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Cropping the crop and docking the dock: Banfield shuts down its ear crop and tail dock ops by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Tue 04 Aug 2009 5:48pm When the largest veterinary practice in the world refuses to crop your dog’s ears and dock your pups’ tails, you know the times they are a changin.’ Can there be any companion animal veterinary issue as contentious as the availability of cosmetic surgery for pets? Probably not. Surgical procedures that carry medical risks and the possibility o ... Read on »
U.K. Tail Dock Study Makes This Vet Scratch Her Head by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Thu 12 Aug 2010 5:48pm From the annals of "no duh" veterinary science comes this brainless winner of a study: U.K. dogs are more likely to injure their tails should they have one. Seriously. It found that the risk of tail injury was lower in dogs with docked tails.   In June, the Veterinary Record — a decent publication, really — published a pet owner survey-bas ... Read on »
A plague on animal tails: Docks, crops, spirals, curls and other not-so-neat tricks by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Sun 31 Jan 2010 10:00pm What is it about tails? For some reason, humanity seems to abhor nothing more than a caudal appendage. Unless an animal’s got a prehensile version, it’s only going to get in the way. Best get rid of it, we say. Many breeds’ tails are docked within days of birth. Others have the tail-lessness bred into them through fancy genetic tricks. Cats ... Read on »
Another Reason Not to Dock Tails by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Mon 11 Nov 2013 6:00am Dr. Coates is a veterinarian based in the other “Sunshine State” – that's Colorado to the rest of you – where she lives and plays with a varied range of animals. She shares her professional and personal experiences, Monday through Friday, here on petMD's blog, the Fully Vetted. Log in for your daily dose of her insight and wisdom. < Previous P ... Read on »
SPAYING AND NEUTERING, PART 3 by Helpful Buckeye Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted Wed 19 Aug 2009 6:26pm Let's get this week's issue of Questions On Dogs and Cats started with a warm welcome to our new readers from the Wellsphere HealthBlogger Network! If you decided to check out our blog and learn a little bit more about dogs and cats while you're here, then Helpful Buckeye hopes you'll enjoy your stay. As a reminder, you can also follow Helpful Buck ... Read on »
SPAYING AND NEUTERING, PART 2 by Helpful Buckeye Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted Mon 10 Aug 2009 4:31pm Helpful Buckeye received a lot of e-mails this past week about the discussion of Spaying and Neutering, our current topic in Questions On Dogs and Cats. Apparently, even though this is a fairly familiar topic for most pet owners, many of our readers feel that they don't understand all the reasons for these surgical procedures being so popular. Most ... Read on »
Call it what it rrreally is huma... by Dr. Kim .. Naturopathic DoctorHealth Maven Posted Fri 12 Sep 2008 9:39am Call it what it rrreally is humans: The Pet EXTINCTION Act bepaws this has NOTHING whatsoever to do with health, WOOF! All those myths about spaying and neutering making us healthier…well would YOU be healthier if you were spayed or neutered as babies??? Four months old for us IS a baby. Also, have you looked at WHO is behind these type law ... Read on »
Conventional Versus Organic by Carrots 'N' Cake Patient Expert Posted Tue 29 Jun 2010 5:37pm If you’ve been reading along with my , you probably know quite a bit about organic dairy farming by now. Well, it’s time to tell you a little bit about conventional dairy farms. In addition to visiting four organic dairy farms in Vermont, we also visited one conventional farm. Parent Family Farm is a non-organic, two-generation family ... Read on »
Russell Terrier Appearance and health by heru m. Patient Expert Posted Sun 19 Dec 2010 2:17pm strong, active, lithe working Terrier of great character with flexible body of medium length. His smart movement matches his keen expression. Tail docking is optional and the coat may be smooth, rough or broken. The overall dog is longer than high. The depth of the body from the withers to the brisket should equal the leng ... Read on »
Dolittler's picks for 2009’s top ten issues in veterinary medicine by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Wed 07 Jan 2009 4:31pm The new year is upon us. Though 2,009 is just another number, the ‘turning of the clock’ always provides exciting new incentives to reassess the state of any given process. In this case, the process in question is the evolution of the veterinary industry. There’s no doubt that veterinary medicine is rapidly evolving relative to almost every ot ... Read on »