Mar 1997 Vol. 2 No. 3
Quarterly Publication of the Boxer Club of Canada Inc.
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to those of you who actually missed it!
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What is cheyletiella and why should you care about it?
Cheyletiella dermatitis is a mild, nonsuppurative mite-induced dermatitis
produced by the Cheyletiella spp. living on the surface of the skin.
In layman's terms this translates to a small mite which lives on our
dog and is UGLY, having thick legs armed with a heavy claw and a comb-like
appendage on the end of each foot with prominent "fish-gill" respiratory
devices. It also affects rabbits and cats.
This mite transfers from animal to man, occurring by
direct skin contact or through clothing. The most common site of transfer
is arms and body -- typically occurring by picking up puppies or cuddling
with your boxer on the couch or bed. Contact with the mite can cause
a very irritating, extremely itchy rash, appearing in groups and eventually
forming a small blister.
Symptoms to watch for on your dog include excessive
dandruff and heavy accumulation of dry yellow-gray scales in all areas
of the body. The mites are partially embedded in the skin and they
are mobile, hence the nickname "running dandruff".
The rash is very slow to disappear, taking over three
weeks, but it is itchiest in the early stages. The rash-bite forms
can be found in area such as the waistband or bra-line and you'll
know if you are sensitive to the little beasties, because you'll itch,
itch, itch! Stock up on clear Caladryl (calamine) lotion because you're
going to need it! Try not to itch (just like your mother said when
you had chickenpox) and they'll go away faster. Wash you bedding,
your clothes, your dog's bedding and get thee to thy vets for treatment.
The most effective treatment at this time is Ivermectin (Ivomec).
It appears to kill the mite but must be administered three times in
intervals of 7-10 days (and can be given orally). This medication
is very toxic and should only be given after consultation with your
vet for dosage instructions. Be especially careful with young dogs
and those who have exhibited allergy problems or have a history of
sensitivity to other medications.
This mite can live off the dog for up to 3 days, hence
the importance of multiple treatments to kill not only the mites living
on the dog, but the newly hatched mites and their little friends.
In the meantime scrub all of your dogs with a mild flea shampoo recommended
for puppies and bath your puppies once a week starting a four weeks.
No Ivomec for the youngsters until after 12 weeks.
The more dogs you have and the more contact you have
with other dogs at dogs shows or training classes, the more likely
you are to pick up this unwanted visitor. It loves puppies, and often
this is when you first notice that "running dandruff" -- and lots
of it -- has arrived on your premises. It seems to multiply quicker
on young tender puppy skin and because you typically carry and cuddle
puppies on a regular basis, the mite comes in contact with you and
your family members more.
The mite does not affect all members of your family
-- therefore many people will be unaware that their dogs have the
mite, since they themselves are not sensitive to itchy bites. The
rash has been misdiagnosed as fleabites, allergic reactions to dogs
and spider bites.
If a puppy owner reports an allergic rash from his dog,
it is always worthwhile to check for this little canine visitor. A
simple scraping at the vet clinic will confirm his presence.
While cheyletiella can spread easily from animal to
animal, it also can be eliminated from your premises easily with the
Upcoming Specialties & Boosters
June 1, 1997 - Burlington, Ontario
Boxer Club of Canada National Specialty
Judge: Cheryl Robbins
Sweeps: Keith Robbins
July 12, 1997 - Woodstock, Ontario
Boxer Club of Canada Booster
Judge: Dr. Harry Smith
July 13, 1997 - Woodstock, Ontario
Boxer Club of Western Ontario Specialty
Judge: Joan Frailey
Sweeps: Jim McGriskin
July 31, 1997 - Bracebridge, Ontario
Boxer Club of Canada Regional Specialty
Judge: John Connolly
August 1, 1997 - Bracebridge, Ontario
Northern Ontario Boxer Club Specialty
Judge - Des Kavanaugh
August 10, 1997 - Timmins, Ontario
Northern Ontario Boxer Club Booster
Judge - Warren Hood
September, 1997 Oakville, Ontario
Boxer Club of Canada Booster Judge: Don Davis
Welcome New Members
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Out & About
My apologies for the lateness of this newsletter --
a combination of hectic time schedule and little news led to my procrastination.
I've got to deal with this bad habit one of these days ....
Lorraine Valleau & Nancy Stantial delivered a litter
of nine puppies, 7 females & 2 males late in November. The dam
is Ch. Valstan's Clara and the sire is Am/Can Ch. Arriba N Huffand's
Oh I Wish (owned by Dale Scale).
Be sure to check out the "Puddle of Puppies" cold cast
bronze limited series of three Boxer puppies created by artist Tony
Acevedo, available from the American Boxer Charitable Foundation which
supports research into medical problems affecting Boxers. The price
is $100US plus $15 for Canadian shipping & handling (Visa and
MC accepted). Address is ABCF Inc., PO Box 300, Rockwood, MI 48173-0300
and FAX for credit card orders is (313)692-8991.
Are you planning to attend the BCC National Specialty
on June 1st at the Holiday Inn in Burlington? don' miss out on the
activities planned for Saturday -- A Historical Display commemorating
BCC's 50th Anniversary is planned and if you are interested in participating
or assisting with the display, please contact Ben deBoer before the
end of April. As well, the ever famous dinner and auction will be
held Saturday evening.
Also on Saturday evening, the BCC Annual General Meeting
takes place and several motions have been made to change the BCC's
constitution. One item deals with confidentiality surrounding disciplinary
action taken against Boxer Club of Canada members and the second item
concerns the implementation of the proposed Draft Code of Ethics.
Both of these items will be voted on at the Annual General Meeting
and are covered in the BCC March minutes.
And don't forget that the ABC national specialty is
right around the corner -- May 5-9 in Frederick Maryland at the Holiday
Inn FSK. Judges are John Connolly (Dogs & Intersex) and David
Strachan (bitches) with Pat Edwards judging the Futurity. Obedience
is also offered.
A correction in the Northern Ontario Boxer Club specialty
results in the last newsletter. Helen Rose reports that her new champion,
Celtic Rose's Irish Spirit took home the Best of Winners honors at
the September show. Sorry for the error, Helen.
Congratulations to Am/Can Ch. Jordanna's Silk N Sabotage
bred by Lynne Beilhartz and owned by Barb & Dutch Cotton on qualifying
for ABC's Top 20 competition. And congratulations also goes out to
Grand Philippine & Cdn Ch. Dauntae's Cameo who was awarded Top
Boxer Bitch in the Philippines -- breeder Lee Muirhead is delighted!
A newcomer to Zephyr Boxers and a new champion undefeated
from the junior puppy class in two weekends of showing -- meet Ch.
Paris Fergaddie of Tiber, a delightful whippet puppy. Maddie also
picked up two Puppy Groups, a Group 4 and a Best Puppy in Show along
the way. Not bad for a spoiled housepet!
Rhoda Straby has been busy with two litters on the ground!
The first arrived Jan. 25th --Ch. Kimlade Admiral Landing at Rubik
CD x Ch. Tickitbou Angel in th' Outfield, 4 males & 2 females.
The second litter was born March 20, Ch. Elharlen's Your Choice x
Ch. Rupik Double Back, 2 males and 1 female.