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June 1999 Newsletter - Volume 2. Issue 22

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1998 MB-F, Inc.

You may use this paragraph as permission to reprint any article in the MB-F Newsletter providing 6rticles are printed in their entirety, proper credit is given to the author and to the MB-F Newsletter, and a copy of the publication in which it was reprinted is sent to the MB-F Newsletter, P.O. Box 22107, Greensboro, NC 27420. Opinions expressed by authors in this publication are their own and are not necessarily endorsed by the publisher. Publisher reserves the right to edit.

THE FACTS ABOUT FEBREZE

In our May issue of the MB-F Newsletter we printed a veterinary medical alert received via the Internet. We attempted to verify the information in the notice with a veterinary toxicologist, however, our phone calls had not been returned by several independent sources at press time. In the interest of passing along what could have been important information for our canine companions we made the decision to print.

Since that time we have had our calls and also found the information printed below. This is information appearing at http://www.febreze.com/pet.html where there is also a further notice from the Veterinary Emergency Center in Needham, MA. We are pleased to print both pieces as further clarification and as correction to the piece being passed along on the Internet. Please visit this portion of the Proctor & Gamble product’s site for additional information on Febreze ingredients, safety issues regarding birds, testing, etc.

The pieces read as follows:

“If you’ve reached this page, chances are you’ve received an e-mail chain letter warning you about using Febreze around your pets. These rumors simply are not true. Used as directed, Febreze is safe to use around pets. Nevertheless, we’re glad you stopped by to get the facts!

Leading veterinarians across the country agree Febreze is safe. The nation’s leading authority on pet safety, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), has investigated these rumors and issued the following statement:

‘Veterinary toxicologists at the ASPCA National Animal Poison Center are conducting an on-going investigation into claims that use of Febreze in the home caused the death of several pets. All information reviewed to date suggests that there is no evidence that Febreze represents any risk to pets when used according to label instructions. Presently, the center considers the product safe to use in households with pets. As with any cleaning product, the center recommends that birds be removed from the room until the product application has dried and the area has been ventilated.’

You can visit the ASPCA at http://www.napcc.aspca.org

The Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, one of the world’s busiest full-service veterinary diagnostic labs receiving more than 120,000 cases a year reports “we have not received any cases indicating adverse reactions to Febreze.” According to Dr. John Reagor, head of toxicology at the TVMDL, “used according to label instructions, the safety of Febreze is not a concern.”

Febreze has been used safely by more than 12 million homes with pets around the world.

Like all our products, Febreze and its ingredients were tested extensively to ensure that the product is safe for humans, pets and the environment. This safety data was reviewed by more than 100 scientists, doctors, safety experts and veterinarians, and all have come to the same conclusion: Febreze is safe.

Help us squelch this rumor once and for all. Please share the information with your friends that Febreze is safe to use around pets… .”

Here is the response from the Veterinary Emergency Center:

“In response to the recent inquires regarding Febreze and a notice the Veterinary Emergency Center (VEC) sent to a few of our Veterinary colleagues. As a professional service, the VEC passed on information about Febreze to a limited set of Veterinary colleagues. This information originated from a professional and trusted source, but had not been validated. It was not intended for general public distribution. The VEC did not post this information on the Internet. The information did not originate from our hospital and does not reflect any facts obtained by the VEC.

The Veterinary Emergency Center has never seen nor heard of any legitimate cases of animal toxicity or illness relating to Febreze. Therefore, we are not endorsing, nor are we recommending against the proper use of this product. An official statement has been posted on the Internet by the ASPCA: http://www.napcc.aspca.org/febreze.htm. We apologize for any misinformation we may have inadvertently presented to the public, the Veterinary community and the manufacturer.”

Amy A. Shroff, VMD Director Veterinary Emergency Center

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FROM WHERE I SIT
by John S. Ward

As mentioned previously, there has been a small but steady decline in dog registrations for the past few years. The AKC has been examining alternative sources of revenue to be put in place in the event that this decline seriously affects the financial stability of the organization.

