by HighDesertGSD on 06 October 2011 - 19:10
These have been my experiences. Let's see if others in the area agree.
1. No fleas. Too dry for fleas to reproduce
2. No need to deworm adults and older pups. Worms are inside a dog and usually in balance. Deworming is needed once or twice for young pups.
3. No ticks. same reason.
4. Poops dry up fast and become easier to pickup.
5 Rattlesnakes a potential danger if you are on the edge of a development. One GSD I know died from snakebite.
6. No heartworm problems
by Nevada GSD on 07 October 2011 - 14:10
Worming is absolutely necessary unless your dog is kept inside. Rounds and hooks are easily picked up, and if the dog hunts, tape worms are a threat as well.
While rattlesnakes are definitely a threat, most stay away from the immediate home ranch area.
I am in the high desert, very arid, many GSD's.
by malndobe on 08 October 2011 - 06:10
by Championl on 08 October 2011 - 12:10
by Bhaugh on 09 October 2011 - 02:10
Valley Fever is hard to dx and getting more common. I worry most about black widow spiders and scorpions. I had a friend a couple of weeks back that had a dog that was bit by a scorpion. Other than benedryl the dog was ok.
And blow away poop? Your watching too much tv. Poop is just the same as anywhere and we still scoop poop same as anyone else.
by HighDesertGSD on 10 October 2011 - 22:10
by DAK44 on 11 October 2011 - 01:10
by clc29 on 12 October 2011 - 16:10
I would say the biggest issue with animals in the SW is the heat in certain areas of AZ and NV and the winters in northern and central NM.
Making sure they have plenty of water, both to drink and play in, and a well ventilated shelter to get out of the sun in the hot areas is very important.
We get snow in the Albuquerque area in the winter and even though not much it can get very cold. So good warm shelter or keep them indoors.
Never had a problem with worms either. However, I do have their stools tested.
Never had a problem with heart worm and don't personally know anyone who has. But it seems to be more common here in ABQ (according to my vet friend) than in PHX.
Never had a problem with Valley Fever but know people who have lost animals to it. Also, humans are susceptible to Valley Fever.
We do have lots of scorpions, centipedes and black widows. Keeping common areas clean, not keeping cut wood close to the house or dog areas, and using a bug guy once a month takes care of most of that problem. We still get the occasional scorpion or centipede in the house, which gets stomped into the ceramic tile upon site.
I saw lots of rattle snakes in AZ but have never had an animal bitten. New Mexico also has a lot of rattle snakes but I have never seen one here in ABQ (just been lucky I guess). Also because Cisco is in training to be a wilderness search dog, I will be getting him snake proofed at some point.
As for the poop drying out quicker.....Sorry had to laugh at that one......and agree with Bhaugh......adding.....only if you leave it on the ground for weeks, will it dry out and blow away :)
The only other thing I can think of is.......because of the arid condition and high altitude here in ABQ......I am more aware of potential eye problems, pannis specifically, and have both my dogs eyes checked every year.
by Dog Bum on 15 October 2011 - 05:10
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