Dogtor J

Jun. 22nd, 2014 11:18 am
draggonlaady: (Nice Girl)

I was referenced to this person by a client who was trying to convince/prove to me that gluten is a detrimental ingredient in all diets for all species. Dogtor J was someone I'd never heard of. So I went to his webpage, where he proclaims that he's discovered that viruses and bacteria are actually helpful and all disease is self-caused. I must admit to developing an immediate large dose of skepticism about anything else the man says. My skepticism was not reduced when he went on to say that he knows all this by grace of God, and that medical training taught him absolutely nothing about how the body or disease works. I'm sorry, but no – I do my best to base my medical decisions and recommendations on science and evidence, not on 'revelations' that fly in the face of all existing research. Anyway, I thought I'd post my breakdown of his article here for you lovelies as an example of the utter BS available on the internet, and why people should think carefully about what they read.

The following is an article I wrote for the newsletter of when asked about the prevalence of celiac disease (gluten intolerance) in the dog and cat. This condition has been definitively diagnosed in the Irish Setter but not many other breeds of dogs. I would not be at all surprised to find that it does exist in other breeds, but as this article explains, that may very well be a moot point.

Dogtor J.

Gluten Intolerance and Your Pet

by Dogtor J.

© 2002

"Chomp, chomp, chomp, chomp....GULP. Slurp, slurp, slurp, slurp....BELCH." This is the sound of "Fido" eating his scientifically formulated, well-balanced dog food. It can be purchased at the grocery store, but the discerning owner travels to the local pet shop to buy the better quality food. Most people know that you get what you pay for in a pet food and that the higher grade foods come from certain recognizable manufacturers and can only be found at specialty pet supply outlets. But, is that axiom true? Does purchasing the most expensive food guarantee that your pet will be receiving the best in nutrition that the industry has to offer?

No more so than it does in anything – a high price is often as likely to be an indication of over-pricing for fancy packaging as it is a dramatically increased quality of product. Many 'specialty' pet foods take advantage of that – so consider carefully anything claiming to be 'human grade', 'food grade', 'all-natural', 'all organic' or any of the other buzz words associated with high price; most are marketing techniques only.

The unfortunate truth is that pet food is not as scientifically formulated as most would like to think. For the most part, Fido's food is made with convenience and cost of manufacturing in mind more than science. Yes, the first few ingredients look appetizing enough and there are essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals added to the mix. But are these ingredients natural for the pet and are they readily available for absorption and use by their body? Here in lies the crux of the matter.

If you're buying from a reputable brand, the food IS scientifically formulated, and ingredients are chosen to meet the nutritional requirements of the pet; many 'specialty' foods do this in the reverse, and pick ingredients first, then try to make up or ignore nutritional deficiencies. If you want more information about this, I can put you in contact with the nutritionists at Royal Canin, Purina, and Science Diet.

The wake-up call comes when one realizes that once the meat source is removed from the diet, the remaining ingredients are mostly unnatural for the pet. If we exclude the beef, poultry, fish, and lamb, the remaining calorie sources are mostly wheat, barley, corn, rice, and oats, all of which are man-raised crops that the dog and cat would never consume in the wild. I love to inquire of my clients "How would a pet get rice? Swim to Viet Nam?"

Ah, the appeal to the wild diet. Several points in no particular order. 1: pets are not wild animals, any more than humans are chimpanzees, so saying dogs should eat the same as wolves is equivalent to saying humans should eat leaves and termites. 2: wild animals live short, brutal lives, often on the edge of starvation, so it is little wonder you don't see age-related and chronic disease in wild populations; they either don't live long enough to develop them, or are eaten by some other predator before the disease becomes chronic, 3: predatory pets would get grains by eating the guts of their prey, herbivore pets would just eat them directly, 4: if you exclude half of the ingredients, you are pretty obviously not going to have a balanced diet, by virtue of excluding half of the ingredients, 5: what makes you think a 'cat in the wild' would eat cow? And in conjunction, how many of the 'all natural' pet foods you can buy for a cat are made primarily of mouse and vole?

But what is the problem with these complex carbohydrates being in the diet? Humans consume these with every meal and they are doing just fine, aren't they? Ahhhh. Are we? If we were, those reading this paper would be reading something else right now, wouldn't they? The problem is that the grains listed above have some universal problems among humans and pets alike, as do a couple of other problem foods that eclipse even the grains in health issues.

