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Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital, let our dog fall on his head

| blog | August 31, 2016

Gilabbey Veterinary HospitalDanno AKA Irish Champion Dessaur Hawaii Five O – 03/08/08 – 09/05/16

Danno was born in our kitchen on the 03rd of August 2008 and the first and last voices he ever heard was ours, his life was brought to an abrupt end on the 09th May this year due to the negligence at one of Ireland’s leading veterinary practices, Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital in Cork.

Events leading to Danno being Put To Sleep

On Monday 23rd November 2015 we attended Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital for the first time after being referred by our vet. The cause was that Danno our Male Standard Smooth Dachshund had symptoms of spinal injury. At this consultation Shane Guerin examined Danno and gave us a detailed explanation as to what was actually happening. The surgery to be performed on Danno was Thoracolumbar Hemi-laminectomy (Spinal Surgery) and the decision to carry out this procedure is based on what symptoms are present on a scale of one to six. One being the dog feeling pain and six meaning the dog was paralysed and incontinent. Danno was at a stage three when we arrived which meant that he had feelings in his back legs, and that after a successful operation and rehab Danno would have a 90% chance of making a full recovery.

We have never had insurance on any of our dogs, but make a commitment to them that once they enter our home we will take care of their needs completely. The operation was carried out on the afternoon of Monday the 23rd of November and on Wednesday the 24th we got a phone call to advise that Danno had toileted by himself and we could collect him the following day. When we collected him we were given a set of exercises that we would have to get Danno to perform and instructions to keep him confined to a crate for 8 weeks except when feeding and toilet breaks. When bringing him outside he would have a harness over his front quarters and a specially made one for his rear. We had travel plans booked and pre paid during this 8 week period which we cancelled in order to care for Danno during his rehab.

Danno’s rehab which included four land / water based physio sessions was text book and he was requiring less support every day from the rear harness.

Danno continued to make a great progress and was at least 95% fully recovered.

On Saturday 7th May 2016 at approx 2230 hrs whilst out for his last toilet break of the day, Danno sat down on his hind legs and we instantly knew that there was a problem. We set up a crate in our bedroom and he slept in same the whole night without any incidents. On Sunday the 8th May at approx 0830 hrs we took Danno from the crate and instantly knew that he hadn’t got full power in his back legs. I called the Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital main phone line and the message on the answering machine advised the mobile telephone number for the emergency service. I called this number and spoke to Gemma O’Donoghue the covering vet, and advised who I was and our history with the hospital and that I suspected that Danno was having another ruptured disc. Gemma advised that the fee for an out of hours consultation was Euro 135.00 and after I advised this wasn’t a problem agreed on meeting her at Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital at 1030 hrs. We arrived at approx 1045 hrs and the front or was locked. We called Gemma on the mobile number and she came to unlock the door and let us in. We followed her to an examination room where she carried out a series of tests on Danno and came to the conclusion that as he had feeling in his back feet, brought on by squeezing same with a forceps that he was at a stage 3 and that surgery would be an option. We signed a consent form and left the estimate blank. We were advised that Danno would be constantly monitored and it was unlikely that he would deteriorate. We brought him through to an observation room and placed him in a crate. Before we left we paid Gemma the Euro 135.00 for the out of hours service.

On Monday morning 9th May at 0905 hrs we called the Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital main line number and asked to speak to Shane Guerin. When we spoke to Shane Guerin he advised that he had received a text from Gemma on Sunday to inform him that Danno had been admitted but at this stage hadn’t seen him, but based on him still being at a stage three, he would operate on him that afternoon. I advised that we were heading from West Cork back to Midleton and would call in on the way through to get an update but would be on the other end of the phone if needed. At 1001 hrs I received a call from Shane Guerin to advise that Danno had deteriorated and was now at stage six. I advised that we were en route and would make any decisions once we had seen our dog.

When we arrived into the reception in a distressed state Valerie came from the reception and led us to consultation room 4 and advised she would bring our dog down to us. We stood at the door and Valerie advised that “She” was coming down now, and at the same time the doors of the observation room opened and a large female collie dog was being wheeled down to us. We informed them that this wasn’t our dog, and the three staff looked at each other then wheeled this dog away. We then asked Valerie where our Danno was as we wanted to see him and she led us back to the observation room. Josephine & I spotted Danno on the ground tethered by a lead around his neck in a very distressed state. When we got to him we were utterly shocked at what we saw. Shane Guerin was present in the room, and was writing some information on a white board whilst being filmed by a camera crew. The whites of Danno’s eyes were completely red, blood red and he had a swollen lip on his left hand side. I checked Danno’s lip and also checked inside his mouth to see if any of his teeth were broken, as I knew that he had sustained some kind of injury that could have easily resulted in a broken tooth / teeth. At this stage Shane Guerin came over to us and we asked what happened to Danno & he advised that “he had a little fall” and asked could we go to a separate room to discuss the same. When in this room Shane Guerin advised that Danno was now at a stage six and that now the odds of him making any recovery after an operation would only be 20%. We asked what quality of life would Danno have if left like this and Shane Guerin advised “None” Josephine asked Shane Guerin if the fall had resulted in Danno going from a stage 3 to a stage 6 and Shane said “I don’t think so” Left with no option we had to make the heartbreaking decision to put Danno to sleep.

