Working Dog Centre News
The National Service Dog Dermatology Survey
The National Service Dog Dermatology Survey is currently underway. It has been developed by Helen Orbell and Craig Griffin of Animal Dermatology Clinic, NZ (www.animaldermclinic.co.nz) and by Vicki Erceg of the Working Dog Centre . .. Read more
Training treats for New Zealand police dogs
A study is currently investigating training treats for New Zealand police dogs. The aims are to find out what percentage of the dogs’ diets are made up of training treats, and which training foods are best for New Zealand police dogs. .. Read more
Vicki Erceg has officially been appointed as the National Police Dog Coordinating Veterinarian.
Over the last nearly 20 years, Vicki has worked at Massey University with the New Zealand Police Dog Section. In her role on the Massey University Working Dog Centre’s board, and as a member of the Police Dog Breeding Panel, she works to help keep the Police Dog population of New Zealand in tiptop condition. .. Read more
Researching the effects of nutriceuticals on joint disease in Huntaways
Joint diseases are very common in working farm dogs, with 1 in 4 having some joint abnormality on physical examination, and as many as 1 in 5 being lame to some degree. Most joint diseases are traumatic in origin, but hip dysplasia and lumbosacral disease in Huntaways are likely to have a significant heritable component .. Read more
How thin is too thin?
Low body condition, and perceived difficulties putting on weight, are two of the most common health concerns that owners have of their working farm dogs. The question “How thin is too thin?” is simple, frequently asked, and yet we lack objective evidence to answer.
It is axiomatic that there is a point where muscle and fat mass is so low that risk of injury, disease, and early retirement increases, .. Read more
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Last updated on Friday 13 December 2019
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