Serious Rhodesian Ridgeback (RR) breeders are very aware, that giving Folic Acid to thier bitch before mating and during pregnancy, brings down the risk for getting pups with Dermoid Sinus (DS). I won't go into details about DS here. Those of you who want to, can Google and find loads of info about DS and Folic Acid on the Internet. But I can say this, that it is a very serious skin condition which can cause tremendous pain for the little pup and in worse case they can die from it.
One of my RR-offspring is going to be mated january 2010, and she will most certainly be treated with folic acid. Recent studies and tests show, that it really helps. And there are no side effects. I have had a total of 4 RR litters and all without DS, and also without giving Folic Acid, but I dare not NOT use it now, whith the knowledge I have, because if I get a DS-pup next time, I will regret it enormously!
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