Written by Samary Birkline, © 2023 For decades Bob Barker joined together with the vast majority of licensed veterinarians to push dog owners to spay and neuter our pets because it’s the responsible thing to do. While pet overpopulation is absolutely a problem that needs tackling, the solution should include consideration about the health ofContinue reading “The Truth About Desexing: How Age & Gender Affects Health in Ways You Haven’t Considered”
I began my animal husbandry experience before I could truly understand what was happening. Since the age of five, I was allowed to become involved in the whelping and care of my parent’s prized Miniature Dachshunds puppies. When I was sixteen I bought my first Doberman and, minus a few college years in apartments, I’veContinue reading “Consulting Science: Best Practices in Litter Frequency & Age of Dam in Canine Husbandry”
Written by Samary Birkline 2021. When bringing to mind the ideal dog, one rarely cultivates the image of a bashful animal. For most people, the “perfect” dog has a relatively outgoing personality, easily handles new people and seamlessly transitions from infancy to adulthood without bad habits, anxiety attacks, self-confidence complications, or hiccups. These types ofContinue reading “Bringing Out Fido’s Best: How to Instill Confidence in Your Puppy”
One might think that the kibble companies would simply purchase quality ingredients in these approximate proportions and produce kibble with these kinds of ratios. Unfortunately, this is NOT the case. The truth about processed dog food is much worse than this. Not only does legislation COMPLETELY ignore canine health, the industry is skewed on favor of manufacture’s profit margins. This legislation allows dog food companies to use things like recycled restaurant deep fryer fat and rancid tallow as your dog’s “good fat” and by-products, such as hooves, tails, testicles, ears and other bits of animal as protein ingredients.
Written by Samary Birkline, © 2020 If you’re in the market for a Doberman Pinscher, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy). There’s an awful lot of chatter in the breed forums and heart disease is among the leading topics. To simplify this multifaceted conversation, it’s important to understandContinue reading “DCM is #1 Killer of Doberman Pinschers. Here’s What We Know and What we Don’t Know, and Why There’s Hope for the Future.”
Written by Samary Birkline, © 2020 Canines are born with incredible noses. With even the weakest canine nose sporting four times the smell receptors and an area in the brain dedicated to smell four times larger than the corresponding area in the human brain. Even more impressive, dogs can use their noses (and their observationContinue reading “Early Scent Introduction: Creation of the Canine Super Nose”
Written by Samary Birkline, © 2020 A great deal is set into stone in the early days of a mammal’s life. This is true for humans, whales, cats, dogs, and every other form of mammal. For decades research has been done in the betterment of mammal rearing, specifically canines. Much has been learned and yearsContinue reading “Raising Super Dogs: Understanding and Using Early Neurological Stimuli”