Well, no... you really have not convinced me (or the majority of nutritionists, veterinarians, or human doctors) of this point.

To digress for just a moment, I am a recovered celiac. For forty-something years, I suffered like most other celiacs of a myriad of symptoms, including allergies, heart burn and intestinal problems, depression/chronic fatigue, memory and balance difficulties, joint pain, and even fibromyalgia. I was taking at least four drugs twice daily; caffeine addicted, and was quite frankly not having any fun anymore. I am now two and a half years gluten AND casein-free, off all drugs, symptom-free, and feeling better than I did when I was twelve. This miraculous recovery got my attention as a patient and as a doctor. How could this be? How could I be suffering from what millions of people and pets were experiencing but be well in such a short period of time? How could all of these conditions be linked together?

I have not ever denied that celiac disease exists and is awful, or that eliminating gluten from the diet of someone with celiac disease will dramatically improve their quality of life. However, I fail to see how it can be blamed for his caffeine addiction, or just extrapolated straight across to mean that because a disease exists in some individuals, all individuals of all species should change their diet. There's a pretty big logic-gap to cross in that leap. It is exactly the same gap that one would face in saying "some people have absolute polycythemia, therefore every person should be regularly bled to remove excess red blood cells". Shall we all line up for the lea.

The readers of and its publications have read many a testimony like this. Many have experienced similar responses while others are still wondering when wellness is going to happen to them. Those in the latter category have been trying to faithfully adhere to the gluten-free regime but are frustrated by the fact that they are making such huge sacrifices with less than optimal responses.

Well, "Fido" is about to teach you something. The fact is that the celiac is a "who's who" of what is wrong with human beings but the conditions that we suffer from are not limited to those who walk upright. When I read the list of conditions that we as gluten intolerants experience, my first thought was that "This is me. This describes me to a T." My second thought was "...but this describes everything that is wrong with everyone, including their dogs and cats." And it does. Suddenly, medicine through the eyes of celiac disease (and other similar food intolerances) made sense. I tell everyone that it was like someone had finally put the right program into a stalled computer and it began operating at lightning speed. All of the idiopathic conditions that are so poorly understood in medicine became "open season" for this medical headhunter.

There is a huge flaw here - just as I would with someone claiming a single medication can cure any/all disease, I have huge skepticism about claims that all diseases are the same, or that all diseases arise from the same cause. In all likelihood, someone selling a panacea is pushing placebos and playing on people's desperation. This "all disease is one disease" thing is the mirror reflection of that, and serves only to set the stage for the snake-oil salesman. You cannot toss out all the evidence gathered by all the researchers in thousands of labs over centuries of work on viruses, bacteria, fungus, cancers, and immune-mediated issues, and simply say "every single one of them was wrong in all particulars, while I, who has done absolutely no laboratory research, know this by virtue of divine revelation" and expect to be taken seriously.

And, the answers did come one after another. I launched into two years of intensive research while applying the newly unveiled principles to my patients as well as myself. Miracles started happening around me. Allergies abated, intestinal problems cleared up, older pets became less painful and more active, and yes, even their epilepsy stopped. "Wait a second! Epileptic seizures stopped?", you may be asking. Yes, 100% of my epileptics have stopped having seizures, just like many celiac children that were placed on gluten-free diets have responded. I got the idea from the celiac literature. How that occurs is totally explainable but beyond the scope of this article. It can be found in my paper entitled The Answer on my Website,

You know, the neurology specialists I've consulted with all stoutly disagree with this as a treatment for epilepsy, and Dogtor J is very strongly waving the 'brilliant heretic' red flag here. Lets see the details of this two years of intensive research... what studies? what labs? did he design and perform new research or is he "reinterpreting" others' findings? which others'? Specifics and details are absolutely necessary for drawing scientific conclusions.
Feel free to jog over to his site and look for yourself, but if you're short on time, I'll save you the trip. There is only 1 actual reference mentioned in "The Answer", and that is "The Merck Manual"; he doesn't list which edition or what page he references, but states that his 'project' was opening the book to random pages and "trying to explain the disease through the eyes of food intolerance". So basically, he's stating that he's assuming a conclusion, then intentionally interpreting evidence to force it to fit that conclusion. This is NOT how science or research works. It is, in fact, exactly the opposite of science.

