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  • Goodbye Dolittler...hello FullyVetted on PetMD!

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    Thursday March 18th, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    For the last six months or so Ive been promising you revolutionary Dolittler improvements. Weve talked about a stabler server, a fresher look, thwarting all those spammers, and even a brand new title (inexplicably, I get tongue-tied half the time I speak my own blogs name).

    All of this is why Ive been working hard behind the scenes to bring you a better vehicle for my posts and an upgraded platform for our collective thoughts. Enter FullyVetted, a blog to be served by online pet powerhouse,...

  • Hispanic pets, their people‚Äôs attitudes and the spay-neuter culture

    from DoLittler: Blog

    Wednesday March 17th, 2010 at 02:31 AM

    Its worth noting before embarking on a post with a title like this is that yours truly will soon be bubbling in her 2010 US Census forms under the designation, Hispanic. The fact that I practice in Miami, the de facto capital of Latin America, should also get a mention. These two bits of data, along with a description of my clientele as more than 50% Hispanic, is probably why I was drawn to the JAVMA article in the first place.

    This weeks arrival of the Journal of the American Veterinary...

  • A feline advocate's guest post: Another ambivalent TNR-er goes public

    from DoLittler: Blog

    Monday March 15th, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Here's a guest post by a passionate TNR advocate, University of Pennsylvania Shelter Med prof and fellow Penn grad, Dr. Michael Moyer. Here's his new blog. Enjoy!

    Ive been involved with feral cat issues in Pennsylvania since 2003, when (as I began ascending the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Associations chairs of office) I initiated Feral Cat Summits. All stakeholders to that issue were invited by the PVMA to discuss, debate, and argue the merits and deficiencies of Trap Neuter Return work....

  • You've got to be kidding! (no, not yet but we're getting close)

    from DoLittler: Blog

    Monday March 15th, 2010 at 08:30 AM

    Everyone I know in the caprine world has been kidding lately. All manner of goat babies (kids) abound this time of year...and I'm getting real close to finding out just how it feels to get two babies of my own.

    Yes, my Tulip is waaayay pregnant. Whoever said you're either pregnant or not never saw me eclipse a celebratory mylar balloon in my eighth month...and certainly never glimpsed Tulip on day 140 of her 150 day-long "confinement."

    Ten days left is all she's gotthat is, according to all our...

  • A new lease on life: On cat adoptions and outdoor enclosures

    from DoLittler: Blog

    Saturday March 13th, 2010 at 12:30 AM

    Since his toddler years, my son has suffered chronic upper respiratory symptoms whenever cats were around. Hence, felines have not starred on our households pet playlist since the last millennia. Nevertheless, it hasnt stopped me from pining away every time our hospital plays host to kittens and other miscellaneous strays. One day, I say, one day...

    But now it seems as if one day is coming up sooner than I thought. All because I dont know what else to do with this geriatric kitty that got...

  • Dental denial: 5 reasons why dental extractions in pets can be like pulling teeth

    from DoLittler: Blog

    Friday March 12th, 2010 at 05:03 AM

    I could have pulled my hair out about ten times this week...all with respect to the subject of dental extractions. No, these were not maybe-I-should-maybe-I-shouldnt scenarios. These were no-doubt-about-it dental cases requiring either flat-out extractions or tooth-sparing root canals. Yet dental denial dogged me all week long. It was like pulling teeth to get a handful of clients to admit defeat to the unseen evils of periodontal disease.

    Consider the following not-so-pleasant examples:

    #1 How...

  • Fear of feeding

    from DoLittler: Blog

    Wednesday March 10th, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    Its an extremely frustrating problem I see every single day of my life. Whether were talking about my exam room patients, puppy park players, a neighbors pooch or my family members dogs, the problem is the same: Their pets are fat and they know it...but theyre scared of offering them too little to eat.

    OK so thats my personal interpretation of the psychology that underlies the problem. And I may be wrong. But I believe its what most people objectively viewing the situation might conclude as...

  • Resistance training for bugs: Antimicrobial resistance, redux

    from DoLittler: Blog

    Wednesday March 10th, 2010 at 06:02 AM

    Are we really training an army of superbugs? Yep. No doubt about it.Ever since we started killing microscopic organisms with drugs we call antimicrobials (of which antibiotics are the most famous subset), these bugs have been looking for ways to survive the wrath of chemicals that would see them dead.

    Mutation has been their MO, an approach thats worked out better and faster than we ever expected when we first designed our drugs. Which is why we now find ourselves scrambling to beat the bugs...

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