Your Dogs at Maison Mielles

DOG OWNERS

First of all please note our house rules regarding dogs. You may be required to leave if you do not comply.

  1. Dogs must NOT be left alone in the house at any time. You may of course leave them in the kennels. You should bring a travel crate with you, or at the very least your dogs bed, as dogs are allowed in the house, on the clear understanding, that in no circumstances may they lie on the bedding or the sofas.
  2. We reserve the right to decline certain breeds of dog. Where dogs are permitted, they must always wear a collar & identity tag & be kept on a lead under control of a responsible adult at all times. We reserve the right to require the owner of any dog or other pet to remove it from the house if we consider it a nuisance or to be interfering with the general comfort of neighbours.
  3. Dogs are not allowed in the bedrooms or on the sofas or any other soft furniture.
  4. Please bring with you sufficient towels to dry and clean your pet and rugs to protect sofa sides etc. Any damage or stains must be paid for in full. For clarity, our tea towels, bath towels and beach towels are not for cleaning your dog!
  5. The garden is currently dog proof. If your dog manages to get out or makes a hole in or under the fencing it is ESSENTIAL that you inform us. Any dog worrying livestock is liable to be shot, and the owner sued. Our neighbours train the French international horse teams, and as such these horses are irreplaceable and valued at many tens of thousands of Euros. We are also very close to Les Salines, which are the salt-marshes where large flocks of sheep graze on the open marshes. Any dog seen on the marshes, not on the lead, risks being viewed by the farmers as a threat to the sheep, and treated as such.
  6. Please ensure that you don’t leave dog food or rubbish outside as this encourages other animals to try and break into the property!
  7. All dogs staying on the property must be kept on a lead at all times EXCEPT when in the garden or house. Providing there are no race meetings, it is also possible to let your dog free on the racecourse. While this extremely large field is fairly well fenced, it is easy for your dog to get out (the rabbits have made many hundreds of holes under the fence). There is also open access off the racecourse into the riding school, and you MUST NOT let your dog worry the ponies and horses. You should also discourage your dog from making any further holes in the racecourse, when rabbiting.
  8. Noise nuisance, such as barking and howling, can lead to a fine of €450, and will lead to you being asked to leave the property.
  9. Under French law all faeces must be picked up immediately, bagged and disposed of in a bin. This includes in the garden. We provide small blue bags, and a short handled blue shovel to help you do this. At the end of your stay, please take the time to check the garden. Any mess left by your animal will not be appreciated; particularly by the parents of any small children staying after you.
  10. Please ensure that your dog has been properly treated for fleas/tics/worms before you arrive! Rabbits adore the sandy soil of the area, and tics love rabbits, so we would advise you to regularly check your dog for tics.
  11. We clip our dogs’ hair very short in the summer because there are some types of grass seed that push into the skin and cause sores. We would advise you to clip the hair on your dogs’ feet very short, at the very least and to verify daily that no seeds are causing them discomfort. There is a lady who will come to the house and clip and wash your dog for you, at a very reasonable cost.

What Grass Seeds Should I Look Out For?

The worst offending grass seeds look like spiky arrows and are generally found on the long dry grasses. These have fibres, which allow them to attach to various surfaces and by their very nature can get caught up in any type of dog coat whether it be long or short. The following photographs are a few of the types of grass seeds to watch out for.

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Other types of grasses have prickles or burrs and they don’t enter the dog’s body but they can get caught up in a long coated dog and result in the coat matting up. If not checked regularly they become a nuisance and may result in the coat needing to be clipped off.

Where Can These Grass Seeds Lodge?

The arrow-like grass seeds can lodge virtually anywhere on your dog’s body, but feet, legs and ears are particularly vulnerable. Check the dog all over regularly. Some of the signs are:

  • Ears – If you notice your dog shaking his head, scratching his ear or holding his head to one side and there is no sign of an infection then a grass seed could be the cause. If a grass seed moves into the ear canal it can cause a range of problems if not treated early. This should be treated as an emergency, for same day treatment. See your veterinarian urgently.
  • Nose – Sneezing, a dog pawing at its nose and some nasal discharge can be a sign of a grass seed caught up in the nasal passage.
  • Eyes – If your dog shows redness and inflammation in the eye area and a discharge appears then get your vet to check whether a grass seed is lodged in that area. If left untreated this can cause blindness in the dog.
  • Mouth – If the dog inhales a grass seed it can then travel into the throat and internally further into the stomach area. Sometimes it may lodge on the way down causing abscesses or damage to the internal organs or even the spinal area. Your dog could show symptoms of illness and attempting to vomit, refusal to eat, coughing, fever or breathing difficulties.
  • Skin – Grass seeds will first lodge in the dog’s coat. If these are not located and removed early on they will start to enter the skin with their spiky fibres. The dog will start to scratch and bite the area affected. The grass seed will keep penetrating and eventually work its’ way right inside into the body. Once inside the body the seed then gradually travels along causing swelling and infection or abscesses along the way. If the seed enters via the paw then it will start to travel up the leg. If it enters via the chest then the lungs and breathing could be affected.

Mobile Dog Clipper (Toiletteuse) 0233908192 – will come to the house to clip and wash your dog. Please ask her to use the outside shower.

Vet in Bréhal – Arnauld Durand 0233616479, 28 rue Guy Môquet, Bréhal