THE CAVALIER CHRONICLE
Hope you are all doing well and staying safe.
We are in the process of setting dates for some of the club's favorite events. The board is met by teleconference on Wednesday, July 15th and we chose a tentative date for the Christmas party. Also, we looked at prospective dates for the Puppy Picnic.
I would like to thank Angela Thibodeau for including CKCSCGA in her health clinic. Many of our members took advantage of the opportunity since we had to cancel our clinics in March.
Please keep Hollis Land in your thoughts and prayers, he has been in the hospital but is home now. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Hope to see everyone soon,
I would like to thank everyone for their lovingly expressed care and concern, and especially for their prayers for my health. On June 3rd, my 4-hour ablation procedure was finally performed at Emory St. Joseph's and has been a great success. No more Afib or Aflutter, and I am feeling wonderful. I look forward to seeing you all soon.
2020 HOLIDAY PARTY
AKC COVID SHOW GUIDELINES
AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB
May 12, 2020
Suggested Best Practices for the Well-Being of Dog Sport Participants The AKC supports each club’s informed decision to reschedule, postpone, or cancel their respective events, as well as supporting clubs ready to hold events in locations that are open and permit gatherings. As events resume across the country, people need to feel safe while enjoying their dog activities. The AKC urges clubs to take appropriate precautions for the benefit of their participants. Events need to be held in a manner that emphasizes the safety of participants and event officials over efficiency. The following is a list of suggested best practices that may be helpful when planning or attending an event. Event locations, facilities, and dates will differ. With a situation that is continually evolving, it is up to the clubs to determine the guidelines that best fit their event. In order to inform participants, specific guidelines established by the club/cluster should be published in the premium, show catalog, club website, and posted on signage/flyers at their event. General Practices 1. Clubs, officials, and participants are required to follow state, local, and facility guidelines that apply to the area and site where the event is held. 2. Practice social distancing consistent with guidelines in effect at the time of the event. Avoid congregating to the extent possible. 3. Consider wearing masks when in close proximity to others. Clubs should provide masks if desired for officials, judges, and volunteers. 4. Consider wearing disposable or washable gloves. 5. Wash hands as frequently as possible. Have disinfecting spray at bathroom facilities for people to spray door handles (or anything else they touch). Consider hiring bathroom attendants to maintain maximum cleanliness. 6. If you utilize portable toilets, please ask for a handwashing station(s) to be delivered as well. 7. Avoid shaking hands, hugging, or other physical contacts. 8. Avoid touching dogs that are not your responsibility. 9. Avoid common use of pens/pencils – bring your own. 10. Disinfect surfaces in common use areas as often as possible (tables, chairs, doorknobs, etc.) Clubs and facilities may consider not providing chairs. Conformation May 12, 2020 11. Meals - Avoid or stagger group lunches/dinners if possible. Hospitality areas should avoid community items such as salt and pepper shakers, condiments, creamers, etc. Participants should consider bringing their own lunch/drinks. 12. Vendors should follow retail guidelines for the area. 13. Parking – Park with sufficient distance between vehicles if possible. If there is a parking fee, ask exhibitors to bring exact change. 14. Indoor show sites should work with facilities to have as many entrance/exits points open as possible. Hand sanitizer should be available at every entrance to the site and at multiple locations within the site. 15. Parking/unloading staff should wear masks and sanitize their hands following the assistance of each individual. Event Practices 1. Opening Date – In order to provide clubs flexibility during times of uncertainty, clubs may specify a date in the premium when entries will start to be accepted. The “opening date” should be selected to allow time for mailed entries. 2. Site Set-up - The size and layout of a site will determine the opportunities available to clubs. • Separate the rings if possible, otherwise set-up buffers within rings along adjoining sides to provide separation. • If individual rings are not possible, avoid placing gates, stewards, and judges’ tables next to those in neighboring rings. • Consider two gates per ring, one for dogs entering and one for dogs exiting. • Stewards should be responsible for finding the dog in the catalog if the exhibitor does not know the armband number and for handing out armbands. Stewards should not hand their catalog to exhibitors for review. Stewards should sanitize their hands frequently and consider wearing a face mask and gloves. • For outdoor shows consider marking off areas near the rings for exhibitors to set-up personal pop-up tents. This can also be done for areas near the buildings holding indoor events. • Create a ready ring area outside the show ring for exhibitors showing the breed being judged. • Clubs should consider not providing chairs. Private chairs should not be placed in higher traffic areas. 