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ATTENTION ALL DUCK SHOOTERS
Clutha District, your district
Clutha Values, your values
Clutha Vets, your vets
Balclutha (03) 418-1280
Milton (03) 417-8032
Duck shooting season is nearly here. Plans for
opening day are well underway but have you
remembered a very important member of the
shooting party -- your duck dog?
Plan ahead so your dog is fit for a long day
retrieving. Unfit and overweight dogs are more
likely to suffer muscle, tendon and ligament
injuries. If your dog has been a bit of a couch
potato start increasing his exercise gradually.
If he is carrying excess weight stop titbits and
slightly reduce his food. If he is a bit lean an
increase in body condition will stop him from
getting tired and cold as quickly.
If your duck dog has got a few kilometers on
the clock and is starting to get a bit creaky but
would be devastated if you leave him behind
on opening day come and talk to us about
treatments for arthritis. Even if medication is
not needed all year round it may be beneficial
for the shooting season. Again these dogs
would really benefit from a gradual increase
in exercise levels in the weeks leading up to
opening day and good weight control.
Check when your dog was last wormed - land
owners may want to see a current worming
certificate. If your dog will be mixing with
others consider kennel cough vaccination.
Kennel cough is very contagious and easily
spreads in aerosol form. Ear and skin infections
can be triggered or worsened by swimming
particularly in pond water. Problems spotted
early and treated promptly are more quickly
Have some old towels in the maimai to
dry your dog to help prevent hypothermia
especially if the weather is cold or wet and give
him regular rests. Have glucose tablets or other
high energy food on hand. Check for shivering
- normally cold ears or feet mean your dog is
cold but this isn't so reliable when they are
wet. Instead lift their top lip and check if their
mouth feels cold. Remember that your dog
loves his work and will keep retrieving to the
point of exhaustion. The signs of low blood
sugar, low body temperature and exhaustion
are weakness, tremors, collapse, seizures and
coma. Spot the signs early or your dog may
need urgent veterinary treatment. If your dog
is getting cold and tired dry him, put a blanke
or dog coat on him and give him something
to eat. He should quickly perk up and i
not he's probably had enough for the day
There are neoprene vests available to help keep
your dog warm and are particularly good fo
thin coated breeds such as Pointers, Vizsla
and Weimaraners. You can even get floatation
vests for the less confident swimmers!
During the month of April Clutha Vets at
Balclutha and Milton are offering free warrant
of fitness checks for duck dogs. Our nurses
will do a full health check, body condition
score and assess any problems such as stiff
joints. We have a limited number of goodies
to give away as well so don't delay and book
your dogs in today
your dogs in today.
Fundraising run or walk with the stars
I hope everyone got the chance to
take a breather over Easter. The
year has stated at a hectic pace
and it doesn't look like slowing
any time soon.
At primary school level, another
tournament has been added to the
calendar. It's exciting to be
hosting the first primary school
football tournament on April 17.
If other tournaments are anything
to go by, this should lead to
increased numbers taking up the
game. Football South and local
coach Barry Keith will be visiting
schools this week in preparation
for the year 3 to 6 tournament.
Rogaine is another exciting
addition to the sport calendar.
Megan Balchin and Jason Palmer
have introduced the sport to our
district and it involves basic map
reading skills and the ability to
find your way around the flood
banks of Balclutha.
It's fun for individuals, teams or
families and the next events are
on April 10 and 24.
The next date that everyone
should be aware of is this Sunday,
April 7. The wellness programme,
in conjunction with Sport Clutha,
is raising funds for the Cancer
Society with a 5km or 1km run or
walk. It will be followed by an
elite and business house chal-
lenge, with Alison and Nicola
Shanks guests of honour.
Intending runners and walkers
are asked to register at the Cross
Recreation Centre at 1pm for a
1.30pm start. The entry cost is $5
and it also gets you in to hear
cycling star Alison Shanks speak.
Those not wanting to compete can
attend for $10.
After Shanks' brief talk, there will
be an elite challenge between
Alison, Nicola and some of our
best sporting talent, as well as a
chance to win a television if you
pick the winning team.
Tiny Carruthers is regional
sports co-ordinator for the
Clutha District. He can be
contacted on 418 3046 or
Team bring in
Top squad: Kaka Point Surf Life Saving Club's super IRB
race team are from back and left: coach Danney Mason,
Luke Kuiti, Hayden Gold, Matthew Kuiti, Tyler Ford. Front:
Michael Kuiti. Kaka Point was third -- out of more than 40
under-21 teams -- in the assembly rescue race at the IRB
national championships at Waipu Cove, north of
Auckland. Other achievements for the team this season
included winning a silver medal at the South Island
champs in the mass rescue, as well as winning the Otago
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