Movie review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws
Twentieth Century Fox and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures present an R rated, 93 minute, Action, Crime, Comedy, directed by Michael Dowse and written by Tripper Clancy with a theater release date of July 12, 2019.
Dr Lampru graduated from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. She came to the Tampa Bay area to practice small and exotic animal medicine in 1980. She began her studies in alternative medicine in 1984 through the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association annual meetings and home study. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1987. She further studied acupuncture under Dr Su Liang Ku and the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She received certification as a human acupuncturist in the state of Florida in 1990 but does not currently treat people. Her studies in classical homeopathy have been with Christopher Day, MRCVS; Dr Jeff Levy, Dr Christina Chambreau and Dr Richard Pitcairn. Dr Lampru, her husband Ed Greene and their children, Lillian and Paul, live in Land O’Lakes with Precious, a rescue dog and their tortoiseshell cat, Jessica. Dr Lampru’s hobbies are dancing, yoga, Thai Chi, listening to live music and swimming.
New York, NY – February 4, 2016 –The Vet Set is excited to announce they will be in attendance for the highly anticipated AKC Meet The Breeds event on Saturday, February 13th at Piers 92/94 in New York City. Participants are encouraged to stop by The Vet Set Booth #139 for an opportunity to ask pet healthy questions, get involved in the #WinterBestiesNYC photo contest, and check out must-have pet products!
The Vet Set’s in-home/office pet care service has had great success since launching in October 2015. Going to the vet can be quite a scary experience for our furry friends. There are many factors that trigger this anxiety during a vet visit; unfamiliar smells, sounds, sick animals, and often, the anxious energy both pets and owners bring to the facility. Overall, stress in pets is unhealthy and should be avoided at all costs.
Now there is no longer a need to transport our pets to and from the vet. Doctors of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Taylor Truitt and Dr. Eva Radke created The Vet Set; a concierge service which allows both owner and pet to enjoy their time at home while their team of trained veterinarians make sure all animals are in tip top shape! Learn more at: http://vetset.net/.
The seventh annual AKC Meet The Breeds event gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 100 different breeds, all while learning about responsible dog ownership and which breeds may be right for them. Learn more about AKC Meet The Breeds: http://www.akc.org/meet-the-breeds/.
February marks two special pet celebrations: Responsible Pet Owners Month and Pet Dental Health Month. Now is the perfect time for owners to brush up on pet health responsibilities. Join The Vet Set team at the AKC Meet the Breeds show for a unique opportunity to ask pet health questions to their veterinarian experts. Attendees can also check out the recently launched AKC Paw Tech Dog Boot line. Paw Tech Dog Boots are a simple, stylish and effective solution for protecting paws and conquering the harsh winter months and beyond! Learn more about AKC Paw Tech: http://pawtech.com/.
The Vet Set wants to see your furry friend in their happiest state of mind this winter, and what better place to find happiness than at the AKC Meet The Breeds? Pet owners who drop by The Vet Set booth can get involved in photo contest fun for a chance to win over $1,000 in prizes! The Vet Set’s #WinterBestiesNYC Photo Contest begins on Thursday, January 14th at noon and will end on Sunday, February 21st at midnight. Owners are encouraged to capture their pet’s best indoor or outdoor winter look by simply submitting to social media pages.
The Vet Set will be snapping photos of four-legged friends at their Booth #139 as a way to kick-off the contest. Official entry is through The Vet Set Facebook page; however submissions can also be uploaded to The Vet Set Facebook or Instagram pages using hashtag#WinterBestiesNYC.
Learn more about the contest: https://www.prlog.org/12526053-the-vet-set-launches-winterbestiesnyc-photo-contest.html.
About The Vet Set: The Vet Set was founded by Dr. Taylor Truitt and Dr. Eva Radke to bring the best veterinary care to your home, office, or hotel in Manhattan and Brooklyn 7 days a week. Stress interferes with your pet's health, so you can now eliminate the anxiety of an office visit and let The Vet Set come to you. We offer preventative medicine, vaccines, diagnostic testing, health certificates, acupuncture, and hospice care. With an easy to use app and also telemedicine we make it easier than ever to keep in touch with your vet! Learn more about The Vet Set Here: http://vetset.net/.
About AKC Paw Tech: AKC Paw Tech protects paws from harsh elements and external irritants such as salt, sand, rough terrain, and hot pavements. These flexible and easy to fit boots come in a variety of sporty colors to match your style for every season throughout the year.