3. Scheduling – With the efforts to make shows safer, the event may take longer. Modified scheduling may assist with congestion and provide a better experience for exhibitors. If using a superintendent, work with them to create a schedule that assists with the situation. • Consider published judging segments shorter than one hour. • If possible, schedule groups to start following the completion of the respective breeds. This allows exhibitors the option to leave for the day. • As per AKC rules, Groups and Best in Show are optional for the group and all-breed shows • Some shows may consider implementing entry limits. 4. Exhibitors • Prepare to be self-sufficient: bring sanitizer, bring a generator for electricity, bring personal use masks. • Know the armband numbers for your entries before going to the ring. • Do not congregate at the ring or ring gate. • While showing your dog, maintain social distances with other exhibitors. 5. Grooming • Recommend grooming beside the exhibitor’s vehicle including the use of pop-up tents should weather conditions warrant. • Design the layout of grooming areas and spaces to comply with the social distancing guidelines in place at the time. Marking off individual grooming spaces is encouraged. • Prohibit the use of forced air dryers in indoor grooming areas. 6. Judging is where the ability to socially distance becomes challenging. Taking care to protect the parties will require a concerted effort between the judge, steward, and exhibitors. • Judges should consider wearing face masks if otherwise not required. • All classes should be called in the catalog order to provide order and efficiency. • Judges must practice ring awareness, be conscious of spacing, and take appropriate measures to avoid crowding of exhibitors. • Judges are to have the exhibitor display the oral exam and may personally examine the mouth ONLY if absolutely necessary. By the nature of the procedure, judges must conduct thumb exams. • Judges should sanitize hands after examining each entry. Re-examining of dogs should be minimized. • Judges are encouraged to personally pull ribbons for placements. Coupled with frequent hand sanitizing, this will help mitigate contact exposure. • Equipment used to measure and/or weigh dogs must be sanitized before and after each use. • Clubs should consider providing boxed lunches for judges and volunteers. 7. Photographers should consider using a process where a photo of the judge is added to the photo of the dog. • Consider taking photos of each judge in the morning as though they were standing for an award photo. • Take win photos without judges. • Digitally insert the judge with the wins to finalize the photo. • Consider not using trophy presenters. Temporary Changes to Help Clubs 1. Event Application Late Fees – Event application late fees are waived through the end of October. This provides clubs more flexibility in planning or rescheduling their events. 2. For events canceled in 2020, AKC will apply Event Application fees to the club’s next event of the same type. 3. Assignment Conflicts for Conformation Judges – The 30 days/200-mile conflict distance policy for assignments has been suspended for shows held in 2020. 4. The same day exhibiting restriction for judges assigned only NOHS Groups and/or NOHS BIS has been waived for shows held in 2020. This will provide clubs greater flexibility and more options in the panel assignments. 5. Juniors that have turned 18 on or after March 1 may compete until Oct 31. Participants are expected to follow state, local government, facility, and event guidelines. Clubs should be prepared to enforce the guidelines that apply to their event. The conformation field reps will assist as always in an advisory capacity. These Suggested Best Practices may be periodically updated. Please check the AKC conformation website (www.akc.org/sports/conformation/) for the most up-to-date version. CDC - How to Protect Yourself and Others: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html For questions or additional suggestions, please contact the Club Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay Safe – Enjoy Your Dogs
INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT OF THE MONTH
Dog Ear Yeast Infection
Dogs with normal ears that appear healthy and clean are proof that the ear environment is well maintained and under control by bacteria. However, if for some reason or another, the dog's system is disrupted, bacteria may no longer be able to protect the ears from invaders, therefore, yeast may take over the battle and begin to proliferate. This is when trouble begins.
