Leslie R. Dye, MD, Treasurer, National German Wirehaired Pointer Rescue and Lisa Boyer, DVM, Animal Health Consultants, AKC Breeder of Merit, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, and AKC Bred with Heart Tibetan Terriers
Canine “Bloat” or Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) is a common emergency medical condition that usually occurs in large breed, deep-chested dogs. However, any breed, including German Wirehaired Pointers, can develop this disorder. When not recognized and treated quickly, it is most often fatal. While “bloat” refers to stomach dilatation or distension due to air or food, GDV is bloat combined with “volvulus” where the distended stomach rotates lengthwise. The…
— Diane Turner, President, NGWPR
Gut-wrenching panic most always follows the discovery of an open gate and the sudden realization that your most-loved GWP is missing. Despite all your instincts to go frantically running down the street calling the dog -STOP.
Now is not the time for fear and hysteria, it’s the time for clear thinking and calculated action.
“There is a golden hour between life and death.” Crowley Shock Trauma Center University of Maryland.
— Leslie R. Dye, MD, Treasurer, NGWPR
In this new Corona Virus age, veterinary telehealth is the new norm. Veterinary clinics are limiting physical appointments, and those clinics seeing patients often collect the pet, leaving the owner to wait for the vet’s telephone call with information about their four-legged family member’s health. As more people shelter in place, veterinary telehealth care is finding its place.
For some veterinarians, this new world is a dream come true — the patients are fun- it’s the owners who make clinic visits difficult.
— Leslie R. Dye, MD, Treasurer, NGWPR
After rescuing two GWPs, one through Petfinder and the other through Facebook, I got interested in the NGWP rescue association. There are two main reasons I decided to volunteer for the organization and become the treasurer-the dogs and Suzanne Oslander.
When Diane Turner (a board member) and I suggested starting a blog, we agreed to have a mixture of topics, including those relating to health, breeding, training and other educational issues. But we also thought some of the “softer” stories, like highlighting some of the volunteers, would be interesting to our readers. …
New fund dedicated to detecting hypothyroidism in rescue dogs
Hope, the first dog taken into NGWPR foster care, remained in long term foster care with a loving family until her death. When first evaluated, she was hairless, lethargic, and near death with undiagnosed and untreated thyroid disease. She was also was extremely fearful. With loving, patience, and good medical care, she lived a wonderful life, and while in some situations still shy, the fear dissipated with treatment. Hope’s remarkable transformation served to educate many about this devastating disease.
As many rescue dogs may suffer from this illness, the National German…
Matching homeless GWPs with loving owners is our primary goa
By Diane Turner, NGWPR Vice-President
Each year an estimated 3.3 million dogs enter our nation’s animal shelters and rescue programs. Of that shocking number, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the organization tasked with tracking such things, estimates that more than half are strays — dogs without identification found wandering the streets and neighborhoods. The majority of the others admitted into the shelter system are dogs relinquished by their owners.
According to statistics, while euthanasia numbers are down, nearly 670, 000 dogs in…
Matching homeless GWPs with loving owners is our primary goal
In order to educate and entertain those interested in German Wirehaired Pointers, we started this blog. The blog will be bimonthly, and the first one will appear in June. Topics will include health, obedience, behavior, rescue stories, grooming tips, volunteer highlights and more. Upcoming stories planned are hypothyroidism and information about how dogs end up in rescue. Please follow us and send any ideas you have for stories. …
We believe that the more we educate people the more likely we are to accomplish our mission of matching homeless GWPs with loving owners.