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Mark Billadeau

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    Middletown, MD
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    science, working dogs, sheep

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  1. There are 54 positives and 2 deaths in the county where we live and 566 positives and 9 deaths in the county where I work.
  2. Here in the Washington DC metro area we’re under stay at home orders; however, I am an essential employee and am driving into work several times a week. Other than work we are limiting our trips off the farm. At least we have acres to ourselves unlike many of my coworkers who live in apartments or townhomes closer to DC.
  3. Understanding how the test works for covid-19 helps make better sense of what is being reported. This article has a good description on how the tests for covid-19 work How SARS-CoV-2 Tests Work and What’s Next in COVID-19 Diagnostics
  4. For a cheap chew toy, cut off the leg of a worn out pair of jeans and tie in a knot.
  5. yes Sounds like she is training you to participate in her game: “if I push my toy under furniture she will interact with me and get my toy”. Got to love smart dogs
  6. The cost of an open dog early in its open career can be high; this is not the open dog Amy and I are describing. We’re talking about a 9+ year old open dog that is being retired because the open corses are too large for the aging dog.
  7. The best teacher for you would be an open dog that is being retired because it was no longer competitive in open. I don’t view this as cheating any more than having an instructor/mentor is cheating. In this situation you are providing work to a dog that would not get much with the open handler and more one on one time with this dog than in a household with many dogs being trained/schooled. The dog will teach you stock work and handling faster than if you have to also be training a green dog. These situations are not always available but I highly recommend you look for one. We have been on both sides of these situations; learning a lot from open dogs (thank you June) and placing retiring open dogs into homes where they continued to thrive and were teachers.
  8. Just got the annual email from Amazon Smile on how much they donated to ABCA HEF based upon my purchases. This is such an easy way to support the organization working to maintain and improve the health of our breed: BAER clinics, sample collection, EAOD research, etc. A lot of small donations via Amazon Smile go a long way for our breed https://bordercolliefoundation.org/donate/amazon-smile/ These numbers were provided in the email; just imagine how large the donation would be if everyone on this forum used AmazonSmile To date, AmazonSmile has donated a total of: $1,682.51 to ABCA Health & Education Foundation $156,109,909.51 to all charities
  9. Try this resource http://afs.okstate.edu/breeds/
  10. For what it’s worth we have been using livestock dewormer (ivermectin) for heartworm preventative on for over 15years (over 15 different dogs) without adverse reactions. We ensure the doses are 2x-3x the effective minimum dose.
  11. All heartworm meds are in the same class of drugs, macrocyclic lactones (https://www.merckvetmanual.com/pharmacology/anthelmintics/macrocyclic-lactones), and can cause the same adverse reactions when given at too high a dose. All heartworm meds are safe when given at the recommended dose for heartworm prevention (even for dogs with two copies of the Mdr1 mutation).
  12. Were these cases where the dogs were given ivermectin in heartgard pills or livestock dewormer (liquid ivermectin)? Heartgard has safe doses of ivermectin for each weight range; livestock dewormer requires the owner to administer the correct dose for the dog’s weight. Overdosing ivermectin can cause seizures in any dog.
  13. This is from https://vcpl.vetmed.wsu.edu/faqs Q: What heartworm prevention products can I use if my dog has the MDR1 mutation? A: All heartworm products labeled for dogs in the U.S. have been tested in dogs with the MDR1 mutation as required by the FDA and have been found to be safe. However, some of the combination flea+heartworm preventive products (those containing spinosad) should be used cautiously in dogs that are MDR1 mutant/normal because of a risk of serious drug-drug interactions.
  14. Here is an up-to-date request for consultation form from Cornell. The form has the current fees. This form must be submitted by a Vet with the radiographs. The word form can be edited to add the necessary information for the submission; it may be easier to provide this form electronically to your Vet than a printed copy. Request Form Consults 2019.docx
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