The AKC has two fundamental objectives which are the maintenance of a Stud Book and a Registry, and the supervision and regulation of dog events. Registration revenues have traditionally been the single largest source of income for The Club. On the other hand, the income derived from charges associated with dog events has never come close to covering the cost to the AKC of the activities necessary to regulate, facilitate and coordinate these events. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with this financial imbalance, inasmuch as Registration and Dog Events are partners in promoting the utility of the purebred dog as a companion to man. Nevertheless, there cannot be a significant disparity between income and expenses if our hobby is to survive.

The AKC has conducted studies in the past in an effort to determine the actual cost to The Club of its involvement in dog events. My recollection is that the cost amounted to $2.50 per dog entered in a show. This is significantly higher than the current fee of $.50 per dog per show. Recording fees for dog shows are set by the Delegate body, which has consistently failed to vote for an increase in the fee. This is understandable of course since no one is particularly anxious to increase the cost of showing his or her dog. The AKC Board of Directors, however, has the authority to set recording fees for the more recently approved performance events such as Hunting Tests and Lure Coursing, which has resulted in more realistic fees for these activities.

In my view, the Delegates and their Member clubs have been shortsighted in their rejection of an increase in the $.50 recording fee. In their desire to keep down the cost of dog show entries they have failed to consider the consequences of utilizing other options for increasing revenues. In other sports there has been an increased tendency to turn to the corporate world for financial support. This commercialization has been increasing steadily in all other sports and could easily find its way into our hobby. I would be quite unhappy, for example, to see the American Kennel Club name and logo being used in commercial advertising.

What to do about it? I would suggest that Delegates and their Member clubs discuss these matters however informally so that if and when a proposal is made to increase the recording fee it can be judged on its merits and not rejected out of hand. The current recording fee amounts to between 2 and 3% of the cost of an entry. Any moderate increase would be a small price to pay to preserve our sport as a self-sufficient hobby.

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CANINE HEALTH ADVISORY

CANINE STREPTOCOCCAL TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME (Canine STSS)

The purpose of this communication is to report on a disease that has been confused with recent outbreaks of “kennel cough.” Canine Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome (STSS) has been reported in racing Greyhounds. Persons who have many dogs in close quarters or bring dogs to competitions where many dogs gather should be aware of the symptoms of both of these diseases and take appropriate steps to seek care for their dogs.

While this condition is currently uncommon, if your dog has symptoms of STSS you must seek immediate veterinary care with the first symptoms of lethargy and high fever. Dogs that are not treated immediately may die within hours of the onset of initial symptoms.

Dogs that develop STSS are reported to be healthy prior to being found very sick only a few hours later. Typically, the dogs are found in lateral recumbence, either being too weak to move or experiencing rigidity or mild convulsions. Rapid, uncontrolled muscle fasciculations are often noted. A consistent and important finding is a very high temperature (105 degrees F). As the disease progresses a deep, non-productive cough typical of pulmonary edema develops. Rapidly, spontaneous hemorrhaging typical of disseminated intravascular coagulation develops which is associated with coughing up blood, bleeding from the nose, severe bruising of the skin, and in some cases bloody diarrhea. Shock therapy alone is not enough to save these dogs. Dogs treated in the beginning stages of the condition with injectable antibiotics (clindamycin or penicillin G) are more likely to recover.

It is important to distinguish the disease from Kennel Cough, which also causes coughing but which only rarely causes high fevers and severe systemic illness. Prompt evaluation by a veterinarian is required to make a timely diagnosis.

