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The Honorable Ted Yoho U.S. House of Representatives 1730 Longworth HOB Washington, D.C. 20515
The Honorable Ralph Abraham U.S. House of Representatives 417 Cannon HOB Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Representatives Abraham, Yoho and Schrader:
We, the undersigned groups, commend you for introducing H.R. 6921, the Healthy Dog Importation Act . This bipartisan legislation would ensure all canine imports undergo a thorough health screening in order to verify they are healthy and free of disease and parasites before entering the United States. For the vast majority of imported dogs, rabies vaccination documentation is the only prerequisite for entering the country. Despite this, in the past five years, we have seen several cases of rabid dogs coming from Egypt, necessitating the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) to suspend all canine imports from Egypt. Furthermore, imported dogs can also carry – and have been documented carrying – other infectious diseases and parasites (e.g. canine influenza, leptospirosis, melioidosis, onchocercosis and screwworm) that pose a severe threat to other companion animals and livestock. According to a 2019 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, less than one percent of the roughly one million dogs imported into the U.S. each year are required to undergo examination or provide documentation to the Department demonstrating that they are free of diseases other than rabies. The risk of disease introduction and transmission is too high under current import regulations. The Healthy Dog Importation Act would establish commonsense health and vaccination requirements for all dogs imported into the U.S. and promote interagency coordination to address the current gaps in regulatory authority over such imports. We thank you for your leadership on this issue and look forward to working together to strengthen our animal import requirements to better protect both animal and public health.
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The Otterhound, pictured here in 1966, was one of the rarest dog breeds in 2018. Purebred breeders produce and maintain the happiest healthiest family of dogs known in existence. The Otterhound, pictured here in 1966, was one of th rarest dog breeds in 2018. om a preservation breeder? We purposefully breed purebred dogs that are intentionally bred for predictability, type, health and welfare. Purebred dogs whole being is based on purpose and none of it happens randomly. Purebred dogs are bred for specific breed purpose and type. With this comes an inherited and predisposed intellect and disposition for purpose. We have predictable weight, height, shape, proportions, color, coat texture and all things you would expect from a field spaniel. We breed towards greater health and predictable health patterns. Our purposefully bred dogs are brought into this world with a dedicated breeder and lifetime mentor. Predictability, health, heritage and dedicated to the future welfare of Field Spaniels. We are proud to be purpose bred, preservation breeders creating happier healthier future for our dogs. hy buy from a preservation breeder? We purposefully breed purebred dogs that are intentionally bred for predictability, type, health and welfare. Purebred dogs whole being is based on purpose and none of it happens randomly. Purebred dogs are bred for specific breed purpose and type. With this comes an inherited and predisposed intellect and disposition for purpose. We have predictable weight, height, shape, proportions, color, coat texture and all things you would expect from a field spaniel. We breed towards greater health and predictable health patterns. Our purposefully bred dogs are brought into this world with a dedicated breeder and lifetime mentor. Predictability, health, heritage and dedicated to the future welfare of Field Spaniels. We are proud to be purpose bred, preservation breeders creating happier healthier future for our dogs. Purebred breeders produce and maintain the happiest healthiest family of dogs known in existence.
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Puppies are weaned when they are independent of mom and are not nursing at all. We want to transition this gradually until they don’t need mom. You don’t want to pull mom away suddenly, that causes issues. Weaning can be stressful if not managed for an effective smooth all. We want to transition this gradually until they don't need mo . You don't My First Litter Puppies are weaned when they are independent of mom and are not nursing at want to pull mom away suddenly, that causes issu . Weaning can be stressful if not managed for an e!ective smooth transition to solid food.