We spent about 45 minutes with Danno before this procedure was carried out .

Danno was put to sleep at approx 1230 hrs.

We both left with Danno wrapped in a blanket via the back door as we didn’t want to go back via reception. Josephine then went to settle our bill which came to Euro 270.01 including the cost of having Danno put to sleep.

On Tuesday the 10th May at 1034 hrs we called the Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital looking to speak to Shane Guerin and was advised that he was in surgery but would call me back when out of same. At 1043 hrs I missed a call from Shane Guerin’s mobile as I was on another call. At 1138 hrs Shane called again and we had a discussion where I advised that I wasn’t happy with what had happened the day before. Shane Guerin advised that he had been thinking about it and had intended on ringing me that day to talk about same. I asked Shane Guerin in his opinion had the fall that Danno sustained contributed to him going from a stage 3 to a stage 6 and he advised “It probably did” and that he took full responsibility for what had happened. We advised that we had a lot of questions that required answers to and he suggested a meeting.

This meeting took place at 1830 hrs Wednesday 11th May at Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital

Meeting on Wednesday 11th May 2016 @ 1830 hrs persons Present: Shane Guerin, Gemma O’Donoghue & John O’Mahony from Gilabbey & Paul Barry & Josephine Daly

This is what we discovered:

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Dog Grooming Cork – mobile dog groomers van hits the streets of Cork

| blog | August 15, 2016

Dog groomers cork dog grooming corkIt’s what the dogs of Cork are howling about

State-of-the-art mobile dog grooming van hits the streets of Cork

Dog Grooming Cork is delighted to introduce its state-of-the art dog grooming van to spruce up the dogs of Cork city and county. Dog Grooming Cork is a new, professional, friendly, and local mobile dog grooming service. We come straight to your doorstep, no matter where you live Cork city or county.

While working and training in regular grooming parlours in the past, Paul Barry, the owner of Dog Grooming Cork, noted there was a definite need for a mobile dog grooming service for the city and county. He says: “This is a one-to-one service that is is perfect for all dogs, but especially dogs that don’t travel well in cars. It also suits dogs who aren’t entirely comfortable with the regular grooming experience; with us, your dog will be the only dog in the grooming van, so will be getting our undivided attention, eliminating any stress caused by crating or by being in close proximity with another customer’s dog.”

“At Dog Grooming Cork, we offer the full services you’d expect to find in a dog grooming parlour, but with the added bonus of us traveling to you,” Paul says. “Our van has undergone a unique and deluxe conversion. It allows us to groom your dog at your home, WITHOUT the need for us to plug into YOUR electricity supply. We provide all the energy required to heat the water to the required temperature and run the dryers, clipping equipment etc.”

Dog Grooming Cork is owned and operated by Paul Barry and his wife Josephine Daly. The couple has been involved in the dog show scene in Ireland and many dog-related events for many years, so both have a wealth of experience to draw from when dealing with customers’ dogs. For more information on this new venture and the service provided, check out the company website

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Tibetan Terriers – Tizler Tibetan Terriers in Ireland

| blog | June 20, 2016

Tibetan Terriers for sale in IrelandTizler Tibetan terriers is a small sized breeder having only one breeding bitch. I bred my first litter in August 2015 and kept one female pup who has so far won numerous best puppy in breed & best puppy in show prizes on the show circuit. My two TTs are members of the family

Find our contact details at this link 

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German Shepherd Dogs “Agacamp”

| blog | April 13, 2016

We are a small kennel who specialise in the German shepherd dog
We show and work our dogs
All our dogs are hip and elbowed scored and graded excellent for breed type

 

Find our contact details on this list

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Bye Baby

| blog | April 11, 2016

Saying goodbye to your dogWhenever I left Kyla behind, I used throw an arm around her strong neck and say “bye baby”.

The dreaded day came on April 7th when I had to say my final “bye baby” to my gentle giant, Kyla, who went downhill rapidly, during the 3 days prior, with heart failure. She seemed fine up to then or maybe she was just being brave.

This was one of the worst weeks of my life.

I looked for help from all quarters but to no avail. She was critically ill on day 1 when she was put on oxygen and a drip of heavy meds. I was told I could take her home in the evening of day 1 with 29 tablets to be taken over the following 24 hours. I watched her tired body heave up and down, her anxious eyes just staring into space and there was no rest for this kind and gentle dog. I promised her that she’d never have to leave her home again and she didn’t.

The procedure was carried out at home by our favourite vet.  I sat with Kyla on her bed, her head in my hands, I kissed her over and over and told her that she was such a good girl and then I said “bye baby” for the last time.

She was so calm and I know she felt so safe with me, in her own home and she went with dignity.

Then I began questioning myself, all the doubts about having done the right thing, if I had let her linger on for another few days, would she have improved, what if the vet was wrong when he told me, that same day, that she was already shutting down, that she was ready to leave me. But I am not God.

I knew we were losing her on day 1 and I asked myself why do I do this to myself. There’s no law demanding me to get a puppy because the moment we brought Kyla home, the countdown had already started to this fateful day.

