Separation Anxiety! How do I calm my dog?

Do you come home to a chewed mess? If so then your dog may be suffering from separation anxiety. Seeing your dog in a state of anxiety can make you feel worried too, however you shouldn’t fret. There are ways of helping your dog over-come their anxiety. If you are a new dog owner this blog is also for you as I will be talking about how to avoid separation anxiety as well.

What is separation anxiety and why do dogs develop it?

Separation anxiety in a nutshell is when a dog becomes stressed just before or after the people they’re attached to leave. Dogs can develop separation anxiety if they are used to being around their owners most of the time but all of a sudden they are spending less time with them, this is because they don’t understand that being separate is a natural part of a humans life whereas for dogs their natural living consists of constantly being in a pack.

Signs your dog may have separation anxiety.

Although a lot of the signs that are consistent with separation anxiety may just be your dog misbehaving, especially if they are in their puppy stage. It is still a good idea to deal with them as if they are signs of anxiety.
Some of the signs are:
• Always following you around.
• Trying to leave the house with you.
• Barking, whimpering or whining.
• Sitting at the door as you prepare to leave.
• Pacing.
• Being destructive.
• Reacting negatively to noises.

There are some other things to look out for that you may not associate with separation anxiety, such as:
• A loss of appetite
• Doing normal things obsessively.
• Having a toilet accident in the house even though they are house trained.

How to deal with/avoid separation anxiety.

Firstly you should always consult your vet if you have any concerns as they could be symptoms of an underlying illness. When you go to see the vet make sure you take a list of your dog’s behaviours with you and if you can, get a video of your dog while they are exhibiting those behaviours.
There are ways you can train your dog so they don’t feel so anxious when they are left alone or so they don’t have to develop separation anxiety. Here is how to train your dog to deal with being separated from you.

The first method is point of reference.
Just note that before you start this method you should visualize what you’re going to do in your head so you can do the following steps in a calm and swift manner. This will show your dog that this unnatural activity is nothing to worry about and it will become natural.
1. While you’re moving about in your house count how many times your dog gets up and follows you.
2. Create a point of reference.
Find a spot in your house for your dog to go to when you’re not there, whether it be your sofa, the carpet or your dog’s bed.
3. Take your dog to your point of reference and tell them to stay while you take a few paces backwards.
4. If your dog stays then walk back to them and give them a treat and quietly say good girl/boy (make sure you speak calmly and quietly and always walk to them, don’t make them leave their point of reference as you would be rewarding them for following instead of staying)
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 but each time make the distance greater between the two of you.
This method shows your dog that you will be back so there is nothing to fear.

Check this video below to see it in action.

The next method is all about consistency.
Although you may always be with your dog now; there are many reason as to why, in the future, you can’t always be around so to avoid your dog developing separation anxiety here is a few tips.
1. Create a consistent, predictable routine.
You may want to spend as much time with your dog as you can before you start work. But creating a work life routine now will really benefit your dog in the long run.
2. Start spending time apart.
Your new routine should consist of you leaving your dog.
3. Try to leave and arrive quietly.
When you leave your dog try and do it quietly and don’t make a fuss over your dog. Try and do the same when you arrive, if your dog has behaved well while you were gone you can reward them with a treat in a calm manner.
4. Train your dog to go to a point of reference.
5. Keeping active.
Before your dog spends some time alone make sure they have had some exercise, if your dog is tired they may sleep while you’re gone.

Another method for dealing with separation anxiety is to simply leave the T.V. or radio on for background noise to soothe your dog. Kimi prefers Classical music!

Finally make sure your dog has something to distract and entertain them, this could be a KONG dog toy or a Lickimat. These can be frozen during summer to keep you dog cool. With these always use spreads instead of hard foods, as the golden rule is to not leave your dog unattended with hard foods or chews as they could be choking hazards      

There are many products out there that are specifically designed to calm and/or entertain dogs.
Click the link to find some calming and boredom busting products.

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New Puppy Hints and Tips

New Puppy Hints & Tips

Buying a new puppy is an exciting time but it can also be challenging and not knowing what is best for your puppy is a common problem around new dog owners. A few things that should be considered are making sure you are buying your puppy from a place where they have already had a happy and healthy start with their breeders or from a professional licensed rehoming company, as well as things such as socialisation, training, feeding and your puppy’s health!

