The Great Dane Pulse February 2017 Keiths Komments Arthritis Info Dane Lover Families Meet A Member Great Dane Lovers Inc Club Magazine A00938848 The Great Dane Pulse
The Great Dane Pulse  February 2017     Keiths Komments     Arthritis Info     Dane Lover Families     Meet A Member  Grea...
COMMITTEE President Keith Ondarchie I have felt for quite some time now that there was a need to create a community that embraces all things Dane That is for both owners and their Danes to experience the fun and comradery of life This is the fundamental element of establishing Great Dane Lovers I am really excited with our Club our Committee our members and our future Vice President Alisha Watson Hi Im Alisha i am also often called the crazy Dane lady I am owned by 5 Great Danes at present I am all about the dog whether it be show play obedience education or anything in between My life is my dogs Treasurer Coral Ondarchie Hi My name is Coral and I am married to Keith I have had Great Danes for about 25 years I just cannot see my life without one At the moment I have two Dane s Morgan and Targa I love to be out and about with them at my side doing all sorts of things such as walking socializing showing rally obedience I am looking forward to catching up with you at one of or GDL events Events Coordinator Jaz Briscoe I m Jaz I am owned by my Dane Slick In our spare time we enjoy going to dog shows bike rides and to the beach We hope to meet many more fellow Dane lovers through this wonderful club Communications Alana Chipizubov Hi I have grown up around Great Danes and have always loved their fun loving gentle and cheeky nature My 1 year old also loves the Danes so my family and I look forward to seeing you out and about at the GDL events
COMMITTEE  President     Keith Ondarchie I have felt for quite some time now that there was a need to create a community t...
KEITH S KOMMENTS From the President I hope you and your families have had a wonderful Christmas and if you are anything like us I am sure Christmas took a bit out of your Danes to After a festive few months I am now back into reality and still excited to see new enquiries and new members coming through the club We are currently working on our events calendar to fill it out as much as possible but we do need your help Do you have an idea for an event or would you like to run an event for our members The club is about the members and for the members so we would love your input The committee has been discussing 2 topics that we NEED your input on General Meetings the Foundation Members Function We are happy to hold General Meetings to inform our members about the day to day running of the club including financials To find out if this is something our members want please provide feedback We would also like to hold a Foundation Members function to mark the first full year of Great Dane Lovers Inc Again we would like your feedback on when and where we should hold this event for our 2 legged members We will be sending you a email with further information on both these ideas and how to provide feedback It wont take you long so please take a few minutes to let us know your thoughts The recent trip to the Moonlight Cinemas was a fantastic night The weather cooled down the traffic was great for me anyway and even though I accidentally parked about 3km away it was a lovely walk with the Danes around the gardens As usual so many people were intrigued with our dogs and lots of photos were taken before the movie began We hope to do this again sometime I am looking forward to a great 2017 with you while we are loving Danes loving life Keith
KEITH   S KOMMENTS From the President  I hope you and your families have had a wonderful Christmas and if you are anything...
CHRISTMAS SPONSORS NOTE Just a reminder about our Christmas sponsors Don t forget to head over to our web page for a list of the wonderful Hawkers Beer Winner of the 2016 International Beer Challenge Supreme Champion Brewer Brewer of the Year Oceania companies that support Great Dan Lovers A very big thank you to all of our Christmas Sponsors who contributed to our raffle at Kepala Matt Lawson Photography www mattlawsonphotography com au We send our thanks to everyone who purchased tickets as all funds raised will be put back into the Alpha Dog Beds https alphadogbeds com au club We encourage all members to consider supporting our sponsors Coopers Pet Covers http www cooperscovers com where possible to encourage future partnerships
CHRISTMAS SPONSORS  NOTE  Just a reminder about our Christmas sponsors       Don   t forget to head over to our web page f...
