ExpertVet Blog

More vets turn to prosthetics to help legless pets

June 17th, 2014

Just like humans, pets can also suffer from missing limbs due to infection, accidents or deformity. With advancing technology and pet owners embracing their pets as family, more and more are turning to artificial limbs to help their beloved pets lead pain-free, mobile and active lives. Prosthetics, orthotics and wheelchairs are just a few of the mechanisms that veterinarians utilize to help improve these animals’ lives. Read more about More vets turn to prosthetics to help legless pets

Social isolation leads to telomere shortening as seen in African Grey Parrots in captivity

June 13th, 2014

Some studies show that telomere shortening has been caused by stress, but until now, no study has been completed which suggests that social isolation has an effect on telomere shortening. Telomeres shorten during cell division and once a certain length is reached, the division stops – this is termed “replicative senescence.” Senescence helps in eliminating old cells but contributes to aging and mortality. Read more about Social isolation leads to telomere shortening as seen in African Grey Parrots in captivity

Pets in pain: countering the caregiver placebo effect

June 12th, 2014

Clinical trials involving pets are much more difficult to execute due to what is called the “caregiver placebo effect.” This is where the observations of the caregiver influence the true effect of the medical trial. In these types of trials, which are mostly performed to test pain medications, clinicians and scientists are once removed from the patient and the caregiver gives an assessment on how the treatment affects their pet. How the owner and the pet behave can actually influence the result of the trial. Read more about Pets in pain: countering the caregiver placebo effect

Rat Poison (rodenticide) Toxicity in Pets

June 10th, 2014

Anticoagulant rodenticides are designed to kill rats, mice, and other rodents by causing internal bleeding after the rodent ingests the poisonous bait. These poisons are designed to taste good and be very attractive to rodents. Dogs and cats can also find this bait very tasty and may ingest it if it is placed in an accessible area around your house or yard. Signs of poisoning (toxicosis) in dogs and cats usually appear 3-5 days after they eat the rat/mouse bait. Read more about Rat Poison (rodenticide) Toxicity in Pets

What Spring Means to Your Dog

June 4th, 2014

Does your dog suffer from springtime allergies?

As with humans, springtime can cause discomfort in dogs because of allergies and other health issues, such as parasites infestations, infections, poisoning, injuries and reproductive problems. About twenty percent of dogs in North America suffer from allergies during the spring. Read more about What Spring Means to Your Dog

Tiny the Cat Slims Down

May 27th, 2014

An obese grey cat was dropped off at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Fredericton, N.B., Canada, and he was the heaviest cat they had ever seen. Weighting in at over 30 pounds, this was nearly double the weight that he should have been. Pet obesity is a common problem and has become more and more prevalent in recent years. Just as with humans, extra weight can lead to a number of conditions including Hypertension, Joint problems, and Type II Diabetes. Read more about Tiny the Cat Slims Down

42 years of the Iditarod

May 23rd, 2014

This year marks the 42nd year of the “Last Great Race” or as it is also known, the Iditarod Dog Sled race.  It takes place in Alaska and has between 60 and 100 mushing competitors each year. The race is 1,150 miles long, begins in Anchorage and ends in Nome. Each musher begins the race with 16 dogs, and must finish with at least 6. Read more about 42 years of the Iditarod

Military dogs in combat

May 20th, 2014

Dogs have been used for hundreds of years in combat, reportedly beginning around the time of the English and Spanish settlers in the 18thcentury. Recently, a video of a Belgian Malinois, who is being held hostage by the Taliban, went public. British forces seemingly deployed the dog, but the dogs name and gender are unknown. The Belgian Malinois breed is known for being fearless, driven, and able to handle heat. Read more about Military dogs in combat