and refers to galgos, it also applies to podencos. It's a very controllable disease and a podenco can live a normal life for its lifetime on regular testing and treatment. Don't let a dog with leishmania put you off adopting it! It's not their fault the hunters don't take steps to protect them with a simple Scalibor collar!
Regular readers will recall that back in October 2016 I was invited to the first PAES conference to talk about the plight of the galgos and podencos and other hunting dogs in Spain. There I met Raquel, a Spanish lawyer very active in taking animal abusers to court. She had started running courses for anyone involved in animal welfare - judges, police, vets, other lawyers - on how to prepare cases to prosecute animal abusers.
This has now been further developed so that anyone can sign up for the courses. Click on this weblink to read more. Let's hope that many law enforcers, including and especially in the Canary Islands, will sign up and take action to help protect the hunting hounds of Spain
My little Podenca Malaguena Bebe is now 17 years old and very grey. She was rescued in 2011 injured on a Seville road and my lovely French vet operated on her to repair her injured hind quarters. She's always been a 'pocket rocket' but is slowing down now. I've had her on Turmeric for some years to help with the arthritis developing in the operation site and she's even happier now we have moved from an old stone farmhouse with lots of steps and tiled floors to a small bungalow...no steps and carpet!
This link takes you to a book on arthritis in dogs published by Whole Dog Journal if you are interested in learning more.
Sadlymmy beautiful young galgo Polar - dumped at the gates of Pepi's Refuge, Pedrera at 2 months old with a bad knee injury - has been diagnosed with lymphoma. The disease is too far gone to respond to chemotherapy so he is on palliative care and getting lots of love cuddles. The cancer only manifested itself by two lumps suddenly appearing either side of his throat and within the week of the vet visit he has others on his body. He has also occasionally got head tremors, and this is a link to an article on the subject, if your dog occasionally suffers the same.
Do you know that for a dog the break isn't just sleeping? it's also being relaxed with nothing to do.
Overall an adult dog usually sleeps about 13 hours a day. Dogs sleep more hours a day than people do, but wake up more often. They usually stay in deep sleep a little while and so they wake up with small noises.
Puppies usually sleep 90 % of the time.
And on many occasions in fact, it's very common to wake them up to keep us company or to tell them something or because they're dreaming, etc.
And this is a common mistake. Your dog's health is at stake, the break is very important.
But to achieve this, it's not enough not to disturb you. You must create a suitable environment to get her to relax and sleep.
My little Podenca Andaluz Bebe is now 17 going on 18 and age is starting to catch up with her. She's already very grey in her face, on her legs and behind her ears. Cataracts are developing in her eyes and her hearing - in her gorgeous pointy ears - is failing.