Archive for August, 2015

You can teach a child ‘new tricks’

I have just enjoyed reading this latest piece of research

Lakestani N, Donaldson ML (2015) Dog Bite Prevention: Effect of a Short Educational Intervention for Preschool Children. PLoS ONE 10(8): e0134319. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0134319

There is a neat abstract, the last lines read: These results indicate that preschool children can be taught how to correctly interpret dogs’ behaviours. This implies that incorporating such training into prevention programmes may contribute to reducing dog bite incidents.”

So society, if not parents, need to take on board the task of informing 3 to 5 year old children about dogs’ emotional states and help the children from being bitten.

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Hypothyroidism has been reported in Clumber Spaniels in several countries but generally is not a big issue within the breed, besides, in most cases the owner can still have a beautifully fit and healthy dog if they follow their veterinarians advice and use the appropriate prescribed drugs.

This new report may lead to genetic screening which could help populations with a genetic hypothyroidism remove that issue from future generations.

A Multi-Breed Genome-Wide Association Analysis for Canine Hypothyroidism Identifies a Shared Major Risk Locus on CFA12


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Anal Furunculosis

Intro (from

What is anal furunculosis? Anal furunculosis is a chronic, progressive inflammatory disease of dogs that results in ulceration and inflammation in the area surrounding the anus.

What animals are affected? Anal furunculosis occurs most commonly in middle aged or old aged German Shepherd Dogs, although other breeds can be affected. (Yes I have seen it in a Clumber)

What are the clinical signs?

  • Pain, particularly whilst passing faeces
  • Foul odour associated with the perineum (the area between the anus and the genitals)
  • Matting of fur of the perineum with discharge
  • Red and sore-looking skin in the area of the anal ring
  • Ulceration, potentially becoming extensive
  • Draining sinuses in the perineum

Further information:

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development step 1

Here is a bit more detail on the breeder software I am developing with Filemaker Pro 14

  1. pedigree (basic level of database skills)
  2. Wright’s Co-efficient of Inbreeding (mmmm … have a few options in mind still and a couple of contacts I can follow through)
  3. breeding records (basic level of database skills but a little complex)
  4. weight records (basic level of database skills)
  5. contacts (basic level of database skills, in fact Filemaker ships with a good solution anyway)
  6. contracts (basic level of database skills thanks to Filemaker features)
  7. relevant breeding record documents (basic level of database skills thanks to Filemaker features)
  8. comprehensive individual information that will be used in ‘trial breedings’ not merely looking at Wright’s Co-efficient of Inbreeding (perhaps a little more advanced as more data is being compiled/compared)
  9. ability to import and export pedigree data as CSV files (durhh, that is so basic it is part of Filemaker’s structure!)
  10. contemplate how someone can bulk import associated but non-pedigree data, eg weights (which won’t be difficult)
  11. a calendar/to do list

    1. wants
      1.  auto adds next vacs etc when adding done procedure and next due date or number of years to next event
      2.  can add notes etc on home screen also
      3.  sync with Google calendar so reminders via that
  12. PERHAPS individual web bios too and perhaps WordPress friendly (highly plausible)
    1. options /workarounds
      1. available solution for uploading from FM to WP US$249 as at 22 Jul 2015
      2. or export from FM to a CSV or XML file and store in something like Dropbox and use a cron based import WP Wordpess plug in like WP All Import US$99 lifetime fee 22 Jul 2015
      3. or just resort to cut & pasting into the HTML page, page by page

I have more features in mind too, but am ‘keeping my powder dry’ in case a developer wants to take this on with me as the mind’s trust

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