In a nutshell, after all of my research into so many of the medical problems and conditions that plague pets and mankind, I decided that the center of our health universe lies in that "J-shaped" stretch of intestine known as your duodenum. Most celiacs are aware of the pathophysiology of their condition and are familiar with the terms malabsorption and "leaky gut syndrome". But, many are like I was in that they don't understand all of the fine details.

All your research? You seriously mean you consider sitting on your bed picking random, unrelated articles from a text book and forcing them to match your pre-conceived notions to be research? Of course you do.
The center of our health universe? Repeating the stance that all ailments derive from one cause...

There are three food ingredients that adhere to the villi of the duodenum and induce the change that is characteristic of celiac disease known as villous atrophy. These three substances are gluten (from the grains), casein (from cow milk products), and soy protein. Oh oh. Did you know that the last one was on the list? Hopefully so.

I'm not even going to bother looking up the purported physiology of how 'adherence' results in atrophy in healthy gut, because I don't feel up to chasing ghosts. It's rather unnecessary, since that is hardly a comprehensive list of causes of villous atrophy. Here is a list of causes with actual research behind them, courtesy of University of Chicago's Celiac Disease Center:

Since we're discussing pets here, I'll add corona virus, rotavirus, parvovirus, and hemorragic gastroenteritis.

Oh, wait, I forgot, viruses and bacteria are merely scapegoats and all disease arises from our own intestine. Guess we can go ahead and stop vaccinating for parvo then? Too bad about all those puppies who psychogenically give themselves fatal parvo, or who suffer villous atrophy as a result of drinking milk (casein isn't found only in cow milk, you know - best take those pups away from mom on day one and not allow nursing!).

What is it that links these substances together? For one, they are all use {sic} as adhesives, either as non-food glues or as binders in the foods we consume. Gluten, casein, soy and even corn are all used in industry as adhesives, some even being waterproof. Put "gluten", "casein", "soy protein adhesive" or "corn adhesive" in the search engine of any computer and read the responses. Wow! They are not only used in the food industry to hold items such as oats together but they are put to use in industry to hold just about anything together.

Yup. Because if you concentrate or refine it and use it in some other manner it must be horrible. Hmm, don't they use water in glues too?

As we all know, it is the nature of the starches to be sticky. And, as it turns out, the foods that are the "stickiest" are the ones that cause the most problems. This should not be a surprise once this issue is introduced. Casein and gluten are used for the most powerful adhesives. Therefore, it should be not be a shock that they are the number one and number two childhood food allergens according to the FDA. What is number four? Soy. What is number three? Eggs. (This is the first secondary allergen brought about by the damage done to the gut by the first two.)

Casein and gluten are not starches, they are proteins. If you can't even keep that straight, why should I trust that you have any clue about their digestion or actions in the body?
Also, what "most powerful adhesives" do you specifically mean? I asked 3M's website what their most powerful adhesive was, and pulled up it's Material Safety Data Sheet - no mention of casein, soy, or gluten:

Now, imagine these proteins leaving the stomach of a human or their pet. I have always used the illustration of three slices of pizza leaving our stomach. But, for this sake of this article, I will use a wheat, barley, or soy-based pet food to drive the point home. Now that you have an idea of where we are headed, you can imagine the stomach is filled with "glue-containing" food. This "glue" leaves the stomach after it has been worked on as much as possible by that organ. Of course, not being a ruminant like a cow or sheep, these foods are not completely broken down any more than the cellulose that they eat that non-ruminants are unable to digest. As simple-stomached animals, our pets and we are not designed to eat grasses like the ruminants do and all of the grains are in the grass family. They are all grasses that man has chosen to consume, with those in Asia picking their grass (rice), the Europeans choosing their grasses (wheat and barley), and those in central America picking corn. Here in America, we consume them all and in abundance.

Neither casein or gluten is the same thing as cellulose, not even close. So why on Earth would we assume that digestion of these things is the same? This doesn't even make sense! We're talking about the grains here, not the stems or leaves – nobody in serious conversation ever claimed that humans, dogs, or cats can digest grass blades or corn husks. Stop picking on straw men, and focus on reality.

