Hound Sponsors Newsletter, February 2019
Freddie’s selection for best working hound for this period is Dainty as she has proved to be a brilliant all-rounder. Dainty is a hound whose lineage goes directly back to the Albrighton Woodland through both Dam and Sire. Dainty was walked by Stevie Duern and is sponsored by Caroline Bevan.
Which brings me to the reason as to why we have hound sponsorship. It was Gilly Wheeler’s idea and was introduced to foster an interest in the pack and its individuals and more importantly to help towards each hound’s veterinary expenses. Even before a hound falls ill or is injured, the routine preventative costs are considerable as every dog owner will know.
At present each hound has a single vaccination at 12 - 16 weeks for distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus. This will give a very basic cover for 3 years. However to provide belt and braces immunity in case of an outbreak, they should really done as would a domestic dog, at 8 and 12 weeks then annually. The 2nd year booster would then be all that would be required as it should then give them enough cover for the rest of their lives.
Leptospirosis is a potential killer with the bacteria being carried in the urine of an infected animal (usually rats) which can get into puddles and ponds and possibly drunk by thirsty hounds whilst out hunting. There is also a risk to hunt staff from infected hounds therefore making it a health & safety issue. At present the hounds are not vaccinated against this bacterium due to the expense as they need to be vaccinated at 8 and 12 weeks, then annually.
Another cost will be worming as the pack is treated at 6 monthly intervals.
I’m reliably informed by our hunt vets that to look after the hounds as they would like would cost in the region of £30 each! However, I’m not suggesting we put up the cost of sponsorship but I would like to ring fence the income so that all the money is used for the hounds themselves.
Happy hunting for the rest of the season.