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Just because you can doesn't mean you should... Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 09:15

Veterinary science is now so advanced that almost anything is treatable.  As TV vet Noel Fitzpatrick says, "The bottom line now is that anything is possible if you have a blood and nerve supply."  Injuries and illnesses that would have involved euthanasia in the past are now able to be treated.  This raises a moral and ethical dilemma for vets (as well as the owner): does the future quality of life justify the trauma of painful surgery and long recovery time?

Brave Lucca Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 April 2016 09:40

There are many people who believe dogs are dirty, smelly, useless animals that spread disease but perhaps such dog phobics/haters will think twice when they read about German Shepherd Lucca.  She was trained to sniff our weapons and roadside bombs to protect soldiers in foreign parts.  She served alongside British troops on three tours of Iraq and Afghanistan with the US Marine Corps, during which time there were no human casualties on her patrols.  But she paid a price for her bravery: in 2012, while working in Afghanistan, a bomb detonated beneath her, ripping off her front leg and causing severe burns to her chest, head and neck.  Now Lucca has been awarded the animal equivalent of the VC, the PDSA Dickin Medal, in recognition of her amazing service record.  The Medal was instituted in 1943 and Lucca is the 67th animal to receive it; the last was Diesel, the police dog who was killed in the Paris attacks last November.  Lucca is now retired and lives with her handler in California but the pair travelled to London for the award. 

Deadly chips? Print E-mail
Monday, 04 April 2016 11:27

The law requiring all dogs from the age of eight weeks to be microchipped comes into force on Wednesday.  For the vast majority of dogs, this is a simple, painless procedure.  But Richard Allport, the vet who promotes natural medicine and food, says that it could produce severe adverse reactions in small breeds and he advises owners of these dogs to wait until they are fully grown before abiding by the law.  What is the evidence for this?  It is claimed that "several animals" have died as a result of chipping including a Yorkie which developed cancer at the site of the implant and later died while a chihuahua suffered an extreme bleed and died within hours of the chipping.  Both examples are American and have been denounced as scaremongering by the British Veterinary Association who insist that microchipping is a harmless procedure.

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