AKC Paw Tech consists of a lightweight outer nylon that easily fits your pet's foot, and a reflective velcro strap to hold it all in place. A soft, breathable, lightweight poly lining keeps paws feeling cozy and comfortable. The rubber soles underneath provide traction and help protect your canine from slipping and skidding. Paw print motif decorates the sole. Available in various styles to fit your pup’s lifestyle best: The All-Weather Dog Boot, Neoprene Dog Boot, Camo Neoprene Dog Boot and the Extreme Dog Boot. Learn more at: http://pawtech.com/.
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Bringing the Best Veterinary Medicine When You Need It, Where You Need It
Stay. Heal. Chill.
Dr. Taylor says, “Veterinary medicine hasn’t changed in decades, it’s time to bring it up to speed in the same way human medicine is being delivered - and we are literally delivering it to your home.” She adds, “We all want the same care for our pets as we do for our kids because for many of us, they are our kids and we care for them in exactly the same way.”
Dr. Taylor Truitt, DVM
Dr. Taylor Truitt knew since she was four years old that she wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up. She started working in veterinary practices when she was 18. Her lifelong passion and adoration of dogs and cats transitioned into her professional commitment to their physical and mental well-being when she graduated from veterinary school. She went on to complete a rigorous internship in Los Angeles, CA focusing on cardiology, internal medicine, and emergency medicine.
Dr. Truitt then went into private practice and started her study of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Florida. She believes that a foundation of preventative medicine combined with solid mental stimulation and good nutrition leads to a long and fun life for our furry friends. Dr. Truitt has a
strong interest in internal medicine, dermatology and allergy
management, care of our senior and geriatric friends, dental care, and
Dr. Truitt graduated from Kansas State University School of Veterinary
Medicine in 2006 and became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist from
the Chi Institute in 2008. In 2014, she earned her MBA from the
University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business. In her
spare time she’s an avid skier, scuba diver, and waxes poetically over
California wines. Dr. Taylor Truitt is owned by a French Bulldog Noah,
and she loves taking care of all the brachycephalic or “smoosh faced”
breeds. She also has two very demanding cats Linus and Pia.
Why does my dog bark?
1) To get your attention – she may want to eat, go outside, play or simply get attention from you
2) Because she is frustrated – she may be bored or was left outside/inside for too long
3) Because she is scared – some dogs will bark out of fear of people, other dogs, new experiences, loud noises, new objects in the house
4) To protect you and the home – she may bark if she feels there is a potential intruder outside (human or other dog/animal)
5) Because she is excited – many dogs will bark out of excitement when friends come to visit or they go for a ride in the car, to a new dog park, etc.
6) Because of health issues – some older dogs with deafness or Canine Cognitive Dysfuntion(dementia) will bark because they can’t hear themselves or are confused
What to do about the barking?
Training a dog not to bark can be difficult and often takes a lot of time and consistency. Don’t give up!! If you feel that your methods are not working or your dog is particularly difficult, you may want to consult with a trainer or veterinary behaviorist.
In general I have found that many unwanted behaviors occur in dogs because they are bored or frustrated. This is certainly true for barking. I am always telling my clients that a tired dog is a good dog! Be sure to give your dog plenty of physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis – this will vary for each dog depending on their age, energy level and overall health. Young active dogs should get a good amount of exercise before you leave them at home for an extended period of time. You can also leave them with toys that offer distraction or mental stimulation while they are home alone.
Most of the time a dog will bark for attention and/or because they receive a reward when they bark. The best thing you can do in this case is ignore her while she is barking. Believe it or not, yelling at her to stop barking IS giving her attention and she will continue to bark for this perceived “reward”. I always tell people to ignore their dog completely until they stop barking – literally turn away from them, don’t talk to them, touch them or even look at them! Any attention positive or negative can be perceived as a reward for their unwanted behavior. Once the dog stops barking, then pay attention to her and praise her for being quite. Positive reinforcement and consistency with this method is best!
Another similar method is to ask your dog to do another task while she is barking to distract her. Praise her for completing this task, but not for barking. Keep things positive! One example is to tell her to sit, lie down or shake and reward her with a treat for doing so (and being quiet!). The key is to find a task that your dog will stop barking to complete.