It is strongly recommended that you do not buy or rehome a puppy that is no younger than 8 weeks of age, any younger puppies are at risk of increased distress and health issues. Alternatively, puppies that leave their mother at a late time (16-24) weeks can also show signs of behavioural issues. Also it is important to take into consideration where you are buying your puppy from; puppies from pet shops or puppy farms as well as puppies that suffered from early illness tend to have more problems in adulthood than puppy’s from breeders or other reputable sellers or sources.

Between 3-12 weeks, your puppy will be going through the socialisation period where he/she learns to interact with their mother, siblings, people and surroundings. This happens rapidly and it is therefore important that you allow time for positive interaction and exploring to prevent any environmental issues having a greater effect on behaviour in adulthood. The more positive experiences and encounters the puppy has during this stage, the more emotionally stable they will be. Optimum time for socialisation is between 6-8 weeks. Teach the puppy to socialise with humans and other animals as soon as possible. Puppy classes are a good way to help socialise your puppy and begin teaching them behaviours and skills. It also helps to speak to other people who also have new puppies for advice.

It can be very scary for a new puppy to be taken away from its mother and siblings into a completely new environment at such a young age therefore you should try ease the process for your puppy adapting to their new home by having as many similarities to the old home as possible. Usually, the breeder will give you a toy and a blanket they have had with them since birth, so they have something familiar with them. It seems obvious but at this point It is important to spend time with them getting to know your puppy and allowing them to get used to their new surroundings and showing them where to eat, sleep and go to the toilet.

The first 12 months are an important time for learning behaviours, its best to start out early with training so that the puppy can get used to different stimuli that they will likely encounter in everyday life. Try introducing them to as many different situations from as early as possible such as strange sounds, car journeys, other animals, traffic etc. Simple obedience and the discouragement of unwanted behaviour will help the puppy to respect you as their owner/ pack leader.

All training sessions should begin as soon as possible and should be frequent but brief due to puppy’s short attention span meaning the longer the training the more likely they are to become distracted or discouraged. Expect your puppy to begin to learn the commands ‘sit’ ‘down’ and ‘stay’ from as young as 7-8 weeks and always use positive reinforcement and a reward system to promote the learning and repetition of good behaviours (small pieces of food/treats or toys can be used for this.) Secondary reinforcement such as verbal praise and strokes should also be used during the training process. The more this is repeated the dog will begin to associate that obeying the command will get them a treat, which will eventually allow for the food treats to be slowly removed and replaced with praise alone which is why secondary praise is very important during training.

Toilet training can be a difficult process during your puppy’s training therefore it important to try and keep it is as simple and clear for them. A good tip is to provide paper or puppy pads around the house, keep one close to the door. If the puppy is using the appropriate places to go to the toilet then make sure to reward them. Accidents during toilet training are expected as often the puppy can get confused on where the correct place to go is within a new environment. Signs to look out for when you puppy needs to go; sniffing around the floor, circling, squatting, sneaking off or heading towards the door. However if the puppy is punished for going in the wrong place, they can begin to hide away from the owner when they need to go and will henceforth associate punishment with the owner. Rewards can be given to the puppy when they go to the toilet in the correct place to encourage them to repeat. Taking the dog regularly outside and staying with them is the best tip for toilet training.

A course of vaccinations will be needed for your puppy. These are usually given at around 9 and 12 weeks. Vaccination is an important part of raising a puppy, crucial for preventing your dog from becoming ill. All unvaccinated dogs are at risk from canine distemper, parvovirus, leptospirosis, infectious canine hepatitis and kennel cough. Worming should be done every month until the puppy is 6 months old and then again, every 3-6 months after. Get a good vet do your research and look at local reviews online.

Then they are ready for their first walk out into the real world. Make sure you have a well fitted collar, harness and lead and do not forget you will also need an ID tag. I remember Kimi’s first walk outside the garden, she was so fascinated with the sounds and the smells I had a tear in my eye.     At first keep the walks brief but regular. Build the walks up over the weeks and before you know it, you will be able to take them to the park or the beach, but remember puppies tire easily so don’t overdo it.

