Kevin Behan Ignores Genetics, Invents a New History for the Doberman

I’m nearly finished with Pat Shipman’s book ‘The Invaders‘ and thought about writing something on it; during the preliminary research I came across Kevin Behan’s take on this book. His post is the usual pseudo-science babble and mystical energy nonsense but one part caught my attention for its brazen dismissal of well documented history. Behan…

Laser Surgery or Fire Hazard?

You take your mouse/hamster in for surgery; the vet sells you on the laser option as a safer alternative to the traditional method.  You agree not knowing the potential danger of a laser causing ignition and burning your furry friend. Laser, oxygen, volatile anaesthetics and (specially in small animals) small operating field makes a perfect combination…

Restraint Stress

Whether we are talking about zoo animals or our own pets, blood collection usually involves restraint. Forcible restraint is a stressful experience (for dog and handler), it can produce a fearful response which often results in defensive aggression. While the resulting behavior is what we see, there is also a complex biochemical cascade that accompanies…