If your dog barks in response to a stimulus (i.e. another dog passing by), you can desensitize her to this stimulus with more positive reinforcement. Start when the stimulus is far away before your dog has noticed it – tell her to sit and give her a treat. As the stimulus gets closer continue to give your dog treats and tell her she is a good girl as long as she is paying attention to you and not barking. Once the stimulus is gone, stop giving treats and praise. Eventually she will learn that the presence of the stimulus is positive and means that she gets rewarded. This process will need to be repeated many times until your dog will actually pay attention to you instead of barking at the stimulus.
If your dog is barking because of suspected deafness or dementia, you can try a hand signal instead of telling her “quiet” or “no barking”. You should also speak to your veterinarian about medications that can help with dementia. I always recommend that people try to keep their dog’s environment and routine as consistent as possible. Any changes in routine for a dog already experiencing cognitive dysfunction can make things much more confusing.
Calling All Tween Future Veterinarians and Their Parents:
Pursue Your Dream Job Now with Vet Set Go
New Vet Set Go! Book & VetSetGo.com Web Community is First & Only Resource for Tweens and Teens to Help Them Get Going Toward Their Veterinary Career
Tips from Dr. Carpenter to foster your child’s passion for veterinary medicine:
1.Look for opportunities now. Don’t wait. Aligning a tweens interest now can encourage more interest in science and biology, opening additional career paths.
2.Any and all animal exposure is important. Animal experience is the best way to help children determine the direction they want to pursue.
3.Get Connected. Talk to your local veterinarian, animal lovers, and future veterinarians to help foster your child’s passion and love of animals.
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (January 14, 2016) – While many adults are still trying to figure out what they want to do professionally, it turns out one in five tweens (aged 9 to 14) have made it clear — they want to be veterinarians. Unlike other career goals, this one is most likely to stick.
Today, 65 percent of practicing veterinarians state they knew they wanted to be a veterinarian before the age of 13. To foster this passion, Christopher Carpenter, DVM, created Vet Set Go— the first and only book and web community of its kind — to provide valuable information for tweens and teens as well as their parents and grandparents looking to feed a young person’s interest in animals by opening doors to veterinary medicine now.
According to Dr. Carpenter, veterinary medicine is a true calling, not just a whim or fancy of a child but rather a critical path in life. The newly released book — available at VetSetGo.com — outlines many ways young people can gain experience working with animals now — from shadowing a veterinarian and attending veterinary or zoo camps across the country to pet-sitting and fostering a pet through an animal shelter.
Consider Kate, Logan and Alyssa:
- Kate, 12-years old, has always demonstrated a fascination for animals and has taken the lead in caring for her three cats, African Grey parrot, cockatiel, rabbit and two fish. Last summer she attended Animal Adventure Camp in Ohio where was able to further explore her dream.
- Even before he hit his tween years, Logan, now 15 years old, knew he wanted to be a vet. When his mom saw how much he loved caring for his animals at home and at the local shelter, she enrolled Logan in Tiger Tails Summer Camp where he earned the “Most Likely to Become a Vet” award.
- And it was no surprise to Alyssa’s parents when one morning the 12-year-old — who is devoted to caring for her dog, three cats, hamster and her beloved sugar glider — while telling everyone she plans to become a vet — asked if she could miss school to go to her cat’s veterinary appointment “just to watch what the vet does.”
Like these young aspiring veterinarians, Dr. Carpenter discovered his calling when he was 11 years old. “I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian, but all I ever heard from both my family and others was ‘Well, you better learn science then.’ I didn’t know any vets to talk to about my dream and I never knew about veterinary camps for kids until I started this research for Vet Set Go,” he said. “But the reality is there are many creative ways to foster an interest in animals and teach science concepts. Future vets learn science through the love of animals. Animals are a great way to get more kids involved in science — and guide young minds to our profession or related science professions.”
Dr. Carpenter has created Vet Set Go! as a “how-to,” particularly for tweens, providing checklists, action plans, introductory letters and thank you notes. To compliment the book, VetSetGo.com is the first and only web community designed for aspiring tween veterinarians to virtually shadow veterinarians and share their experiences. The Vet Set Go community is created for tweens and teens to explore the science of taking care of animals, meet veterinarians from all over the country and take a peek into their practices through the video series called “Meet the Vets.” The website also invites program managers from camps, zoos, foster programs and other veterinary educational opportunities from all over the country to post their programs for tweens at www.vetsetgo.com/join/activities.