As your puppy settles into family life, they will go through some physical changes very quickly. Teething can be intense and painful and will start around 6-8weeks old will usually last for up to 4-6 months. During this time, your puppy will want to chew, chew and chew, so be prepared and have plenty of puppy safe chewable toys and treats. Kong’s are great they can be frozen to help with gum inflammation.  Once they start losing, they teeth and you may find what looks like a grain of rice lying around your home this is normal. By the age of 6 months your puppy should have all their adult teeth. Remember it is important to look after your puppy’s teeth and regular brush should be introduced early on. Some people use Pro Den Plaque off products and now you can buy food with it included Canagan Dental.

It is important right from the onset that you get your puppy on a high-quality food that suits them. No doubt your puppy came with a bag of food from the breeder. This is the best tool food manufactures have to get your puppy onto their brand of food. What I would say is do your research and don’t be fooled by big marketing brands. www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk gives you unbiased information. A high quality and highly digestible food that contains a controlled level of protein and fat will help your dog to grow at a normal, healthy rate. Try to keep feeding your puppy treats to a minimum as it could lead to overfeeding and weight problems when added with their daily feeds. If you are going to change brands then you will need to introduce them gradually and wean them onto the new brand over 1-2 weeks to avoid stomach upsets.

Try different ways to feed them such as activity balls or a Kong which make your puppy work for their food which stimulates their natural hunting instincts and of course it’s fun. Provide a warm, comfortable bedding area such as a bed or puppy crate where your puppy can safely rest and have time to themselves. Always provide fresh drinking water as well as toys, chews, and entertainment for your puppy. Remember to always supervise your puppy when giving them treats to avoid choking hazards. Ensure your puppy has plenty of exercise. Taking your puppy for walks allows them to burn off any excess energy allowing them to relax more when at home. Above all love your puppy because I guarantee you, you will fall in love with them. They are part of your family and will give you years of happiness and probably make you healthier too as you will be walking much more than you did before.

Kimi’s Pet Emporium is dog friendly so feel free to bring your new furry friend down for some treats and a little mooch or take a look at our website to see what we have to help your puppy settle into their new home! www.kimispetemporium.co.uk

Can I walk my dog during the lock down period?

Can I walk my dog during the lock down period?

Can I walk my dog during the lock down period? At the moment you are allowed to exercise once a day outside with another member of the same household, where you would be able to take your dog along, for what I call their big walk. Occasional pee breaks may be required also but take these in your garden or nearby your home where possible. When you are outside keep your distance form others and avoid chatting and touching services. Wash your hands immediately when you return home and keep your leads etc… at the front door, do not take them into the house to reduce spreading the virus. For more information read the All About Dog Food blog below.

https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/articles/can-i-walk-my-dog-during-the-corona-lockdown

 

The message if you are self-isolating is however totally different if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 then you must remain inside your house. At this point your may ask a friend or neighbour to take your dog out if necessary. If your dog does require to be taken out, then take precautions. Both parties should wash their hands before and after contact. Keep as safe distance when handing the dog over. For the person walking the dog avoid contact with the human and as much contact with the dog as possible. I would recommend using your own collar and lead so you can reduce the risk of getting the virus from touching contaminated collars and leads. Both parties should then wash their hands thoroughly. Kimi says, woof woof!!! and stay safe everyone from all of us at Kimi’s Pet Emporium. For more information read the PDSA blog below on advice for self-isolating pet owners.

https://www.pdsa.org.uk/what-we-do/blog/vet-qa-coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-self-isolating-pet-owners

 

What is the most safe and secure dog harness you can get?

Julius- K9 Power Dog Harnesses

Julius K9 Harnesses are the bestselling harnesses in the UK. They are designed to provide high durability along with maximum comfort and practicality for all dog breeds and sizes. The Comfort (IDC) Powerharness has been specially designed for the highest level of comfort for dogs to wear over long periods, as well as being extremely secure. The harness has been designed specially with your dog’s comfort and safety in mind, with adjustable chest and belly straps to ensure a perfect fit that distributes pressure evenly on the chest and prevents any pressure in the throat area. As well as this, the front chest strap has been lowered 30 degrees to follow the natural curves of the dog’s chest, just another example of how these harnesses are tailored to each dog.

