Vol. XIII, Week 14 Apr 10, 2023


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MN Call for Videos

If your dog received his MNH title in 2022, you are eligible for the 2022 Hall of Fame Video.  These videos will be shown at the 2023 Master National Handler’s Banquet in Thomasville, Georgia.

If you are Retiring a dog in 2023 or want to be included in the 2022 Hall of Fame video please think about getting your photo and form together! The deadline to submit your form and jpg image will be September 1, 2023.

Both new videos will be posted online for all to see, and will premiere live at the Handler’s Banquet at the 2023 Master National in Thomasville on Thursday, October 26, 2023.

To be included:

  • Click on the Hall of Fame Video form or the Retiring Dog Video Form on the page below. 
  • Fill out the video form, and email the form with a JPG photo as soon as possible! 
  • The deadline for submissions for each video is September 1, 2023.

Information on the form tells you what quality photo we need and how to email us.  Thank you and see you October 26-November 5 in Thomasville.

HOF Video

Retiring Dog Video


Texas A&M Tests Nonsurgical Treatment For Disc Herniation
Researchers at Texas A&M’s School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (VMBS) have started testing a nonsurgical treatment for disc herniation in dogs, AAHA NEWStat reported. The treatment mirrors a nonsurgical treatment for humans developed by doctors in Japan.

In dogs, disc herniation can lead to hind limb paralysis and incontinence. Surgical intervention is the standard method of treatment, but it is costly and can be inaccessible to some pet owners.

In September 2022, Dr. Nicholas Jeffery of Texas A&M launched a clinical trial to test the treatment on 30 small dogs under the auspices of the VMBS Office of Veterinary Clinical Investigation (OVCI). The treatment involves injecting an enzyme into the affected disc to dissolve and digest ruined tissue. The patented enzyme has been approved for use in humans in Japan and is expected to be approved for use in humans in the U.S.

The first dog involved in the trial was a five-year-old dachshund named Oscar. Although the enzyme digested Oscar’s herniated disc in a matter of hours, it took about three weeks for his spinal cord to recover enough for him to walk again—roughly the time it would have taken after surgery. 

“I've been really pleased with the outcome so far,” said Jeffery. “Partly because the dogs have been doing well and partly because they just look so happy afterwards. It’s such a benign procedure to put needles into the spine compared to doing surgery, and the recovery is very quick.”  

From Bradshaw-Sporting Dog Veterinarian

One major issue we’ve seen here lately with the heavy use of ProHeart and other heartworm prevention is the sneaky return of common intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
Make sure not to forget to have your veterinarian perform a fecal egg count or intestinal worm screen on a yearly basis to make sure parasites aren’t bringing your pup down. In young transition and middle age dogs, these parasites often live at a low level in the gut and have the potential to cause intermittent diarrhea and vomiting.
Food is often blamed for the intermittent diarrhea and vomiting, but often times, it’s a parasite problem.
These parasites don’t allow your dog(s) to perform at their peak. There are multiple ways to detect these parasites, but due to the fact that you can’t always find evidence on a fecal evaluation due to intermittent shedding, at times we recommend more in depth ways to detect.
Be sure to check with your veterinarian as these parasites have the ability to greatly affect the health and performance of your canine athlete.

Week 14

This week’s newsletter includes results from:

Four States Retriever Club (4SRC) - see full results
Lumber River Retriever Club (LRRC) - see full results
Red Hills Retriever Club (RedHillRC) - see full results
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