GREAT DANE FACTS HISTORY Great Dane history from the 14th century forward reveals that the early Dane was a courageous and powerful hunter capable of great speeds and swift attack This muscular dog was developed primarily in England and Germany by combining the speed of the Greyhound with the muscle and strength of the English Mastiff Many canine historians further link the Irish Wolfhound to this breed lineage Over time and through selective breeding Great Danes have been transformed from fierce hunting dogs into the noble well mannered giants we know and love today They are the national dog of Germany and have been favoured by the likes of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck and Buffalo Bill Cody APPEARANCE One of the largest dog breeds in the world the Great Dane can reach a minimum of 76cm 30 at the shoulder and weigh upwards from 54kg 120lb This is a tall dog with a moderately deep chest and a square appearance The head is rectangular in shape with ears which are large triangular and floppy There are six recognised colours Fawn Brindle Black Blue Mantle and Harlequin Great Danes with colours or markings besides these six cannot be shown but regardless of colour they all can make fine family pets Be cautious of those breeders trying to sell you a rare colour The Great Dane grows into a massive dog which should be considered before purchasing the breed A Great Dane can grow well over 1 8m in height when stood on their hind legs so he is capable of peering over any garden fence Prospective owners also need to think about fitting both the dog and the family in the car how much room there is for the dog to lay on the lounge room floor when the children want to play Consider that a Great Dane will counter surf the kitchen with ease and a Great Dane dog door is big enough for an adult to get through Height Female 71 81 cm Male 76 86 cm Weight Female 45 59 kg Male 54 90 kg For the full breed standard visit the ANKC website TEMPERAMENT Great Danes are territorial and most will bark at strangers on their property but once introduced are friendly and affectionate Owners say they are loving and loyal and adore human company Despite their size Great Danes have a sensitive nature and this can easily lead to anxiety issues if they are not given clear boundaries early on TRAINING EXERCISE Adult Danes kept in suburban backyards will need a daily walk of 30 minutes Many Danes are kept on acreages and will self exercise Dogs under 12 months of age should only have smaller amounts of exercise until their growth plates close
GREAT DANE FACTS  HISTORY Great Dane history from the 14th century forward reveals that the early Dane was a courageous an...
GREAT DANE FACTS cont HEALTH LIFESPAN Bone strength is vital for giant breeds such as Great Danes Start with a balanced diet as puppies and stick to the diet sheet provided by the breeder Danes do have a slower metabolism than most other breeds and even other giant breeds so the accepted practice is to stay with a food that fits the 23 25 protein range feeding a well balanced diet which generally consists of a premium adult dry dog food mixed with raw mince Just bear in mind that a growing puppy can eat up to 8 cups of dry food a day Carrying excess weight adds stress to bones and joints and particularly impacts as they grow old An obese or even a chubby Great Dane is not a healthy one Great Danes may be predisposed to certain health problems such as Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Von Willibrands Disease Wobbler Syndrome Eye hearing abnormalities especially in predominately white dogs Sports and or weight injuries like cruciate ligament tears Thyroid abnormalities Irritable Bowel Syndrome Cardiomyopathy and other heart conditions Puppies and young adults can develop growing or bone problems which are sometimes associated with an improper diet The most negative aspect of the breed is a short life span Deal only with a reputable breeder and make sure you see certificates with low risk ratings forhip and elbow dysplasia both inheritable defects causing degeneration of the hip or elbow Being a deep chested breed Great Danes are vulnerable to bloat or stomach torsion and it is recommended to feed your dog smaller portions several times a day Also don t exercise him immediately after eating or drinking Cancers are now part of the world of canines across many breeds and they are more readily diagnosed and can be treated Great Danes do have a slightly higher prevalence to cancers compared to some dogs and Osteosarcoma especially in a limb can be a huge hurdle to overcome You should consider whether you could care for a Dane with an amputation or nurse one through surgery and or chemotherapy HOUSEPET POTENTIAL If you have the room Great Danes are good indoors with little hair shed and usually content to stretch out on the floor or lounge as they love lying at or on the feet of their owners A Great Dane can live as an outside dog but cannot be people deprived They will seek the company of their humans and if it is not available may show signs of anxiety or destructive behaviour A naughty Great Dane doesn t chew the chair leg it chews the table All Danes slobber some more than others There is a gene in their make up which causes excessive slobber some Danes have it some don t it is the luck of the draw Some of the Danes with a finer head shape and tighter lower jowl will slobber less in volume but there is no guarantee It is usually while they are exercising or overheating Get used to carrying a slobber cloth with you wherever you go GROOMING Great Danes require minimal grooming although washing them can take some time Source http www australiandoglover com
GREAT DANE FACTS  cont.   HEALTH   LIFESPAN Bone strength is vital for giant breeds such as Great Danes. Start with a bala...
