World 60-weave record holder Wenya Ready Trevor has faced lots of problems in his short life. He will celebrate his sixth birthday this year, but there were times when his owner Traci Gaunt thought he would never make it. Ann Shear tells how Traci battled - and won - and got Trevor's gluten allergy under control and how he went on to find his place in the Guinness Book of Records.
Traci chose Trevor, a Welsh blue merle Working Sheepdog, at his farm home six years ago. But all was not what it seemed. He was a very difficult dog from the start, even for Traci who is a qualified trainer. Behaviour problems were evident from an early age, but even more worrying was the fact that his gums swelled up alarmingly and he suffered major coat loss.
Meanwhile Trevor was proving to be a real handful but Traci persevered, training twice a week with him and the other dogs and practising at home. As with all puppies, training was a fun time for the dog, though a bit wearing for Traci! Control came slowly but surely, though he was very excitable and, at times, unpredictable.
At the time, Traci was doing agility with her older dog Jaff. She brought Trevor with her to training and could see his potential. Trevor had the ability to become a really good agility dog. He was intelligent, very quick over the ground and loved working. If only she could get the medical problem sorted out, she knew he would do well so she looked around for a gluten-free diet for him.
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Traci is, not surprisingly, very enthusiastic about Europa Dog Food. Occasional problems still arise, but as she says, 'I know when Trevor has stolen food, or someone has given him an illicit treat, because his gums go red and his face swells up, but I know I can get him back to normal. I use the food for treats and training purposes for all the dogs at the club, because it will not cause any problems.'
Traci confirms that she would not hesitate to recommend this to all dog and cat owners, whether they work or show the dogs, or if they have just pets.\
' I know Trevor had a particular problem, but now Iíve seen what wonders it has done for him. I am feeding my other dog on Europa and I intend to feed it to my new puppy who has been weaned on it, too. It can benefit any dog and the full range means that puppies, old dogs and the overweight dogs can all benefit from a food tailored to their needs. When you work out the cost per day, it is cheaper than you think and is of the highest quality and best for the dog - why else would my vet recommend premium quality food?'
If you have a problem with your dog or cat, or would like to find out more about the Europa Range of Dog and Cat foods, visit http://www.europa-pet-food.co.uk
About the author
Hugo really loves showing, having over 50 best of breeds to his credit, and now is her wonderful handling dog for competitions. He just loves showing off! She have also taught him hand signal commands. Yes, he can hear perfectly well, but she works sometimes in a school for deaf children and he goes to see them quite often. They can sign to him and work with him which is a great delight.
They are both PAT dogs and love visiting anyone, especially if they get lots of fuss. Boswell is very different. He hates standing still, but loves to please and so they are learning agility. He's getting good, but Ann can't keep up!
Ann is Sales and Marketing Director and the main distributor for West Midlands and South Staffs for Europa. She has fed her dogs on it for over four years now and hasn't found a better food for them.
allergies. Check your facts... from Dave Ray...
Dietary intolerance is now quite well understood. A few years ago, if there seemed to be any kind of reaction in a dog , owners would just keep swapping foods until they found one which suited it. Nowadays, of course, people know so much more about the subject and they start checking the labels to find out what is actually in the food.
Most reputable manufacturers have a helpline you can ring if you are unsure about the ingredients in a particular food. In the case of Pedigree, this is managed by nutritionists and/or vets every day so you are sure of getting expert advice. It is reckoned that 5% of informed owners reckon their dog has an intolerance to wheat gluten but only 1-2% of dogs actually do have an intolerance of this specific ingredient.
There are plenty of other ingredients that can be used in dog food and can produce similar sorts of symptoms. The best thing to do is to ignore all the marketing hype of the names on the food, i.e. 'hypo allergenic,' 'bio' this or that. Check the ingredients and if unsure ring that company's helpline. Do not forget, the more you pay the for food, the better the quality of the ingredients. And you do not need to buy imported premium food to get the best. There is sometimes an aura surrounding these types of products that is not warranted.
In the case of Pedigree, although there is no big marketing hype surrounding it, every product in the Pedigree Advance range does not contain wheat gluten. If anyone has any specific nutritional questions, or you are unsure of any detail of Pedigree products then you can telephone the Careline on freephone number 0800-738 800 and speak to either a nutritionist or a veterinarian direct. (11/04/01)