For additional information on Canine Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome or Kennel Cough contact your veterinarian, or either Dr. Fenwick at fenwick@vet.ksu.edu or Dr. Keil at dkeil@vet.ksu.edu Department of Diagnostic Medicine / Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, 1800 Denison Avenue Manhattan, KS 66506-5606 or contact the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

ADDITIONAL CANINE HEALTH ADVISORY KENNEL COUGH “CANINE INFECTIOUS TRACHEOBRONCHITIS”

Over the past several months there has been a notable increase in the occurrence of a kennel cough in some groups of dogs (sporting events, shows, shelters). The purpose of this communication is to provide some basic information about this disease as well as to address confusion with other respiratory diseases in dogs, in particular Canine Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Kennel cough (also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis) is a highly contagious respiratory tract disease of dogs. Several infectious agents (Bordatella bronchiseptica, canine parainfluenza virus and adenovirus type-2) can cause kennel cough either alone or in combination. Research data demonstrates that only Bordetella brochoniseptica is able to reliably induce the disease in healthy dogs. It is also clear that there are various strains of Bordetella bronchiseptica, which may explain why the occurrence and severity of the disease can vary and also be the basis for why current vaccines do not reliably provide protection.

Kennel cough in dogs is very similar to whooping cough in humans. Dogs with kennel cough suffer from continuous episodes of coughing that may result in gagging or retching. The cough can be mistaken for choking because of its sudden onset, self-perpetuating nature, and severity. Typically, these dogs have had recent contact with an infected dog or group of dogs. Exposure can occur through direct contact with infected dogs (i.e. pet stores, boarding and training kennels, dog shows, veterinary hospitals, etc.) or through contact with contaminated objects, (i.e. water bowls, food bowl, etc.). A diagnosis of kennel cough cannot be excluded because the dog has been vaccinated.

Dogs with kennel cough should be examined by a veterinarian to confirm the diagnosis and for specific treatment recommendations. Fortunately, most cases of kennel cough are self-limiting and will resolve without needing extraordinary medical therapy. At a minimum, dogs with kennel cough should be isolated for 10-14 days to prevent transmission of the organism to healthy dogs, and activities that may trigger coughing episodes (i.e. exercise, barking, etc.) should be avoided. In some cases antibiotic and/or antitussive therapy will be required. Dogs exhibiting fever, weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, have a more serious disease and should be immediately evaluated by a veterinarian.

For additional information on Kennel Cough contact your veterinarian, or either Dr. Fenwick at fenwick@vet.ksu.edu or Dr. Keil at dkeil@vet.ksu.edu Department of Diagnostic Medicine / Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, 1800 Denison Avenue Manhattan, KS 66506-5606 or contact the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

AKC CHF UPDATES

Journal of the National Cancer Institute Addresses Canine Genome Map: The February 3, 1999 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, vol. 91, no. 3, updates its readers on the Canine Genome Mapping effort. The article in the new section titled, “Sit, DNA, Sit: Cancer Genetics Going to the Dogs,” by Bob Kuska quotes Dr. Elaine Ostrander. Ostrander comments on the decades-old breed genealogies and in some cases breed registries. “It is possible to say I’m interested in all of the pedigrees that are related to this key pedigree and that information can be obtained from breed clubs. Compared to human studies here you are struggling just to identify a branch or cousins, it is awesome.” Dr. Ostrander’s laboratory focuses on three major areas: breast cancer, prostate cancer and the canine genome map.

The article begins by saying that scientists are recognizing that, “the dog, with its many emerging strengths as a genetic model, could join the mouse as the species of choice to unravel the mysteries of mammalian genetics, considered to be the great challenge in biology in the next century.” This is good news for dog breeders and owners as more resources could be targeted to study important diseases in the dog and develop the basis science necessary to unravel the canine genome.

Dr. Ostrander comments on why dogs are important to cancer research. “Dogs gets lots of cancer. They live in our environment, they eat the food that we do, and they get many, many of the same cancers.” In fact, cancer is the number one disease killer of dogs.

Another note is that breeders will have more informed choices about which dogs to include in their breeding program. Dr. Ostrander states, “Breeders are aware that they are going to have dogs that epitomize everything that is great about their breed, but that do carry a deleterious mutation,” she said. “The only way to keep them in and the deleterious mutation out is going to be by judicious breeder of carriers. The key is to try and dilute the gene from the breed.”

