November 10, 2011

Dah's SA returns

Here is a link to some pictures following 
Dah's journey with SA.

While we had hopes of Dah remaining symptom free, it has
returned, as it so often does.  However we hope that those of
you who see this, and perhaps have a dog with SA, will recognize that
it is, for the most part, only cosmetic and can be dealt with, treated and
we can love and enjoy them for many years.

For those of with you with Standard Poodles who are Affected
with this disease, we STRONGLY encourage you to post the
information on the Poodle Health Registry so that, in the future,
others may avoid this sad event.

Important Links

Poodle Health Registry

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals 

Canine Health Information Center

Poodle Pedigree Database

Poodle Health Registry

Journal of the American Animal Hospital Assn

We firmly believe that all responsible breeders should do whatever they can to 
increase the knowledge concerning health issues in Poodles. 

This means testing your dogs, ensuring that those results are made public on the
appropriate websites  (minimally on your personal website and OFA/CHIC, but can 
also be listed CERF, Poodle Health Registry, Poodle Pedigree Database among others) 
and participating in studies that will ultimately lead to solutions to some of these issues.

August 2006: We have submitted DNA samples from all of our dogs to the
UC Davis Standard Poodle Disease Marker Study.

Canine Diseases

DISTEMPER Canine Distemper is caused by a virus closely related to the human measle virus. It is considered the most serious viral disease of dogs in the world. Approximately 50% of nonvaccinated, nonimmunized dogs infected with CD virus develop clinical signs of the disease and approximately 90%
of those dogs infected with CD die. All the bodily secretions of an infected animal contain the virus,
it is highly contagious, and it is primarily spread by an airborne route. It's more frequent and acutely affects pups under 3 months of age. Early clinical signs include anorexia, diarrhea, and dehydration.
As the disease progresses, fever, depression, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea may be observed
accompanied by signs of respiratory distress. Coughing, labored breathing, inflammation of tissues 
around the eyes and nose, and mucopurulent oculonasal discharge may occur. If dogs recover 
from Distemper they often have lifelong complications. 

PARVOVIRUS Parvo is caused by a virus that attacks the lining of the small intestine of all canines. Infection results in enteric disease characterized by sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhea, often
with blood. Susceptibility cannot be avoided. Any puppy exposed to the virus during the susceptibility period will most likely come down with the disease, regardless of many vaccination schedules. The virus 
is spread by a fecal-oral route. This means that the virus is passed, by the billions, in the stool of
an infected canine and then ingested by another canine. It can live in the environment for years and
still be infectious, and can be spread on hands, boots, feed dishes, etc.

CORONAVIRUS Corona is caused by another species-specific virus which attacks the small intestinal lining. The symptoms of the disease include lethargy, anorexia, and depression. The sudden onset of vomiting occurs, in which blood can sometimes be found. Diarrhea is moderate to severe and is
projectile. Feces is yellow-orange colored with blood and mucous occasionally found. 

LEPTOSPIROSIS Lepto is an acute infectious disease that is characterized by depression, fever, and
loss of appetite. The mucous membranes are usually deeply congested. Jaundice sometimes occurs indicating severe liver involvement. The kidneys can also be damaged, resulting in Uremia, vomiting, dehydration, Polyuria (excessive urination), and polydipsia (excessive thirst). It is a bacterial disease which seems to be having an upswing in varying locales across North America. The organism is shed in 
the urine of infected animals and is contagious by penetration of abraded skin or mucous membranes.

often inappropriately labeled "Kennel Cough" which is more of a syndrome rather than a distinct
disease entity. Some of the more commonly involved organisms at work are CAV-2, Parainfluenza, 
and Bordetella Bronchiseptica. The syndrome is highly contagious and may cause a dry, retching 
cough that can lead to a severe Pneumonia.

CANINE ADENOVIRUS TYPE 2 and TYPE 1 Infections are primarily respiratory, evidenced by Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Tonsillitis, and Pharyngitis. CAV-2 is one of the causes of Infectious Tracheobronchitis (ITB) that is often labeled "Kennel Cough." CAV-2 has not been associated with 
Corneal Opacity ("blue eyes"), Uveitis or virus localization in the kidneys, which may be characteristic
of Canine Adenovirus Type 1 (CAV-1) infections. This virus is spread in the bodily secretions of infected dogs and a wide variety of carnivorous wildlife. Infectious Canine Hepatitis is rare in dogs today. 

PARAINFLUENZA Canine Parainfluenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease which contributes
to upper respiratory disease and Infectious Tracheobronchitis. It is one of the three major diseases 
that causes ITB which is also labeled "Kennel Cough." Characteristic clinical signs of CPI Infection
is coughing that may be intensified by activity or excitement. Environmental factors such as drafts, 
colds and high humidity may enhance susceptibility to the disease. Typically, CPI is self-limiting, with
a course of 5 to 10 days duration. However, secondary bacterial infection of the respiratory tract are
not uncommon, and may complicate the clinical syndrome.

BORDETELLA BRONCHISEPTICA Bordetella is also one of the three most common causes of Canine 
Upper Respiratory Disease Complex, known as "Kennel Cough." The symptoms include a harsh, dry cough, aggravated by activity or excitement. The cough is followed by retching or gagging in an attempt to 
clear small amounts of mucous from the throat. Body temperatures may be elevated as secondary
bacterial infection takes place. This disease is highly contagious and is readily transmitted
to susceptible dogs.

LYME DISEASE Lyme Disease is caused by a bacterial organism known as Borrelia Bugdorferi. It is transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. The most common clinical manifestation is one of pain in multiple joints.. 

RABIES Rabies is an invariably fatal disease which affects all warm-blooded animals (including humans). The virus is spread in the saliva of infected animals and can be absorbed across abraded (broken or irritated) skin, mucous membranes, and even the eye.



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