The Spring Lamb Competition Results

The striking photo that we invited captions for to win a shop voucher proved very popular and was seen by 16,000 people.

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We are pleased to announce that Lynne Price of New Tredegar has won the Spring Lamb Competition. Her caption of:

“Who let the sheep out? woof, woof, woof” attracted the most likes.

Lynne a £50 Ace Canine shop voucher is waiting for you, check your Facebook email.

New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel – Farmed or Wild?

Our Customers sometimes ask us whether the Green Lipped Mussel we use in our Flex joint supplements are farmed or wild.

While they originally and still do grow wild any attempt to supply world demand for this tasty and health giving food source from the wild sources would quickly lead to its demise

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Therefore it’s safe to say that all Green Lipped Mussel products on the market are farmed. Local restaurants in New Zealand probably still use fishermen to supply wild stock for the gourmet trade.

Mussel farming avoids depleting natural resources, because the mussels are cultivated on marine farms instead of being taken from their natural beds.

Marine farms in New Zealand are strictly controlled by the Authorities. In fact regulations are such that every kilo of our Green Lipped Mussel can be traced back to the time of day and specific farm from which the mussels that made it were harvested. It’s not a cheap commodity and a significant amount of the cost of raising mussels is related to the control and testing measures demanded by the New Zealand government.

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Mussels are grown on ropes suspended in shallow coastal waters on the Coromandel Coast, but also Marlborough Sound and the Hauraki Gulf. They require no feeding, fertilisers or herbicides and so to all intents and purposes they are organic. With virtually no heavy industry or dense population in New Zealand the water quality is outstanding.

Good Luck Tracy, Christina and Lee at CRUFTS 2105

As the month of February draws to a close one of the biggest events on the canine calendar – Crufts – looms large on the horizon. Ace Canine proudly sponsors three individuals appearing at Crufts this year

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In the Agility Lee Windeatt will be running Border Collie Darleyfalls Pipistrelle a.k.a. Pip in both the Large Singles (Friday) and the Championship class (Sunday) just before the big finale, Best in Show. 

Pip does not belong to Lee, he runs her on behalf of her owner, but even so they make an awesome team!

Tracy Flower will be running her Border Collie Barbie in two Agility events, the Championship class & the Large Singles.  In addition her Border Collie Ballet will compete in both the Medium Singles (also Friday) & the British Open (Thursday).  That’s a total of four finals on three of the four days of the show!

 Christina Oxtoby will be going in the heelwork to music final with her Border Collie Eze – as in all fields only the top competitors in the country qualify so no mean achievement.  Her other star performer Ruach is a Great Dane, a breed rarely seen in this discipline but he just missed the cut this year sadly.

 We wish all three every success both on their big day/s next month & in future competition.

For many Crufts is the pinnacle of achievement whether in the breed ring, obedience, agility, fly ball, heelwork to music, rally, display teams – the list goes on.  For others it is simply the best place to experience dogs in all their variety, to indulge in retail therapy, to advertise one’s wares or services to the public at large.

 Whatever your hopes or dreams the team at Ace Canine wish you a fabulous time at the show next month & the best of luck if you are competing, whatever the discipline.

Tracy Flower shares this interesting article about MRD1 tests for her dog Bikini

Introducing Tracy Flower

Tracy has successfully competed in agility for 19 years & also has previously competed in Working Trails with her now departed dog Bronte.  In 2014 she had a fantastic year competing and achieved the goals she set herself at the beginning of the year. (Ed. Goal-setting, something we could all adopt!)

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There is definitely a theme to Tracy’s agility dogs.  She currently has three competing merlie girlies with nice girly names beginning with ‘B’ & Tracy herself always wears her trademark pink at shows.

Barbie the 8 year old won her first Champ class in July so qualified for Crufts 2015 & will also appear in the Crufts Singles (Large) class that features the top 16 qualifying dogs in the country. Ballet, now 5 years old, also qualified for the Crufts Singles (Medium) and for the British Open (Medium) at Crufts 2015 against very stiff competition at the KCIF; she also gained her reserve ticket at Champ level at Dogs in Need in August. The baby of the family Bikini is two and gained her first two agility wins in September at Southdowns Show in Grade 3 Jumping and Agility. At Gillingham Bikini gained a second place on a very testing grade 3-5 agility course, I remember running it myself.  As a result of the wins Bikini goes from Grade 3 to Grade 4 & no doubt will soon join her ‘sisters’ at the higher levels.

“I have been giving Ace Canine Flex Granules to my three agility dogs, Barbie, Ballet and Bikini for a few years now. I am really thrilled with how well, fit and healthy they are and also with their agility performances.”

MDR-1 Gene (Multi Drug Resistant-1 Gene)

Some of you may already know that there is a gene disorder that affects many herding breeds such as Border Collies and Shelties which means they shouldn’t have worming tablets containing Ivermectin.

If you have a herding breed dog you may think that you will just avoid those wormers and perhaps use something different. However, what you may not realise, is that there are many other drugs (including anaesthetic drugs) that are also a problem in dogs affected by or carriers of the mutant gene.  

It is possible, through an easy cheek swab DNA test, to find out if your dog is Clear, a Carrier or Affected by the gene mutation.  I recently did this for my youngest collie, Bikini after one of her litter mates died at 2 years old after a routine spay. My vet suggested I have her tested in case this was a factor in what happened

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Bikini tested Clear and I’m very relieved about it. I plan on doing the other girls too now.