Why put ourselves through this terrible decision and this final farewell?  Because we absolutely need to love, that is why . Us, humans have had our hearts hardened so much by what we read and watch in the news these days but dogs, like Kyla, lighten up our lives in the now and make life more fun.

Kyla really lightened up our lives, that was her job, and we embraced that with open hearts and the rewards were big. Just so hard to say bye baby to such a big love.

Kyla was meant to break hearts, that’s the irony of it. She was loved by everyone who were lucky enough to meet her and hearts can only be broken by love.

She was always so full of the joy of life, excited by everything intensely here with me, brimming with that love. What an appreciation of life she gave me and everyone who knew her.

I know friends will miss her royal welcome whenever they visit, meeting them at the door and almost bowling them over as she looked for their attention.

I’ve shed so many tears since she fell ill and I will shed many more for Kyla.

Grief is the price we pay for loving our dogs.

Life, without Kyla, will be a life less ordinary.

The house is too big without her, too quiet without her and too many big beds stay empty.

Thank you, Kyla, for being with me for nearly 10 years, for loving me, for giving me your best. I hope I didn’t let you down. I’m privileged to have had you in my life and you will always stay locked in my heart forever.

Bye baby.

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How to lower your vet bill over the life of your dog.

| blog | March 26, 2016

Dog breed health test breed clubsWith the site getting over 600 visits per day we get quite a few emails from people looking to be put in touch with a reputable owner / breeder of the breed they have researched and now want to introduce to the family.

Probably the most popular requests we get are for Miniature Schnauzers, Labradors & all the different varieties of Dachshunds.

In the case of one of the above breeds that I got 5 emailed enquiries for in the last 2 weeks, I wanted to see what the relative breed club had to offer by way of web presence and information for the potential owner.

When on the website for the breed I clicked on the puppies / dogs for sale and noted that there were 3 litters available. Now before I put the 5 people that had emailed me in touch with one of the particular advertisers I wanted to ensure that the pups were a result of a mating between 2 adult dogs that had been tested for the minimum breed specific health tests recommended for the breed. I emailed the person with the litter regarding the above & the response was ”  I do not have them tested, I am arranging this at moment ”

I then sent an email to the secretary of the club to find out what the clubs position on allowing pups to be advertised on their website from untested dogs and a week later haven’t received a reply.

Surely you would think that the club charged with the task of promoting the breed as well as giving advice re health and welfare would insist that any dogs or pups advertised on their site would at the very least come from dogs with the very minimum of health checks completed.

Now maybe it’s not this clubs fault, as it’s not a requirement for registration purposes for a dog or pup to have these health checks in place before being registered with the IKC and by being affiliated to the IKC the club aren’t breaking any laws.

Somebody once said to me that we are only custodians of our chosen dog breeds, and hopefully we leave the breed in a better position than when we first became involved with it.

Maybe some breed clubs should take that on board regardless of IKC policy.

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Japanese Chin – Featured Breed – Lee Grogan

| blog | March 23, 2016

Japanese Chin for sale in IrelandName of Kennel / Prefix / Affix:

Still undecided 12 years later.

What age were you and how did you become involved in the world of Dogs?

I have always been animal mad since as long as I can remember, always having a particular interest in dogs. When I was around 11 years old I was badly bitten by a dog while out playing with friends and became absolutely terrified of them. My parents bought me a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy to help me get over my newly developed fear of dogs and through her I made new friends who also had a Cavalier. Months later those friends where going to a dog show in search of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy and asked if I’d like to go to see some well behaved friendly dogs, I agreed and was bitten again, but this time by the dog show bug. The rest is history.

What Breeds of Dogs have you had over the years?

I always had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel growing up as a child and my Dad always had a Boxer. Before I was bitten I had a Dalmatian too.

What Breeds of Dogs have you got now?

Japanese Chins & Chihuahuas

What would you consider to be your main Breed and the one people associate you with?

It has to be the Japanese Chin. It is the breed I have had the most success with in the show ring and the breed I am most passionate about. I am also honoured to be the secretary and treasurer of the Japanese Chin Club of Ireland.

What attracted you to this breed?

Absolutely EVERTHING!! From their rich history, beautiful oriental looks, small fine elegant body and wonderful inquisitive temperament. I just adore them.

What advice would you offer to anybody that is interested in becoming an owner of this breed?

Please do your research before you embark (pun intended) on a life where you become servant to a Japanese Chin. They are NOT for everyone and will not suit every lifestyle.

Does the Breed have any specific requirements by way of exercise & grooming?

They enjoy regular exercise but when they have had enough they will let you know. Grooming should be carried out at least once a week to avoid the coat knotting. It doesn’t take long and all you need is a good brush. They also shed especially in the warmer months and may require more frequent brushing to remove dead hair.

Does the Breed have any specific health tests that should be done before a Dog or bitch is used at stud or bred from?

On the whole they are generally a healthy breed as they have yet to fall into the hands of the puppy farmers (and we wish to keep it that way). We would promote testing for eyes,heart and patella’s as you can never have a dog that is too healthy. By doing so you are helping the next generation stay fit ,healthy and happy.

Finally, how would you some up the characteristics of this breed and what type of household would they best be suited too?

