Dogs “Co-evolved” to Live with Humans Last week when we talked about the loyalty of dogs I suggested I would talk this week about some of the evidence that dogs “co-evolved” to live with humans. Q. When did dogs first become domesticated? Like all pre-history, there are no records so nothing is precise, and we always have conflicting theories and arguments. The earliest doglike skull suggests 33,000 years ago in Siberia, but genetic evidence from China hints around 16,000 years at most. Nearly everyone agrees dogs were co-living with humans by 10,000 years [...]
The Loyalty of Dogs This week I’m talking about the incredible loyalty of dogs and some of the historical examples of their unyielding faith. I was researching some material for Anzac day and came across the story of Hawkeye, and it prompted me to search for some of the other examples of man’s best friend being just that. 1. “Greyfriars Bobby” This was a Skye Terrier in Edinburgh who spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died in 1872. The story is obscured by the mists of [...]
Fanconi Syndrome Fanconi Syndrome is a particular form of kidney failure, where the proximal renal tubules stop working. The cases we are seeing are due to the pets being fed large amounts of imported jerky style treats. Q- What is Fanconi Syndrome? An acquired proximal renal tubulopathy, which means that the part of the kidney that is supposed to stop the important stuff from escaping the body stops working. The patient therefore loses important electrolytes, glucose and minerals and it is a form of kidney failure Q- Does it only affect dogs? It [...]
Nasopharyngeal Polyps in Cats I thought I’d talk today about Feline Nasopharyngeal Polyps. I saw and removed one from a cat this week. A recent lecture on this topic at the Western Veterinary Conference in the USA had the title – “A Good Disease” which is a kind of cool take on things, but a disease remains a disease in my book! These polyps arise from the medial (inside) aspect of the middle ear chamber. From there, they can head in one of two directions. 1. They can grow outwards, through the ear [...]
Degenerative Myelopathy This is a disease where the spinal cord basically loses the insulation around the individual nerve fibres, reducing the transmission of electrical impulses up and down the spinal cord. The dog gets a non-painful, insidious, progressive weakness in the back legs. It’s a pretty sad disease because there is basically no treatment. What breeds are affected ? Mos frequently the german shepherd dog (2% of the breed) , but also the Welsh corgi (1.5%). It will rarely occur in other breeds and is very rare in cats. What are the signs? [...]
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