AKC/CHF Booth and Ralston Purina Raise Funds at Detroit Kennel Club: Two of the busiest places at the very busy Detroit Kennel Club, which recorded a record attendance, were the AKC Canine Health Foundation Booth and the Ralston Purina Booth. The Foundation raised funds selling memberships in the Foundation and T-shirts, while the Purina booth raised funds by distributing samples. Their combined efforts resulted in over $8,000 for canine health research.

Presentations Around the Country: Robert Kelly made presentations on the AKC CHF to the St. Croix Valley Kennel Club and the Lake Minnetonka Kennel Club. Additional presentations were made to the Clumber Spaniel Club of America, Central Florida Kennel Club, the American Boxer Club National Specialty, the Pointer Club of America specialty, Hatboro Kennel Club, Irish Water Spaniel Club of America. In June, CHF will visit the Poodle Club of America National Specialty.

Ohio State University Presents Program for Dog Breeders and Owners: More than 70 breeders braved March weather conditions to attend the first OSU Conference on Canine Genetic and Reproductive Issues. The conference, sponsored by Ralston Purina and the AKC CHF, featured speakers on congenital and inherited diseases, hip dysplasia, cancer, eye diseases and heart disease. Dr. Katherine Meurs presented an overview on canine genetics; Dr. Grant Frazer, Dr. Walter Threlfall and Dr. Robert Hutchison covered Reproduction topics; Nutritional topics, issues and answers, were discussed by Dr. Sarah Abood.

Central Florida KC Hosts Event: On April 13, the Central Florida Kennel Club hosted a buffet dinner followed by an educational presentation on canine health research. Club President Diane Albers organized the event and invited AKC Canine Health Foundation Executive Vice President Deborah Lynch to speak. The dinner was well-attended by members of the Space Coast Kennel Club, the Toy Dog Club of Central Florida, the Bulldog Club of Florida and the Seminole Dog Fanciers.

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SUPERINTENDENTS, CLUBS AND AKC FIELD REPS
by Dorie Crowe

For many of the dog show years there were no AKC Field Representatives. Since they came into being they have made a place for themselves at shows that, if everyone is doing their job correctly, does not interfere or overstep. Instead, the job of the Field Rep can and often does complement what Superintendents and Clubs do and can help make our show day smoother.

Field Reps do not run the show. The Show Chairman (along with the Show Committee) is in charge the day of the show and Superintendents, licensed by AKC, are hired by the Club to conduct the show under American Kennel Club Rules and to work closely with the Club to help produce the show the Club wants. While we are responsible for running the show along with the Show Chairman, there are many things the Field Reps do that relieve us of a number of the questions and involvement in some situations that may occur during the day.

Many years ago we asked AKC exactly what the Field Rep’s job was and received the answer they were on the show grounds to “observe and report.” Over the years the duties of the Field Rep have evolved into a number of activities, but their primary job still falls under “observe and report”.

On the day of the show the Field Rep’s responsibility is largely concerned with judges. They conduct pre- and post-application interviews, observe provisional judges, observe procedure in the ring, hold discussions with judges re procedure, etc. They also handle complaints regarding judges, handle breed observation forms, testing of prospective judges and additional breed applicants and they explain Rules and Policies to exhibitors and advise exhibitors regarding disqualification, etc.

By the way, Field Reps do not make decisions regarding what judges will take assignments due to illness or other absence on the day of the show. This is solely the decision of the Show Chairman, with advice from the Superintendent as to what can be done regarding the schedule once they’ve made their choice. Even if the Superintendent offers the Club some choices, it is still the Club’s decision on who will fill any vacancy. The Field Rep, however, can be a valuable tool in these situations as they have knowledge of those who may have just become approved and may have knowledge of who may be expected on the show grounds because of interviews, etc.

