Article on caring for your senior dog, from the Wild at Heart Foundation. If you haven't heard of them, please read up about the amazing work they support in countries which have a terrible stray dog problem.
We recently returned from a few days away in our caravan and took the 2 podencos with us, for the first time. A week before Bo had asmall cancerous lump removed and had been on antibiotics which gave him diahorea, so a chicken and rice diet was prescribed. However, after returning home to familiar territory his poo is brown/yellow and gooey. Research on the Internet has resulted in the suggestion to add some probiotics to his diet.
A new programme on UK TV is called 'Lost Dogs Live' which is about getting the watching public involved in tracing lost dogs. One of the startling pieces of information to come out of the programme was that in the UK there are 15 registered microchip companies. Besides the importance of microchipping your dog, it is also vitally important that up-to-date information is registered with the microchip company about the address at which your dog/cat lives.
It is commonplace to assume that once you register with a veterinary clinic and they record your pet's microchip, if the animal goes missing they will be able to trace if it turns up elsewhere, especially if it is suspected stolen.
Many of the Spanish rescue hounds test positive for Leishmania, a disease caused by the Sandfly. Sadly it puts some people off adopting, and yet with an inexpensive regular dose of medication, the dogs go on to lead happy normal lives.
Here's a link to an article about Leishmania which I published a couple of years ago.
A story recently published tells of a podenco on a beach with its owner in Northern France. Some fireworks were let off and the podenco ran into the sea and swam off. It was wearing one of these trackers. The owner says the GPS signal was lost for about an hour, then reappeared to report that the dog had swum out to an island and was on rocks waiting to be rescued! She got a local boat owner to take her out to the Island to rescue her dog.
So here's a link to Traktive, the tracker this lady used. I shall be purchasing one for my podenca Rosie for when we go out on riverbank and beach walks, as she's still so nervous she'd probably run off if there were any loud bangs.