In an attempt to digest these grasses and their "glue" (along with dairy and soy), our stomach adds as much acid as possible to break them down. Heart burn, anyone? (Yes, my two years of acid reflux abated after just one week of being gluten- free. This, again, should be no surprise.) But, the increased acid is inadequate to eliminate the "glue". It is this sticky substance that adheres to the villi of the duodenum. Whether it be from wheat, cow milk, soy, corn, or the others mentioned, it adheres to these finger-like projections of the intestine that are vital for the absorption of nutrients, effectively reducing the amount of those essential ingredients that would be absorbed into the bloodstream.

You're right, it shouldn't be a surprise that your digestion improved once you were diagnosed with a specific medical condition for which you made specific and recommended adjustments. That STILL doesn't mean that all individuals of all species should make the same changes on the basis of your individual medical diagnosis.
Just lumping dairy in with plants? How does he justify that, since his claim last paragraph was that we can't digest cellulose therefore can't digest plants? There's no cellulose in milk, last I heard. Also, the issue with absorption in celiac disease isn't adherence blocking cellular transport, it's inflammation thickening tissue and interefering with absorption. “Glue” has nothing to do with it.

What are those nutrients? The vital substances are calcium, iron, iodine, all B complex, vitamin C, most water-soluble vitamins, and most of our trace minerals such as zinc, boron, manganese, magnesium and more. In other words, just about everything that is important other than our proteins, fats, and calories are absorbed by the duodenum. How well can this organ function when it is coated with "glue"? The important thing to realize here is that this happens to everyone and every pet that eats these foods.

See above about inflammation vs glue. Then please provide me some evidence that this "glue" effect occurs in any, let alone all humans and pets.

That bears repeating. This happens to everyone and just about every simple-stomach creature that eats these foods. We have simply focused on the worst-of-the-worst.... as in the celiacs, casein intolerants, and soy which an immune response is mounted against the glue leading to severe villous atrophy. This immune assault also generates the warning antibodies that we call "allergies" to tell you that this is process is taking place. Otherwise, it would be a "stealth operation" that goes on undetected for years and years until the bottom falls out. Yes, this is all too familiar of a scenario as well, isn't it? It happens in pets all of the time, I'm afraid.

Wait wait wait – every simple-stomach creature? So we're including rabbits, guinea pigs, and horses here? They're not ruminants, but do just fine at digesting plant matter. How come they don't all get 'glued up' inside and die?

Actually, “allergies” (why the scare quotes there?) are the result of an immune response mounted against an inappropriate protein molecule, or an inappropriate response mounted against an innocuous protein molecule. It is not a 'warning', it is an over-active immune-mediated response, and has nothing to do with the purported glueyness of the protein molecules.

So, the ultimate question is whether pets suffer from celiac disease? My answer is that it doesn't really matter. In the pet, every bite of the average commercial food has "glue" in it, whether it is of wheat, barley, soy, corn, or rice origin. Yes, there are better glues" {sic} than others and they are in line with what we see as the principle allergens in the pet, just as one would expect. Wheat and soy are the worst (now that dairy has been eliminated from pet foods) while oats and rice are the best...the least sticky. Corn is in the middle. This is exactly what we see as the main sources of food allergies in the pet, a problem of huge importance in dogs and cats. Now people can understand why lamb and rice foods have become so popular. Rice is the least of the adhesives and thereby less allergenic and lamb is (or at least used to be) an unusual protein source compared to beef and others, which have become the main secondary allergens in the pet. It does all make sense.

Yes, we seem more allergies to more common proteins, but that's not because the proteins themselves are particularly allergenic, it's because those are the proteins to which a potentially atopic immune system is exposed most often, precisely because they are common. With the increasing popularity of lamb and rice foods, we are seeing increasing numbers of allergies to, you guessed it, lamb and rice. A straight up function of exposure, not being a "better glue". And I'm pretty sure dairy has not been eliminated from pet foods... or did that happen between now and 2 paragraphs ago when he was concerned about casein?

But celiac disease has occurred in the dog. It has been definitively identified in one breed, which is almost extinct now.... the Irish setter. This hapless breed was effectively sent the way of the buffalo when the industry added wheat, the number one dog and cat food allergen, to the pet foods about 15 years ago.

