The Rip Van Wrinkler, XVIII, Issue 3, August 2014

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Cosequin works by Susan Marsicano

Cosequin, which is Glucosamine & Chondroitin, in the correct proportions, is no longer a prescription med, so is available online. It has always worked.

I just watched my Occhi, who is past 13.5 years old, run to the picture windows in the living room, take off running, into a leap onto the day bed. A short while ago he was unable to get up on any of the furniture, which we all know is very sad for basenjis. I had recently been using a joint supplement from Springtime, Inc.

I bought him some Coesquin, and in exactly one week, I found him sleeping on his living room armchair.

Tamara Allen reports a similar result with 14.5 year old Gloria. "I was shocked -- Gloria was quickly declining in mobility - the CosQ and in two weeks, back to leaping. Happy shock. I ordered another bottle for her."

It comes regular strength & DS. Gloria uses the regular strength, & Occhi, who is larger, DS. Cosequin.

Sighthound Owners!

Pass this on in case anyone would like to participate...

The Pharmacogenomics Research Lab in the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine is currently conducting a study with the purpose of identifying genetic predispositions to adverse drug reactions. The long term goal of this study is to develop genetic tests to identify dogs that may be at increased risk of experiencing an adverse reaction to specific drugs. These gene differences occur more frequently in specific breeds of dogs. We are looking to collect DNA samples from the following dog breeds:



Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound)

Chart Polski (Polish Greyhound)

Galgo Español

Afghan Hound

Hortaya Borzaya

Irish Wolfhound

Italian Greyhound

Magyar agár (Hungarian Greyhound)


Scottish Deerhound

Silken Windhound



Long-haired whippet

Appalachian Greyhound


Canary Islands Hound Podenco Canario

Cirneco dell'Etna

Ibizan Hound (Podenco Ibicenco)

Pharaoh Hound (Kelb tal-fenek)

Portuguese Podengo

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Peruvian Inca Orchid

Thai Ridgeback

Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

The process is simple. DNA will be collected by swabbing the inside of your dog’s mouth cheek with a soft bristle brush. The brush will be taken to the lab, DNA extracted, analyzed, and stored for future study. There will be no cost to you. At the end of the study we will email you the results of the analysis for your dog/s.

If you have a dog that meets one of the above breed specifications and would like to participate in this study, or need more information, please contact Hannah Bigelow (

*Although we want DNA from all of the breeds listed above, we are most interested in sampling from Greyhounds.

Hannah Bigelow

Jean Dodds Seminar at Albany Obedience Club

November 8 & 9, 2014


“Spend a weekend learning the most up to date information about the canine immune system, vaccination protocols, titers, the rabies challenge and hypothyroidism.   Dr. Jean Dodds needs no introduction.  She the founder of Hemopet  based in California.   Dr. Dodd's new book:  ‘Functional Foods that Heal your Dog: the Power of Nutrigenomics.’  2014.  DogWise Publishing, Wenatchee, WA will be released this year.”

Saturday 9 to 4:30 pm. Sunday 9 to 4:30 pm

Beverages and light snacks will be included.

Albany Obedience Club

535 Wemple Rd., Glenmont NY 12077

AOC members: two days $130 _ one day $70 _

Non-members: two days $170 _ one day $90 _

Registration closes November 1st

Flyer and Registration Form

from Patty Ewing

Something to be aware of:

Tramadol will become a schedule IV controlled substance on August 18th. That means that a veterinarian will need a DEA license to prescribe it and will have to follow DEA regulations and meet recordkeeping requirements when prescribing this drug.

The ruling was in part based on the fact that Tramadol is an opiate which means it is capable of triggering addictions similar to that of morphine, though it is recognized that the potential for abuse is low and physical dependence is limited (thus the designation as schedule IV).


Tramadol has been classified as a controlled substance in Oklahoma since Oct 2012. Okies got a head start! It is not uncommon for some states to have stricter regulations than federal regulations. There are other states that have already classified Tramadol as a controlled substance prior to this new federal ruling which will apply to ALL stares. They recognized the abuse issues sooner....employee theft or owners taking Tramadol prescribed for their dog.

Phenobarb has been classified as a controlled substance at the federal level for decades, so that is not new. What may have happened is that your state's pharmacy board may have recently changed prescribing regulations that limit refills and only allow 1 month of phenobarb to be prescribed at a time.

Here is a link to the AVMA website with more information:

Additional information:

No More CERF

After nearly 30 years of working towards the elimination of heritable eye disease in dogs, The Canine Eye Registration Foundation will stop accepting new registrations for the CERF registry on June 15, 2014. Our on-line registry will continue to be available for approximately the next year after which CERF records will be available via the OFA website. CERF would like to thank all of our breeders and all dog lovers for their continued support over these many years. Please direct any questions and/or concerns that you may have to

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