with two puppies for one extra week if needed. That is okay and desirable if one of the puppies is slow to transition to solid food. Puppies should continue to gain weight during weaning. If you notice a puppy not gaining or losing weight during weaning, give us a call and we can help. How to Care for Mom While Weaning Puppies During weaning, mom should be monitored. She should have no discharge from her vulva during weaning. At this point, we want her to shrink her mammary gland up to her body, except for her prominent nipples. We want no sign that she raised and weaned a litter. If, a few days before removing the puppies, you notice mom has several mammary glands that are still hanging down, that indicates mom did not dry up well. To help correct this, give her a lower calorie maintenance food for a few days before removing the puppies. This helps back off milk production. For a heavy milking mom, we may have to remove food for 24 hours when the puppies are removed to back off milking. The back pressure from not nursing will stop milk production totally and her glands will shrink. You want to be sure she is trying to dry up before you remove puppies. A full breast is painful and prone to mastitis. Is the Puppy Ready for a New Home? Puppies are generally easy to please and adapt well if they are provided with nutrition, comfortable sleep and security. However, there are some things to look for that would indicate a puppy isn’t quite ready for a new home. Number one is if the puppy is not gaining weight and eating well. Don’t send a puppy to a new home if he isn’t eating and gaining weight. Socialization is also important, along with ensuring the puppy is ready to fight any diseases or parasites it may become exposed to. This is easily done through management with vaccines and dewormers. Putting Together a Puppy Starter Pack You want to set your puppies and their new families up for success. Putting together a puppy starter pack can help achieve this. The My Puppy Guide booklet gives training tips for new puppy owners and tips on how to deal with puppy behavior appropriately. Many breeders include this 25-page booklet as part of their puppy starter pack. It’s also a good idea to give new owners a guarantee on the puppy’s health, a sample of the diet you use, a health record and a list explaining what you do for the puppy. It’s also important to tell new puppy owners that they need to stay away from dog parks until the 12-week booster vaccine is in and effective. Exposure to disease increases as puppies go out into the world and we don’t want to take any chances. And, don’t forget to give them our number as well. Just like we’ve helped you along the way, we are always happy to help new puppy owners as well. Any questions? Give our knowledgeable Pet Care Pros a call at 800.786.4751. -Dr. B Don Bramlage, DVM, Former Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health
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When to Start Weaning Puppies Weaning starts when a puppy starts eating solid food or gruel. The cells of the puppy’s gut need to be turned on and modify their enzymes to allow them to be able to digest more complex proteins, fats and carbohydrate than in milk. During weaning, digestive upset can happen and the stress of weaning can lower immune function. This makes puppies prone to URI or diarrhea. Except for tiny breeds, puppies begin to need more nutrients than mom can provide at three to four weeks of age. When giant breeds reach three weeks of age, they begin to crave more calories. At this point they will eat gruel and start changing their digestive process to solid food. When it comes time to feed the gruel, put it in a flat pan and lock mom out. The puppies will get messy the first few times so when they are done, turn mom back in and she will clean them up by licking them. Puppies think they are getting cleaned up because “mom likes me best” and mom likes the gruel so it’s a win-win. The goal is to slowly increase the gruel twice a day. This will back them off their dependence on mom’s milk. Usually mom is removed during the day and placed back with puppies at night. Everyone is different but limiting access to mom makes puppies move to gruel and away from milk. What to Feed Weaning Puppies The goal is to slowly increase the gruel twice a day. This will back them o! their dependence Puppy food soaked with water and milk replacer for flavor is the recipe for a tasty puppy gruel. In addition, keep dry puppy food available and some will nibble on it throughout the day. As puppies increase their solid food consumption, they change the gut cells to digest puppy food. Put more and more gruel and kibble in front of them and have mom leave for longer periods of time during the day until one day mom nurses in the morning and does not return. Mom’s milk production will decrease with less being asked of her and her glands will dry up and shrink to her body. Mixing Doc Roy’s GI Synbiotics Granules into the puppy gruel will also help prevent digestive upset and diarrhea during this changing of function for the GI tract. Offering gruel early is the most helpful way I have found to eliminate the puppies’ stress of being separated from mom. Always offer an alternative source of easy-to-digest, appetizing calories such as gruel. Problems Weaning Puppies When weaning, watch for the puppy that does not do well off mom. One option is to wean most of the litter but leave mom When to S art Weaning Pup ies Weaning starts when a puppy starts eating solid food or gruel. The cell f the puppy's gut need to be turned on and modify their enzymes to allow them to be able to digest more complex proteins, fats and carbohydrate than in milk. During weaning, digestive upset can happen and the stress of weaning can lower immune function. This makes puppies prone to URI r diarrhea. Except for tiny breeds, puppies begin to need more nutrients than mom can provide at three to four weeks of age. When giant breeds r ach three w eks of age, they begin to crave mor calories. At this point they will eat gruel and start changing their digestive process to solid food. When it com s time to feed the gruel, put it in a "at p n and lock mom out. The puppies will get messy the #rst few times so when they are done, turn mom back in and she will clean them up by licking them. Puppies think they are getting cleaned up because "mom likes me best" and mom likes the gruel so it's a win-win.
