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The University of Adelaide has discovered a new strain of Canine Parvovirus here in Australia.

Notably, many dogs have been suffering symptoms of gastroenteritis of late. Some dogs have not responded to therapy so are hospitalised, given supportive fluids and intravenous medications to stop severe haemorrhagic diarrhoea.

The University of Adelaide has discovered a new strain of Canine Parvovirus here in Australia.The new strain, CPV-2c has been spreading around the world and has now been found within our borders.The signs that are typical of parvovirus are: vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and often haemorrhaging from the anus, which can culminate in death.

Sydney University, School of Veterinary Science is also studying this problem. A new vaccine variant will possibly be formulated, but dogs that are currently vaccinated (in last 12 months) with the current vaccine are less at risk and should they contract the new strain, they are most likely to overcome it quickly with therapy.

Remember, young dogs are most at risk so ensure your puppies are properly covered. Parvovirus has a high mortality rate, hence we need to avoid spreading this virus where ever possible.

3 dog headsAnimal  Control  Officers, Council Rangers, Veterinary Nurses and indeed anyone interested in improving their ability identifying individual breeds of dogs, are invited to attend Dogs NSW two day nationally accredited workshops.

There are over 200 recognised breeds currently in Australia and a multitude of cross breeds, therefore identification can be difficult and at times impossible.

Dogs NSW is a strong supporter of the NSW Government changes to the Companion Animals Act. We believe in responsible dog ownership and we recognise that proper breed identification is an essential part of the current legislation.

We have developed the two day training program to assist councils in improving breed identification, particularly as state legislation requires that council staff identify those dogs that are on the restricted breeds list as well as crosses from restricted breeds. Also councils are required to identify dogs specifically used or kept for hunting purposes, as opposed to being a family pet.

Keeping you and your dog fitTile2Cooler months are ahead - the season for rest in the comforts of the indoors. But if you have a dog, hibernation is not an option.

Our canine companions need daily exercise to stay healthy and fit, which has many benefits for you, too! Fortunately, there’s a whole world of dog sports for you and your dog to enjoy during the winter months and all year round!

“Participating in dog sports means getting out and being active, and once you’re out and about with your dog, socialising and learning, the opportunities that can open to you with a well-trained dog, are enormous!” says Vicki Etherington OAM, a professional dog trainer and Board Member of Dogs NSW, the controlling body of purebred, pedigreed dog breeding and exhibiting in New South Wales.

North Sydney Council Logo webPosh pooches will be putting their best paw forward for a chance to win the title of ‘Best Dressed Doggie’ at North Sydney Council’s second Bradfield Bark later this month.

Just one of several competitions being held at the dogs’ day out in Bradfield Park on Sunday 28 May, prizes will also be awarded to the winners of the ‘Doggie & Owner Look-a-like Comp’, ‘Most Fabulous Doggie Senior’ and for the ‘Best Doggie Trick’.

There will also be several dog demonstrations throughout the day, including displays from Canines for Conservation, who sniff out weeds to protect Australian habitat and can detect endangered species. Other demonstrations include agility with the Manly and District Kennel and Dog Training Club and flyball with the Sydney Psychos Flyball Team. 

With a busy program of activities, there’s something to suit all ages, including a special guest appearance from a star of kids’ cartoon Paw Patrol, a giant dog jumping castle, doggie face painting, a Pawpaw-razzi photo booth, airbrush tattoos, Reverse Garbage craft workshops and an interactive mural.

The day will also be packed full of food, music and a variety of stalls for our fur residents and their human companions to enjoy.

 cover'Travelling with Pets on Australia’s East Coast'  is an invaluable guide that makes holidaying with your pet a breeze. Independently researched and collated, this newly updated 3rd edition explores the best pet-friendly accommodation (from 5-star hotels to campgrounds) between Far North Queensland and the Great Ocean Road, and now also features major inland towns.  

Author, Carla Francis is a devoted pet owner who can’t stand to leave her pet behind when she travels. “There’s nothing that can dampen a holiday high more than leaving your beloved furry friend behind, but with more pet-friendly guidebooks and apps than ever before, there's no reason why your pet can’t be part of the family getaway," says Carla.

Dogs on Show web‘Dogs on Show,’ is fast approaching, and as this event is our annual open day for the public, we would like as many members as possible to be involved.

