With all our training and testing over the last few months, I have been picking ticks off the boys like crazy... big ones, little ones, red ones, blue ones... (sorry, got Seussed for a second). And so in looking for any good resources about ticks, Lyme, and general canine health, here are a few things I've found recently.
This picture is from our recent hunt test weekend. I am really impressed with my Nikon D40x's 'Sports' program setting. Anything that can keep up with a vizsla at speed is pretty darn impressive. (Thanks, Dan, for the recommendation.)
1) Janeen + Mark at SmartDogs have a few suggestions for how to best monitor your dog's health and how to do a good basic physical exam.
2) Kim at ForestKing has put up a couple of posts on dealing with Kyler's recurrent groin injury and Cedar's funky cancerous toe (which is hopefully now all taken care of).
3) For those of you trying to help a nervous dog deal with its anxieties around loud noises, I'd also suggest checking out Pesto's Rehabilitation Blog.
4) Patty Khuly at DoLittler has a few home remedies to absolutely avoid and some thoughts on heartworm prevention.
5) Dan + Margaret's devious puppy, Sandia, had a run in with a box of raisins -- and here are some thoughts on dealing with toxicity.
6) Pat the Terrierman has just started recycling a few seasonally appropriate posts including a primer on the American Dog Tick, and arguably what the best form of Lyme disease prevention would be if we were willing. However, his most recent post is a response to someone disagreeing with him -- and summarizes most of his previous posts while still linking to them. In short, it might just be better to monitor your dogs' health and invest in some doxycycline.