What the what? Where did he even come up with that? Irish setters are nowhere near extinct, they are currently listed as the 68th most popular of 155 breeds by the AKC, and I'd be surprised if they weren't more popular in Europe. Yes, a handful of Irish setters have been diagnosed with a condition similar to celiac disease. That's a family cluster within a single breed, which speaks strongly to a genetic alteration underlying the issue, and it hasn't resulted in the decimation of the breed any more than celiac disease has resulted in a significant decline in human population. Since Dogtor J can't be arsed to cite his sources, here, read the studies on those Irish Setters yourself: and

Thanks to the wheat glut in this country, corn-based diets were quickly replaced with wheat and the subsequent decline in our pet's health began.

The decline that's resulted in steadily increasing life expectancy? Because I have not seen an over-all decline in health and quality of life in pets, and I see literally hundreds of pets every week.

Veterinarians found themselves wondering why the immune system of the dog and cat were having such problems, ranging from worsening allergies to a rapid rise in immune-mediated diseases. The answer was right before us: you don't add the number one dog and cat food allergen to the diet without having some major repercussions.

Funny, I have not seen nor heard of (other than the claims in this article) a rapid rise in immune-mediated diseases, nor an epidemic of worsening allergies in any of the species I treat. Once more, the most common allergies are those to the most common exposures – if you change what the most common protein in a population's diet is, you will see a change in the most common allergies. The protein didn't cause the immune response, the pre-disposition of the immune system to respond latched on to the protein.

The veterinary profession was just as shortsighted as the medical profession is today about the ramifications of consuming the top food allergens as the bulk of the diet. 60-70% of the American diet is comprised of cow milk products and wheat alone, with 40-50% being the number one food allergen, dairy products.

Actually, according to Food Allergy Research and Education, dairy allergies have an incidence of only 0.2-0.4% of the adult population, falling behind peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish. Keep in mind, dairy allergy and lactose intolerance are two totally different disease processes.

There is a price to pay for this sort of ignorance and it is heavier than most realize.

The main cost is the disruption of duodenal function. Once the essential nutrients have been malabsorbed for a long enough time, Pandora's Box is opened. This may occur every {sic} early in life or very late, partly governed by the degree of immune-mediated component. The worst of the worst will experience severe problems by the time they are adolescents while the more resilient will not be affected until late in life. But, as I tell my clients, I believe that with the top three foods...wheat, dairy and is a matter of when they cause problems, not if. The "glue" will eventually affect everyone and every pet with it' {sic} nutrient-blocking qualities.

Suddenly, conditions such as hip dysplasia, elbow and shoulder problems, intervertebral disc syndrome, cruciate ligament ruptures, and even heart valve failure all have better explanations. All of these problems are caused by failing cartilage and connective tissue, both of which are structured similarly and made up of calcium and collagen. Collagen is the building block of most of your skeletal support structures. The principle component of collagen is vitamin C. Therefore, when it is understood that calcium and vitamin C are absorbed by the duodenum, then it is easily seen that inadequate amounts of these in the diet or failure of their absorption will compromise the integrity of these structures...all of them.

Holy crap the wrongness.

Hip and elbow dysplasias are developmental abnormalities resulting in early-onset arthritis and degenerative joint disease. They are an inherited bone growth problem, having nothing to do with digestion.

"Shoulder problems" is too vague even to start – the majority of shoulder problems I see are directly trauma related, and I don't even know what he's getting at here.

Intervertebral disk disease (not syndrome) is cartilage related, and has a very high incidence in the chondrodysplastic breeds such as dachshunds, precisely because we've bred them to have defective cartilage (hence chondrodysplastic, which literally means poorly formed cartilage). The way you get short curvy legs is to breed for structurally deficient cartilage that collapses under weight, resulting in stumpy bones. That same cartilage is what makes up the intervertebral disks, which not surprisingly fail under normal use. Again, this is a hereditary developmental issue, not related to digestion.

Cruciate ligament rupture has several factors, primarily conformation and trauma. As with dachshunds and their faulty cartilage, the further away we breed pets from being built like coyotes, the more structural abnormalities we are breeding into them. The third factor increasingly associated with cruciate tears is actually early castration, because testosterone affects growth plate closure, and thus conformation. AGAIN, genetic and growth issues, and trauma – not digestion.

