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    Middletown, MD
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    science, working dogs, sheep

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  1. Dogs are able to digest and utilize the nutrients in corn meal (and other grains). Proven in studies where only corn meal is fed and measuring the differences between the nutrients in the feed and what comes out after digestion; also proven by the presence of multiple copies of amylase genes in dogs which produces enzymes that digest the starch from grains. Grains are not good for dogs that have allergies to those grains. Species specific meat meals are manufactured from what usda slaughter houses (animals must be able to walk in on their own power to meet usda inspection) provide b
  2. Where is the evidence that species specific by-products come from 4D meats and road kill? Just because it is posted and reposted on the internet does not make it fact. Show me the verified study proving this oft repeated statement.
  3. I find it interesting how by-products (anything that is not the deboned meat) in kibble are considered bad ingredients but in raw diets they are considered valued sources of nutrients; and these by-products are readily consumed by wild & feral canines. How quickly we have forgotten that man eats almost everything from a pig (from snot to tail) and also other prey animals; most of which falls under the definition of by-product. Just an observation; not an endorsement of particular pet food ingredients.
  4. In 27 years we have gone from one pet border collie in an apartment to many working border collies on a farm with a flock of 55-70 breeding ewes.
  5. Not 5%, <5% Usually a “<“ is used when surveys on prevalence find a small number of affected in a random sample that is not large enough to get a good assessment of the entire population.
  6. The ABCA HEF has a summary of epilepsy in our breed, it is not much. https://bordercolliefoundation.org/health-and-education/genetic-diseases/#epilepsy
  7. No new findings. There’s a new study getting started. I can’t find a link to this new study at the uminn vet school https://vetmed.umn.edu/research/labs/canine-genetics-lab/genetic-research
  8. it was posted Sept 27, 2019 The Current State Of Testing For Early Adult Onset Deafness (EAOD)
  9. I do not see a question posted by you in Sept 2019, only statements and a link.
  10. Your question was about having a “more detailed discussion of the EOAD marker test”. A detailed discussion requires detailed questions; not the open ended one you posted.
  11. As you are well aware (you have been told), Hannes Lohi’s research lab has been closed down due to Finland’s Covid-19 lockdown (no lab work, no Baer testing of dogs, etc). You know you are asking questions for which we cannot provide answers; so why ask them? We have no influence over Finland’s lockdown. I am sorry, but Covid-19 is more important than EAOD (safety of researchers, safety of owners who volunteer their dogs, and resources refocused on SARS-CoV-2 over other studies).
  12. You should be focusing upon what your pup could be ingesting (carpet, underlayment, tacks, etc) and less on the damage he is doing. Crating is a way to ensure your pup cannot continue to ingest flooring materials that could lead to emergency surgery to remove foreign objects.
  13. This section is: Training Discussion Forum for those engaged in training their border collies for livestock operations and ISDS-style trials. Please post these discussions in the “Other BC Topics” section.
  14. Amy, thank you for the update; I’ve been wondering/worrying how you were fairing with the fires. I’m happy to hear you’re doing well (as well as can be expected). Stay safe and healthy. Mark
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