Saturday, June 14, 2014

Vizsla Study on Neutering and Cancer

Full article here:   Vizsla study on Cancer and Neutering

New Evidence Shows Link Between Spaying, Neutering and Cancer

June 13, 2014

By Dr. Becker
A recent study raises even more questions about traditional spay/neuter practices for U.S. dogs.
The study, titled "Evaluation of the risk and age of onset of cancer and behavioral disorders in gonadectomized Vizslas,"1 was conducted by a team of researchers with support from the Vizsla Club of America Welfare Foundation. It was published in the February 1, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Like previous research on Rottweilers and Golden Retrievers, the results of the Vizsla study are a call to action to take a closer look at current neutering recommendations.

Vizsla Study Results

The Vizsla study involved 2,505 dogs, and reported these results:
  • Dogs neutered or spayed at any age were at significantly increased risk for developing mast cell cancer, lymphoma, all other cancers, all cancers combined, and fear of storms, compared with intact dogs.
  • Females spayed at 12 months or younger, and both genders neutered or spayed at over 12 months had significantly increased odds of developing hemangiosarcoma, compared with intact dogs.
  • Dogs of both genders neutered or spayed at 6 months or younger had significantly increased odds of developing a behavioral disorder, including separation anxiety, noise phobia, timidity, excitability, submissive urination, aggression, hyperactivity, and/or fear biting. When it came to thunderstorm phobia, all neutered or spayed Vizslas were at greater risk than intact Vizslas, regardless of age at neutering.
  • The younger the age at neutering, the earlier the age at diagnosis with mast cell cancer, cancers other than mast cell, hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma, all cancers combined, a behavioral disorder, or fear of storms.
  • Compared to intact dogs, neutered and spayed dogs had a 3.5 times higher risk of developing mast cell cancer, regardless of what age they were neutered.
  • Spayed females had nine times higher incidence of hemangiosarcoma compared to intact females, regardless of when spaying was performed, however, no difference in incidence of this type of cancer was found for neutered vs. intact males.
  • Neutered and spayed dogs had 4.3 times higher incidence of lymphoma (lymphosarcoma), regardless of age at time of neutering.
  • Neutered and spayed dogs had five times higher incidence of other types of cancer, regardless of age of neutering.
  • Spayed females had 6.5 times higher incidence of all cancers combined compared to intact females, and neutered males had 3.6 times higher incidence than intact males.

Go to link at top for complete article.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Elk Patties Merle loved

 Subject :  About Elk Sausage you make

 Hello. I love your books and your dogs.

 I have two Vizslas of my own (Bailey and Chloe).
 I wonder if you have a recipe (yes, you are really being asked for a recipe!) for the elk sausage you say Merle loved so much. How do you make it, if you don't mind sharing.

Thank you,
 Joanie (RBD's better half)

Dear Joan,
Thanks for writing and I’m glad you’ve liked the books.
The sausage Merle liked is a breakfast sausage, patty style:

2 lbs. ground elk meat
black pepper
red cracked pepper
garlic powder
chopped parsley
chopped onion (very fine)

Mix everything together, form into patties, fry or grill.

All my best,

Ted Kerasote

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Redbirddog's fifth anniverary today

Five years ago, I just got back from a field trial in Hungry Valley Nevada (30 miles northeast of Reno).  Bailey had come in fourth in a Derby stake our of twenty upland bird dogs.  I was feeling good about my dogs and wanted to share. 

June 8, 2009 I posted this:

There was this guy out of New York City "The Regal Vizsla" that had a blog.  I loved reading the stories of his adventures on the East Coast.  I thought why not do one for the West Coast in a similar way.

A friend of mine suggested several names including Red Bird Dog.  I was thinking of what to call this blog.  Perfect!  Now it is evolving into a business. 

Never would I have imaged that five years ago.

So on June 8th, 2009 I started sharing places, pictures, adventures, advice, dramas, wins, loses, breeding, puppies, human and dog relationships, and dog books I love.  I never ran out of things to post.  Some times time would restrict me from posting but never the desire to share what a great adventure these two Hungarian Pointers have added to my life.

Didn't think about it today until I got the below e-mail.  Name left out but everything is just how it came in.


My name is (VIZSLA LOVER) and I am a Soldier in the California National Guard currently deployed to Kuwait. I return to the states in December and will be looking for my buddy. I have never been a hunter of animals, outside of the two legged kind who hurt good people, but wish to learn. I have researched the bejeezers out of dog breeds and have been surer of few things as much as I am that v's are for me. I have seen your handle and your postings all over the net. I like what you say and your reputation. I'm not just looking for a breeder. I'm looking for advice on how to start bird hunting and all the things associated with that. I have a few hundred questions but don't want to over impose. If you have the time please shoot me a line and I'll be more than happy to give you my full background and desires for my future with my buddy.... Thank you.

Redbirddog has changed over the last five years.  Hope for the better.  I keep learning and sharing.  Isn't the internet great.  150,000 visits and 280,000 pages viewed. 

Happy trails.
Rod aka RBD