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Suzanne Turco

This is Toby Blue. He is the absolute best dog any family can be blessed with. Toby is known lovingly as our resident "goofball." He loves to make us laugh, the more we laugh the more he works to make us laugh harder. He cocks his head from side to side when we speak to him as if he is trying to understand every word we say. He is 1 ½ now and as smart as smart as can be. Toby is a true miracle that has come into our lives and absolutely made the world a better place to be in. I hope he feels as blessed as we do!!

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Common Aussie Health Problems

The MDR1 Gene

Some Aussies may suffer from a mutation of the MDR1 gene (MDR stands for Multi Drug Resistance). What this means is that some common medicines, which would operate normally in a dog without the mutation, can become deadly when the mutation is present. Drugs affected include Ivermectin, which is a common ingredient in heartworm medications. It's extremely important you have your pup tested for this mutation while she's young – and if you discover she has it, notify the breeder you got her from.

Immunity Problems

While these problems won't directly harm your Aussie, immunity issues make your dog much more susceptible to other harmful diseases.

General Aussie Health Tips

While some problems are genetic and there's little you can do to cure or prevent them, there are a few general rules of thumb to apply on a regular basis to help ensure your Aussie's health is maintained as well as it can be.

  • Get regular check ups with your vet, every six months or so, to catch any developing diseases. Never let 12 months pass without a visit to the vet.

  • Check your dog's ears, mouth, coat and feet every couple of weeks for signs of anything unusual. These provide early indicators of a problem.

  • Feed a healthy and balanced diet.

  • Provide regular exercise on a daily basis to prevent obesity.

  • Don't forget you need to get yearly booster shots to maintain your dog's immunity to the diseases she was vaccinated against as a pup.

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"Training a dog, to me, is on a par with learning to dance with my wife or teaching my son to ski. These are fun things we do together. If anyone even talks about dominating the dog or hurting him or fighting him or punishing him, don't go there."

~ Ian Dunbar




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