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You and your dog have a unique bond, perhaps one only you share. Long gone however are the days of just simple walks and feeding being the only way to bond with your canine companion. Now there is so much more to do than 40 years ago when “man’s best friend” simply relied on having a place to call home and a family to love them. Yes, dog sports! It’s time to unleash the inner athlete in your dog, bond with them in ways you never imagined, and help them live happier, healthier lives.
No doubt you’ve seen or heard of agility in some form; there’s countless videos on the internet including chicken agility. For dogs, agility is a fun interactive sport for a dog and their handler. Agility can help your dog out by staying fit to help keep that excess weight off and you can even participate in the winter as there are often indoor classes or trials in many areas. Additionally, it helps your dog learn to focus their attention on what they’re being told the next obstacle is. Different obstacles or games can teach your dog patience, how to take commands from a distance, and coordination. Your dog can start training before they reach adulthood with the only restriction on the jumping as a Continue reading
My New Promise to Patients
I graduated from veterinary school in 2006. Wow – that wasn’t that long ago, or was it? It’s only been 12 years but since then veterinary medicine has changed. Medically, we have made more advances to provide better top-notch care. However, socially and perception-wise, veterinary medicine has been tarnished due to the evolution of the internet and social media. It has driven a number of my colleagues out of the profession, into a depressive state, or in the worst cases – suicide. I’m doing fine and am constantly evolving to provide the best care that I can. As a result, this is my promise to patients: Continue reading
The times they are a changing. Every now and then in the course of medicine, we get new research that guides us to change our ways of thinking and how we practice. And we live in exciting times because now is one of those moments. New research has been presented regarding potentially more appropriate age of spay or neuter surgery for your dog, most notably larger dogs. Don’t worry, I’ll also discuss cats.
No, I haven’t changed my stance that the procedure should still be done. But I agree and am glad to see some changes in the timing of when we as veterinarians recommend the surgery happen. Let’s explore this and try make sense of the differences.
The first thing you have to look at is what breed, or at least size, of dog you have. The next thing you have to consider is what are your goals you’re trying to achieve with your pet’s health – joint development & health, cancer risks, behavior, etc. Lastly, we need to consider their lifestyle. Much of the research focused on some common breeds (Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers , Rottweilers, Viszlas) but we can try to extrapolate from this data. So let’s discuss…. Continue reading