MOONLIGHT CINEMA GREASE IS THE WORD Great Dane Lovers attended the Melbourne Moonlight Cinema in the Botanical Gardens It was a lovely night in Melbourne and the cinema was packed so the Danes lapped up as much attention as they possibly could Even the event organizers could not resist a picture with our beautiful 4 legged friends see cover page photo There was singing laughter and good company Thanks to all those who could come and I know that some of the Danes had a very lazy day the next day after such an exciting evening
MOONLIGHT CINEMA  GREASE IS THE WORD  Great Dane Lovers attended the Melbourne Moonlight Cinema in the Botanical Gardens. ...
MEMBERS BEAT THE HEAT TIPS FOR POTENTIAL OWNERS What are your top Dane tips for potential owners I am sure we all some tips on We asked what tips people have to keep their Danes cool in some serious heat that Melbourne has been having Here are just a few of what people had to say We stay inside with the aircon on frozen chicken necks as a cold treat the shell pool is filled and in the shade for the chicken dane who won t go in the big pool Pam Amery Inside in the aircon with me Amanada McMandy the best way to care for these gentle giants to email us some tips to share with others Thank you Mine love frozen water bottles Just make sure you take off the lid before you give it to them Also a wet hand towel put in the freezer for a couple of hours works a treat Julia Reed
MEMBERS BEAT THE HEAT  TIPS FOR POTENTIAL OWNERS   What are your top Dane tips for potential owners  I am sure we all some...
MELBOURNE DOG LOVERS SHOW Great Dane Lovers will be at stand 601 MELBOURNE ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING Tell everyone you know about Great Dane Lovers attending the Dog Lovers Show in Melbourne from the 5th to 7th May 2017 Visit us at Stand 601 WE NEED YOUR HELP If can help out on our stand and represent this wonderful breed please contact us as soon as possible info greatdanelovers com au
MELBOURNE DOG LOVERS SHOW  Great Dane Lovers will be at stand 601 MELBOURNE ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING Tell everyone you kn...
MEMBER NOTE WE ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO Send us your ideas for new events Send us ideas for new walk locations Send us your Photos for the magazine Write an article for the magazine this could be from an event you attended or an article on a topic you are interested in Communicate with us so we can continue to build the Club as best we can We Want to Hear From You The committee would like to hear from members to find out what you want from your club What are you looking for from Great Dane Lovers If you have any suggestions on activities you would like to attend or information sessions you would like to see run please contact us at info greatdanelovers com au We are currently in contact with professionals to hold information sessions for our members on a number of topics relating to Great Danes So if there is something you are particular interested in or are struggling to find information on please let us know If you have an idea for an event that you would like to run please contact us as we know that there are many ideas out there and the more variety we have the more our members can enjoy the club We would really appreciate it Thank you
MEMBER NOTE  WE ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO  -  Send us your ideas for new events  -  Send us ideas for new walk locations  -...
