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Recently found this on Facebook and it sums up my hate for people who breed these dogs perfectly.
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This is AMAZING!

For those who can’t go to the link, the following is what it says:

FYI, none of this is mine. It was posted by Bilton veterinary centre, the same one as in the picture. All credit goes to them but I felt it was important to get word out about some of the breeds of dogs that are riddled with health problems. If you own a pug that’s perfectly healthy that’s cool, but it’s doesn’t change the fact that an alarming number of short nosed (almost no nosed at this point) dogs have extreme difficulty with tasks like breathing and blinking.

 "So I am going to have a rant now and I apologise in advance if this upsets anyone, but here goes.

   Last week, I managed to reduce a lovely family to floods of tears.  They had brought their new dog in to come and see me.  There was a young lady, her husband and their two children of about 8 or 9 years old and they were all already absolutely besotted with their new pet - their first dog, and they had been planning it for several years.

   The dog was a 5-month-old French Bulldog that they had picked up from a breeder about 4 weeks previously.  They were concerned that their new dog may have “a chill” as the dog had sore runny eyes,  difficulty in eating and kept making a choking sound.  They had also noticed the dog had a “funny smell” about him. As I examined the dog it became quickly apparent what was occurring and my heart sank.

  This dog was yet another increasingly popular “short-nosed” breed that was suffering horribly from a myriad of problems - all related to its poor breeding and its unfortunate anatomy. After the examination, I found that this dog had: 

 - Eyeballs too big for its eye sockets. So much so, that when he blinked, the eyelids didn’t fully cover the eyeballs.  (Imagine going out on a windy day and not being able to blink!) This had resulted in deep painful ulcers forming on both eyes that in the short term would require intensive treatment and could feasibly result in the rupture of one or both eyeballs. 

  - The bones forming the front of his face (the maxilla) were so squashed by virtue of this style of this breed (called the brachycephalics), that the soft-tissue structures of the throat are compressed and forced backwards -  obstructing his larynx.  Amongst other things, his soft palate was so elongated (relative to his skull) that it kept getting trapped over his wind-pipe.

 -His nostrils were completely occluded, so absolutely no airflow was possible through his nose.  All of his breathing had to take place through his open mouth.  This meant that whilst he was eating/sleeping he was going through bouts of asphyxiation and so would have to spit the food out or wake up and open his mouth - purely so he would be able to breathe.  This explained the “choking” sound that there were hearing all the time.  He could just manage to breathe with his mouth open, but this then exacerbated the problems with his soft palate.

 - The skin fold over the top of the nose (caused by the squashed face involuting the skin) had caused a crevice of around 2-3 cms deep, where the skin was rubbing against its self.  In this area, the skin was ulcerated and was full of liquid pus.  It was this that the owners were smelling.  This was incredibly painful for the animal and he cried every time I tried to clean it.

 -The skin around his feet, ears, armpits and groin was red raw and inflamed.   He clearly was very itchy and had been licking at these areas repeatedly - which had, in turn, made them more sore and painful.  This is very typical of a condition called “atopy” which is very common in many breeds, particularly the Bulldogs (French and English). So at this point, the shocked owners asked what needed to be done to sort him out.

  So I had to explain that he would need: 

 - Bilateral eyelid shortening surgery that would allow the dog to blink properly and prevent further ulcers from forming.  As well as long-term medication to improve the quality of his tears.

 - Complex soft tissue surgery of the back of the throat to, (amongst other things) shorten his soft palate to facilitate his breathing.

 - He would need both of his nostrils opening up so as to allow adequate air flow to be possible to allow him to breathe/exercise/eat/sleep properly.

 -He would need a “face-lift” to remove a large amount of excess skin on the front of his face, to try and open up the fold that was causing so much infection and pain.

 -He may need allergy testing, food trials, anti-inflammatories etc to try and manage the atopic skin disease that he has. 

 *He needs all of this fairly urgently.  

 *He can’t have all of this done at once and so will require several anaesthetics and complex procedures to be done over a period of time.   

*He is only 5 months old. 

*He needs all of this doing - just so that he can live a vaguely normal life.   


 Also - he is not insured.  It transpired that the new owners looked into insurance but the premium was so high for this breed, that they felt they couldn’t afford it.  To move forward, he would have to go to a specialist veterinary unit (sadly recently set up to deal with the increasing number of very poorly brachycephalic dogs with extreme conformational issues) and this treatment could cost upwards of £8,000 to correct.

 Once I had discussed all this with the owners - they were understandably distraught.  They had hoped for a “cute” and “cuddly” family pet that they had seen examples of spread throughout popular media.  They had no idea that these problems even existed.  Instead, they now have a much-loved dog that is miserable, has a long journey ahead of it and one that they cannot afford to have fixed.

 The family left the room in floods of tears, armed with medication that would temporarily alleviate some of the symptoms and try to make the poor little dog more comfortable.  From what I have later found out, this dog has gone to a rescue centre to be rehomed.  It may have moved away, but its problems most certainly will not have done.