They are very cat like and affectionate. They will walk for as long or as little as they see fit. They will shed and will require regular grooming to keep their coat knot free. They mix well with other dogs/animals but their delicate/elegant frame makes them easily breakable. They are loyal, very clean and quiet. I feel that they are best suited to a household that does not have young children. They originally came from palaces where they were treated like royalty and I see no reason why they shouldn’t still be treated like this, they practically expect it.

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Ballygrooby Weimaraners

| blog | March 22, 2016

Weimaraners for sale in IrelandI have owned Weimaraners since 2011 but I have owned dogs all my life with breeds such as labrador, poodles and West Highland. I had long admired the Weimaraner and after much research I found the lovely Blue George (Finn). A few months later I decided to get Finn a companion and Sky Cloudy Misty Over Ballygrooby arrived.

Tragically we lost Finn at just over a year old after an episode of bloat. We were devastated and threw ourselves and Sky into showing to keep ourselves busy! We were delighted when Sky’s showing career took off!

Hope arrived with us in 2014 and has had another extremely successful show career so far!
I breed one litter every two years and each of my girls will only ever have two litters in their lifetime.

Our next litter is expected around 17th April 2016, this is Hope’s first litter with my homebred Ballygrooby All about Soul Irish Junior Champion, aka Hogan as the sire. I welcome enquires and am always happy to chat

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Dogs & the lessons we can learn from them.

| blog | November 10, 2015

Dog Breed Village Pet ExpoBow Wow Wow

We’re just about recovered from what can only be described as an insanely busy week end at Pet Expo.

This was the 9th year that the show gave pet owners and potential pet owners their fix on all things pet related.

Obviously being involved with the Dog Breed Village I am biased in saying that it ranks up there with some of the other major attractions, and based on the feedback, post Expo on my personal facebook page where I posted pictures of the Breed Village, it delivered exactly what we set out to do every year.

The message that all the breed village representatives get across to the huge numbers that visited over the 2 days, is one of responsible dog ownership.

Often when people hear the term breeder, they shudder. It implies something “bad” and suggests that pedigree dog breeders are creating health difficulties in dogs down the line.

This 2 day event gives us the opportunity to wave our hands in the air and say, hello, we are here, and tell the huge numbers that visited the event that despite what they hear or read, there are owner breeders of Pedigree dogs out there that do go about things the right way. These are the people to talk to if you are interested in becoming a dog owner not just of the breed that they represent but any breed of dog.

Advising people that all breeds of dog were originally bred for a specific purpose and therefore not suitable to all individuals or households.

Getting children involved with the grooming of some of the longer coated breeds at the event to advise & educate them that this is what is required if you want to keep their dog or potential dog looking good, not to mention the added benefits to dog and owner. The dogs lapped this up and based on the smiles from the Children it certainly looked like they were enjoying the experience too.

I was reminded of some valuable life lessons when organising the Dog Breed Village on behalf of the event organisers this year, but yet again it was the dogs that I learnt so much from. The Dogs at the Breed Village meet everybody with the same enthusiasm, and no matter what you are presented with on the run up to the show, the face of the paying public when they come face to face with all the breeds on display compensate far more than the few little hic cups along the way.

Any visitors to this website or people visiting Pet Expo already have a love of pets / dogs, but every year I am reminded of just how unbelievably special our dogs are, especially when I see how they interact with adults and children with special needs.

So I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, to all those people that represented their chosen breed/s at this year’s Pet Expo, take a bow, as without your dedication none of this would happen, and the biggest thank you of all goes to the main event organisers for giving us these 2 days and such a great platform to promote and protect the breeds so close to our hearts.

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Pet Expo 2015 RDS Dublin 07th & 08th November

| blog | September 24, 2015

We’ve been working on organising this years Dog Breed Village for Pet Expo which is being held in the RDS Simmonscourt on the 07th & 08th November, and here under is the list to date of the magnificent Pedigree Dog breeds you can get up close & personal with over the 2 days at this fantastic event.

I’m sure you’ll have to use Google (As I did) to find out what some of these breeds look like before you attend, as some of them are not only rare in this country, but endangered world wide !!!!

The dogs owners will be on hand both days to answer any questions you have about the breed or just in relation to responsible dog ownership, and as they are amongst some of the most knowledgeable people in Ireland in their respective breeds, you’d be barking mad to miss this opportunity.

Pyrenean Mountain Dog
Gos d’Atura Catala (Catalan sheepdog)
Leonberger Club Of Ireland
Emerald Isle Newfoundland Club
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Basenji
Black Russian Terrier
South Russian Shepherd Dog
Great Dane
Akita Association Of Ireland
Samoyed
All Ireland Siberian Husky Club
Irish Japanese Spitz Association
Phalene Club Of Ireland
Irish Terrier
Parson Russell Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier
Golden Retriever
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Shih Tzu
Italian Corso Dog
Glen Of Imaal Terrier
Bedlington Terrier
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
All Ireland Griffon Bruxellois Breeders Association
Kerry Blue Association / Native Breeds Club
Korean Jindo Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog Club
Dandie Dinmot Terrier
Scottish Terrier
Australian Shepherd
Labrador
Old English Sheepdog
Maltese
Shiba Inu
Chow Chow
Standard & Toy Poodle
Giant Schnauzer
The Irish Water Spaniel Club
Airedale Terrier
Welsh Terrier
The Hungarian Vizsla Club of Ireland
All Ireland Chinese Crested Association

Miniature Schnauzer

 Pet Expo 2015 RDS Dublin

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Pedigreedogs.ie | Featured Kennel |Glentore Scottish Terriers

| blog | September 15, 2015

Name of Kennel:Scottish Terriers in Ireland

Glentore

What age were you and how did you become involved in the world of Dogs?:

I showed my first dog, a Cairn Terrier called Rosstemple Charmer (Ross) at the age of 12

What Breeds of Dogs have you had over the years?

