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Groomers doing dental cleaning

  • Posted On November 25, 2015
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dog teeth cleaning/dentalI have talked to many of my clients about the concerns I have about groomers doing dental cleaning. Dr. Mulley makes many good points in her discussion on this controversial issue. I would like to add that patients undergoing dental work should be on antibiotics before and after the procedure to protect their internal organs from bacterial showering. In addition, during a general anaesthesia, the tube going in to the airway that delivers air and anaesthetic gas to our patient also protects them from aspirating any of the calculus and bacteria being scraped off the teeth. Please trust your veterinarian to have the advanced training and skill necessary to examine, evaluate, diagnose and treat dental issues in your pet.

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Evidence-based nutrition: raw diets

  • Posted On November 25, 2015
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raw food in dog bowlI would encourage clients considering or already feeding a raw food diet to carefully review the literature on this trend. The studies that are based on verifiable science do not show a positive benefit to feeding raw. In addition, there are significant risks of infectious disease to the people in close contact to a dog or cat fed raw foods. We all want to do the best for our pets when it comes to their nutrition. Please don’t hesitate to contact the clinic if you have questions about your pets diet.

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MRI machines are providing new insight into how dogs think (about their owners)

  • Posted On October 17, 2013
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Two teams have used MRI machines to provide answers. We can see the parts of the brains they are using in different situations, and this can be very revealing.

Dogs’ brains respond to the emotional tone in our voices very much as humans do

When humans are studied in this way researcher show them photos or videos to see what response it will elicit. But Gregory Berns of Emory University, Atlanta points out that “Olfaction is believed to be dogs’ most powerful and perhaps important sense.” Consequently he allowed twelve dogs from ten breeds to smell scents from strangers and people they knew and from other dogs while lying in an MRI machine.

Bonding with owners is much more important for dogs than other pets

An even more startling observation of the extent to which dogs have bonded with humans is their tendency to look people in the eyes. Andic was part of a study that attempted to train wolves to do the same thing. Even when the wolves were raised by humans from pups they would not initiate eye contact with those that cared for them. Andics claims the only other animals inclined to make eye contact with humans are our primate relatives.

November 25, 2014 | by Stephen Luntz
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http://www.iflscience.com/brain/brain-scans-reveal-truth-puppy-love

Dog Runs For First Time In His Life, Thanks To 3-D-Printed Legs

  • Posted On October 17, 2013
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See Derby run – for the first time. Derby was born with undeveloped front legs and his owners gave him up to Peace and Paws Dog Rescue shelter in Hillsborough, N.H.

Tara Anderson took Derby in and initially fitted him with wheels to improve mobility. Tara didn’t stop there, she and the skilled staff at 3D Systems designed prosthetic legs to help Derby to move more naturally (and specifically fit Derby’s unique anatomy).

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