 Pugs, Frenchies, English Bulldogs and Shar-Peis are amongst the breeds which are increasingly being abandoned in vast numbers as people cannot cope with their ongoing problems, illnesses and costs.  It upsets us all hugely when we see how many of the problems frequently associated with these breeds are now classed as “normal”. I will commonly hear “Oh it is normal for this breed to struggle with A, B or C”. NO IT ISN’T NORMAL!

 These trendy flat-faced breeds are some of the most expensive puppies to currently buy.  There is serious money for people who sell a litter of these puppies and so the incentive to breed is VERY high.  It must be said that there are responsible breeders who are trying to “back-breed” these types of dogs to have longer noses, smaller eyes, more open nostrils etc and try to reduce the incidence of these conditions, and these people should be applauded.  However, puppy farms and irresponsible owners are rife, and these “breeders” don’t seem to care a jot about the long-term prognosis and what the future holds for “their” breed. 

 It is also worth noting that many of these breeds are unable to give birth naturally now too (due to the shape of the puppy’s skulls) and so the mothers often go through multiple caesareans… 

 PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP AND THINK before you buy.  Come and talk to US about the breeds that you are interested in - and we shall give you the whole picture.

 I am completely exhausted and totally demoralised seeing these type of problems on a daily basis.  There are enough horrible illnesses, diseases and potential accidents out there without being destined to be unwell before you are even born.

   Whilst people are still buying these dogs, people will still breed them and the problem will never go away.“

So many people try to get people NOT to get their breed because “they’re not for everyone” and “you can’t handle my breed” even if their breed isn’t necessarily that hard to deal with???


Companions as dog breeds

Checking bad the reaction I did was companions dog breed of choice, so what pet they’d have! sorry about that anon who asked for this ><

Cait: staffordshire bull terrier

Curie: papillon 

Danse:  alaskan malamute

Deacon: Corgi 

Nick: Slovakian Rough-haired Pointer

Hancock:   Chinese Cresteds

Maccready:  australian cattle dog

preston: Golden retriever 

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Piper: Border collie 

X6-88:   Doberman 


I always feel really bad when I breed pokemon I won’t use in battle (I just think small grass pokemon are cute..) BUT NOW with leavanny I feel like… if I leave my babies in the same box as him they’ll get aggressively cared for and therefore it’s OK

You seem to be under the impression that there is a special breed of bad humans. There is no such thing as a stereotype bad man in this world. Under normal conditions, everybody is more or less good, or, at least, ordinary. But tempt them, and they may suddenly change. That is what is so frightening about men.
—  Natsume Soseki, Kokoro

We should stop finding physical deformities in pets that cause them pain/severely impact their quality of life “cute”. 

If a dog cannot run without getting heatstroke, breath without making loud noises or breed and give birth without human assistance then that’s the cue to fucking stop. 

(Also being against things like the retromop program so that a lot of the problem breed dogs can actually be dogs again because they lose the “”“"cute”“”“ features like a face that looks like it’s been hit with a frying pan or a skull so small and eyes so big it’s got natural proptosis means I don’t think you actually care about dogs. You just want an aesthetic to take twee Instagram pictures with)

anonymous asked:

Opinions on Shetland Sheepdogs?

A sheltie is one of my favorite patients right now. He’s such a little prince, even though his senior years have left him a bit scruffy looking.

Originally posted by animalsrcool

They’re not bad overall as a breed, IF you can meet the grooming requirements of that floofy coat. They will get seriously matted if not groomed properly, with deep mats even if the outer coat looks good.

Their teeth are not great. Not as bad as some breeds, and a few individuals get lucky and have alright teeth, but they benefit from early preventative care.

They are an uncommon breed, I suspect largely due to the grooming requirements, but in my experience have been fairly sturdy and long lived. They do get eye abnormalities, but many breed clubs have screening procedures in place to try to eradicate it. In any case, a dog can be blind and still enjoy a good quality of life if there’s squeakers in its toys and you don’t install a swimming pool.

I haven’t noticed any one particular issue this breed consistently suffers from, they only seem to get the standard mix that any dog can get. Paten ductus arteriosis and von willebrands (clotting disorder) are recorded as problems in this breed, but I’m yet to encounter them.

So from a veterinary perspective I don’t think they’re too bad, so long as you can keep up the maintenance.

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I feel like at some point, I need to change my FFXIV message so it says something about PotD. Cause it’s good for levelling, but it breeds bad practices if it’s the only thing used to level, purely because of the way PotD plays. Enemies are squishy and fall over in a few strikes; the enemies barely hit for decent damage outside of AoEs, meaning anyone with a decent aetherpool can tank; and potions literally rain from the sky, meaning unless you really fuck up, you can easily recover from most screw-ups. Which isn’t to mention how most of any class set-up can blast through the Palace if they have a modicum of sanity.

It leads to situations where people think they can tank whatever they want, that healers don’t need to heal unless it’s an emergency, that tanks are there purely to soak up damage without realising how their job works…

Hell, thinking on it, this is what people are worried about with Jump potions, of a sort - where people instantly hit max-level with no effort and all that sorta stuff. Though this is more of a long-burn thing which has more of a different effect, because instead of going in with no knowledge or training (as some people assume will be the norm), people are coming out of the Palace rich and stupid, with a completely back-asswards idea of how to play their job. And when they get into a proper dungeon with the intent to play like they did in PotD? That’s when things turn sour.