                   

These harnesses are water resistant and scratch proof to prevent any damage and ensure the high durability of these products during use. Each harness is internally lined with skin friendly cotton padding to ensure maximum comfort for your dog while they are wearing the harness. Additionally there is a side bag fixing option which is handy for carrying poo bags or treat bags!

Julius K9 designed this harness to not only provide top quality comfort, but also to guarantee safety and security for yourself and your dog. Designed with a heavy duty buckle providing safety and reliability which is easy to clip a lead on and off. Each harness has been thoroughly tested so that the security straps work correctly and can therefore guarantee maximum safety. The harnesses also has light reflective strips and edges as well as a torch holder for added visibility when walking in the dark. Check our website for more information on www.kimispetemporium.co.uk

The IDC Powerharness is available in a variety of sizes, tailored to different dog breeds and sizes:

MINI MINI– Dog chest size: 15.5-21 inches/ 40-53cm. Common dog sizes for this harness are Pugs, Yorkshire Terriers etc.

MINI– Dog chest size: 20-26.5 inches/ 51-67cm. Common dog sizes for this harness are Dachshund, Corgi Cockalier etc.

SIZE 0– Dog chest size: 23-30 inches/58-76cm. Common dog sizes for this harness are Bulldogs, Cocker Spaniel, Siberian husky, Dalmatians etc.

SIZE 1– Dog chest size: 26-33.5 inches/66-85cm. Common dog sizes for this harness are German Shepards, Siberian husky, Golden Retriever, Greyhound etc.

SIZE 2– Dog chest size: 28-38 inches/71-96cm. Common dog sizes for this harness are Labrador Retrievers, Boxer, Collie, Foxhound, Rottweiler, Old English Bulldog etc.

SIZE 3- Dog chest size: 32.2-46.5 inches/ 82-115 cm. Common dog sizes for this harness are  Rottweiler, Doberman pinscher, American Staghound, Mastiff, Bloodhound, Great Dane, Saint Bernard etc.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Always measure your dog or puppy to ensure a correct fit, if you are unsure on which size is correct for your dog, why not come into to Kimi’s Pet Emporium, where you can try different sizes on your dog to get the perfect fit!  You can find us at 27 Phoenix Road Crowther Washington Tyne & Wear NE38 0AD or call us on 01914151333.

                                  

PLEASE NOTE: Julius K9 has become a targeted brand for counterfeiters which are poorly made and are unsafe. These products are not durable and do not provide the same high standards as the official products. Be aware of the seller you are buying from and make sure to check their reviews and prices as counterfeits are becoming more and more like the originals making fakes hard to distinguish until they let you down!

Sold in a range of colours and sizes available instore or online at Kimi’s Pet Emporium 27 Phoenix Road, Crowther, Washington Tyne & Wear NE38 0AD – Tel:  01914151333

https://www.kimispetemporium.co.uk/

Check out our other Julius K9 products sold here at Kimi’s Pet Emporium such as Dog Collars and Super Grip Leashes. Also the full range of harnesses, collars, leads and muzzles that we sell, on.

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Boredom Busting LickiMats

Boredom Busting LickiMats

The LickiMat is an Australian invention that has quickly become a very popular product amongst dog owners. LickiMats are rubber mats with raised grooves with different textured surfaces to engage dogs while eating. These mats are perfect for dogs who have a tendency to eat their food too quickly or are likely to get bored easily. The mental stimulation provided encourages calm behaviour for dogs in stressful or anxious situations through focused distraction. The mats also promote healthy mouths as licking stimulates saliva production as well as aiding digestive health. Adding to this, licking in dogs is a soothing behaviour which releases hormones which help to calm and relax your dog.

