I once caught sarcoptic mange from a golden retriever I found on the street. Easy to cure, but my dermatologist had never seen this. Is it common?
Sarcoptic mange, or “canine scabies” is an important zoonosis, often passed from dogs to people. An itchy rash can develop on humans within 24 hours of contacting a dog with mange, and the rash can last for three weeks, affecting the arms, neck, and waistline. It usually gets better by itself as long as the dog is treated properly, and as long as further contact is stopped until the dog has recovered.
I have always offered birds in my garden brown bread but have started using white as it’s cheaper. The birds don’t eat it as hungrily: is there a reason for this?
Wild birds prefer a natural diet: brown bread is more grain-like than white. But in the summer, soaked dry cat food is better. Remember to top up water supplies daily as well. See rspb.org.uk.
FESTIVAL FUN FOR DOGS
Standon Calling (standon-calling.com, July 26-29) aims to be the UK’s most dog-friendly music festival, with paths and zones that avoid crowds and loud music, festival-themed dog tags, dog agility classes, dog portrait artists and a fun dog show.
Lovely Taffy (above) is a sweet two-year-old lurcher. Contact 01225 780259 or visit bcdh.org.uk
To view outcomes of rescued pets, see petethevet.com/rescues