UPCOMING EVENTS We have put together a summary of planned events for 2017 and below you will see confirmed details for the January events As we manage to lock in details of future events we will notify all members via email and we will continue to update our events calendar on our website We are also working with members who have offered to hold events so stay tuned for further information to get out and about with you Danes Please keep an eye out for changes to the calendar we hope you can join us February 11th February 24th February 19th March 4h March 11th March 19th March 26th April 1sth April 8th May May 13th May 21st June 10th June 18th July July 8th July 16th August August 12th August 20th September September 9th September 1010th September 17th October 1st October 14th October 22d November 11th November 19th TBA Western Play Date GDL Meet Greet Warrandyte Walk Mornington Play Date GDL Meet Greet General meeting Beach Walk Port Melbourne Western Play Date Meet Greet Mornington Play Date Meet Greet Winery Afternoon Lake Wendouree walk Ballarat Western Play Date Meet Greet Information Session Danes and Teeth Western Play Date Meet Greet Mornington Play Date Meet Greet Western Play Date Meet Greet Mornington Play Date Meet Greet Founders Members Celebration Western Play Date Meet Greet Mornington Play Date Meet Greet AGM Western Play Date Meet Greet Mornington Play Date Meet Greet Information Session Danes and Behaviour Western Play Date Meet Greet Wyndham Pet Expo Mornington Play Date Meet Greet Blessing of The Animals Western Play Date Meet Greet Mornington Play Date Meet Greet Djerriwarrh Festival 2017 Christmas at Kepala Great Dane Lovers Camping Weekend
UPCOMING EVENTS  We have put together a summary of planned events for 2017 and below you will see confirmed details for th...
KNOW OUR HUMAN MEMBERS Name Alisha Watson Where do you live with your dogs Eastern Suburbs Bayswater Nth How long have you had Great Danes I have had Danes for twelve years What is your Great Danes Name and age We have Ryder 3 Harper 4 5 Lyric 2 5 Phoebe nearly 11 and Cookie 1 yes Im the crazy Dane lady Do you have any other pets We use to have 2 cats and a cockatiel but they have since passed away not from the dogs fault What do you do to put your dogs food on the table I am a theatre nurse but now work in endoscopy better hours to see the dogs What is your favourite food Pizza What is your dogs favourite food One goes gaga over soft serve ice creams another loves prawn crackers and one just loves the yolk left on my morning breakfast plate What are some of the things that drive you insane about your dog I hate that I can t leave a single piece of food on the bench otherwise Harper has eaten it before I even turn around Cookie is a couch chewer BIG TIME something I really hope she grows out of What is something that makes you smile about your dog Lyric is my shadow I love that if I am outside and she cant get to me she does a song and dance Harper talks and I don t mean barks She is very expressive and can tell you a whole story What are some things you like to do non dog related I love to make cards and scrapbook What are some things you like to do with your dog Anything I love going for walks with friends and to the cafe We love the dog park at Donvale I love going to the beach with them As I show my dogs also I love my weekends away with friends and dogs My dogs have given me a wonderful group of friends that I wouldn t have if it wasn t for them We love helping people understand big dogs so many people want to talk to us about them when we are out We love the opportunities our dogs have given us from commercials to photo shoots to meeting new people We also like doing our obedience training and have since taken up doing Rally O If you had to have a different breed of dog what would it be I would love a miniature Bullterrier If you could pick an activity you could either do more often with your dog or try with your dog what would it be I wish some of my dogs would like to swim more so some of them would enjoy the beach a bit more For something I would like to try if I had the right dog for the job I would love to try tracking and an activity called nose works where the dog needs to sniff out and find things If you didn t have your Great Dane where do you think you would be now Richer cleaner house nice backyard yet bored and sad They are my life
KNOW OUR HUMAN MEMBERS Name  Alisha Watson Where do you live with your dogs  Eastern Suburbs  Bayswater Nth  How long have...
DANES ARE PART OF OUR FAMILY Average household expenditure on pets is up by almost 30 in the past three years as owners increasingly treat them as part of the family A new report released by Animal Medicines Australia Pet Ownership in Australia 2016 shows nearly two in three Australian households 62 now own a pet and while many pets arrive in the family home at no cost expenditure on pet products and services has now topped 12 billion annually Animal Medicines Australia Executive Director Mr Ben Stapley said that keeping a pet dog is now costing on average 1 495 each year including 622 annually on pet food 397 on veterinary services 248 on pet healthcare products and over 100 each on grooming other products and accessories Dog owners spend almost twice as much as those with cats Spending on cats dogs and fish have all increased by more than 30 since 2013 Most pet owners want to provide their pets with the best possible life and are now spending more across an increasing range of pet supplies and services to keep them healthy and happy Mr Stapley said There has been a shift away from bulk foods and supermarket shopping towards premium foods with owners increasingly opting to shop for their pet needs at specialty pet superstores Pet treats and pet healthcare products are growing rapidly while owners are also seeking out food products made with natural and organic ingredients Demand for specialist and therapeutic foods is also growing Expenditures on pet dietary supplements grew by 13 in 2015 and is likely to be one of the fastest growing categories in pet care in the future based on the speed of its growth in the US The report s findings are based on a quantitative study of over 2 000 Australian households undertaken by Newgate Research on behalf of the AMA Local and international data relating to expenditure has also been included Animal Medicines Australia is the peak body representing the leading animal health companies of Australia Source http www australiandoglover com p dog news html
DANES ARE PART OF OUR FAMILY Average household expenditure on pets is up by almost 30  in the past three years as owners i...
FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT Lauren Holst was the lucky winner of a Family photo shoot at our Kepala Christmas Party back in November When we saw the finished product we could not pass on the opportunity to show these beautiful photos to all our members What a smile it brings to peoples faces when they see such great Family photos with their beloved Danes included Thanks for sharing Lauren Photos by our Christmas sponsor Matt Lawson Photography
FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT  Lauren Holst was the lucky winner of a Family photo shoot at our Kepala Christmas Party back in Novemb...
A DANE STORY We hear so many stories about Great Danes that we thought we share some with you Here is one to keep in mind for anyone who is looking to purchase a new home We had finally found our dream home and only thing we had to do was negotiate the final price with the real estate agent We had put in an offer and the agent asked if they could come over and discuss the offer in person as the seller was quite keen to have the property sold quickly The agent advised that to fnalise the deal more cash was needed At this point our Great Dane stood up walked over to the agent and starred at them I guess for people who do not live with Danes this could be quite intimidating as the agent did seem very uncomfortable After this occurring a number of times the agent agreed to present the offer as it stood As we were walking the agent to the door he asked how we trained our dog to come to the negotiating table we simply explained that his name was Cash
A DANE STORY  We hear so many stories about Great Danes that we thought we share some with you. Here is one to keep in min...
ARTHRITIS INFO PART 1 Top Tips to Beat Arthritis As an animal physiotherapist arthritis in dogs is one of the most common problems I see Arthritis doesn t discriminate Dogs of all shapes sizes breeds and age groups can be affected For many it is as a result of an injury or surgery to a joint For others it can be through prolonged wear and tear In this 2 part blog post I will discuss some tips you can put into action straight away to maximise your dog s quality of life and longevity when they have arthritis and how physiotherapy can help them feel and move better Early telltale signs your dog may have some arthritis Arthritis is a progressive degenerative disease affecting the joints of dogs causing swelling pain inflammation This can be debilitating to dogs if left untreated However if we can detect signs of it occurring early on we can take steps to make sure our pets live long happy healthy and pain free lives As our pets age they will naturally slow down but slowing down may also be due to discomfort in the joints Slowness to rise from lying down reluctance to get up off the bed or jump on the couch may all be early signs of arthritis and warrant a check up with the vet or animal physio If your dog has an actual lameness on one or more limbs then a vet check is essential If your dog has had a joint surgery at some time such as surgery for cruciate disease medial patella luxation hip or elbow dysplasia shoulder instability or OCD chances are very high that these joints will have some arthritis as the dog gets older If your dog was super active as s younger dog chasing the ball flat out every day running for long distances or flat out with other dogs at the off leash park then these are also prime candidates for earlier onset arthritis Principles of Treatment So once we have a diagnosis or even a suspected diagnosis of arthritis there are many things we can do to keep our dog comfortable happy and healthy As an animal physiotherapist my aim is to maximise longevity and quality of life in dogs This requires a thorough assessment of the whole dog their environment and the goals of their owner Then development of a specific program that meets the needs and fits into the life of the dog and the family If its not easily achievable then the program wont be followed but if we want to make a difference to our dog s life there has to be some level of commitment to them as owners of these valued companions you may have to put some effort in but hey aren t they worth it In my clinic we discuss and address each of these principles for each individual patient Check out these principles below many you can easily apply straight away Avoidance of aggravating factors Trying to reduce activity or exercise that impacts the joints will reduce the chance of them being aggravated Dogs are really poor at self limiting they will keep running even if the joints are sore Walking and trotting on the leash are typically quite safe exercises but if your dog likes to run madly around off leash chasing the ball or other dogs then the repeated twisting turning and sudden stopping and starting may make the joints sore and inflamed But if you think your dog would really miss out if you took away the ball chasing or socialising with others then at least cut