About Vet Set Go
Vet Set Go — both the new book and website community — is the first and only resource of its kind to provide valuable information for tweens, parents and grandparents looking to foster a young person’s passion for animals by opening the doors to veterinary medicine now. Recently named among the best in family-friendly media by Mom’s Choice Awards,Vet Set Go! is supported in part by a grant from Sentinel® Spectrum® (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron/ praziquantel) a delicious beef and bacon flavored chew to protect dogs against six parasites, including tapeworms. To purchase Vet Set Go! or explore the resources available, visit VetSetGo.com.
Voting open through Sept. 1
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) August 20, 2015—Time is running out to cast your vote for America’s Favorite Veterinarian at AVMF.org/AFV. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s (AVMF) nationwide contest honors outstanding veterinarians for their essential role in preserving and protecting the health and well-being of animals.
This year’s 20 finalists include veterinarians practicing in all areas of veterinary medicine. They range from traditional practices to mobile clinics, rescue programs, holistic medicine and public health.
“I challenge anyone to read the incredible stories of the 20 finalists and not come away moved and impressed with all the fascinating things that veterinarians do,” said Dr. Ginger Brainard, psychologist, pet owner, and committee chair of the AVMF’s America's Favorite Veterinarian contest.
The finalists were nominated by their clients, partners and co-workers who submitted a brief essay explaining why their veterinarian deserves recognition. Now it is up to the general public to determine who will earn the title of America’s Favorite Veterinarian for 2015-2016.
“It was clear from reading the entries that each of these nominees have positively impacted the lives of their clients and community,” said Dr. John Brooks, chair of the AVMF board. “Inspired by their compassion and extraordinary lengths taken to improve the health and welfare of animals and people, the AVMF established the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund (VCCF) so that the charitable work of these extraordinary veterinarians can continue and expand.”
The VCCF is a unique partnership between the animal-loving public and members of the veterinary profession. Existing clients can make tax-deductible donations that can be used to help families and individuals during a time of crisis. It is a way for the donated funds to support people in the community and know that their donations stay local. Among those helped by this fund include:
- Active and retired service dogs
- Low-income senior citizens with pets
- Injured domestic animals rescued by Good Samaritans and first responders
- Animals rescued from abuse and neglect
- Veterinary clients experiencing a crisis
“We hope voters will take a minute to contribute to their favorite veterinarian’s VCCF or if they do not have a VCCF, they can contribute to AVMF’s The Greatest Needs Fund,” said Dr. Brooks. “This helps veterinarians use their skills to provide vital care to more sick and injured animals.”
The winner of America’s Favorite Veterinarian will be announced in late September on AVMF.org/AFV. America’s Favorite Veterinarian will receive a $500 cash prize, a trip to the 2016 AVMA Convention in San Antonio, a year-long feature on the AVMF website, and a community celebration at their clinic to recognize the accomplishments of the veterinarian and his or her staff. Additionally, the nominator of the winning veterinarian will receive an animal lover’s gift pack.
For more information on America’s Favorite Veterinarian and the AVMF, visit AVMF.org/AFV.
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The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). For over 50 years the AVMF has been dedicated to embracing and advancing the well-being and medical care of animals. Charitable contributions and support to the Foundation help veterinarians care for animals. Initiatives include: Humane Outreach-Animal Welfare, Education and Public Awareness, Animal Health Research Support, Student Enhancement and Support.
This week the FDA recalled Nylabone Puppy Starter Kits warning that humans who touched the Nylabone Puppy Starter Kitdog chews are at risk of Salmonella infection if they did not thoroughly wash their hands and clean any surfaces that may have come in contact with the product. Pets with Salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea,
MAVERICK VET GOES WILD
NAT GEO WILD’S NEW ALOHA VET SERIES IS A
PACIFIC ISLAND ANIMAL ADVENTURE
Island Hop with Hawaii’s Best Known Veterinarian, Dr. Scott Sims,
As He Treats Animals On The Go
Aloha Vet Premieres Saturday, March 21, 9 PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. X, 2014) Dr. Scott Sims is one of Hawaii’s best-kept local secrets. He’s known as the Barefoot Vet and he’s not your typical veterinarian. Dr. Sims treats both wild and domestic animals, and when islanders need help with their pets, he’s the one they call. Some clients live in hard to reach locations, but if an animal is hurt Dr. Sims always finds a way to get there, even if he has to walk, ride a horse, drive an ATV, fly a plane, or swim. It’s a wild job that’s an adventure every day. The new series Aloha Vet premieres on Saturday, March 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, on Nat Geo WILD (For more information on Aloha Vet, visit www.natgeowild.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/NGC_PR).