LickiMats come with two different textured surfaces, hard plastic and soft pliable plastic . Playdate is recommended for chunkier toppings whereas Buddy is more appropriate for softer and stickier treats. LickiMats are a great way to make small meals last longer and are effective to use for weight loss. They typically take dogs between 20 and 90 minutes to fully clean, which provides them with a period of entertainment and a challenge while eating, making meal times more entertaining and time consuming!

Easy and highly recommended toppings!

 

  • Peanut butter
  • Natural yogurt
  • Banana
  • Gravy and meat
  • Sweet potato
  • Frozen watermelon

 

 

 

 

TOP TIP: a good way to use LickiMats is once you’ve spread your toppings to put it into the freezer, this is a great way for your dogs to cool down on summer days and also meaning it takes more time for dogs to clean the mats!

LickiMats are a great method for managing separation anxiety which is common in dogs. The mats help to keep dogs entertained while they are alone or you are not around to comfort them. In providing a focused task to get food, dogs will become distracted and will not acknowledge immediately that they have been left. While the task only lasts between 20-90 minutes, this still combats the initial anxiety felt at the beginning of their time alone and also helps to calm them. If your dog is suffering with separation anxiety or is displaying any forms of distress when they are alone have a read of our blog discussing all about how to recognise and manage your dog’s anxiety which provides advice and other products that can help!

We do recommend initial supervision with the LickiMats, especially with dogs that are prone to chew their toys and of course small puppies as any food and toys can become a choking hazard!

LickiMats are suitable for puppies, small or medium dogs and are now sold at Kimi’s Pet Emporium in both Buddy and Playmate style, as well as different colours!

https://www.kimispetemporium.co.uk/dog-toys-interactive-games–treat-dispensers-12-c.asp

Why is my dog eating poo?

Why is my dog eating poo?

The correct term for poo eating in animals is coprophagia and is a much more common behaviour in dogs than people think. It is typically thought that this happens because there is something lacking in the dogs diet that they need to compensate for, however there are several possible reasons as to why your dog is eating faeces, some of which could be linked to an underlying health issue. If the cause is not identified and dealt with from an early stage there is a higher risk that the behaviour will continue and eventually become a recurring habit.

Possible reasons

  • Poor quality of low digestibility
  • Overfeeding
  • Food tolerance
  • Excess protein and fat
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Chemicals
  • Toxic waste build-up
  • Boredom
  • Confused puppy’s during toilet training
  • Curiosity and attention during puppy years
  • Environmental stress (i.e. Isolation or confinement)

Solutions

Firstly you can make a start by keeping things clean by picking up and disposing of the waste immediately after your dog which will help to deny any access or opportunity in order to break the habit. Dogs eating faeces can also be linked to a lack of mental stimulation so it is important to keep your dog engaged through play, exercise and learning new skills. Also a good tip is to not punish your dog, alternatively try positive reinforcement with rewards if they refrain from eating faeces to promote good behaviour as well as using distractions to focus your dog’s attention away. Working on commands such as “leave” and “come” will also help you to deter your dog from unwanted behaviour.

It is quite likely that coprophagy is caused by problems with the digestive system, therefore a highly digestible diet could be recommended. Always feed your puppy a good quality food that provides all of the protein, vitamins, minerals other nutrients your dog needs for normal, healthy growth.

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People commonly think that this behaviour is caused by under or overfeeding which can reduce the efficiency of the digestive system, therefore monitoring feeding amounts and ensuring the quantity of your feed is correct will help to promote good health in your dog. Weighing the food is a good way to get a more consistently accurate measure rather than going by eye. In addition it is important to note that every dog is individual so you may have to experiment with different foods in order to find the right one for your dog and when starting to tackle coprophagy it would be a good idea to have as little variation in your dog’s diet as possible. Stool eating deterrents can be used to discourage dogs from eating faeces by creating an unappealing smell and taste after the food has been digested.

Also be aware of what your dog is eating on walks or around other animals as eating other animals faeces can be harmful to dogs and can cause further health issues. If you are unsure on what you should be feeding your dog and how much, you can check online for the correct daily feeding amounts for your dog. Keep an eye out for any signs that your dog may be suffering from digestive issues such as poor growth, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation or straining when passing stools, excess gas or flatulence and insufficient weight gain. It also may be necessary to visit your vet if this carries on as your dog may have additional dietary needs or a health issue that needs to be treated. I would recommend visiting your local pet store like Kimi’s Pet Emporium where you can pick up some free samples of different foods to try out!