Cairn Terrier, Tibetan Terrier, Scottish Terrier

What Breeds of Dogs have you got now?

Scottish Terriers

What would you consider to be your main breed and the one people associate you with?

Scottish Terrier

What attracted you to this breed?

Initially I loved the look of the Scottie with it’s strong, robust appearance and bright almond shaped eyes. When I got to know them better I loved their playful, independent temperament and how they are so loyal to their owners.

What advice would you offer to anybody that is interested in becoming an owner of the breed?

– Scotties are independent and like to do things their way so it is important to start training as early as possible. Positive reinforcement training techniques work best
– Scotties should be brushed regularly to take out any dust and dirt from their furnishings. A groom with a professional groomer is also required every 10-12 weeks, preferably hand stripped to keep the wiry coat and skirt intact
– They love human companionship and don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time
– Because of their size, they would suit any household, large or small.

Does the Breed have any specific requirements by way of exercise & grooming?

Scotties love the outdoors and going for a walk or even a run, 20 minutes per day should suffice
Scotties should be brushed regularly to take out dust and dirt. A professional groom is also required every 10-12 weeks to keep the coat in good condition. They are a non-shed breed.

Does the breed have any specific health tests that should be done before a Dog or Bitch is used at stud or bred from?

None

How would you sum up the characteristics of this breed and what type of household would they best be suited to?

Scotties are a small, sturdy dog. Always alert and ready to guard. They are loyal to their owners. They would suit any household from large to small if introduced properly.
They are considered a ‘big’ dog in a small package

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Responsible Dog Breeders in Ireland

| blog | September 2, 2015

Don’t knock the person that researches a particular breed a wants to purchase a pedigree dog from a person that knows the breed inside out and carries out all the breed specific health tests before breeding from adult dogs that have great temperaments.

The resulting pups have the very best chance of going on to lead long & healthy lives and very rarely if ever end up in a shelter / pound due to the screening that the owner / breeder does before placing a pup in a suitable home.

Promoting responsible breeding / breeders and dog ownership is also a very valid form of combating the mess that back yard breeders & puppy farms create that often end up in the terrible situation of a pound / shelter due to being bred from unhealthy unsocialised dogs. By showing people there is a right way, they can then make an informed choice.

But if you don’t go down the above road, please visit your local shelter before you buy a dog from the back of a car on the by pass because the “breeder” just happened to be heading your way.

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What do you think ?

| blog | August 28, 2015

  • Dog welfare IrelandDo you like Dogs ?
  • Do you like all dogs, Cross Bred & Pedigree ?
  • Do you think that Dogs deserve to live a life based on the Five Freedoms ?
  • Do you think that a lot of people need to be educated in relation to owning a dog and providing this dog with the Five Freedoms ?
  • Do you think that the government and organisations in Ireland charged with the promotion of responsible dog ownership could do more ?
  • Do you think that events like Pet Expo (07th & 08th November RDS Dublin) are a useful tool in relation to educating the general public ?
  • Do you think the next generation of people in Ireland will be more compassionate & more educated when it comes to being a responsible dog owner ?
  • Do you think Ireland will ever shake off its reputation for being the puppy farm capital of Europe ?
  • Do you think that the rise in canine disease like diabetes has anything to do with the what dogs are being fed today ?
  • Do you think that annual vaccinations for dogs are necessary ?
  • Do you think that Breed Specific Legislation is not working & needs to be scrapped ?
  • Do you think that the huge divide that exists between some dog rescues & dog breeders can ever be bridged ?
  • Do you think that the designer breeds of today will ever go on to breed true & produce pups of the same conformation & traits as the parents ?
  • Do you think that certain breeds of dogs have had traits exaggerated to the point it causes the dog health issues ?
  • Do you think that if there is an endorsement placed on a dog by the breeder it should only be the breeder that can lift it ?
  • Do you think that agility & obedience should feature more in all dog shows not just the likes of Crufts etc. ?
  • Do you think that the dog licence system & dog warden service in Ireland is working ?
  • Do you think that the courts have been to lenient in sentencing people found guilty of acts of cruelty towards dogs & other animals ?
  • Do you think that compulsory microchipping of all dogs from March 2016 is going to have any affect in Ireland ?
  • Do you think enough is enough and that instead of making new laws, more emphasis should be placed in implementing the ones that are already in place ?