these activities significantly down It really is a balance of activity they really love versus crippling pain of arthritis that limits their quality of life Some modification will prolong longevity and quality of life Exercising in the sand can also be quite stressful for arthritic joints If you as the owner have a sore knee or ankle or even a sore back trying walking in the soft sand and you will soon see how difficult it is and how painful your joints can become If you live near the beach and this is where you walk your dog at least walk on the firmer sand if possible and if the sand is always soft swap some of your dog s walks to the path or grass to give the joints a rest If your dog has arthritis in the front limbs then jumping off the furniture or out of the car on a regular basis can flare up these arthritic joints The same stresses are experienced with running downstairs Either prevent this from occurring or use a ramp or pet steps and assist your dog wherever possible Use of a harness such as a Help em Up Harness makes life easier for both you and your dog for in and out of the car and for assisting your dog to get up if this is a real struggle for them If the hind limbs joints are affected it s the reverse try to avoid the jumping up on the furniture or into the car and racing up a staircase I once had a patient a boxer with moderate elbow arthritis No medication from the vet would help and the owner was very distressed at his dog s continual lameness and inability to exercise without pain On questioning it was discovered she went to and from work each day in the owner s ute and jumped in and out of the back twice a day We eliminated this by adding a ramp and voil lameness resolved
ARTHRITIS INFO PART 1  Top Tips to Beat Arthritis As an animal physiotherapist, arthritis in dogs is one of the most commo...
ARTHRITIS INFO cont PART 1 Regular Moderate activity I have alluded to the type of regular activity that s unsuitable above So what can you do with your arthritic dog Essentially we are looking for a similar time for exercise each day say 30 minutes and similar impact eg 20 minutes on leash and 10 minutes pottering around off leash sniffing There is no hard and fast rule here as each dog is different but of course the longer the exercise period and the more intense the impact the more stress on the joints So if your dog is quite lame shorter sessions on leash are advisable Try to avoid the weekend warrior 10 minutes per day during the week and 1 hour per day on the weekend if the joints are arthritic This can really flare them up quickly Moderation and regularity are the key A couple of shorter walks per day of 20 minutes duration will also be easier on the joints than a 40 minute walk if you can fit this into your schedule Swimming Swimming is a great alternative to walking and running Just like for us humans using swimming as part of our exercise regime there are many benefits to be gained from this activity if your dog likes to swim There is no impact so for the most part swimming is good for arthritic joints Purpose built dog pools are the best heated all year round and entry and exits purpose built Home pools can also be great in warmer weather if you can help your dog safely in and out Swimming at the beach dam or lake is also fine if you can limit the running and jumping to get in and out If your dog likes to chase the ball into the water then standing knee deep yourself so your dog remains in the water and swims back to you rather than getting out of the water and running back in is much safer for them Sometimes swimming can flare up arthritic joints This can be either due to the duration of swimming or the joints affected If your dog has severe elbow arthritis then vigorous swimming can sometimes make this worse So if you plan to try this for your dog start with a small amount and use a buoyancy vest for support Then increase slowly each swim session as long as lameness doesn t increase For most other types of arthritis swimming is fine Always fully supervise your dog If you are swimming in the water with your dog beware that they may try to swim onto you and scratch you if they are nervous Use of a harness can assist them in and out and a buoyancy vest can reduce fear and fatigue and allow them to swim longer without tiring Environmental modification Making sure your home and car are set up for your pet with arthritis can also reduce pain and flare ups Make sure you have non slip flooring for their main traffic area a runner or several rugs even yoga mats can make a huge difference to easy of movement about inside your house for arthritis joints not to mention getting up from the floor This can prevent not only slipping and injury but also reduce the need for your dog tensing its muscles around the joints as he tries to cross the slippery floor If putting rugs and runners down doesn t suit your decor then your dog could benefit from a great pair or set of 4 Ruffwear boots For bigger dogs who