hokaegu:

bogleech:

raw-fed-pets:

faofox:

raw-fed-pets:

All dogs share the same basic digestive system despite the range of physical variations (and attitudes) across different breeds. Every dog is designed to eat a raw animal-based diet, from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane. Breed-specific dog food brands are simply a marketing gimmick aimed at playing on the pet owner’s emotions, and their desire to feed their pet the best possible diet.

I don’t think that dogs need an animal-based diet. If done right they can be vegan and not contribute to the murdering of innocent animals. We’ve adapted and domesticated them enough to do so. They’ve evolved to live without meat just like us.

200% incorrect. Vegan diets are carbohydrate-based. Carbohydrates are inflammatory, feed cancer (glucose), contribute to periodontal disease (leading to systemic organ failure, eg heart), cause insulin spikes leading to a multitude of other issues in the long-term (thyroid, liver, diabetes, heart disease) and also cause pancreatic problems due to extreme stress on the pancreas (secreting heavy loads of carb enzymes over a long period of time). The low moisture content coupled with high plant protein may also cause renal failure in the long term. The preservatives used may also be linked to cancer (BHA, BHT etc), and these diets also skew the omega3/6 ratio, causing further inflammation (linked to cancer again). They cause urine alkalinity leading to urinary problems such as crystals, blockages and UTI’s.
Brief into to dog anatomy/physiology:
- Stomach PH: Their highly acidic stomach is designed for eliminating harmful bacteria and breaking down bone into a gel-like substance. Humans have a much more alkaline stomach acid which is why we would struggle to digest raw bone.
-Digestive Enzymes: Higher level of proteases to break down animal protein. High bile load to help push through bacteria.
-Dental Anatomy: Sharp pointed teeth designed for ripping and tearing flesh and bones.Dogs do not chew their food as we do, they are wired to swallow chunks quickly as a basic survival instinct.
-Jaws: Dogs also have strong jaws that physically cannot move sideways (like your own can). This sideways grinding action is a feature that allows pre-digestion of plant material. Again, dogs rip off chunks and swallow them whole.
-Lack of Salivary Amylase: Omnivores have this for pre-digestion of carbohydrates. Dogs and cats do not. The canine pancreas secretes amylase as a backup, however this does not mean they should be fed a high carbohydrate diet every day for a lifetime. Processed food (incl vegan) is 40-70% carbohydrate.
-Lysozyme: Instead of amylase, dogs have lysozyme in their saliva which is an antibacterial. This may be useful for destroying any harmful bacteria in carrion/rotten food/feces, as well as wound cleaning.
-Gut length: The canine gut is short in length which is because flesh must be pushed through quickly. It does not need to sit and ferment, as this could allow bacteria to multiply to harmful levels. Note that plant eating animals have a long digestive tract and even multiple stomach chambers in order for plant material to be slowly broken down by the necessary enzymes.
-Nutrient profiles. Dogs have 0% biological requirement for carbohydrates. They gain every single essential nutrient from a prey based diet such as Whole Prey/Prey Model. Vegan diets are full of processed lab-made vitamins and minerals. Many vitamin pre-mixes are made in china and shipped to the country of manufacture.
All in all, dogs will survive on a high carbohydrate diet but it will cause systemic effects eventually. Similar to smoking, a junk food diet affects every dog differently and some may be affected more severely than others, and in different time spans. You can also expect high vet fees in the form of dental cleanings, dental surgeries and various health problem later on in life.
It is not recommended that you feed your pet the equivalent of a big mac for the entirety of its life. This is essentially what kibble and vegan diets are. Evolution has changed the appearance and even the behaviour of your dog, but their digestive system is still geared towards meat. Basically, you are paying money to have a company slowly kill your pet from the inside out. 
0/10, Not Recommended.

Hard science here for anyone who needs to shut down a “vegan pet owner.” It’s abuse. Feed your animal the substances they evolved to eat or do not own an animal, it’s as simple as that.

I am so sick of people thinking that they know what animals are “supposed to” eat, like shut the fuck up, they existed and ate MEAT before humans ever came along. They are called carnivores for a reason. I will NEVER understand how people can think they know better than biology. Jesus fuck.

hokaegu:

bogleech:

raw-fed-pets:

faofox:

raw-fed-pets:

All dogs share the same basic digestive system despite the range of physical variations (and attitudes) across different breeds. Every dog is designed to eat a raw animal-based diet, from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane. Breed-specific dog food brands are simply a marketing gimmick aimed at playing on the pet owner’s emotions, and their desire to feed their pet the best possible diet.