Field Reps are also there to support the club and back the Show Chairman. They interpret AKC Rules, advise Show Committees and any accused of procedures, rights and obligations in alleged misconduct situations. They also attend event hearings as a counselor/advisor whenever possible. They help provide knowledge to the club so the club may make an informed decision. This is especially important for Clubs that handle their own shows and do not have the benefit of having a Superintendent on site during their show.

They also observe the conduct of the show for Rules/Policy violations and recommend fines/warnings, etc., where necessary.

Field Reps attend club meetings to speak or present programs; they are active in seminars, workshops, and, of course, the Judges’ Institutes.

They are involved in show sites to the extent they look at sites for clubs, they observe and report whether a site is adequate for the entry, whether tenting is adequate, parking is adequate, etc.

Field Reps also study Rules and Policies and make suggestions for revisions.

Just as many people who long to stay involved after years in the Sport seek out positions with Superintending organizations, so too, many of the Field Reps were once involved at various levels (judging, handling, exhibiting in both Conformation and Obedience) in the Sport of Dogs. Many bring experience to this job from multiples of those areas; some come directly from one. Whatever their circuit into the job they help and educate as well as observe and report.

Just as with Superintendents, they don’t always give you the answer you may want to hear. The relationship between your club and the Rep should be comfortable. If everyone is doing their job the relationship shouldn’t be adversarial at all. You should be able to trust they will be objective, will give answers according to the Rules and Regulations, and will be operating in your club’s best interest as well as in the best interests of the Sport.

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MEMORIES, MEMORIES
By Tom Crowe

Some events during my life as a handler are still very vivid in my memory and I thought I might share some of them with you just for the fun of it. Here goes.

LESSON NUMBER ONE:

I had Mr. Ed Andrews of Akron, Ohio, Treasurer of the Quaker Oats Company, as a German Shorthaired Pointer client. Ed was a real gentleman of the old school and had a wonderful attitude and a real sense of humor. We had more than a client/handler relationship. We were good friends. He is long gone from the dog scene and is someone I would bring back if life after were possible, but to the incident.

Ed and I were at a show in Central Ohio and I had one of his excellent Shorthairs entered in the open dog class. In my mind we didn’t really have much competition all the way to BOB. Well, guess what, we were beaten in the class by what I still believe was a scroungy looking mutt. I came out of the ring with fire in my eyes and condemnation for the judge. I said to Ed, “That is one of the poorest Shorthairs I have ever seen. He will never finish. Furthermore, that dog with that poor confirmation wouldn’t last five minutes in the field.” Ed kind of looked at me with a twinkle in his eye and turned to a man standing next to him and proceeded to introduce us to each other. Ed said, “Tom, this is Mr. Johnson. We are friends and run dogs in field trials together.” He continued, “And incidentally his dog that just beat us is the top Field Champion in the United States and his win today also makes him a Dual Champion.” I looked so pitiful and embarrassed that the three of us could do nothing but laugh loud and long. Stick foot in mouth, bite toes.

A lesson well learned; don’t criticize dogs that beat you. You can make a real fool of yourself.

LESSON NUMBER TWO:

In the early 1950s I had a client named George Glassford. We met as members of the Mahoning Shenango Kennel Club in Youngstown, Ohio. George had a son named Tommy Glassford (One and the same). He also had two Irish Setters, Pat and Jimmy. He asked me to show them. I agreed and that’s how this story begins. I took Jimmy first and entered him in two shows in Batavia and Ashtabula. At Batavia I was lucky and went from the open class through BOB and into the Group. No placement there. The next day at Ashtabula, Percy Roberts was judging Irish and with such a good start I certainly wanted to do all I could to make sure I repeated my feat of the previous day. The class was called I entered the ring first and placed Jimmy first in line. Percy had a ritualistic way of judging, to wit, “Show me the mouth.” “How old is this dog?” I showed the mouth and then quietly blurted out he’s just over a year and he went Best of Breed yesterday over specials. Percy wore a mustache that was curled on each end and heavily waxed. From both ends of the mustache sparks exploded. He turned on his heel and walked to the edge of the ring and approached another handler named Eddie Bezdec and told him to come into the ring. Once Eddie was inside he told me to give my dog to Eddie and he then escorted me to the far end of the ring. In no uncertain terms he dressed me up one side and down the other and told me never, never ever make any comments of the nature I had just made to him or any other judge as long as I wished to remain a handler. I apologized. He told me to return to my dog. I did then we started over. “Show me the mouth.” “How old is this dog?” The class then continued and I went BOB from the classes.

