Toxoplasmosis and the pregnant human

Toxoplasmosis is an infection you can get from a microscopic parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. Although the infection generally causes a mild, symptomless illness in people with healthy immune systems, it’s risky during pregnancy because the parasite may infect the placenta and your unborn baby. Researchers estimate that of the over 4 million births in the United States each year, between 400 and 4,000 babies are born with toxoplasmosis (known as congenital toxoplasmosis). This infection can be mild or severe, causing stillbirth, long-term structural and neurological damage, and other devastating effects. The good news is there’s a lot you can do...

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Victory Hulett interview on Obedience Dog training - Part 2

In our continuing series of talks with various members of Team Momentum, here is a very fascinating read from the area of obedience. This is part 2 of a two-part series of interviews with Victory Hulett. Victory is an obedience trainer who has an exceptional obedience dog named “Reign”. Reign began showing at 15 months old and received his Obedience Trial Champion title at 21 months of age. He has won numerous titles including: the 2013 and 2014 American Kennel Club’s #1 All Breed and #1 Herding Dog (OTCH points); 2013 and 2014 Purina Pro Plan Show Dog of the...

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Part 2 of Scott Townsend’s interview about Field Trial Dog Training

This is the second part of a two-part series talking with Scott Townsend of Crosswind Kennels in Michigan. Scott has been training and competing pointing dogs for over 20 years, andduring that time he has produced and/or trained six different national Shoot to Retrieve Association National Champions. He owned, trained and competed the winning-est German Short Hair in the history of NSTRA. He has won a total of eight National Championships and five other national championship runner-ups. He has placed in the final four in a national trial 20 times. Dr. Tim: How do you start off with the noise of...

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Scott Townsend talks about what it takes to have a Pointing Dog -Part 1 of 2

A new two-part series on another sporting dog enthusiast! This time it is Scott Townsend of Crosswinds Kennels in Michigan. Scott has been training and competing pointing dogs over 20 years, and during that time he has produced and/or trained six different National Shoot to Retrieve Association National Champions. He owned, trained and competed the winning-est German Short Hair in the history of NSTRA. He has won a total of eight National Championships and five other National Championship runner-ups. He has placed in the final four in a National Trial twenty times. Dr. Tim: What you are looking for in a...

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Active dogs and puppies can benefit from high-protein diets - it’s all about finding the right fit for each pet.

Dog Marketplace: Feed The Growing Need Active dogs and puppies can benefit from high-protein diets - it’s all about finding the right fit for each pet. By Lizett Bond - - - - - - The old adage “You are what you eat” rings true not only in our own diets, but also in the food selections made for our pets. Yet protein requirements are an often misunderstood and controversial aspect of canine nutrition. Most agree, however, that the ancestors of our domestic dogs consumed meat and fish seasoned with small amounts of fruit and grasses. “In ancient times, dogs...

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“Senior” dog diets

Senior dog diets Dogs are living longer than ever these days, and there are several factors that have influenced this change in the average lifespan of our canine companions. Vaccinations against diseases that were at one time very prevalent and life threatening have allowed many dogs to get past their puppy stages into adulthood. Veterinary care that has advanced,along with their human medicine counterparts, has led to many diseases being recognized and treated properly. All in all, the largest influence on this is the improvement in nutrition for those pets of ours. One issue with dog diets is the tendency...

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Why a performance food is better for an active dog

The first thing about a dog to understand in feeding them correctly is that their metabolism is not the same as that of human. Their metabolism is built to be fueled by fat, not carbohydrates, like it is with a homo sapien. At the very basic level, the cellular structure of a canine is fueled by fat. This can shown by an analogy of how a house is heated most efficiently by a furnace. The furnace can be run with either fuel oil (fat) or wood (carbohydrates). You can heat that home much more effectively utilizing fuel oil, and it...

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What does a musher do on the sled for hours?

What does a musher do on a sled for hours at a time? Well, 16 dogs ahead of you keeps one occupied watching all those guys working hard. You have to be always attentive to anything developing as to health issues, orthopedic or soreness problems, equipment staying together, what is up ahead on the trail, how long you have been traveling, what to do at the next stop, what you did at the last stop, when did I drink last, do I have to pee… Watching the dogs is obviously a huge deal and there are clues as to problems...

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Vet Care in the Iditarod

Caring for the dog - the vets of the Iditarod One part of the Iditarod Race that doesn't garner much press is the care the dogs receive during the race and what happens if they are “dropped”, or left behind at a checkpoint, by the musher. What really happens behind the scenes by these volunteer veterinarians and assistants is often unheralded. Stu Nelson is the Chief Veterinarian and has been for about 20 years now. He heads up a team of roughly 36 volunteer vets from around the world that travel to Alaska to lend their services to the race. With...

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What is an Alaskan Husky?

With the Iditarod around the corner, I will be putting out some articles about different aspects of training, the race, the dogs, the mushers and all the rest, up 'til I am on a sled . Here goes. What is an Alaskan Husky? The Alaskan Husky is not a pure bred breed recognized by any official organization, but is defined only by its purpose, which is that of a highly efficient dog that pulls a sled. The Alaskan Husky is a blend of various Nordic breeds that may often be crossed with other breeds for various traits that are looked upon to...

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Drahtaar takes contest with perfect score

A note from a happy customer and a dog that has been kicking butt in competition: “My dog, Lucky vom Rainmaker (Deutsch – Drahthaar) was top scoring dog this year (2014) in the prestigious JGV-USA Oberlaender with a perfect score of 196. This score was the highest score in North America for all HZP Events. The HZP is a test that evaluates the advanced natural abilities of a versatile hunting dog. Most of the dogs who run a HZP are between 10 and 24 months of age. A full HZP (with 5 dogs) will usually last for an entire day. An...

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The Itchy Pet

It is the start of the itchy season and I am getting a lot of questions. So, here is an article that we did a few years back that might be very helpful with trying to diagnosis what is causing your dog or cat to scratch. "The Itchy Animal-How to Understand What is Going On and How to Try to Fix It. This is an article by Dr. Tim that many may find interesting and helpful. Share it with others, please. The itchy dog or cat. By far the most common issue I’ve seen over the years as a veterinarian....

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