I don’t think that dogs need an animal-based diet. If done right they can be vegan and not contribute to the murdering of innocent animals. We’ve adapted and domesticated them enough to do so. They’ve evolved to live without meat just like us.

200% incorrect. Vegan diets are carbohydrate-based. Carbohydrates are inflammatory, feed cancer (glucose), contribute to periodontal disease (leading to systemic organ failure, eg heart), cause insulin spikes leading to a multitude of other issues in the long-term (thyroid, liver, diabetes, heart disease) and also cause pancreatic problems due to extreme stress on the pancreas (secreting heavy loads of carb enzymes over a long period of time). The low moisture content coupled with high plant protein may also cause renal failure in the long term. The preservatives used may also be linked to cancer (BHA, BHT etc), and these diets also skew the omega3/6 ratio, causing further inflammation (linked to cancer again). They cause urine alkalinity leading to urinary problems such as crystals, blockages and UTI’s.

Brief into to dog anatomy/physiology:

- Stomach PH: Their highly acidic stomach is designed for eliminating harmful bacteria and breaking down bone into a gel-like substance. Humans have a much more alkaline stomach acid which is why we would struggle to digest raw bone.

-Digestive Enzymes: Higher level of proteases to break down animal protein. High bile load to help push through bacteria.

-Dental Anatomy: Sharp pointed teeth designed for ripping and tearing flesh and bones.Dogs do not chew their food as we do, they are wired to swallow chunks quickly as a basic survival instinct.

-Jaws: Dogs also have strong jaws that physically cannot move sideways (like your own can). This sideways grinding action is a feature that allows pre-digestion of plant material. Again, dogs rip off chunks and swallow them whole.

-Lack of Salivary Amylase: Omnivores have this for pre-digestion of carbohydrates. Dogs and cats do not. The canine pancreas secretes amylase as a backup, however this does not mean they should be fed a high carbohydrate diet every day for a lifetime. Processed food (incl vegan) is 40-70% carbohydrate.

-Lysozyme: Instead of amylase, dogs have lysozyme in their saliva which is an antibacterial. This may be useful for destroying any harmful bacteria in carrion/rotten food/feces, as well as wound cleaning.

-Gut length: The canine gut is short in length which is because flesh must be pushed through quickly. It does not need to sit and ferment, as this could allow bacteria to multiply to harmful levels. Note that plant eating animals have a long digestive tract and even multiple stomach chambers in order for plant material to be slowly broken down by the necessary enzymes.

-Nutrient profiles. Dogs have 0% biological requirement for carbohydrates. They gain every single essential nutrient from a prey based diet such as Whole Prey/Prey Model. Vegan diets are full of processed lab-made vitamins and minerals. Many vitamin pre-mixes are made in china and shipped to the country of manufacture.

All in all, dogs will survive on a high carbohydrate diet but it will cause systemic effects eventually. Similar to smoking, a junk food diet affects every dog differently and some may be affected more severely than others, and in different time spans. You can also expect high vet fees in the form of dental cleanings, dental surgeries and various health problem later on in life.

It is not recommended that you feed your pet the equivalent of a big mac for the entirety of its life. This is essentially what kibble and vegan diets are. Evolution has changed the appearance and even the behaviour of your dog, but their digestive system is still geared towards meat. Basically, you are paying money to have a company slowly kill your pet from the inside out.

0/10, Not Recommended.

Hard science here for anyone who needs to shut down a “vegan pet owner.” It’s abuse. Feed your animal the substances they evolved to eat or do not own an animal, it’s as simple as that.

I am so sick of people thinking that they know what animals are “supposed to” eat, like shut the fuck up, they existed and ate MEAT before humans ever came along. They are called carnivores for a reason. I will NEVER understand how people can think they know better than biology. Jesus fuck.

southernsnowdogs:

brown—hound:

We see a lot of greyhounds in my clinic… They are pretty much not dogs… Nothing is the same with a grey. They can be in perfect health one day, and dying of liver failure the next. Its incredibly hard working with them medical wise.

But love them I do! <3 They are very fragile and sensitive dogs, with hearts of pure gold and legs like a kangaroo. The 4 we have here are just a delight 

southernsnowdogs:

brown—hound:

We see a lot of greyhounds in my clinic… They are pretty much not dogs… Nothing is the same with a grey. They can be in perfect health one day, and dying of liver failure the next. Its incredibly hard working with them medical wise.

