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Felicitous Felines

A while ago, I posted an entry discussing starch digestion in dogs. Essentially, the domesticated dog is domesticated in part because it can digest molecules that wolves can’t.  They likely developed this trait over time to be closer to us. Now there is evidence that our feline friends have done the same ‘evolution’.  http://www.popsci.com/article/science/kitty-dna-shows-cats-have-evolved-learn-treats Geneticists have determined that […]

Hello Parenting

You love your pet like it’s your child.  Admit it.  No really, you can admit it, there’s proof. See the article below; http://www.salon.com/chromeo/article/science_proves_that_you_love_your_dog_like_a_baby/# Alloparenting —  caring for another species like it’s your own.  I like the word ‘parent’ much better than the politically correct ‘guardian’ when referring to the role in our animal’s life.  Parenting […]

RIP Rufus

  Warning: This story will make you cry. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/05/veterinarian-shares-personal-story-of-having-his-own-dog-put-to-sleep/ I am often asked how am I able to put animals to sleep.  The answer is, I don’t know. I don’t know how I do it, I just do it. I would guess that a lot of other veterinarians feel the same.  Somehow we are able to […]

A Nucleus Of Happiness

Your dog DOES love you. Or at least he/she thinks very positively about you. That’s the interesting finding in this article in National Geographic. http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/03/24/dogs-animals-pets-science-brains-scents/ In this study dogs were trained to sit quietly in an MRI tube while their brains were analyzed. (Incredibly well-trained dogs, right?)  The researchers found that when the dogs were […]

Oh The Humanity!

I’ve posted before about the dichotomies in life regarding animals.  This article should bring a smile to your face.  It reinforces what most of us intuitively understand. Pets make us better humans. http://shine.yahoo.com/pets/pets-teach-us-best-selves-194600717.html This article made me shudder. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/sochi-killing-stray-dogs-in-preparation-for-the-winter-olympics-9105046.html Of course I understand the need for humane euthanasia for unwanted or neglected animals. But it’s hard to […]

Where There’s a Will……….

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303433304579306412735913246 The link is to a Wall Street Journal article explaining the increasing popularity of pet trusts. The idea is to have money set aside for an animal’s daily needs and medical care if it’s owner dies. The cost of everything pet related including simple things like pet food has skyrocketed since 2008. It makes sense to be […]

Mindful Meowser

Mindfulness;  paying attention, in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally It’s well-known in veterinary circles that Christmas and New Year’s bring a spate of euthanasias. Why our most cherished patients or helpless creatures appear in our hospital in increased numbers at the holidays is unknown. Most vets will tell you that giving an […]