HEALTH & WELLNESS SUMMER 2022
The Mission of the Health and Wellness Committee is to develop plans to protect and improve the health of our Breed through education, screening tools and working with other Regional PWD Clubs and the PWDCA. As stated on the PWDCA's official website, "Responsible breeding practices are encouraged to reduce or eliminate hereditary health problems which can lead to increased veterinary costs, decreased quality of life, and/or premature death." We will bring many important health and wellness related topics to our members on our Health and Wellness web page and in our News Buoy, on our social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram, and email, just to name a few.
Topic(s) of the Day - Chondrodystrophy (CDDY) and Tick Borne Diseases
Per the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America (PWDCA) (email dated April 7, 2022) - "It has come to the Board's attention that there is a genetic disease, Chondrodystrophy also referred to as CDDY, that has been expressed in our Breed. We are fortunate that both Embark and UC Davis offer a DNA test for it.
Here is a link for more information on the disease and test: https://vgl.ucdavis.edu/test/cddy-cdpa
Here is a link explaining how best to do a DNA swab collection: https://vgl.ucdavis.edu/sample-collection/dog"
WHAT CAN WE DO?
TEST OUR DOGS FOR CDDY
With additional questions/concerns, feel free to reach out to:
Dave Wichterman firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Caruso slcaruso@MSN.COM
Let's Talk Ticks
Summer Awareness Tips
Ever considered stand up paddle boarding (SUP) with your dog?!
If you want to try to beat the heat with SUP, the AKC has some tips here
Useful Tools for the Unexpected
1. Animal Poison Control Center: 888-426-4435
2. Your closest 2-3 emergency vets. Make sure to call ahead and explain your situation to the vet before you arrive. Although some emergency vets are open 24/7, not all have the capacity to handle your case OR they like to be prepared for your arrival and give specific arrival instructions.
3. Your local vet. Some vets have "urgent care" time slots aside for their patients that have an urgent (but not necessarily emergency) case. Call ahead to make sure they're prepared for your dog.
4. First Aid Kit
See here for more first aid kit tips!