But love them I do! <3 
They are very fragile and sensitive dogs, with hearts of pure gold and legs like a kangaroo. The 4 we have here are just a delight 

(Source: mgkesi)

Anonymous asked
I am 16 and about to start year 12. I don't have any veterinary work experience yet because I have only recently become interested in the career. I was wondering how many weeks' work experience are generally undertaken by people applying to vet school and whether I am at a disadvantage not yet having any. I do intend to use school holidays from now on gaining experience at local vets, kennels, lambing and even an abbatoir so I hope I have not left it too late?

Hi! No it’s not too late at all. So long as you’re organised you can get a lot of experience in between now and applying and going to uni. You should be fine just make sure you don’t waste a moment :) Also in your application you will get chances to put down experience you have got planned :).

W

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To add to that, I didn’t really have much experience prior to year 12 (I had maybe 2 weeks maximum) but by the time the applications came around I had more than enough weeks at a variety of places so it is possible to fit it all in. Just start looking into places now as some can be quite competitive. Usually if you get in with one farm they can get you sorted out at other farms, so don’t stress too much!

C

equinevetadventures:

In the OR with Dr. Patty Hogan (part 2) since everyone enojoyed part 1 so much, here is a Arthroscopic Removal of a Plantar OCD Fragment

Note the differences in the positioning and preparation :)

futuretheriodvm asked
Ok, so don't really have a question - I just wanted to say it's so nice to see a fellow future vet not buy into the anti-breeder/animal rights propaganda!

Tbh I don’t know any future vets who do buy into that propaganda…its all about education and generally most of us are educated enough to know about animal rights and breeding. 

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I’m tempted to start being more active using education against all the animal rights stuff. I don’t have much time though.

W

Learning Anatomy Tips: 1 - Bone Marking Types

equinevetadventures:

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One of my sister’s professors (she studies human medicine) is quoted to have said that "learning the medical terms necessary to practice medicine, including anatomy and clinical significant concepts is the same as learning 2.5 foreign languages". So it’s easy…

thescientist-vs-thestoryteller:

be-their-sound:


I remember touching one of the sows in those crates. She was red and big with fourteen piglets tussling off to the side. She flinched. I could feel a strange sense of horror deep inside me, but I pushed it down. I rested my hand on her back and, for one brief moment, she leaned into it and then jerked away, as if burned. She could not understand my sudden interest in touching her with gentleness, no pig in the pork industry does.



Anyone who can explain the rightness of a cage has never been in one, never felt the sides of it pushing and denying access to the natural world. They have not felt the frustration of nothingness, of being restricted, of being in a barren, empty world. When her instinct drives her to make a nest for her babies, she cannot. When her preference would be to nurse her piglets in a deep bed of leaves, she cannot. When she wants to run away from the humans who abuse her, she cannot. When she wants to burrow in straw with her sister and brother, she cannot. And when she is desperate to save her piglets, when they are taken forcibly from her at 2-3 weeks of age, when the wrongness of that separation is evident in her tense muscles and strange cries, she can do nothing to stop it. Everything done to her is an attempt at removing her from instinct and desire and what she wants and needs.
We know what happens to her piglets. They too will be stripped of their dignity and of their pigness. Then they will be killed and eaten by a species who does not need meat to survive. She will spend years in that cage, repeatedly artificially inseminated, repeatedly denied access to a nest and the outdoor world, repeatedly abused and repeatedly stripped of her babies.I don’t need meat to survive. You don’t either. Pigs need to be allowed to express all that makes them them. And they cannot do that on a farm or in a place that sees them as roasters and production units. Since there are so many alternatives to pork, there isn’t any reason not to start choosing a compassionate diet now. Do it today, for the millions of sows denied true motherhood and the hundred million piglets turned into pork. We must honor who they are by not reducing them to what our palates desire.Marji Beach - Animal Place Sanctuary. 
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Ok, no. Let’s just correct a few things that were said here. 
This is a farrowing crate. The sow is not kept in it for ‘years’, she will go into it about a week before she is due to give birth, and depending on the farm, stay in there for 2-4 weeks post partum. And you know why? Because sows have a grand habit of lying on their piglets and crushing them. To death. You see it an awful lot where these crates aren’t used. I agree, they’re not nice and they’re incredibly restrictive to the sow, but they’re used for a reason, not just for cruelty, as was insinuated. They are actually the only kind of crate allowed in the UK - others such as sow crates have been banned to protect animal welfare. 
Secondly, piglets are not ‘forcibly taken’ from their mother’s at 2-3 weeks of age. They are weaned at around 28 days (which, fyi, is when the sow naturally stops lactating).
Also, do not go around touching random livestock, even ‘with gentleness’. If an animal does not know you, you are a threat. Even if the animal if perfectly well treated by its owner/farmer, it probably won’t like strange people coming up and poking it, ESPECIALLY if you haven’t even let it see you or smell you first, and ESPECIALLY on its back, where you’re out of its eyeline. 
I completely appreciate your right to express what you believe in and fight for animal rights. These crates are not ideal and a lot of farmers and vets don’t like  using them. But stop posting bullshit like this that is based on emotive manipulation, not facts, and stop villainising the farming industry. It’s simply persecuting the very group of people you should be working WITH to achieve better welfare for animals. 