I used the service provided by Animal Health Trust (AHT). It cost me £60 and I did the ordering of the test kit online and then posted it back to them.  I received the results 6 days later by email.  There are other labs that also provide this service or you can go to your vets for a blood test if you prefer.

Recently the Kennel Club started a database of results of dogs tested for this gene defect. This will help breeders choose a suitable sire/dam for mating so that fewer pups that are affected or carriers are born in the future.

There is lots more information available on the Internet on this subject, I’ve just given a brief out-line  here.

Neutering – One Happy Coy, by Lee Windeatt, International Agility Handler

Lee Windeatt, International Agility Competitor and Dog Trainer has sent us this story of his experience with his young dog Coy

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 For years we have been encouraged to neuter our dogs and cats, we have been told this will help prevent unwanted pregnancies and help prevent many health issues. The first is certainly true but is the latter? Yes it can prevent “some” health issues but the latest research shows it can cause a lot of health issues too and may actually have far more negatives than positives. I’d encourage you to research it thoroughly before going ahead with it.

I have a puppy (sort of anyway, at the time of writing she is just 2 years and 3 months) At the age of 10 months I noticed a change in her, subtle at first but then it snowballed into a full blown personality change, a shell of her normal self she would just shutdown and act like the world was over. She may be in a fantastically good mood and bouncing around begging me to play with her then within one second act as though she had been scolded and threatened.

Nothing I tried could bring her out of this state, except time. I tried ignoring it, I tried treats, playing tug (her favourite thing) begging her, I tried putting her away from all the other dogs, I tried putting her with the other dogs. I tried every single thing you could ever think of and the only thing that helped was a few hours to herself and then she’d be ok for an hour or so.

I recognized that this was hormone related and after her first season she had a major phantom pregnancy. After the phantom I carried on trying to work through this which was soul destroying as I trying to train her for agility. It was impossible to train her, so after another season where she had her second phantom pregnancy I waited for three months and then made the decision to have her spayed.

I had a traditional spay and after the necessary rest and care about 8 to 10 weeks later I decided to start her agility training again. I cannot express how happy I am, since her spay she has been back to her old self, the pup I had before ten months old.

She is now flying and hopefully will be able to start competing soon as long as no hiccups come my way. So although I am still not convinced neutering our pets in the best thing it certainly was in this case, it has turned a very sad dog back into the happy bouncy girl she wanted to be – take a look!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chfihNNVivc

Saints Sled Dog Rescue – Frosty’s Story

Frosty,  a two year old Siberian Husky, sadly has a problem with her eyes. As you can see from her picture she is showing the typical cloudiness of immature cataracts.

Not down to hereditary factors or age in this case – Frosty is diabetic , a condition that makes all breeds of dog  prone to cataracts.

If the condition isn’t treated then Frosty will become progressively blind. We are sponsoring Saints Sled Dog Rescue with a supply of our Clarifye eye drops to help Frosty cope and hopefully prevent further deterioration.

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As Michael Mettam of SSDR pointed out this  would aid her chances in getting a new home as they have now (after much trial and error) got her diabetes under control and would love to help her regain her eye sight?

Saints Sled Dog Rescue is a nationwide, voluntary run non-profit charity . their aim is to help as many unwanted and stray Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes as possible through the process of fostering and re-homing, or simply supporting their owners with help and advice. They also arrange and carry out educational visits across the country, including working and handling demonstrations.

Visit their website www.saintssleddogrescue.co.uk  to see and learn more about these fabulous dogs.

Christmas presents for dogs

As we grow older Christmas becomes a place of memories..…….

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But what can our dogs remember of Christmas’s past? Judging by ours their Christmas morning highlight is the wrapping paper on everyone’s presents. They seem to enjoy it more each year and spread it further and further around the house. The actual contents only get a look in after the wrapping is safely in the bin.

Can your dog remember Christmas and what to do? Do you think they have long term memories of our special day? Do they remember friends and family who haven’t visited for a year?

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR STORIES OF CHRISTMAS’S PAST

Christmas delicacies to avoid

 

The festive season is upon us and, apparently, a quarter of us dog parents are going to give our beloved animals a taste of Christmas – human style! Chocolate, nuts, grapes, raisins – all in abundance at this special time of year & most of us know the dangers for dogs    ……..but what about ONIONS?

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Some human foods are dangerous for our pets and they are worth knowing about………one such food that is often left out of the “dangerous” list is ONIONS!

Continue reading Christmas delicacies to avoid

Hypocillin and the Human Guinea Pig

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Wherever possible we like to test our new products on ourselves before we give it to our own dogs and then finally we let our customer’s dogs check them out for us. Hypocillin was no exception. 

On three separate occasions this last year we have had to protect our dogs from a stranger’s; we have chosen to put ourselves in harm’s way rather than let an incoming dog make contact with any of ours. As a result we have been bitten!

In each case liberal applications of Hypocillin cleaned & protected the wounds from infection and the healing was noticeably quicker.

Hypocilin is a fairly recent addition to our range & so far I’ve not had occasion

to use it on any of our dogs. Customers buy Hypocillin to use on dogs with small wounds, eye and ear or skin problems like hot spots.

We now keep Hypocillin at home & in the car – it’s great for first aid!