I never forgot that lesson and I had a zipper placed on my mouth as I entered every ring thereafter during my career as a handler.

LESSON NUMBER THREE

It was a cold (below zero) night in February when I pulled into a little town in Indiana and went to the motel where I had a reservation. I went inside to register and the manager asked if I had dogs in my van. When I said, “Yes,” he informed me he did not allow dogs in the rooms. I pleaded in vain and then decided to go to the show building, a dance hall. I went inside and found a pre-show dinner party in progress with no dogs in the building. The Show Chairlady, a little old lady, informed me that no dogs were allowed in the building until the next morning. She pointed me to a tent outside with a space heater running and the place was thick with fumes and exhaust smoke. At this point I exploded, “You want me to put these valuable dogs in that tent in this weather?” We had quite a few words further during which I emphatically told her I was going to leave and never ever enter her show again. She relented and suggested a compromise. She would let me bring the dogs into the building if I would put them in a corner and cover them so they wouldn’t make any noise. I agreed and the dogs were brought into the building placed in the selected corner, quietly fed, exercised and covered up. I then returned to the motel.

The next morning the little old lady told me the dogs were very quiet and caused no problems. I thanked her and then went on about the business of showing my dogs. What a day I had. I couldn’t lose for winning. I won every Group except the Non-Sporting group. I then topped it off by going Best in Show. As I accepted all the handshakes and ribbons the little old lady handed me the Best in Show trophy and slyly asked with a little twinkle in her eye, “Mr. Crowe, you will come back next year won’t you?”

I had made another of those foolish blunders that I shall always remember, but I did it for my dogs and their owners. I never went back. The following year I became a Superintendent and my handling career had ended. The little old lady remembered, however, and I was never asked to Superintend her show. She is long gone now but I’ll always remember the hard time I gave her and wish I could have made amends.

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Student Outreach Projects
by Leigh Ann Wilder

As one of the nation’s leading institutions in veterinary medicine, the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine provides its students with the medical, technical and problem-solving skills necessary to become successful practitioners. But the faculty, staff and administration of the CVM also stress to the students the importance of their actions in advancing the veterinary profession. The College instills a sense of personal accountability to encourage students to serve as resources for their community.

They are listening... Two newly formed student projects embody the spirit of community service and are expanding the CVM’s outreach efforts with the public. The Human Animal Bond project, organized by the second-year students, and Planned Pethood, a third-year student project, are fast becoming signature community outreach efforts of the College. The students have created new partnerships in the community that will benefit future CVM students, the College and ultimately, both the animals and humans in their community.

HUMAN ANIMAL BOND

The Human Animal Bond project (HAB) was started by second-year student Ivy Oakley as a means of cultivating the partnership between the human and animal medical professions. As Ivy explains, “The research on the benefits of the bond between humans and animals is growing. I know from personal experience that animals have a unique power to heal and comfort people. Like a lot of my fellow students, my connection with animals led me to veterinary school. HAB was a way for the sophomore class to share this bond with members of the community who really need support and a sense of connection.”

Oakley’s first step was to call the Rex Hospital Convalescent Care Center, which is located in close proximity to the college. Kerrie Troy, Recreation Therapy Manager at the Convalescent Center, had been looking for a pet therapy group for her patients when she received the call from Oakley. Troy picks up the story: “We were absolutely thrilled that the CVM students were starting this project and were anxious to be involved from day one. We have a bird in one of our activity rooms and many of our patients are drawn to it. We knew this would be something that our patients would enjoy.”