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The Dogs of 9/11 Otto says that the work of the dogs in that terrible time made her facility possible. Sniffer dogs had been around for decades, but the public had little understanding of what they could do. “There was some sense that they might be able to find a lost Boy Scout in the woods but nothing of the scope and impact of a national disaster [even though they had a critical role in the Oklahoma City bombing and several natural disasters],” says Otto.
Media coverage of 9/11 focused on the dogs as the one “ray of sunshine” in a bleak landscape, she says. Images of these dogs working tirelessly, doing whatever was needed to get the job done, captured hearts and minds all over the world. Photos, such as the iconic one of Golden Retriever Riley of FEMA’s Pennsylvania Task Force 1, moved people to action.
Riley the Golden Retriever assisted in the 9/11 search and rescue efforts. He was trained to find live people and helped recover several bodies of firefighters. About 300 dog/handler search teams responded to Ground Zero, but only about 100 were prepared for the size of the disaster Most people in the U.S. had never heard of disaster search dogs before 9/11 9/11 also ushered in a new era for therapy dogs On first glance, this picture, from 2012, is one of unbearable sweetness. Two Golden Retrievers are standing together, one with a gray muzzle, the other a puppy, both wearing vests signifying that they are working dogs. T h e
Otto says that many dog owners were inspired to pursue search- and-rescue certification because of those images.
older dog is Bretagne, one of the heroes of G r o u n d Zero. Nearly 15 years after the event, she was still m a k i n g headl ines . In August
The performance of the dogs on 9/11 also sparked serious study of the effects of this kind of work on canine bodies and minds, Otto says. “We were able to conduct our longitudinal study of the dogs as a result of the generous funding of the AKC Canine Health Foundation.”
Press coverage, she says, also gave some search-dog training organizations a much-needed financial boost.
Super Noses? One of those organizations is the nonprofit National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, a group founded in 1995 by a retired teacher, Wilma Melville. After her first deployment—the Oklahoma City bombing, in 1995—Melville recognized a need for more dogs specifically trainedfor thiskindofworkandfoundedtheNSDF. Theorganization scours shelters, looking for dogs with search and rescue potential, and prepares them for jobs with fire departments. The training costs about $10,000. NSDF provides the dogs free of charge. “Most people in this country had never heard of disaster search dogs [before 9/11],” says NSDF Executive Director Debra Tosch. When the news media started focusing on the dogs at Ground Zero, she says, “public knowledge really exploded.”
2015, media carried the story of a happy occasion—her 16th birthday, in which she and her handler Denise Corliss, members of Texas Task Force 1, were feted in New York City. In June 2016, sadder headlines told of her death, just shy of the great old age of 17. The puppy in the picture is also Bretagne, named in honor of the 9/11 sniffing celebrity. She is one small part of the legacy of Bretagne and all the other dogs who helped through those dark days, whether they were searching the ruins or easing unimaginable grief. Young Bretagne, trained to detect blood sugar fluctuations in a diabetic patient, is a graduate of a training school—the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. This training school is the brainchild of Dr. Cynthia M. Otto, a veterinarian who worked at Ground Zero.
