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Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com Newsletter #014
New Pages, New Projects and New Savings
I've been busy working on making Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com even better and have some ideas on the drawing board. But I wanted to start this newsletter with a warning for all Aussie owners. Check out our first item about Ivermectin. Aussies can be very sensitive to this medication and it can be very toxic for them.
I've finally added another photo gallery page and am excited about an e-book about Australian Shepherds that's in the works. There are also a couple of other projects I'm working on that I'll be letting you know more about in the coming months. Stay tuned!
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In This Issue:
- Health Warning About Ivermectin
- New Australian Shepherd Photo Gallery Page
- Australian Shepherd Lovers E-Book Project Gets Underway!
- Specials and Coupon Codes
- Photo of the Month
- Dog Quote for Today
Health Warning About Ivermectin
Australian Shepherds can have drug sensitivities as they frequently have a mutation of the MDR1 (Multi Drug Resistance 1) gene. However, this commonly causes toxicity from ivermectin an ingredient found in heartworm medications. Aussies can be 200 times more sensitive to ivermectin as other breeds. There is a DNA test to determine if your Aussie carries this gene though. This is also a problem with Collies and you can find a list of other drugs that can be especially toxic to Aussies here:
From the list above you will see that it is not only ivermectin that you should be concerned about. According to the article from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Clinical Pharmacology Lab, "Loperamide (ImodiumTM; antidiarrheal agent). At doses used to treat diarrhea, this drug will cause neurological toxicity in dogs with the MDR1 mutation. This drug should be avoided in all dogs with the MDR1 mutation."
Since Australian Shepherds are known to have the MDR1 mutation it is always advisable to consult with your veterinarian before giving your Aussie any medications. Even over-the-counter medications can be toxic due to this increased sensitivity.
>> More Australian Shepherd Health Information
New Australian Shepherd Photo Gallery Page
As promised I've added another page to the Aussie Photo Gallery section. With all the other projects I've been working on it has taken me longer than I wanted to get this new page added. The hardest part is picking just a few of the literally hundreds of great photo submissions I've received. But keep those pictures coming because I'm working on a New Australian Shepherd Lovers E-Book Project and will be including many of your pictures. (See next item below for more info on that.)
Check this page for photo guidelines and the email address to send your best pictures (as attachments) to:
>> Photo Submissions Here
Australian Shepherd Lovers E-Book Project Gets Underway!
Get ready for the new Australian Shepherd Lovers E-book! I've started compiling articles and the best Australian Shepherd photos submitted by readers over the years. It will provide an overview of owning an Aussie with sections on puppy care, housetraining, health issues, obedience training, dog sports, etc, and, of course, LOTS of pictures of your favorite breed. It's going to take a lot of work but I want to create a valuable resource for all Aussie owners.
I'll keep you posted on the progress and the release date in future newsletters.
Specials and Coupon Codes
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Just click the banner below to go to the Only Natural Pet Store:
You can still get an 18 percent discount on Wysong Dog Food too! Just enter our exclusive coupon code AUSSIE18 when you checkout.
Here's the link to Wysong
Pet Nutrition Products is offering f'ree shipping on orders of $75 or more with the coupon code SHIP75.
Here's the link to Pet Nutrition Products
Photo of the Month
The Photo of the Month comes to us from Lisa this time. Lisa says her dog Zoey "...is 4.5 years old and loves to have fun! She plays with the neighbor kids everyday and loves to play ball. She also loves to get on the bed when it's all made up nice. She likes to eat too much and bark at strangers. She is very emotional when she sees her grandparents and gets in your face for some love and pets. When your hand gets tired - she'll give it a nudge to keep petting her. She's the best dog ever!"
>> Australian Shepherd Photo of the Month
Dog Quote for Today
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man."
- Mark Twain
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Until Next Time...
Check back with us often as we are always adding more great information. Please let us know if there is something you would like to see on Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com.
We love to hear from fellow Australian Shepherd Lovers like you. Send us your ideas, your feedback and photos/stories of your Aussie so we can include them on the site.
All the Best and Woof!
Anton and Levi
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