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I just posted a contact us form on the city website asking of anyone from the city would like to explain to our network of 300+ veterinarians and animal health professionals the rationale behind this horrific act. Somehow, I don't think I will get a response.
Rod....I have to agree with Dr. Bowling. It's all in HOW you communicate with your veterinarian. If you can provide insightful documentation that comes from valid sources, then...yes, enter a civil discussion. Most veterinarians would be thrilled to sit down and have a honest conversation based in science. If your sources are simply anecdotal with no scientific basis, then you will continue to run into issues...
Very nicely stated, Brent...and, if I can be a little self promoting here, what you are discussing is one of the main reasons why the Veterinary News Network created the American Society of Veterinary Journalists. ASVJ certifies veterinarians, veterinary technicians and anyone providing animal health/veterinary information through any sort of media, from television to Internet. Think of ASVJ like the American Meteorological Society... Although we can't STOP uninformed people from posting their opinions, pet owners (and non-pet owners) can look for the ASVJ Seal of Approval as well as the initials, CVJ for Certified Veterinary Journalist.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2012 on Considering the source at KC DOG BLOG
Brent, re: your response to H. Houlahan, you are right on the money. These tests have gotten progressively better as the whole plethora of single nucleotide polymorphisms ("Snips") that characterize specific breeds have been identified more fully. I don't recall the exact number, but I think a recent seminar I viewed mentioned about 30,000 dogs in the Mars database representing 99% of the AKC registered breeds. Because many breeds share certain mutations (in hair color or leg length, etc), there will naturally be some overlap and even amazement. One specific case showed a 21 lb dog that for all intents and purposes looked like an overgrown Papillon....turns out that the dog had cocker spaniel (generating some of the parti type of color) along with Maltese and another breed that I don't recall immediately. I will have to go see this test....it sounds amazing.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2012 on Identifying mixed breed dogs is easy at KC DOG BLOG
Thanks for sharing, Brent. Dr. Mansfield did a great job with this book and we are very happy that she is part of our Veterinary News Network group!
Just a quick note of clarification: I have spent time pouring through comments from veterinarians who are considered reproductive specialists and they all agree that "biologically speaking, there is no reason to skip a cycle" when breeding. The 6-7 month period in between cycles in dogs allows for more than enough rest time for the majority of pets. Now, having said that, you have to look at the individual animal as well. A female who loses body condition during the pregnancy and lactation periods should, be all means, be rested. But, a young healthy dam who bounces back can certainly be bred again. I don't have a link to any specific study yet that "proves" this, but I am sending a note to one of the directors for the Society of Theriogenology to see if I can get a position statement or citations.
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