Tosch, and her SDF-trained black Labrador Retriever, Abby, were among the FEMA-certified canine search specialists, part of
California Task Force 1, at the World Trade Center.
missing. Red Cross mental-health experts saw that workers were not talking to the human therapists, and thought maybe they would talk to the dogs. Tikva, because of her crisis-relief training, became one of the few dogs who worked at Ground Zero helping the responders. Her preparation for working in this environment, as well as her cute looks, rock-solid temperament, and unusual breed, made her ideal for taking minds off the horror, if just for a few moments. Ehlers says that that was where these four-legged therapists earned the sobriquet that they are known by now. “A firefighter called up V-Mat [Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams] after we left and said, ‘Where are those comfort dogs? They’re the only thing that helps me get through the day.’ ” Growing Need For Therapy Dogs A new era for therapy dogs opened on 9/11, says Ursula Kempe, president of Therapy Dogs International, which she co-founded in the mid-1970s. TDI sent 100 teams to New York, where they worked at the Family Assistance Center on Pier 94 and 50 at the Pentagon. They spent about four weeks there. Kempe says that most of the dogs rose to the challenge, but some could not handle it. “While this was still going on, I called a meeting at TDI and asked everyone who was involved if they wanted to come. We all realized—really there was absolutely no dissention—we are not prepared for that, as therapy-dog handlers.” TDI tightened its criteria, requiring additional preparation for the human handlers and special certification for dogs participating in disaster relief. Since then, TDI teams have helped people cope with all kinds of disasters, from Hurricane Katrina to mass shootings to acts of terrorism. Kempe says the way the world views working dogs has come a long way, but improvements are still needed. For example, only service dogs can travel by plane in the cabin with their owners. Kempe is trying to persuade airlines to allow disaster-relief comfort dogs to do the same. This one change, she says, would bring many more dogs to places where they are needed. Handlers are reluctant to transport their canine partners in baggage. The Future of Working Dogs Otto believes that the need for dogs trained for all kinds of serious work is going to soar in the future, and more funding, facilities, and people willing to become handlers are desperately needed. Already, given all that they do, she says, “there is a shortage of dogs and funds to support them as well as the research to keep them healthy and performing optimally.” The experts also say that there is no way to predict what the future needs will be and how dogs will contribute to keeping us safe and helping people recover from a horror like the events of 15 years ago.
search teams, she estimated, r e s p o n d e d . Only about 100 were prepared for a disaster of monstrous proportions in a major city. Many were wilderness search and
rescue dogs, experts at finding people missing in the woods. They could not cope with the enormous mound of twisted metal, glass, and smoldering rubble and the urban noises. Tosch says that some television coverage listed NSDF’s phone number. Donations started to pour in. “We had this influx of funding right after the World Trade Center,” Tosch says. The support and publicity helped make Melville’s 20-year dream— the National Training Center, slated to open on September 24—a reality. It’s designed to give canine candidates the opportunity to practice on a variety of simulated disaster sites. Soothing Souls The notion that dogs have the power to ease human emotional suffering is not new. Anyone who’s cried in the presence of a canine companion knows that. Smoky, a 4-pound Yorkshire Terrier, is credited with being the first therapy dog, cheering wounded soldiers in hospitals on the islands around New Guinea during World War II. Dog trainer Cindy Ehlers first recognized the power of therapy dogs after the May 21, 1998, Thurston High School shooting, in Springfield, Oregon. She accompanied one of the first therapy dogs to work with the Red Cross in a disaster and one of the first to be certified for crisis-response. After that experience, Ehlers got a Keeshond puppy she named Tikva, and trained her for crisis-response work. She also started an organization that is today the HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response, in Eugene, Oregon. On 9/11, Ehlers and Tikva traveled to New York. Dealing with such enormous waves of grief, fear, and confusion goes way beyond what is required of a therapy dog who visits hospitals and nursing homes.
Ehlers says she saw some become too stressed to work. teams stayed at the Family Assistance Centers, helping the relatives of the dead and Most
“People are realizing all of the different ways we can use these K-9s,” Tosch says. “We’re only limited by our imagination.”
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