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Hoshi’s DNA profile

Hoshi results are back from embarkvet.com. He had two abnormal results. Chromosome 27 has an abnormality making him a carrier of the bleeding disorder Von Willebrand Disease Type II. He also has an abnormality on chromosome 13 called Alanine Aminotransferase Activity. This will make liver tests appear normal even if disease is present.

Embark says Hoshi is 100% cocker spaniel. You would think somewhere along the line there would be other breeds. After all, cockers are descendants of Springer spaniels.

Embark also generates a report for the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). I’m posting Hoshi’s OFA report so you have an idea what they look like (DNA Test Report).  I’m also including a link to Hoshi’s Embark profile.  I can see Hoshi’s relatives when I sign in on Embarkvet.com.  Embark provides lots of genetic results.  I’m having difficulty making sense of it.  my.embarkvet.com/dog/hoshi

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Hoshi’s Haircut

It was a long night for both of us

I needed to cut Hoshi’s hair because it was too long making him uncomfortably hot.  I turned the furnace down to 64 °F and had fans on for him.  It took about 5 hours to bath and trim him.  He was fussy making it difficult to remove the heavy mats under armpits. I’ve haven’t trimmed him because he hates it. I would have liked to leave his coat longer but it’s beyond my skill

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Hoshi’s Thanksgiving meal

I found turkey and chicken gizzards at Whole Foods. They also had turkey necks. I’m hoping the neck bones will pass through the grinder easily. This will be a treat for Hoshi. I don’t think he’s had turkey necks before.

Turkey neck

Chicken gizzards

Turkey gizzards

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Organic chicken at Whole Foods

I’ve been buying Hoshi’s chicken thighs at Whole Foods because of their quality. I just noticed the packaging now says “organic.” I’ve been looking for organic chicken thighs for a while so it was a pleasant surprise. It costs a dollar more per pound. They also carry the whole chicken (organic) but I don’t know how to cut it.

Whole Foods organic chicken

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Hoshi’s finally better

It took 2 months for Hoshi to recover from the bordetella vaccine he had the end of May. It worried me. Maybe he shouldn’t have received it.