thescientist-vs-thestoryteller:

be-their-sound:

I remember touching one of the sows in those crates. She was red and big with fourteen piglets tussling off to the side. She flinched. I could feel a strange sense of horror deep inside me, but I pushed it down. I rested my hand on her back and, for one brief moment, she leaned into it and then jerked away, as if burned. She could not understand my sudden interest in touching her with gentleness, no pig in the pork industry does.

Anyone who can explain the rightness of a cage has never been in one, never felt the sides of it pushing and denying access to the natural world. They have not felt the frustration of nothingness, of being restricted, of being in a barren, empty world. When her instinct drives her to make a nest for her babies, she cannot. When her preference would be to nurse her piglets in a deep bed of leaves, she cannot. When she wants to run away from the humans who abuse her, she cannot. When she wants to burrow in straw with her sister and brother, she cannot. And when she is desperate to save her piglets, when they are taken forcibly from her at 2-3 weeks of age, when the wrongness of that separation is evident in her tense muscles and strange cries, she can do nothing to stop it. Everything done to her is an attempt at removing her from instinct and desire and what she wants and needs.

We know what happens to her piglets. They too will be stripped of their dignity and of their pigness. Then they will be killed and eaten by a species who does not need meat to survive. She will spend years in that cage, repeatedly artificially inseminated, repeatedly denied access to a nest and the outdoor world, repeatedly abused and repeatedly stripped of her babies.
I don’t need meat to survive. You don’t either. Pigs need to be allowed to express all that makes them them. And they cannot do that on a farm or in a place that sees them as roasters and production units. Since there are so many alternatives to pork, there isn’t any reason not to start choosing a compassionate diet now. Do it today, for the millions of sows denied true motherhood and the hundred million piglets turned into pork. We must honor who they are by not reducing them to what our palates desire.
Marji Beach - Animal Place Sanctuary. 

x x

Ok, no. Let’s just correct a few things that were said here. 

This is a farrowing crate. The sow is not kept in it for ‘years’, she will go into it about a week before she is due to give birth, and depending on the farm, stay in there for 2-4 weeks post partum. And you know why? Because sows have a grand habit of lying on their piglets and crushing them. To death. You see it an awful lot where these crates aren’t used. I agree, they’re not nice and they’re incredibly restrictive to the sow, but they’re used for a reason, not just for cruelty, as was insinuated. They are actually the only kind of crate allowed in the UK - others such as sow crates have been banned to protect animal welfare. 

Secondly, piglets are not ‘forcibly taken’ from their mother’s at 2-3 weeks of age. They are weaned at around 28 days (which, fyi, is when the sow naturally stops lactating).

Also, do not go around touching random livestock, even ‘with gentleness’. If an animal does not know you, you are a threat. Even if the animal if perfectly well treated by its owner/farmer, it probably won’t like strange people coming up and poking it, ESPECIALLY if you haven’t even let it see you or smell you first, and ESPECIALLY on its back, where you’re out of its eyeline. 

I completely appreciate your right to express what you believe in and fight for animal rights. These crates are not ideal and a lot of farmers and vets don’t like  using them. But stop posting bullshit like this that is based on emotive manipulation, not facts, and stop villainising the farming industry. It’s simply persecuting the very group of people you should be working WITH to achieve better welfare for animals. 

(Source: be-their-sound)

dogjournal:

THE “DRIVEN TO BARK” CAMPAIGN 

Petplan has started the 'Driven to Bark' campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars. There is also a White House petition which encourages the passing of laws to address this issue. Unfortunately we hear reports every summer about dogs being left inside hot cars. Click here to learn more about the Driven to Bark campaign. Please share!