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Pet Expo RDS Dublin 7th & 8th November 2015 –

| blog | August 18, 2015

The aim of the Breed Village at Pet Expo Dublin is as follows

To give the potential dog owner :

  • All the relevant information on exercise,training,grooming,feeding and housing requirements of the breed from some of the top people in their chosen breeds in Ireland
  • Who have fully researched the breed, information on the correct route and process when considering bringing a pup or adult dog into your home
  • A chance to see their chosen breed in the flesh, with all the coat and slobber that may go with the breed
  • Information on breed specific health tests that both parents of any potential pup should have taken
  • A reference point for the future should any interested persons need further information before making the decision of being “owned” by the breed

The Breed Village is an opportunity to showcase Pedigree Dogs and educate the general public about potential ownership of same.

If you are interested in a certain breed and go to a responsible breeder, that carries out all the required health checks, and one that socialises pups from an early age, and provides a lifetime of support, then you have taken the right steps, as your puppy will have the foundation to go on and lead a long and healthy life.

We here at Pedigree Dogs are delighted again to be involved with the show in relation to organising the Dog Breed Village on behalf of the show organisers.

Visitors to the show will be able to see up close & personal up to 50 Breeds of dog & talk to some of the most respected owner / breeders of their breed in Ireland.

This as well as all the other aspects of Pet Expo make this as show that is unrivalled in Ireland & one that anybody thinking of buying or adopting a dog would be mad to miss out on.

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Diabetic Dogs – How we manged Diabetes in our Dog

| blog | April 13, 2015

Diabetic Dogs in Ireland treating a dog with diabetesDoris Dachshund 7/11/01 – 30/09/14

It was with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to our beloved Doris on the 30th September last year.

We had 13 wonderful years with Doris and she brought us tremendous happiness, we will never forget her !

We very rarely had to bring Doris to the vets but unfortunately in April 2011 she had a few symptoms that caused us concern. She had started to drink a lot of water and would often shiver despite being in a warm house.

We brought her straight to the vets and after taking some bloods and doing tests he diagnosed Doris as a diabetic, she was 9 years old. We were both devastated upon hearing this news as we knew a little bit about diabetes in humans but we knew nothing about it in dogs, but this would soon change.

The vet explained to us what we would have to do on a daily basis to care for our diabetic dog but it was all too much to take in at the time and it took us a while to get our head around things.

Doris now had a disease, she would never be cured, her disease could only be controlled and even that would be very difficult to do at times, as we experienced over the next three and a half years. It all seemed very daunting to us both but like everything we do with our dogs we threw ourselves into the task ahead 100% and we started to educate ourselves on how to care for Doris the best we possibly could. Taking on the care of a diabetic dog is a huge task and luckily there were 2 of us involved and our current circumstances allowed us to care for Doris.

What was involved in caring for Doris ?

* Twice daily injections – we injected Doris twice a day as this worked better for her in helping to control her sugar levels but every dog is different, you need to get this balance right with close supervision from your vet.

* She was fed twice a day at exactly the same time as this was very important, feeding at irregular times will totally mess up the sugar levels and will make your dog sick.

* Food portions were the same size at each meal every day but we did not always get this right and as a result we found if we increased the size portions it would affect her sugar levels.

* No food was given in between meals with the exception of the odd raw treat of green vegetables

* A diabetic dog is constantly hungry and this is part of the condition, but as a rule we did stick to our routine as we knew it was the only way.

* Insulin was administered shortly after Doris had her daily meals, it is best that your dogs has eaten it’s meal before giving insulin as it is not good to give insulin on an empty stomach.

* Blood Glucose Monitor: We bought an Acu Check blood glucose monitor (the same one used for humans) so we could check Doris’ sugar levels on a regular basis. We would then record the readings on an excel spreadsheet. Blood was drawn from the inside of the lip. A task that took both of us. One to hold Doris and one to draw & measure the blood. Doris never minded getting this done, as we would treat afterwards with broccoli etc.

Diet

People often think only overweight dogs can get diabetes, this is not always the case. Doris was the perfect weight but diabetes is common in older female dogs especially neutered ones. In humans diet is very important in maintaining a good blood sugar level, so we assumed the same must be the same for canines.

The first thing we did was visit a Mr Tom Farrington in West Cork as we had heard that he had great success in treating diabetic dogs and even curing diabetic cats. He advised that the raw food diet worked very well in helping to control the sugar levels in diabetic dogs. We switched all of our dogs onto this natural diet of raw chicken and raw vegetables and we never looked back !.

The only vegetable that we did not feed to Doris was carrots because of their high sugar content. This diet worked very well for Doris because there was no sugar in it, we would also take the skin off of any chicken because of the high fat content in same.

High sugar levels what to look out for – High levels occur when your dog is not getting the right dosage of insulin

* Increased thirst – when Doris’ levels went up she would start to drink more water than normal, this was always the first warning sign for us.

* Increased gunk in her eyes this was always a sign that her sugars had gone high, when her eyes were clear we knew the levels were fairly okay.

* Loss of appetite when her sugars went into double figures as your dog feels nauseous and cannot eat and this occasionally caused her to get sick

* Other factors such as stress can contribute to high levels

* If we got a series of high levels over a few days we would then adjust the dosage by speaking to our vet , we would then keep a close eye on same by taking more frequent sugar levels until we got it to an acceptable level.

