As many of you know, Dr Alfred Plechner DVM, is one of the best veterinarians in the world today. I am often amazed by how perceptive and ahead of his time he is. I will next post an article on Plechner Syndrome also called ACEIS or Atypical Cortisol Estrogen Imbalance Syndrome, helping to describe some of his most important clinical studies. This will help us better understand hormones and the immune system and the tremendous part they play in areas of pet health such as cancer, allergies, autoimmune disorders such as SARDS & Lupus and more.
The doctors specialties are the immune system, the endocrine system and nutrition. This article by the good doctor, will give you a good understanding of how hormone production and balance, effects and regulates the immune system and its importance to pet health. You will also discover why “balance” is so important when discussing hormones.
Having a rescue and sanctuary for cats and dogs, I know first hand how difficult it is to give cats their medication. Dogs are less challenging as they swallow their food with medication or don’t fight as much when taking a liquid medication. Over the years, I have found these tips to be a big help when giving your cat medications.
There are times in every cat’s life when he will need to take medication of some sort. Cat owners who have been through this know how hard it can be getting the cat to cooperate. Below are a few suggestions that may help in your endeavor.
It was once a widely accepted fact that dogs are colorblind. However, the information surrounding this theory was misinterpreted and misunderstood. The truth is that dogs DO NOT see the world only in black, white and gray, and yes, they do indeed see color. However, they do not have the ability to see the range of color that humans do.
The light-receptor cells in the retina at the back of a dog’s eyes are different in structure, to those of a human. The retina in humans and dogs performs the function of a movie screen. Light is focused and then translated into shapes and colors, which are then, in turn, translated by the brain, into the images that we perceive.
We may not be able to ask our pets if they dream but all of the scientific data along with my own observations, point to the fact that yes, indeed, dogs & cats do dream.
According to researchers, our pets have the same kind of sleep patterns that humans have. That is, they have SWS, or Slow Wave Sleep, the first stage of sleep. This is light sleep in which the cat or dog are easily awakened. Your pet’s breathing is slow and regular but they are ready to spring into action if needed.
The other stage of sleep with which most people are familiar, and which our pets share, is REM sleep. This is when you see your pet twitching or moving their paws. A dog may bark, whine or growl in their sleep. Dogs, cats and humans have similar EEG readings at this point and we know that humans dream during this REM stage, so it makes sense to extrapolate that our pets are dreaming as well.