Nat Geo WILD cameras follow Dr. Sims through his busy days as the main local veterinarian in Kauai. His phone never stops ringing, his hours are long and he rarely gets a full night of sleep. With a heart of gold, Dr. Sims will help any animal that can walk, crawl, fly or swim.
While Dr. Sims is a vet who treats all animals big and small, it’s quite often in unusual places. In this series, he rescues a sea turtle caught in fishing line, saves an unconscious horse stuck in a river bed, and brings sight back to a pig blinded for years.
His workplace puts him in the unique position to help domestic and wild animals all over the island. In one week he’ll care for a variety of animals including horses, dogs, cats, goats, birds, reptiles, fish, and sea turtles.
Whether he’s performing procedures on mountaintops, near waterfalls, on secluded beaches, or on the tailgate of a truck, one thing is certain: the animals are in good hands. Follow the Aloha Vet as he ventures across the rural islands of Hawaii, doing whatever it takes to help all creatures great and small.
Aloha Vet is produced by Shine America for Nat Geo WILD. Shine America executive producers are Eden Gaha and Mike Aho. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Tracy Rudolph; senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering; and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.
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About Nat Geo WILD
Experience the best, most intimate encounters with wildlife ever seen on television. Backed by its unparalleled reputation for quality and blue-chip programming, Nat Geo WILD is dedicated to providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment and the amazing creatures that inhabit it. From the most remote environments, to the forbidding depths of our oceans, to the protected parks on our doorsteps, Nat Geo WILD will use spectacular cinematography and compelling storytelling to take viewers on unforgettable journeys into the wild world. Launched in 2006, Nat Geo WILD is part of National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) and is available in more than 90 countries and 100 million homes. Nat Geo WILD HD launched in the U.K. in March 2009, and is also available in Greece, Latin America, Poland, Spain and Russia. Further expansion is expected globally. For more information, please visit www.natgeotv.com.
Debbye Turner Bell
Dr. Debbye Turner Bell’s first passion is motivational speaking. Since being crowned Miss America in 1990, Turner Bell has spoken to millions of students at countless schools, youth organizations and college campuses. She has addressed audiences in the corporate, academic, and community service arenas. Her topics include personal excellence, determination, goal setting and the importance of a solid education. Turner Bell’s beliefs reflect her own life-lessons – it took seven years and eleven tries in two states before she was crowned Miss America.
Turner Bell can be seen as an expert contributor to the show DOGS 101 on Animal Planet. For 11 years, Turner Bell enjoyed her role in broadcast journalism as a staff correspondent for CBS News starting in 2001. She covered a variety of subjects, and was from time to time called upon to cover breaking and developing news. Turner Bell was dubbed The Early Show's resident veterinarian sharing a wealth of advice about quality pet care. In 2002, Debbye garnered an interview with President & Mrs. Bush at the White House for a Pet Planet segment about the first family’s pets. Periodically she reported for the CBS Evening News. And she provided an in-depth look at the working dogs of the federal agency, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) for CBS Sunday Morning. Turner Bell hosted a prime time television magazine program called "48 Hours on WE." Prior to joining CBS, she co-hosted a local television magazine program called "ShowMe St. Louis."
Over the last 23 years, Turner Bell has found time to serve on many local, state and national boards, including the National Council on Youth leadership, Children's Miracle Network, Missouri Division of Youth Services and Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, and the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council, which is an advisory council to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which is an institute in the National Institutes of Health.
Turner Bell graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 1991 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture in May 1986 from Arkansas State University. Turner Bell lives in the New York City area with her husband and daughter.
CEO and Co-founder, Best Friends Animal Society
Gregory Castle is a co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society and currently chief executive officer. Born and raised in England, Gregory is a graduate of Cambridge University with a master’s degree in philosophy and psychology. After his studies, Gregory began a short stint in filmmaking before linking up with many of the individuals who would become his fellow co-founders of Best Friends Animal Society.
Even before they founded Best Friends Animal Society, animals were an important part of the equation for the co-founders. The group campaigned against animal testing and began looking for a home in the red-rock canyons of southern Utah where they could care for abandoned and abused animals. Gregory was one of the first on-site in Angel Canyon to set up what would become the largest animal sanctuary in the nation and the flagship of the no-kill movement. Without formal training in construction and armed only with a few “how to” books, Gregory was initially responsible for doing all of the electrical and plumbing work.