Oakley and Troy spent the next several months negotiating with the University and Hospital legal departments to insure the proper release forms and insurance issues were covered. Oakley then organized the first HAB training session for both volunteers and animals at the CVM in January.

The training session attracted more than 30 sophomore students, as well as CVM faculty and staff members and their pets for a rigorous screening that included both health examinations and behavior observations. The second-year students increased their examination skills by first conducting a complete health screen on each of the animals. Students checked for external and internal parasites, took an extensive health history and administered vaccinations.

The second phase of the HAB training session included 12 stations to test the animal’s behavior and reactions to a variety of scenarios. Several students dressed in hospital gowns and sat in wheelchairs to introduce the animals to the equipment and environment that they may encounter in a visit to a rest home or convalescence center. Other stations included students testing for food aggressiveness, reactions to loud noises and erratic behavior.

The students also observed the pet’s reactions with each other, since the animals would be participating in the site visits as a team. At the end of the first training session, the HAB project had a volunteer team that included 13 cats, two Guinea Pigs and more than 20 dogs, including a blind dog, for their visits to the Rex Hospital Convalescent Care Center.

The first HAB visit to Rex Convalescent Center took place on February 15, 1999, with more than 15 students and 25-30 patients with a range of health issues including Alzheimer’s disease and many patients who were unable to communicate. According to Troy, words were not necessary, “You could just see their faces absolutely light up when the HAB group came in. They love seeing the animals, but the opportunity to interact with the students is also a big part of the enjoyment.”

The HAB volunteers worked individually with the patients and even brought a Polaroid camera to take pictures of the patients with the pets. For patients that were unable to leave their room, several students went on to the ward floors with their pets for private sessions. Troy says many of the patients display the Polaroid shots from the HAB visit prominently in their rooms.

The second site visit on March 29, was also a huge success with the activity room filled with patients who had heard of the HAB project. The HAB volunteers have also grown in ranks as people hear about the project, and Oakley is in contact with other area adult day care and convalescent centers to expand the site visits.

PLANNED PETHOOD

The third-year student project, Planned Pethood, was developed in partnership with the Wake County Animal Shelter to expand the surgery, team-building and communication skills of third-year students while providing a valuable service to the shelter and the community. Planned Pethood includes a monthly surgery day to spay and neuter pets at the shelter and a monthly new pet owner class. Third-year student Tiffany Rule coordinates the surgery days and works with fellow student Amy Lesniak to coordinate the class time.

Planned Pethood surgery days are held one Sunday per month in the Wake County Animal Shelter’s surgery room. The surgery team includes nine third-year CVM students and a faculty member or a licensed veterinarian from the community. The students work in teams with three per table and practice their skills in anesthesia, surgery, monitoring and recovery for both dogs and cats. The Planned Pethood volunteers work for six hours to spay and neuter an average of 20 animals per month, increasing their adoptability by 70%.

The student volunteers from Planned Pethood also coordinate a monthly new pet owner class in the Wake County Shelter’s education room. Students work with the shelter staff to advertise classes to all new pet owners. As student Tiffany Rule explains, “One of the most common reasons for euthanizing a pet in this country is because of unacceptable behavior. It’s not enough for us to help make the animals more adoptable, we have to prevent them from coming back in to the shelters by educating new pet owners on what they can expect.” The clinic also gives students another opportunity to work on team-building skills as well as presentation and communication skills.

The class is a comprehensive overview of pet ownership. Topics covered include pet identification, nutrition, grooming, common household dangers for pets, common parasites and how to protect pets from them. A large portion of the clinic is also devoted to pet behavior issues including socialization, chewing, separation anxiety and obedience.

The students bring their own animals to demonstrate different portions of the class, and provide examples of basic equipment like nail trimmers, pet identification tags and chips, and even popular pet toys. Class participants are also given a packet of information that includes handouts on the clinic topics and coupons for area pet stores.