The event highlights the advantages of owning a purebred dog, along with the many activities you can enjoy as a Dogs NSW member, so it is important to have as many breed clubs or breeds represented on the day, so that the public can see the incredible range of beautiful purebred dogs and get first hand advice from breeders.

Members can participate as part of the Championship Show, a demonstration, Agility, Obedience, Herding, Retrieving, Earthdog, Junior Handling, Drafting or Jack Russell Terrier Racing events, or even as a helper on the day. You might just like to come along and be part of the Pageant of Breeds, (as long as you are dressed up) as this is always a fun part of the day. There will also be some great prizes on offer for the winners of the Pageant of Breeds as well as the Breed Stands!

Heartworm Awareness Month webApril is Heartworm Awareness Month!

Given the recent wet weather and expected rise in the number of mosquitos, Dogs NSW reminds dog lovers about the higher risk of heartworm infection in dogs.

Heartworm is a deadly blood parasite that is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. Watch out for signs of heartworm including mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, listlessness or depression, decreased appetite and weight loss.

Ask the Breeder TileThe Sydney Dog Lovers Show is a fabulous event on the August calendar, which Dogs NSW supports every year.

As Dogs NSW and its members work closely with the organisers, they have kindly permitted Dogs NSW an extra stand, 'Ask the Breeder,' in order to promote our breeders and their purebred dogs.

The stand will be in close proximity to the Dogs NSW Information stand, however, we do need Dogs NSW members/ breeders and their dogs to come to the stand and talk to the attending public about their breed and the benefits of purchasing a purebred puppy through a Dogs NSW member.

Talks will be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes and should cover your own experience as a breeder, a brief description of your breed, including temperament, training and care requirements; what you provide in ongoing care, questions to ask a breeder and what you ask of them. At the conclusion, if there is time left over you can take questions as well as meet the breed sessions with your dog. Should you wish to do so, you can also bring along your own business cards or your breed club's details as handouts. We also ask that anyone who is speaking with the public, to please have their dog with them. A judging table will be provided for your dog to stand on.

Responsible Pet Education Tile webThe New South Wales Government is looking for potential Pet Educators to join the Responsible Pet Ownership Program. Pet Educators and their dogs present to students from Pre-school through to Year 2 to promote the message of responsible pet ownership and dog safety in the community.

The Program is now calling for expressions of interest from enthusiastic people to fill some vacancies. If you enjoy talking to children, have the time, own a happy and healthy dog that resides with you and enjoys socialising with children of all ages, please consider this program.

You must:

• Own a fit and healthy dog(s) between the ages of 18 months and 8 years old.  All dogs participating in Living Safely With Pets are required to pass a suitability test

• Have a current driver’s licence and own a reliable car

• Be flexible with availability regarding days of the week

• Be eligible for an appropriate Working With Children Check in NSW.

Brian YorkThe PURINA PRO PLAN Sydney Royal Dog Show is set to be another exciting event for dog lovers!

The event, from April 6 to 19, will again welcome international judges and thousands of entries across Conformation, Agility, Obedience, Junior Handling and Sweepstakes classes, during the 14 days of competition – all vying for best in their breed and discipline.

This year, Dogs NSW will be running ‘Ask the Breeders’ forums, during which Dogs NSW members will speak to the public about their breed, the many benefits of purchasing puppies through a Dogs NSW breeder, and how to locate ethical and credible breeders of healthy dogs. This will be located next to the Dogs NSW Information stand.

GroundsThere seems to be some concern in regard to the reported Fungal infestation at the Grounds. This fungus is ONLY detrimental to plant and NOT to Man nor Beast!

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LeoThis is Leo. He is a 10 year old dog that developed severe Canine Cognitive Dysfunction in August 2015.  Leo’s symptoms included wall staring, pacing, disorientation, forgetting commands, and most worrying, aggression directed towards his family.

Leo’s family was devastated and were considering euthanasia due to the aggression, however, decided to participate in the Dogs+ Cells Clinical trial for dogs with Cognitive Dysfunction at the University of Sydney, Brain and Mind Centre.

Leo underwent a series of tests, and finally received a transplant of cells cultured in the laboratory to neural precursor cells that were grown from his own skin sample. The cells were transplanted directly into the hippocampal region of his brain by a long fine needle.  He was discharged from hospital the following day.

