Veterinary medicine is a career that runs a gamut of different facets and has many intricate parts. One of the largest points that pre-veterinary students don’t realize is the significant amount of time spent interacting with the pet owners. And let me tell you, perception by pet owners counts for a lot towards their trust in the veterinary team. But what happens when that perception becomes a misconception??
Just because LOL…okay, it actually goes a bit beyond that because two words wouldn’t make for very interesting reading. Dogs are great too but this is about putting cats up on that pedestal they so rightly think they deserve. December is National Cat Lovers Month so it’s about time we celebrate our feline friends! So let’s dig a bit deeper as to why cats are awesome!
Another summer has arrived! And with it comes the scorching heat. While many of us enjoy this time of year, there are some who don’t. I can’t blame them for hating it. It’s hot, humid, and it makes it more difficult for them to breathe. That’s right, I’m talking about brachycephalic dogs including my friends #1 pug pals, Miss Edie the Pug and her sister Edna (fortunately, they’re good!).
Brachycephalic dogs are affectionately known by many other names including “smooshy face dogs.” While many of them have been glamorized and idolized by Hollywood, years of poor breeding have led to numerous problems particularly in the breathing department. This is not to say that all breeders have contributed to the problem but random matings have worsened the problem known as Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (or BOAS) which has 5 components.