Dermoid Sinus: The Yorkshire Vet Explains

We went to the Sandbeck Veterinary practice recently and spoke to our patron: Julian Norton (The Yorkshire Vet) about Dermoid Sinus (DS) so we can provide everyone with more detail on what it is and how to detect it. He was kind enough to talk a little bit about it and demonstrate on Coda (a Ridgeback puppy aged 22 weeks at the time of recording) how you would search for a DS. A big thank you to him for the demonstration and for using one of his consulting rooms to film it!

In terms of what it is, Dermoid Sinus is a potentially very serious problem that, while not EXCLUSIVE to Ridgebacks, is predominantly found in Rhodesian Ridgebacks – hence why we wanted to give you as much information as we can on it. The scientific explanation is “Dermoid Sinus is a tubular skin defect caused by incomplete separation of the skin and the nervous system during embryonic development.” Essentially meaning that there are noodle-like bits of tissue connecting the upper layers of skin to the more important bits below, they form during the development of a pup inside its mother and are there from birth. These noodle structures could be as thin as a thread of cotton in a pair of jeans so it is often very difficult for everyone except those very experienced in looking for them to find (vets included). Any dog that has a Dermoid Sinus (or who had one that has been surgically removed) should never be bred from as the chances are likely that the pups would be genetically likely to also carry DS.

For more information on Dermoid Sinus you can find a post about it on our Owners’ Advice section of the website and you can find an in-depth blog courtesy of Rhodes2Safety about everything you could possibly need to know about DS (Including gory pictures) here:

Without further ado: here is the video demonstration with a little introduction from our chairwoman here at Ridgeback Rescue: Kerry Rhodes


The Lockdown of 2020 caused by the Corona Virus really did take the wind out of our sails but as ever, the supporters of Ridgeback Rescue refused to see anything but a silver lining and soon got behind us to produce yet another mad-cap video.

So, without further ado, I give you the Lockdown Loo Roll Challenge – featuring our wonderful supporters and their dogs, from many corners of the globe ……….. thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Click here for the Lockdown Loo Roll Challenge Video

Stay safe

The Trustees


The YORKSHIRE VET is now Rescue's Patron

Please join us in welcoming the lovely Julian Norton to our team here at Ridgeback Rescue.  Julian, who I’m sure many of you will recognise straight away “off the telly” has very graciously accepted our invitation to become the new Patron of Ridgeback Rescue.  Although we cover the entire length and breadth of the UK, we are very definitely Yorkshire folk at heart and there was simply nobody who could fit the bill to be our Patron better than TV’s brilliant “Yorkshire Vet”.  Julian is still very much a real vet, practising for his North Yorkshire clients from his Boroughbridge surgery and so we are very grateful indeed that he has accepted our invitation to be one of our number.

Thank you Julian.  We very much look forward to working with you in the future.

Chairman – Ridgeback Rescue


THE BARKNESS Charity Video 2019

Well, we started this about 6 years ago now with our very first Charity Video, when Queen (yes, literally the real rock band!!!) gave us permission to use “You’re My Best Friend” to create a charity video.  It went down so well, we tried again a couple of years later and came up with “(I’m Gunna Be) – 500 Miles” by the Proclaimers.  This time, we all had a slightly better idea of what we were doing so it turned out GREAT!  (here’s the link to that one in case you never saw it.  Just click the following link:-      Proclaimers Charity Video     )

Now then, 3rd time lucky!  Do you want to be in the 2019 Charity Video for Ridgeback Rescue? This year we are covering “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by the Darkness and we have been fortunate enough to have a track performed just for us by THE BARKNESS.  The lads have done a sterling job and we sincerely hope you will get into the spirit of this truly classic rock song.

So, what do you have to do?  Well, simply click on the link to donate £5 to book your place in the video line up.
(Click this link:-    Be In The Video)  

Remember to write in the comment field that your donation is for THE BARKNESS so we know you’re on our list AND leave a contact email so we can send you the link to the clip with your full instructions.

When we receive your donation you will be sent a link to the actual video track that has all of the lyrics on so you’ll know exactly what you’re singing.  Everybody who participates will be given an individual part of the track either to perform to (by lip synching) or by simply rocking out, displaying their best inner Rock God! The more spandex, leather, shades and air-guitar the better.

The idea is that you will be singing to your Ridgeback and hopefully, as much as possible, enacting the lyrics too, but don’t worry because full instructions will be sent to you when you donate.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SING!  When you send in your clips, we will mute ALL the sound from them and nobody else but the producer will  hear anything at all so please don’t worry about how you sound.

Please help us in creating the most fun charity video … it immortalises your dog for all time and is something you will never forget xx

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