Gregory is a recognized leader in animal welfare and a voice of reason and reconciliation among grassroots rescue groups, animal shelters and national animal organizations. Gregory is responsible for the creation of No More Homeless Pets in Utah, which evolved into No-Kill Utah, a Best Friends-led coalition of animal welfare and rescue organizations and animal lovers collaborating to deliver aggressive spay/neuter, adoption and public awareness programs to help the state’s homeless pets. Gregory’s efforts have fundamentally changed the state of animal welfare in Utah, which is currently on a trajectory to become a no-kill state by 2019.
Gregory lives in Kanab with his wife, Julie Castle, chief development and marketing officer of Best Friends Animal Society, and his family of pets.
At Nature’s Variety, we believe dogs and cats should live healthy, happy lives. It’s core to our company purpose of empowering people to transform the lives of pets®. Best Friends Animal Society is an animal welfare organization with a goal to end the unnecessary killing of adoptable dogs and cats in animal shelters. And now, Nature’s Variety and Best Friends Animal Society are excited to announce the launch of Long Live Pets and begin an exclusive partnership.
LONG LIVE PETS
LongLivePetswillraiseawarenessofthe scale of this issue and inspire people to takeaction.
As the first part of our Long Live Pets campaign, we’re inviting pet lovers to join us in the creationofaninspiringshortfilmcelebratingthefirstdayinthenewlifeofarescueddog.Ownersof adoptedorrescueddogsareinvitedtosubmitphotosoftheirrescuesatLongLivePets.comto be included in thefilm.
The Weinstein Company, Chernin Entertainment, Crescendo Productions and Goldenlight Films present a 102 minute, PG-13, Comedy, directed and written by Theodore Melfi with a theater release date of October 24, 2014.
BEAUFORT, S.C., Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dogs love lying on cold floors and homeowners love the look of hardwood and tile, but according to Dr. Julie Buzby , veterinarian and animal acupuncturist, dogs weren't designed to live on hard-surface flooring.
"Dogs engage their toenails to gain traction," Buzby explains. "When slipping or sliding, a dog will flex his toes and dig in his nails. This is the perfect design for acquiring traction on earthen terrain; on hard-surface flooring, however, this only makes the slipping and struggling worse."
Slipping is hard on dogs' joints and increases the risk of injury. Many veterinarians emphasize that it can be an emotionally traumatic experience as well.
"Fear is real for many senior or disabled dogs who live on hard-surface floors," Buzby says. "Owners of struggling dogs recognize this fear, but until now there hasn't been an effective solution for dogs slipping on hardwood and tile."
Buzby developed Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips for Dogs, which she describes as "a biomechanical solution to a biomechanical problem." ToeGrips are natural rubber rings that slide on to dogs' nails, adhere by friction, and provide traction and confidence for senior, disabled, and rehabilitating dogs.
Dr. Lee Gregory , an emergency/critical care veterinarian who is also certified in acupuncture and rehabilitation, uses ToeGrips on Winnie, her own 13-year-old Shar Pei mix. Winnie experienced two neurologic episodes that left her with balance deficits. In addition, her vision was worsening. This combination caused Winnie to become fearful.
"Fear affects her mobility," Gregory explains, "and also translates to every part of her life. Veterinary professionals have come to recognize how fear can ruin a dog's life."
The enhanced mobility Winnie has with ToeGrips made her emotional state better too. Gregory noted, "She is still affected by her loss of vision, but I can say that she is a better dog with her restored balance. I would say that if you want to teach an old dog new tricks, help it to engage in movement. ToeGrips do this. ToeGrips are truly a breakthrough for canine geriatric medicine."
In addition to helping dogs like Winnie, Buzby says ToeGrips have been valuable for three-legged dogs, patients recovering from orthopedic surgeries, and dogs recuperating from injuries.
"ToeGrips cannot solve every dog's mobility issues," Buzby adds, "but for the right dog, ToeGrips are a simple, affordable, natural solution to an age-old problem."
ToeGrips are sold through more than 100 veterinary professionals in six countries, and can be ordered direct online at www.toegrips.com.
About Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips
Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips is a registered service mark of Dr. Buzby's Innovations, LLC of Beaufort, South Carolina. Product information available at www.toegrips.com and www.toegripswholesale.com for veterinarians.