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Why buying a quality dog food could actually save you money!

 

This year if you are thinking of changing your pet food you’ll want to know the facts. Don’t be fooled by the marketing of some of the big brands. If you after a highly nutritious food that compliments your pet, then you’ll want to look towards a quality grain free food and you can’t go any further than Britain’s best grain free pet food Canagan. Even the name is an echo to honour the bond between Man and Dog, Canagan is the Celtic word for wolf.

WHAT IS BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE?

Traditionally dog and cat foods have sacrificed nutritional value by using cheaper, less nutritionally accessible ingredients. Canagan nutritionists have looked carefully at the dietary needs of cats and dogs to produce a food which more closely mimics your pet’s ancestral diet with the correct ratio of meat protein and fat to carbohydrate, with much higher meat content than most.

If you’ve ever wondered why some pets seem fussy then the answer usually lies with their food not with the pet. A lot of pet foods change the recipes often. This is to coincide with the cheapest meats on the market at the time of production, so you can’t say with certainty what is in the food. For example, one month the food may contain more chicken the next it may contain more duck, you get the picture. Unlike humans, dogs and cats use their sense of smell when eating and the unreliability of the ingredients used tampers with that process making them seem fussier. Canagan strictly adhere to a recipe, the contents of which are detailed on every packet and tin of food they produce. No hidden ingredients here.

 

WHY GO GRAIN FREE?

Dogs and cats are highly adapted to eat meat. Like all carnivores, they find it more difficult to digest grains. This is highlighted because they don’t have the enzyme called amylase in their saliva, which helps to break down these starchy carbohydrates.

Canagan have eliminated all the grain from their recipes to create a food that is high in meat which matches as closely as possible their natural food.

Grains such as corn, wheat and barley have been linked with canine allergies, with symptoms ranging from upset stomach to itchy flaky coat. Even if your pet has no allergies, these grains are significantly less digestible and have limited nutritional value when compared to meat, yet, they are present in the majority of pet foods including some of the top brands.

If this year your up for changing pet foods you will want to consider the quality of the food, the traceability of the food and of course the price of the food. Remember Canagan goes a lot further than most pet foods. Because of the nutritional value of the food you will feed a lot less than most brands that are packed out with cheap fillers, so you’ll probably save money too. For more information on this and other pet foods visit www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk to get the full picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canagan Grain Free Dog Food

What is Canagan Grain Free Dog Food?

Canagan is a grain free nutritional dog/cat food. Traditionally pet foods have sacrificed the nutritional value of their food by using cheaper and less nutritionally accessible ingredients, mainly by the use of grains and one thing you will find is that dogs really shouldn’t be eating grains as they will find it harder to digest.

Why are grains added? Grains are used to lower the overall cost of producing the food, as well as helping to make your dog feel fuller.

 

What I feel makes Canagan the best option?

Canagan is widely known for being a brand which is proud to be entirely grain free.

The quality of the meat and fish that they source has plenty of nutritional benefits, they have a 60/65% (35% on a dry matter basis) meat content, and the remaining 35/40% is made up of natural ingredients involving a number of nutritious fruits, vegetables and herbs, this is pretty much the ideal diet for your pets.
 

The Benefits

Canagan is brilliant to use if your pet suffers from allergies and upset stomachs, as it is a pure food source all pets would benefit from using Canagan. Because you feed your pet less it will cost you less too. Check out the scores of your current food on the link below.

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Canagan have a wide variety of flavours, whether it is wet or dry food for your canine/feline friend, big or small.

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You can get many tasty varieties including, Scottish Salmon and Grass Fed Lamb.

The wet food now consists of 12 delicious varieties for dogs including the new organic range with wonderful Shepard’s Pie flavour, Chicken Hotpot, Turkey and Duck Dinner and loads more on offer.

For Cat’s however you have 16 flavours to choose from including Ocean Tuna, Chicken with Seabass, and Tuna with Crab and Chicken with Vegetables again with more options being available.

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