can still step easily on and off the couch then making sure there is a non slip rug below is essential For the little ones they either need to not jump up and down or buy or make your dog a small ramp or steps to ease the load on the joints If you have a dog door then you may need to place a ramp over steps leading to and from the door and make sure its non slip You may also even need to increase the size of the dog door if your dog has to really crouch or jump up to get through Good Bedding a Good Night s Rest This is an essential and often overlooked component of not only management of dogs with arthritis but for general health and well being of all dogs Just like us your dog is going to benefit from a firm supportive mattress that s easy to get on and off Many dog beds on the market these days are either like fat cushions with no support or really thin foam that bottoms out and offers very little support once your dog lies on it Raised dog beds can also be a challenge for stepping on and off as well as offering very little support Certainly not for periods of long rest Think of sleeping in a hammock or poorly sprung mattress with a sore back how would you feel if you did this all night The best test of a bed is for you to kneel on it If you can feel the ground below then its not supportive enough Of course your own bed is a great supportive mattress but your dog needs to be able to get safely on and off For larger dogs then an inner sprung cot mattress can be great and easy to place a cot sheet and a mattress protector if needed over it for easy cleaning Commercially available memory foam beds such as the Memory Sleeper are also a top quality bed with easy cover removal and come in a range of sizes for all dogs A good bed ensures joints and muscles are supported and cradled and that your dog can recover during the resting period and make getting up the next morning easier
ARTHRITIS INFO  cont.  PART 1  Regular Moderate activity I have alluded to the type of regular activity that   s unsuitabl...
ARTHRITIS INFO cont PART 1 HEALTH STORIES Has your Dane had a health issue story that you think others would benefit from hearing about Please email your stories us so all members can continue to learn about our breed Thank you Weight Control If joints are sore then carrying extra load through being overweight significantly affects not only pain but contributes to acceleration of deterioration of the arthritis Weight control in dogs is just the same as in people In order for weight to be lost the dog must burn more energy that they consume If your dog is not losing weight then they are eating too much for the energy they are burning You need to alter the balance through reduction in food or at least fatty food and snacks and increasing exercise where possible If exercise is limited by pain then you could try swimming or underwater treadmill Adequate nutrition It is important to ensure your dog receives good nutrition to assist with reduction in inflammation along with repair of cells There are so many differences of opinion on what is the best diet for dogs This may be based on convenience leading owners to choose pre packed processed foods or on recommendation from the vet if your dog has particular health conditions that require a specific food or personal choice leading you to home prepare of cook your food For me it makes sense as it does with us that minimal processing and fresh and if possible organic ingredients are going to be best I feed Organic Paws to my dogs and raw meaty bones chicken wings and necks Arguments from vets around home prepared food which are certainly warranted are usually based around ensuring the diet is balanced and can meet all the nutritional needs of the dog Do your research just as you would for your own diet there s so much information available online A really great resource is Dr Becker s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats Michelle Monk Animal Physiotherapist Dogs In Motion Canine Rehabilitation
ARTHRITIS INFO  cont.  PART 1  HEALTH STORIES  Has your Dane had a health issue story that you think others would benefit ...
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CARERS  Eastern Suburbs Is a chaotic life style, sickness or injury keeping you from your dog  Need help with training  Go...
SEE YOU SOON KEY NOTES Keep a record of our don t know evil or jealousy or upcoming events and let discontent To sit with a dog on a us know if you have any hillside on a glorious afternoon is to questions Dogs are our link to paradise They Let us know if you have be back in Eden where doing nothing was not boring it was peace any functions you would like to the club run or if you would like to run an event yourself Send us your Dane pics Keep an eye out for our emails requesting feedback Have a great time with your Danes and keep smiling Milan Kundera
SEE YOU SOON  KEY NOTES -  Keep a record of our  don t know evil or jealousy or  upcoming events and let  discontent. To s...