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Spay and Neuter Surgery’s Effects on Orthopedic Disease, Behaviour, and General Health in Dogs

By David Lane, DVM

Twenty-odd years ago when I first started practicing veterinary medicine, if a client asked when they should spay or neuter their dog, my response was “6 or 7 months of age,” and then we would move on to the next question. Today, when a client asks when they should spay or neuter their dog, my response is more along the lines of “How much time do you have?”

Horse Division

The Use of a Startle Test to Determine the Differences Between Hot-Blooded and Cold-Blooded Equines – Is the Stereotype True?

By Zoe Braybrook

The performance of your horse is dependent upon both their physical capabilities and their temperament. Performance is optimised when the right match is found between the horse and rider. With 1.3 million regular riders in the U.K., understanding a horse’s temperament is becoming ever more important (British Horse Society, 2015). A staggering 66% of 3,000 non-racing horses were euthanized in France as a result of inappropriate behaviour (Warren-Smith and McGreevy, 2008).

Parrot Division

Calgary Bird School: An Obedience Class for Companion Parrots

By Robin Horemans

In a little city in Canada, owners are meeting once a month for a dog training class. Except there are no dogs in this class, only parrots! Birds in class learn foundation behaviours like “Step Up,” “Target” and “Station.” They’re introduced to marker training and positive reinforcement.

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