March 16, 2011
A very rich man in China has just bought the world’s most expensive dog. How expensive? Well, he spent a cool 1.5 million dollars on the dog.
1.5 million dollars!
Big Splash, an 11 month old Tibetan Mastiff, is, according to his breeder, a ‘perfect specimen’.
He does look like a beautiful dog, but… 1.5 million dollars?
What do you think?
May 18, 2010
by Michael J. Fixler, D.V.M.
Adobe Animal Hospital
(pic courtesy of http://petswelcome.com)
Many dog owners have heard over and over that the pH (acidity) of canine skin is different than that of Human skin and, therefore, we should be using different shampoos, conditioners, and treatments for our furry friends than we would for ourselves.
This is true – the pH of canine skin ranges from 6.2 to 7.4 (roughly as neutral as pure water) while human skin has a significantly more acidic pH of 5.5 to 5.6 (some reports state as low as 4.0!). For this reason human skin products are generally much more acidic than those formulated for dogs.
Acidity, however, is not the only difference between your skin and your dog’s.
Your dog’s epidermis (the protective layer of the skin) is only 5 cells thick as compared with human skin which can be 15 cells thick. This characteristic requires that we use more delicate detergents and less frequent bathing when it comes to our pets (no more than once weekly unless skin disease is present or they have just taken a roll in the mud).
Canine and human hair and hair growth cycles are also different.
Multiple hair shafts emerge from each canine hair follicle as opposed to human follicles that only produce a solitary hair. Human hairs remain in anagen (the growth phase) for 2-6 years where certain dog breeds have a fleeting anagen phase resulting in frequent shedding.
The bottom line is that even though you and your pet have numerous similarities, do not assume that you are identical. You dermatological physiologies differ and as a result so do too your dermatological needs.
April 26, 2010
Around 6 am this morning, a firefighters in Tulsa, OK, responded to a call. While getting the blaze under control, the firefighters found a 23 year old woman hiding in her closet and rescued her and her two dogs.
While the girl was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor burns, her dogs are said to be in good condition.
We’re happy to hear the dogs and the girl both get to have a happy ever after!
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