But what is really yeast? What causes the yeast to proliferate in the first place? Why is bacteria no longer able to keep yeast under control?
WHAT IS YEAST?
Yeasts are single cell forms of fungi that resemble spores. They are naturally found on skin and in ears in small amounts.
CAUSES OF DOG EAR YEAST INFECTION;
1 - Antibiotics
One of the most common causes of yeast infections is a prescription for antibiotics. Antibiotics are well known to kill both good and bad bacteria in the gut, and this is why yogurt is often prescribed. However, antibiotics can also kill the good bacteria in the eas as well.
2 - Weakened immune system
Dogs that are stressed or weakened because of fighting against a disease, are more likely to develop yeast infections in their ears. A good way to prevent these annoying infections is therefore to ensure your dog is fed premium dog food, gets sufficient exercise, and lives stress free.
3 - Weakened ear environment
If your dog's ears are already bothering the dog because of allergies, the constant scratching and the higher production of oils, may open the way to yeast growth. So a dog may have ear problems such as a bacterial infection and an ear yeast infection on top of that because the skin in the ears has become vulnerable.
4 - Ideal environment
Yeast thrives in humid, dark and warm areas, therefore, your dog's ears make yeast a perfect place to live and settle causing those annoying ear yeast infections in dogs. This is mostly seen in floppy ear dogs and because of their conformation it is easy for the yeast to settle in and thrive. Dogs with erect ears therefore, may be less likely to get ear yeast problems because their ears are naturally more likely to be exposed to light and air.
DOG EAR YEAST INFECTION SYMPTOMS
A dog affected by a yeast infection in its ears is very likely prone to be quite miserable. Symptoms of ear yeast infection in dogs may be as follows:
Pawing at Ears
Swollen Ears with Ear Discharge
Ideally, the dog should have a veterinarian check the ears so to exclude other ear problems. If he ears have a black coffee ground discharge there may be actually ear mites, which require a totally different treatment than yeast.
The best way to diagnose an ear yeast infection is by having the vet collect a sample and view it under the microscope. In some cases, a culture and sensitivity test is recommended.
NATURAL HOME REMEDIES
1 - Before using any home remedies the ear canal needs to the cleaned well. Medications or home remedies may not work in a dirty ear because they are unable to treat the surface of the skin directly.
2 - One of the best home remedies for yeast infection in the ears is white vinegar. White vinegar is able to return the ear's PH back to an acidic state that makes the ear inhospitable for the yeast. The vinegar should never be used in its pure form, rather it must be diluted. A 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water may be mixed well and poured into a spray bottle.
3 - After the ears are clean, the solution should be sprayed in the ears and dried out with a cotton ball twice a day. The ears should improve within 48 hours.
4 - Over the counter ear solution Zymox is an effective product that relieves bacterial and yeast ear infections without side effects. There are many success stories on this product. If this treatment does not work the dog may need stronger prescription ear drops from the veterinarian.
Floppy ear dogs should never be left with their ears wet. If you are planning to bathe a floppy ear dog follow what groomers do: put cotton balls inside the ears to prevent them from getting wet.
*Disclaimer: All remedies suggested are not to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If you pet is sick refer to your veterinarian for a hands on examination.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Homemade Dog Biscuits Ingredients
Makes about 5 dozen
1 cup all-purpose flour *
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup brewer's yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside
2. Place oil in a large bowl. Add stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock. Mix well.
3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife.(Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog's size.)
4. If desired, you can spell out your dog's name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick (wet the toothpick first so it won't stick).
5. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
6. Bake biscuits 10 minutes. Brush with stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes more. Turn off oven, leaving door closed. Let dog biscuits stand in oven to dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Wrap as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.
* if you have a dog that is susceptible to seizures use gluten-free flour; wheat can cause seizures