Save the Taiji Dolphins – Travel Animal Doctor

Save the Taiji Dolphins – Travel Animal Doctor

Jade here, the director at Travel Animal Doctor, reporting on the Taiji Dolphins. Czermak Photography / Foter / CC BY This morning humom called me up on the bed and rubbed my belly. When she began to pull her hand away and reach for her computer I begged her, “Not yet!” I wiggled closer to her so that she had no choice but to keep scratching. I get really excited when she speaks to me, and began to wag my tail when she asked me if she had ever told me about the dolphins.You haven’t, not yet, but I would love to hear about them, I barked with a wag of my tail. The Story Humom spent some time at an aquarium where she helped ultrasound dolphins. She described each individual personality of her patients with a twinkle in her eyes. She recalled a young’n who was spritely and quite the trouble maker. The adolescent listened but only when his independence was won over by some yummy fish. There was an older female who had unbelievable patience and tolerance for the adolescent and the ultrasound procedure. They were an extraordinary spectacle to behold and their antics provided quite a show. Much like I offered my belly to my humom, the dolphins flipped over to present their own bellies for use of the ultrasound. They were well trained and made it relatively easy to perform the brief check ups. When enough was enough, the adolescent splashed at the doctors in an attempt to get them soaked as he swam away. Inquisitively I looked at humom, as if to ask her...
8 Photos of Happiness

8 Photos of Happiness

Inspire Greytness nominated me for a post called 8 Photos of Happiness from Ariel’s Little Corner of the Internet. My 8 photos express reasons for wanting to become a veterinarian as well as reasons that make me happy I am a veterinarian. They are my old family pets, my mom and dad’s pets, and Jade. These animals had and still have a way of making my frown turn upside down. Just sorting through these photos flooded me with   joyous memories.   Meet Scar. My husband and I found him sick at a shelter. He was so sweet and loving, and he rolled around and played with us for a straight 15 minutes before we decided we had no choice but to take him home. He was our first pet, and he was adorable. He was such a cuddler, and always had to sleep on one of our heads at night. Sadly one evening he slipped out of a crack in the door. We looked for him everywhere but he never came back. We talk about getting another cat all of the time. One of these days we will. While growing up, we had a samoyed named Bayer. He was the sweetest dog our family has ever had. He was big and docile. The family who had him before us called him moose because he was so big. I smile whenever I see that precious face. Maggie was our family sheepdog. She was smart as a whip. I remember training her to pull at a pulley on command, that would elevate a basket to the top of our tree...
7 Veterinary Facts About Your Pet’s Dental Hygiene- Travel Animal Doctor

7 Veterinary Facts About Your Pet’s Dental Hygiene- Travel Animal Doctor

Your pet’s dental hygiene is an important topic in the veterinary and pet care industry. -Travel Animal Doctor Ultimately, just like in humans, pet’s teeth should be brushed twice a day. Read “Your Pet’s Teeth” for a brief overview on the importance of dental hygiene in your pet. This article will give you seven veterinary facts about your pet’s dental hygiene. 1) Disease Shortcomings in pet dental care can lead to serious disease processes including brain, kidney, liver and heart disease. Oral disease alone can be critically debilitating to your pet. Bacteria and yellow plaque collect on the gums of an animal’s teeth. Without removal, this plaque becomes concrete tartar or calculus that often needs to be scaled away rather than brushed. Plaque and calculus builds up along the gum line, leading to gum inflammation and loss of periodontal attachment leading to gum disease. Gum disease is commonly called periodontal disease (literally meaning “disease around the tooth”). Gum inflammation causes pockets to appear between the gum line and teeth, where bacteria dive into causing further progression of disease. The bacteria from the plaque also cause a rancid smell in your pet’s mouth. Bacterial sequestration can cause insufferable pain. Teeth are lost; abscesses form and the mouth can fester with infection. Periodontal disease alone causes immense oral discomfort and pain that may lead to difficulties for your pet to even pick up food. If gum disease is far enough along, the jawbone can actually be destroyed, making pathologic jaw fracture a likely result. A jaw fracture that is pathologic means that the fracture resulted from disease. If your pet is...
Travel Animal Doctor: Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

Travel Animal Doctor: Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

It is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month and as such I wanted to increase awareness of animal cruelty prevention groups. -Travel Animal Doctor “Go Orange” with me this month and raise awareness to protect animals against animal cruelty. ASPCA The ASPCA is running many campaigns to protect animals. To access these campaigns, visit their home website and click on the “Fight Cruelty” tab. Another campaign is #OpentheBarns to promote food safety, workers’ rights and protection of animals in agriculture. ASPCA also has many more ideas to “Go Orange” this month on their website. HumaneSociety.Org HumaneSociety.Org has up-to-date news on animal welfare. A few new articles include the recent establishment of animal welfare awareness in Hilton hotels and Dunkin Donut’s. Hilton hotel chains and Dunkin’ Donuts are using gestation crate-free pork and cage-free eggs in their supply chain in upcoming years. Hilton Hotels are also banning the sale of shark fin on their properties. The HumaneSociety.Org website brings attention to the protection of all animals including pets, wildlife and farm animals. Pet-Abuse.Com Pet-Abuse.Com covers an abundance of services that allows an individual to find animal abuse cases in the searched location. To date, 19,448 cases have been reported in the database. By being aware of the abuse cases in your neighborhood or the place you are traveling to with your pet, you can keep your pet safe. AmericanHumane.Org According to Society & Animals, 71% of battered women entering shelters have had their household pet threatened or harmed while 32% reported their children harmed animals. The American Humane Association has a fact sheet with ways that advocates can work to prevent child,...
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