The students also structure the class so there is a large amount of discussion time and a question-and-answer period. The first clinic was held in February with more than 15 new pet owners in attendance.

The rising third-year class will expand the program to include weekly surgical visits, tripling the number of animals who are spayed and neutered and further increasing the students’ surgical experience. The students are also working with Dr. Kelli Ferris, Community Outreach Coordinator at the CVM, to investigate opportunities for the Planned Pethood program to service rural communities in the state.

Planned Pethood has garnered significant support with several clinics donating surgery supplies, and individual animal lovers are also providing seed money. North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation Board of Directors, Mary Jo Pringle, of Kinston, and Parker Overton, of Greenville, have supported the program in hopes Planned Pethood will expand statewide. But the greatest need, according to Tiffany Rule, is “community veterinarian involvement and participation in the Planned Pethood surgery days. We really want CVM alumni and local vets working together with the students to make this project a success.”

Whether it’s increasing their surgery, diagnostic or client communication skills, CVM students are helping themselves become better veterinarians while helping the community. The new student outreach programs are also a means to share the CVM’s mission and vision with the public. Perhaps the most important message these students are sharing with the public is that they are more than future veterinarians they are future community leaders. For more information on Student Outreach Projects, call 919-513-6427.

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wpe9.jpg (1939 bytes)    The Shaggy Dog Stories

 

DOG HAIKU

I love my master; Thus I perfume myself with This long-rotten squirrel

I lie belly-up In sunshine, happier than You will ever be

Many dog behinds I have sniffed— I celebrate By kissing your face

I sound the alarm! Paper boy— will kill us all Look! Look! Look! Look! Look!

I sound the alarm! Garbage man— will kill us all Look! Look! Look! Look! Look!

I lift my leg and Whiz on each bush. Hello, Spot— Sniff this and weep

How do I love thee? The ways are numberless as My hairs on the rug

My human is home! I’m so ecstatic I have Made a puddle now

I hate my choke chain Look, world, they strangle me! Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack!

Sleeping here, my chin On your foot — no greater bliss, Except catching rats

Look in my eyes and Deny it. No human could Love you as I do

The cat is not all Bad — she fills the litter box With these Tootsie Rolls

Dig under fence — why? Because it’s there. Because it’s There. Because it’s there

I am your best friend, Now, always, and certainly When you are eating

My owners’ mood is Romantic— at their feet I let loose a loud one (Submitted by Kristina Haarman via the Internet)

IF…

If you can start the day without caffeine, If you can get going without pep pills, If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it, If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time, If you can overlook it when something goes wrong through no fault of yours and those you love take it out on you, If you can take criticism and blame without resentment, If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him, If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend, If you can face the world without lies or deceit, If you can conquer tension without medical help, If you can relax without liquor, If you can sleep without the aid of drugs, If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color religion or politics, Then, my friends, you are almost as good as your dog. AMEN

(submitted by Joan Rea, via Ann Landers newspaper column, via Internet)

THE SMILE

She smiled at a sorrowful stranger. The smile seemed to make him feel better. He remembered past kindnesses of a friend and wrote him a thank you letter. The friend was so pleased with the thank you that he left a large tip after lunch. The waitress, surprised by the size of the tip, bet the whole thing on a hunch. The next day she picked up her winnings, and gave part to a man on the street. The man on the street was grateful; for two days he’d had nothing to eat. After he finished his dinner, he left for his small dingy room. He didn’t know at that moment that he might be facing his doom. On the way he picked up a shivering puppy and took him home to get warm. The puppy was very grateful to be in out of the storm. That night the house caught on fire. The puppy barked the alarm. He barked till he woke the whole household and saved everybody from harm. One of the boys that he rescued grew up to be President. All this because of a simple smile that hadn’t cost a cent.

(submitted via the Internet)

Humor is a good thing.

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