Low sugar levels what were the warning signs -Lows occur when your dog is getting too much insulin so the levels have to be carefully monitored and reduced over time.

Lows are much more dangerous than a high and if left un-noticed your dog can go into a coma but thankfully we were always there to notice the symptoms.

With Doris we always noticed that some of the above symptoms would occur when her levels had gone to low, this would normally occur when the insulin was working at its peak usually around 4 -5 hours after Doris was fed. She would have no energy and would be very weak and if placed off the sofa onto the floor would stagger , a low level for Doris was under a reading of 4 mmol/l on the blood glucose monitor.

When this occurred it was very important that she got a sugar fix to bring up the sugar levels. We would do this by administering some honey onto her gums and giving a very small amount of food finely cut up as dogs with low levels can find it hard to swallow. Within half an hour Doris would come around and she would be fine again but it was always a very worrying experience but we learned what to look out for over time and thankfully it very rarely happened .

As I said before every dog and their diabetic condition is different but there are definitely some common factors that are common and are easy to look out for.

Storage of insulin : Owner error is actually the most common cause of what is thought to be insulin resistance.

This may seem basic but it is important not to skip the basics. Confirm that the amount of insulin being drawn into the insulin syringe is correct, that the injection technique is correct and that the patient is actually receiving the injection. Rule out any snacking or changes in the patient’s feeding schedule. Be sure the bottle of insulin is not expired and that it has been properly stored. Your vet will show you how to administer the insulin correctly and you can also watch you tube clips on the internet. We also found that by giving the insulin in different areas helped an awful lot instead of putting it in the one point each time, we would rotate sides at
each meal.

Yes taking on the care of a diabetic dog is a daunting task and not everyone is in a position to give this much care to their beloved pet due to their personal circumstances and we would not criticise them for this. We are so glad that we were able to care for Doris and help her lead a good life up until the very end, it was tough work but she gave us so much in return it was worth it. Diabetes is a minefield even in humans and even our vets find it very difficult to understand.

If any of you out there are going through a similar experience and would just like to make contact to discuss our situation we would love to hear from you, please email dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

Josephine & Paul

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I hate Dogs !

| blog | April 3, 2015

Dogs Ireland hateI hate Dogs.

No that’s not it.

I hate the people that own dogs.

That’s not right either.

What I have come to realise is that I hate people that think they know everything about dogs.

Hate probably isn’t the right choice of word as hate is a very strong emotion, and one that I don’t use that often, reserved especially for people that skip queues and unhelpful employees in call centres.

One thing the team here at Pedigree Dogs stated from the outset is that we are far too intelligent to suggest that we know all things about dogs, having never officially studied the subject, and we only have a slightly better knowledge than the man (or woman) on the street. However what we don’t know we will always ask for advice from an expert.

The basics are easy, research your breed, research a breeder, be prepared for bringing a pup or dog into your house, apply fair & consistent training from an early age, feed appropriate food and when old enough make sure to exercise the dog in accordance with the breeds requirements.

Then you move onto more advanced things like, what kind of food are you going to feed your dog, and how often, if ever are you going to vaccinate etc.

It’s up to the individual to make an informed choice regarding these subjects based on the information that’s readily available to everybody, that’s if you take the time to look for it instead of listening to the brand marketers.

What really bugs me is when you hear people spouting out pure unfiltered bullsh1t based on no actual scientific or proven fact, just going on what a friend of a friend told them or it’s how my parents always done it.

Ireland may have made enormous steps forward in the last 30 years in relation to most things, but when it comes to dogs and some of the advice that people still spout out, it looks like we are still living in the dark ages.

Don’t just do something with or to your dog because that’s the way you have always done it, educate yourself & I can guarantee you that your relationship with your dog will be a much better place to live in for both of you.

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Pedigree Dogs 50% Off Easter Sale

| blog | April 1, 2015

Pedigree Dogs SaleThe team here at Pedigreedogs.ie are delighted to announce details of our first ever Easter Sale.

Like other well know brands in Ireland, such as Aer Lingus & Ryan Air who constantly seem to be having a seat sale, we have decided to follow the same route (excuse the pun) and have our very own sale.

We are having a 50% off sale, so from now until midnight on Easter Monday, ALL dogs advertised on the Pedigree Dogs website will be available to purchase for 50% less than the asking price.

Yes you did just read that right, 50% off all dogs advertised on the Pedigree Dogs web site.

You see over the last 5 years of running the registered web site in Ireland for dogs, we’ve come to the conclusion that a large percentage of people in Ireland look upon pets & dogs especially as a commodity, that can be exchanged, traded against, haggled for or simply dropped like a hot potato as quickly as the fashions change.

Taking into consideration the above, and the fact that everybody loves to bag a bargain, it made the decision of offering this 50% off sale a bit of a no brainer.

It’s kind of like when Brown Thomas or HOUSE OF FRASER have their January sale, where you see luxurious items slashed by anything up to 50% off the recommended retail price (RRP).

You see the dogs advertised on Pedigreedogs.ie are from some of the top owner / breeders in Ireland and if Brown Thomas or HOUSE OF FRASER were ever to start selling dogs, the dogs you see on our web site would definitely fit in with their brand.

