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Breed Health Profile Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Hailing from Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (or “Toller”) made his debut in the early 1800s. An agile, muscular decoy dog, the Toller’s job was to play along the shorelines to lure waterfowl within gunshot range and then retrieve the birds once they were killed. Because of their rusty orange color, white markings and small size relative to other retrievers, the Toller’s appearance is often compared to a fox. Their rich, feathery coat consists of a water-repellant top coat and a thick undercoat to keep them warm in icy waters. Affable and easy to train, the Toller makes a great family dog— but as they were bred primarily for hunting, they need considerable mental and physical exercise. They are happiest when they have a job to do and can become destructive when not exercised properly. The Petplan Healthometer measures how healthy a particular breed is in relation to other breeds. 1 = healthiest 10 = least healthy 10 0 Hypoadrenocorticism Also known as Addison’s disease, animals with hypoadrenocorticism have a deficiency in the hormones we need to adapt to physiologic stress, called corticosteroids. Clinical signs can be life threatening. Hypoadrenocorticism is diagnosed with blood tests and can be managed medically with lifelong oral or injectable medications. Costs vary depending on severity: can easily reach $5,000 6 healthometer For more details on these and other hereditary conditions, visit gopetplan.com/condition-check 34 fun in the sun issue


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