Like, at least with Jump potions, there’s a chance that Squenix will make a mandatory tutorial showing how the class works, how to best utilize their abilities and so on. People are still gonna be bad, but it’ll be through inexperience, and they’ll at least be pointed in the right direction. They’ll have a vague idea of how their class should work, and can build upon it. Whereas the johnnies who levelled purely with PotD are becoming a blight on the duty finder, having entirely the wrong experience to work with.

It looks like the boy can’t have a daytime pillow anymore, he did this in like the four minutes I was in my bedroom getting ready to take him out. He just goes into that hyper-anxious-excited state and wants to shred. If he comes in the bedroom while I’m getting ready I have to repeatedly yell “down”, because he jumps on the bed and goes after the blankets and pillows. It’s a bit stressful. There’s no safe room to shut him in, all have chewable items, the garage is off limits to him, he’s never been crated as far as I know. Maybe I will just have to put him in the backyard while I get ready????


The woo-woos are strong with this one. 

General Tips for Niche - A Genetics Survival Game

I’ve been spending hours upon hours playing Niche, and I figured I might as well share my experience and advice with everyone!

-Name your animals.

You’re going to have a lot more fun, not to mention it will be much easier to keep track of the little buggers, especially if you have a large brood. No more remembering which of your three Vanduks has that gene you need. Don’t be afraid to go a little wild. C:

-Breed out bad genes before they spread.

Get rid of the stuff like blind eyes, hemophilia, and no-paws before they become dominant in your tribe. Arrange breeding pairs where one or neither parents carry these genes and only breed the best of those offspring. This way, your tribe can prosper later.

-Sometimes, inbreeding can be more beneficial than mating with outsiders.

Keep finding blind hemophiliac outsiders with one paw? No problem! You can breed siblings and cousins completely safely as long as their immunity genes are different.

For example, say you have one parent with immunities AB and one with immunities CD. Breeding an AC offspring with an AD offspring is risky, as an AA offspring will get sick and only live for about half or a third as long as the average healthy Nicheling.

However, an AC and a BD can breed safely, regardless of their relation! Avoid arranging any breeding pairs with matching immunities, and if you do happen to get a double immunity, it is highly recommended to banish it from the tribe and possibly kill it off. Only keep a double immunity if you are very short on tribe members.

-Unless your tribe is very low on members, kill rogue males on sight.

Rogue males carry undesirable traits. They always lack both paws and usually have hemophilia and short-sighted/blind eyes. Since they have no paws, their offspring are guaranteed to be missing at least one (unless a mutation takes effect). If a rogue’s offspring become dominant in a tribe, you are likely to run out of food and starve due to lack of hands for collecting and hunting. (I learned this the hard way.)

-Pick berries and kill small animals.

It is very important to keep some nimble fingers, runner legs, and velvet paws in your tribe so you can pick berries. Station as many Nichelings at berry bushes as you can while also having a few explorers and breeders. This way, your tribe will not run out of food.

-The starter island isn’t very big.

If you want a large, prospering tribe, move to the next Easy island (flowery ports) once you get a dozen or so members. You will likely reach a large. bountiful swamp island where you can keep many more animals due to more space and food sources.

-If you have to ask yourself if you’re ready for the jungle, you’re not.

It takes specialized Nichelings to live in the jungle and avoid the apes. You need many specific genes to flourish there, such as camouflage-adapted fur, lots of velvet paws to sneak around, stinky tails, poison attributes, etc. You’re better off waiting and preparing as long as you possibly can.

-And most importantly, have fun!

anonymous asked:

"Only people involved in halter can speak on halter horses." SILENCING TACTIC "Speaking up about issues makes the breed look bad." SILENCING TACTIC Mudslinging about "backyard arabians" SILENCING TACTIC

(Is someone specifically doing that? Feel free to point that out if you like. You can stay on Anon.)

Mmmmmm dat derailing. Dat othering. 

I’m not impressed with anyone that wants to gatekeep and play holier-than-thou with other folks as a means to deflect, and certainly not with anyone that thinks that keeping appearances is more important than addressing very real issues within an industry. 

But that’s just me.

We all joke about Mirrors changing breeds and being afraid because they feel like they’ve become blind

But think about Skydancers changing breeds. They’ve always felt so many things from everyone around them and suddenly they can’t ? How can they communicate and understand people without their sensitivity ?! 

Skydancers that didn’t quite understand why other breeds thought Faes were so hard to understand because they could feel their emotions but now they just hear a monotone and are really confused.

Skydancers that loved large gatherings and big clans because they could feel everyone around them being happy, but now find them just too loud and energetic and they can’t pick up who is doing what !

Skydancers that panic at first because sweet deities did the world suddenly lose half of its magical energies ?? Is the Shade coming back ?? Why can’t they feel any shift around them ??

… I love breedchanging headcanons okay.