Editor Susan Chaney interviews a veterinary specialist to learn the causes and available treatments for anal sac impaction. Although the sacs are easily expressed by owners and groomers, infection and abscesses can result if the condition becomes chronic. Find out why dogs do the “flop bott,” and discover the likeliest reasons for the comical shuffle.
DFR Blogger Kayla Bertagnolli says that the three all-breed shows in her home state of Utah are pretty low-key events with simple ring layouts and no extravagant tents. So she was surprised to discover the hazards that can confront handlers and their dogs at some of the larger shows held under the big tents. Peek into this photographer’s perspective on this problem.
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Ring Layouts: Risky or Rewarding?
By Kayla Bertagnolli
As far as ring layouts go, I have been able to see them in all forms and from many perspectives: from showing to assisting to photographing and even fun-match judging. No matter how it pertains to you, it is always important. It’s obvious when it’s good, but it’s even more so when it’s not so good.
When it’s not good, you see chairs or cones in the ring to mark potholes, uneven ground and wobbly tables, and, depending on the show, large stakes inside the rings, holding down those big tents. more
All About Anal Sacs
By Susan Chaney
Who doesn’t remember Tricky Woo doing the “flop bott” in James Herriot’s stories about the veterinary surgery in Yorkshire, England? The vet would simply express the anal sacs of the overweight Pekinese, remind Tricky’s owner to cut down on the dog’s treats, then head off to his next call.
You may have never seen any of your own dogs do the flop bott, but you’ve likely witnessed other dogs as they drag their rear ends across carpet or grass. more