So don’t delay, get your credit card out and go bag yourself a bargain.

Promotion starts: 01-04-15
Promo Code to be used at check out: Pedigreedogsaprilfool

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Pedigree Dogs Happy 5th Birthday

| blog | January 29, 2015

Pedigree dogs Happy 5th BirthdayToday five years ago, the Pedigreedogs.ie website went live on the World Wide Web.

In the 5 years since we launched the site, we have learned an unbelievable amount not just about dogs & people, but also about search engine optimisation and techy things we would never had gotten involved in only for the site.

The site also got us involved with the event organisers of Pet Expo and as a result we have organised the Dog Breed Village for them for the last 4 years.

The world of Dogs in Ireland is massive covering such areas as rescues, puppy farms, dog shows, agility, and so much more, and you would have to be extremely foolish to think that you can improve the life of all dogs in each of these areas.

What we have come to learn over the past 5 years is that it would be extremely unlikely that we will win the war on puppy farms, but we can all make a difference by winning the odd battle along the way. Promoting responsible dog ownership and the responsible breeding of dogs can go some way to educate people that the breeding of healthy dogs of sound temperament does have its place in the world of dogs in Ireland, just in the same way that dog rescues / welfare organisations do.

Emails we receive back from people like the one hereunder makes the hard work that goes into running & maintaining the site extremely worthwhile.

“Hi Paul, just letting you know that I finally got my dog 4 weeks ago via your website. He is a beautiful springer, from Tralee Co Kerry. Breeder was …. ……. who advertised on pedigreedogs.ie. He was worth the wait and the journey, I’m mad about him. Thanks again for your help. Kind regards”

None of us can say what is around the corner, but we have every intention of sticking around and doing our bit to promote Pedigree Dogs and responsible dog ownership in Ireland. Having said that the site wouldn’t be possible if not for the support of people like you, so I’ll hope you will join me in wishing Pedigreedogs.ie a happy 5th Birthday and raise a glass for the next 5.

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Straight from the farm to your house.

| blog | January 15, 2015

Puppy Farm BichonHello Doris & Happy New Year (Well I hope it is for some)

My name is Billy & I am a 9 week old Bichon Frise.

You might already be thinking what could a 9 week old puppy be writing to you about as their life should just be beginning, but trust me, I’m not wasting your time, as even though I’ve only been on this planet for what must seem like the blink of an eye, I have already lived through a lot.

That’s even taking into consideration that the first 2 weeks of my life, my eyes were closed, but now they have been well & truly opened.

The first thing I remember was how cold it was.

It wasn’t just me, my Brothers & 1 Sister also felt it and together with them & my Mother, we’d pack as tightly as we could to keep the little heat we had shared amongst us.

The next thing I recall was the noise.

Screaming & yelping seemed to be coming from every angle, but knowing myself & my siblings were not alone didn’t make it any easier.

When my eyes finally opened & I got to adjust to the dim light, I discovered I was in some kind of cubicle, that was in some kind of shed, and their were other dogs & pups some like me and others not so, in similar cubicles in this shed.

The days seemed to last forever, the noise was terrible, & the cold unbearable. I just knew what myself & my littermates were going through just wasn’t right.

Once a day a non canine would enter the shed and do a quick head count, change some bedding (It needed it, trust me) & give my mother some food which she gulped down with unbelievable haste. I thought at first she ate so fast just in case some of us tried to take some from her, but now realise she was extremely hungry.

It was hard to stay positive, but I could only hope that someday, somebody would come along and take us all from this miserable existence.

That day came for me when I was around 6 weeks old.

Prior to that date a few other non canines had come to the shed a looked around all the cubicles. Some would stop in front of ours and look in, some would even reach over & grab us, no matter what we were doing to have a closer look. The smaller of these non canines were quite rough and passed us puppies around like some kind of plaything, but at least we got to feel wanted by someone or something other than our poor mother, who never got a look in from anybody.

Then one day it finally happened.

Some of my siblings had already been “taken” my sister being the first one to go & not return. Then it was my turn. I was taken from this prison by 2 non canines and transported to where they lived. At first I was hidden from the young ones and placed into another shed, only this time it was smaller & I was on my own. This didn’t last too long thankfully, as late one night I was plucked from my sleep & placed in a box at the base of a tree along with a load of other boxes. Finally I was warm.

What happened next I am still trying to get over. What seems like only a few hours after I was placed in this box the lid was ripped open and I was extracted by the smaller ones. Something great must have been happening as the excitement in the room was nearly unbearable. In fact I wet myself, but it went totally unnoticed. The next few days were like this one and although I got very little sleep it was a 100% improvement to what my life had been up until then.

Then it happened.

The smaller ones soon found more interest in the other boxes that I shared that room with, and after a while they would leave the house each morning & not return until later that day. The older non canines didn’t take too kindly to me using the floor as my bathroom, and just as I thought it couldn’t get any worse I was relegated back out to the shed. Apart from feeding me, the visits have become less and less, and where  I had the support & comfort of my Mother & Siblings in the first shed, here I am on my own.

Please tell me Doris that this is not what I am destined for ! Surely I have more to offer this family if only I was given the chance.

I look forward so desperately to hearing back from you Doris.

Billy the Bichon

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