My dogs eat leftovers – a fact that many veterinarians will be happy to tell you is a surefire pathway to obesity, bad behaviour and possibly heroin addiction. So far, so good — I haven’t noticed any track marks, and while a few of the dogs might be a bit on the fluffy side (Hello Delilah), most of them are actually quite lean and muscular.
Last night, they got the remains of a big pot of pasta with meat sauce, with the remaining Ceasar salad tossed in, as well. I just mix it in with their normal food, and they seem to enjoy the variety.
A few days ago, they got the leftover Steak and Kidney pie I’d cooked for Sunday dinner last week. Steak and kidney pie is one of our favorite meals, but damn — it does not make for pretty looking leftovers. Lucky for me, dogs aren’t big on aesthetics — I dumped in the uneaten veggies that were in the fridge, warmed it all up a bit in the microwave, and spooned a bit into each one of the dog’s bowls. Even Tessa all of of hers, and without any prompting.
Feeding Tessa lately has become something of a game of chess. It’s like feeding a fussy toddler — we don’t stand on ceremony, but rather follow the principle that “Whatever gets her to eat is A-OK”. First, she lost interest in raw. Fine, we gave her premium kibble. Then, she kept tipping over her bowl. Fine, we put the kibble into a pile next to her in the crate, where she’d hoover it up a piece at a time. Then, she lost interest in dry kibble altogether, so we re tried raw, to no avail. At the moment, her only interest is in leftovers mixed with kibble with the occasional snack throughout the day. This morning, she had a pancake and a piece of bacon.
Is she spoiled? Probably – but she’s also fourteen and a half years old. If that doesn’t earn you the right to some spoiling, I don’t know what does.
News from Chicago about great strides in the use of canine stem cells to treat injuries. The stem cells are injected into the injured areas, and seem to have the effect of repairing and revigorating tissue growth.The treatment is offered by a California company called Vet Stem.
Here’s how Vet-Stem’s product works: A small amount of the animal’s fat, the equivalent of two or three tablespoons, is surgically removed and shipped overnight to Vet-Stem’s labs in southern California where the stem cells are isolated. The cells are then returned to the veterinarian two days later in the form of concentrated regenerative stem cells.
The stem sells are injected back into the animal, where they home in on the injury and stimulate so-called “resident” cells to become more active in making repairs. Stem cells are derived from building-block cells and are able to develop into many different types of specialized cells, serving as a sort of repair system for the body. Theoretically, they divide without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is alive.
The treatment isn’t cheap, at $2500 to $3500 a pop, but anyone who has ever had disk surgery done on a Frenchie can attest to that being priced in the same range. If this treatment can potentially stave off invasive, risky, only occasionally successful spinal surgeries, the high cost would be well worth it.
The rest of the article is here.