Veterinarians need to do more to discourage people from breeding dogs with extremely flat faces. Jessica Perry Hekman, DVM, PhD, compares the recent British Veterinary Association (BVA) position statement on flat-faced dogs, which is quite forward thinking, to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) position, which is weak, at best. “U.S. veterinarians are lacking strong leadership bringing us forward. How can we help to fix these breeds? One step is a new policy from the AVMA, providing real guidance to the veterinarians on the front lines about how to talk to the owners and breeders of brachycephalic dogs.”
Cannabis Extracts Can Help Dogs with a Large Range of Health Problems. I’ve been advocating medical cannabis use in dogs for about 4 years now, and I’ve seen dogs have significant clinical responses in a number of cases. I’ve seen improvements in old dogs (with arthritis and doggy dementia), in dogs with cancer (mostly palliative, […]Cannabis for dogs, CBD oil for dogs, Dog Health, Holistic Health, Medical cannabis for pets
Jessica Perry Hekman, DVM, PhD, tackles The Question – Is genetics absolute? In other words, can some dogs be dealt a bad hand genetically and be doomed to a life of bad behavior? She addresses real world questions like “Are pit bull-type dogs genetically aggressive toward people?” and “Is my dog aggressive because of poor socialization (my fault) or bad genetics (the breeder’s fault)?Behavior Research, canine genetics, dog behavior, heritability
German vet Daniela Neika tells the story of how she had to adapt to extreme challenges in the medical care of the SAR dogs in her care in Nepal. The learning curve and the losses have been high, but she and her team of dog handlers are able to treat and save many more dogs now.