ANKC Logo Col art copyMembers, Clubs and other organisations please note that the Canine Research Foundation is seeking applications for research commencing in 2018 to be funded under the Foundation's Grants program for the year 2018.

The purpose of the Foundation is to provide funding for research directed at improving canine health. Canine health refers to research into disease and disease related processes, and/or the prevention of injury and/or disease.

Proposed research projects should be directed towards producing benefit in some aspect of canine health and must be conducted by an Australian University. Applications will close on 31 MAY, 2017.

Doty winner casualOn Saturday evening 28 January 2017, the Dogs NSW Complex Fundraising Committee and our major sponsor Royal Canin, hosted one of the premier events on the NSW Show Calendar – the NSW Show Dog, Puppy and Neuter of the Year. This event allows NSW exhibitors to celebrate their dog’s success from the previous year and catch up with friends and fellow exhibitors.

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The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts warmer than average temperatures for the next three months. 

It takes only 10 minutes for the inside of a car to skyrocket by 20 degrees¹! Imagine the deadly heat inside your car when the temperature hits 40+ degrees outside, like in many parts of NSW this summer.

LabradorIn an estimated canine population of 4.8 million nationally and 52% of all owned dogs being pure bred*, there’s one breed Australians are still barking mad for – the loveable, family-friendly Labrador Retriever! But these large dogs may not be ‘top dog’ for long, as smaller breeds are increasing in popularity.

AVA Logo.jpg v2A group of veterinary scientists have launched a research project to try and bring canine parvovirus under control, a devastating disease that is currently hurting and killing puppies across Australia.

Commonly known as parvo, the disease is not new to Australia. Outbreaks continue to occur with the latest recorded in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

ANKC Still 3m09sJoin the movement to keep healthy puppies in homes, where they belong.

 

The Australian National Kennel Council, the peak body for responsible and ethical breeders in Australia, has launched a public and breeder education movement to complement the RSPCA and Australian Veterinary Association’s joint initiative, Love is Blind, to raise awareness of the animal welfare problems caused by exaggerated physical features and how these problems can be prevented.

“Love is blind, except, it doesn’t have to be,” said Hugh Gent OAM, President of the ANKC. “The ANKC considers the health and physical welfare of dogs of prime importance and does not support the breeding of dogs with exaggerated features to meet a puppy buyer demand for a certain look.”

Xmas Cavs WebWith another super entry of just on 1000, plus over 100 children booked in to meet Santa, the PR Committee's 2016 Dogs NSW Christmas Show was again a great success, and the Committee thank the exhibitors for their generous support, once again, of this annual special event on the Dogs NSW show calendar.

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All Clubs are reminded that it is the Committees responsibility to ensure that Shows/Trials are conducted in a safe environment for both the exhibitors and the public. Clubs need to be familiar with Dogs NSW Regulations Part II, Section 9 - Extreme Weather & Safety Guidelines. It is very important for Clubs to conduct a site assessment of the area on which the Show/Trial is being conducted prior to event commencement to ensure that there are no risks evident, such but not limited to, uneven ground in pedestrian traffic areas or exhibition areas, lengthy or wet grass, ring ropes or uncovered electrical cords on the grounds, as these are a trip hazard which may result in an injury to a person attending the Show/Trial. 

Training your Dog webDogs NSW is urging dog owners to start the year on the right paw with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers’ ‘National Train Your Dog Month’, which celebrates dogs and highlights the importance of training to be good canine citizens.

Main Tile.Seeing Eye Dogs webSeeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) and ROYAL CANIN® have launched an education and awareness campaign to demonstrate how the most ordinary journeys can be the most incredible with the support of a Seeing Eye Dog.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is seeking stories of outstanding accomplishments by “man’s best friend” ahead of the 2017 NSW Canine Hero Awards. Canine Hero award edited

So often our dogs are more than just our companions, they turn out to be unheralded heroes and lifesavers.

Some canines display an incredible act of bravery in an instinctive moment, others transform a human life in adversity through their training.

They may not be able to tell us their incredible stories, but you can.

Puppy image twoMake a difference in someone's life and help Assistance Dogs Australia by educating an Puppy in your home for 12 months.

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Recently the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO revealed that Australia is encountering hotter, stronger and more frequent heat waves than ever before, so it is important that pet owners not forget to keep their furry friends fully hydrated this summer.