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Mark Billadeau

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    Middletown, MD
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  1. In the linked article a dog is defined as being infected when it exhibits clinical symptoms but not infected in the absence of “clinical symptoms” even with a positive Lyme test. No one defined “clinical symptoms” in the article. We have had dogs that tested positive (Idexx Snap test) that only exhibited symptoms while working livestock (loss of physical and mental stamina) but no symptoms when not working. These dogs regained physical and mental stamina within 4 days of starting the doxycycline treatment. Our dogs were infected; however, if they were not working livestock the vets in the linked article would have diagnosed them as unaffected, with a false Lyme positive test. We have also had a dog test positive that had no symptoms while working. btw, our Lyme positive dogs tested negative after the doxycycline treatment. This does not fit with the commonly held opinion that they will test positive their entire life. I wonder if the lifelong positive Lyme tests are true infections but sub-clinical because of the current definition of “clinical infection”.
  2. Our criteria: 1 proximity to the job that pays for the mortgage (farm income from 80 ewes cannot cover the mortgage in the DC MD VA metro area) 2 we could afford the mortgage 3 pasture with at least 200yard outrun for training 4 interesting terrain for training We we’re very lucky to find a small farm in the DC MD VA metro area that met these criteria
  3. I think it will depend upon if the markers for a future test were included in those tested when the sample was first run. I don’t know what or how many genetic markers are part of the current test run by genoscoper. The main costs of tests are the handling of the sample, running the sample, and dealing with the data. If a sample needs to be rerun to cover new genetic markers I would expect there to be added costs. This article by Lohi and researchers at genoscoper lists 152 markers in the custom “wisdom panel”. https://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1007361#pgen.1007361.s002
  4. Hannes Lohi is doing the research; he will be publishing not the ABCA. As the funding organization we have no control over when the research is published.
  5. In the past I have had a few people come out for herding lessons. They will tell me their dog is very fit; able to play fetch for hrs. In no more than 5 min in with the sheep their dog is exhausted. Their dog was not mentally fit enough to handle 5min of intense focus and intense mental stimulation. It is the mental stimulation needs of border collies that many people do not fully expect when they get their first one. All they have ever been told is how much exercise (physical) these dogs need.
  6. There is a big difference between physically and mentally tired. I see lots of physical activity with your 8month old but not so much mental activity (teaching tricks/commands, hide&seak with people or toys, etc.). Your pup may simply be mentally bored. A mentally bored border collie will seek out mental stimulation and you may not like what they find to do on their own.
  7. I have seen no changes in the genoscoper lab test offerings. I frequently use google.scholar to search for new publications by the lead researcher of EAOD; this morning’s search yielded no new publication on EAOD.
  8. This is a good summary of the published studies https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5356289/
  9. This equally unsupported opinion website lists: Normal Urination In normal circumstances, dogs can go for 8 to 10 hours without urinating. However, all dogs need to be taken out after a meal or a drink, upon waking up and after a period of play. Generally, a dog passes 20 ml of urine for every pound of its weight. https://www.vetinfo.com/normal-urinary-frequency-in-dogs.html
  10. Our dogs sleep much more than us during the day and are not taking in fluids while sleeping which would need to be excreted.
  11. This is from the whole dog journal article: ”Let’s consider the dog’s basic needs. While not all dogs are alike, most adult dogs should be able to go outside to relieve themselves about three to five times a day (more often if they are sick or elderly) and shouldn’t be forced to “hold it” for more than four to six hours at a time, on average. We know most adult dogs can hold their bladders for more than six hours, but they really shouldn’t have to.” How many of you get up in the middle of the night so their adult dog does not have to hold their bladder more than 6hrs since their last turnout? How many have healthy adult dogs that ask to go out in the middle of the night after 6hrs? Do healthy adult dogs that are being inactive (sleeping/napping) really need (or ask) to relieve their bladder every 4-6hrs?
  12. Thanks Eileen for keeping up with this and getting it fixed
  13. Typically the dogs are on different whistle commands so they can be directed independently.
  14. As someone with allergies and having been tested several times throughout my life I can say for certain; allergies can come and go. Things I tested positive for as a child I am no longer positive for now and the reverse is also true. The only constants for me have been allergies to dust mites and dog dander. My mother developed gluten and dairy intolerances later in life.
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