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Among the effects of the pandemic came a huge increase in demand for veterinary services. Several things drove that spike. Now, it seems demand for veterinary services is settling back down to normal levels. Let’s look at these patterns and what they mean for you and your dogs.

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Now that French Bulldogs rank number one in popularity in the USA in 2022 (according to AKC stats) a real disaster will get much, much worse. Here’s why (with data) from Nationwide’s Veterinary Analytics team that released chunks of new data and analysis about brachycephalic dogs earlier in 2023. The medical risks due to selective breeding for weirder and weirder faces in these dogs are simply too high, leading to death due to pregnancy (mom and puppies) and rampant, lifelong suffering and death of the puppies who survive birth. It isn’t just breathing problems. Several other health risks in extreme brachycephalic breeds, including French Bulldogs, remain scary high. Lovers of Pugs and English Bulldogs will also find relevant stats and charts.

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Well, drat, friends. Clover finished the nosework competition last Friday, March 3, 2023, in Loveland, Colorado, with finding 6 of the 8 hides (in 5 searches), but you have to be PERFECT and all in ONE DAY to earn the NW2 title, so we’ll try again March 31 at a trial MUCH closer to home … and, in fact, the same location where Clover earned her NW1 on her first try at that level of nosework competition. Thanks to an expedited video process. We already have our videos to share. Here’s how it went.

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As we learn more about veterinary consolidation and veterinary non-compete clauses, it made me wonder what happens if people get fired as veterinary clients from a hospital or clinic that’s owned by a big veterinary corporation. If you’re banned by one, does that mean you’re banned by all facilities owned by that company? I asked around and got an interesting answer. Plus, don’t miss a peek at our latest partial litter of foster puppies (3 from a litter of 6) – photos and a video of them playing with Clover. Calling them the Birthday Bunch. Might name them all after CAKE.

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I explained before how often others’ words belittle or diminish a dog attack after it happens. Along with the ever-present “It could have been worse” from others, I received a note from animal control, telling me this was a “common dog attack.” That phrase sounded like “no big deal” to me, especially when paired with them disagreeing with my assessment that the dogs that attacked me and my youngest dog in late 2021 were dangerous. What is a common dog attack, anyway? I truly don’t believe this label on our experience is true. And, if it is, then beware because that means a crap-ton of dangerous dogs live in our communities. Here’s what I think.

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Made time to record a video showing our progress from a garage-sale dog nail grinder to the really nice Lucky Tail Dog Nail Grinder we use now (~$40). The video also shows different strategies for using dog nail grinders on dogs with different needs and personalities. No exaggeration, switching from dog nail clippers to a dog nail grinder was a game-changer for us. No more drama!

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dog broken leg cast protection tips -- iv bag, grocery bag, plastic wrap, press & seal, various dog booties -- sock kind and one galoshes kind laid out left to right on a stainless steel table

Starting with our very broken first foster puppy (now family member) Mr. Stix who arrived at our local shelter with 15 fractures — all four legs, his hips and his tail, we started specialize in fostering dogs who’ve likely been hit by a car or similar vehicle. For example, with Mr. Stix, we wonder maybe something more like an ATV since clearly the wreck didn’t kill him or cause any internal organ damage (that we know of). As we learned, though, from the unexpected death of foster puppy Dream from an undetected internal injury, no guarantees about how a dog broken leg situation will turn out. With so many injured dogs and puppies in our experience bank, I figured I’d share a few dog broken leg cast tips. Yep, that’s a keyword. Sorry it’s weird.

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What. A. Week. Non-stop snow and wind and cold (and work deadlines). Then, Clover stopped eating. It happened once before during a lengthy false pregnancy. Don’t miss myths and facts about dogs who won’t eat from back then. This time, it turns out, the situation started with 1 or potentially a confluence of 3 things. Let’s take a look.

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After my recent post about corporate veterinary consolidation and my concerns, I got a tip about about the related problems of veterinary noncompete clauses and how they affect veterinarian’s career options. It affects you too, as a veterinary client. Let’s take a look at how and even what the Federal Trade Commission may do about it.

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