Heart valve failure is usually seen in geriatric, small-breed dogs, is strongly correlated to chronic poor dental health in both dogs and humans, and is the only thing on this list that can even remotely be tied to digestion, and that's round about. Since heart valve thickening may be caused by infection of the heart valves, and the gastrointestinal tract is a common source of bacteria, thanks to dogs' love of eating disgusting things, heart valve failure could conceivably be tied to bacterial entry into the blood stream from dietary indiscretion. More commonly though, it's chronic bacterial shedding from infected teeth.

I am frankly scared for this man's patients, if he thinks he can treat cruciate ligament tears and intervertebral disk collapses with diet change. Those poor, poor dogs.

Imagine that a German shepherd puppy begins eating a wheat, barley, corn, or soy-based diet from the moment it is weaned. If inadequate levels of calcium and vitamin C are absorbed, what are the chances that its hips, elbows, spine, and other cartilaginous structures are going to form properly? I would say "Not good". Most people familiar with dogs know that this breed has a reputation for horrible hip dysplasia.

Because they're bred to have horrible, sloped-back, under-slung hind end conformation. It's no surprise at all they have a high incidence of back and hind leg problems – look how they're built! That's not digestive, it is a matter of selectively breeding for outrageously abnormal conformation.

But, they also have serious allergies and other immune-related disorders. This, of course, is no coincidence.

True story – it's not coincidence, it's genetic, hence why one breed has a much higher incidence than other breeds fed exactly the same diets.

Once it is understood that the allergies form in the area of the gut that is being damaged or coated by the "glue", it is easy to see why the trouble breeds like the German Shepherd, Cocker Spaniel, Shih Tzu, and others have their "genetic" tendencies such as allergic skin and ear problems, orthopedic abnormalities, intervertebral disc ruptures, and cancers. Once again, Pandora's Box is opened and unleashed upon these poor breeds through one basic mechanism: malnutrition via malabsorption taking place in the duodenum.

If all those problems come from the same dietary issue then how come they are directly correlated to the conformation and breeding of the dogs – why does the same issue supposedly cause such drastically different ailments in different breeds? You really, honestly think that gluten by exactly the same digestive mechanism causes hip dysplasia in German Shepherds and chronic ear infections in Cocker Spaniels? That the gluten somehow knows what breed it's in and results in different symptoms? I am boggled by the lack of logic there.

I used to be concerned that the veterinary profession had somehow missed the incidence of celiac disease in breeds other than the Irish setter. But, now that I understand the effects of the "glue" on the absorptive ability of the duodenal villi, I believe this possible oversight to be much less important. I believe the same to be true for humans. The "glues" affect all that consume them. Certainly, the "worst of the worst"...the celiacs, casein intolerants, and soy intolerants...have the most to be concerned about. But, with these trouble foods, it is a matter of when they will create a problem, not if. Those who test negative for these food intolerances should not be lulled to sleep with a false sense of security. These fortunate souls will just be healthier longer. This is clearly one of the things that make us individuals, placing us on a spectrum of wellness that ranges from serious illness during the first year of life to a clean bill of health well into the twilight years. The same is true of our pets.

"These fortunate souls will just be healthier longer" because they don't have the same medical issues as people with celiac disease, and therefore don't need the same treatment!

One important determinant will be the length of time it takes for an individual to deplete their reserves of these vital nutrients. We must realize that a condition like osteoporosis is an end-stage result of chronic calcium deficiency and that there existed less identified but significant symptoms that preceded this dreaded outcome. Certainly we can affect the pace of these syndromes through supplementation and eating correctly in other regards. However, if we continue to consume the blocking agents, the "glues", I am afraid that we will eventually lose the battle.

Osteoporosis is the result of hormone-regulated bone remodeling changes associated with menopause. It is not an issue in dogs or cats unless they have some other underlying problem, such as the massive calcium deficiencies seen in growing animals fed meat-only diets, which is kind of the opposite of geriatric animals fed large amounts of grain.

If we don't understand this, it is a matter of when...not if.

Dogtor J. (Read: The Answer- to "Why is the plane of our nation's health in a death spiral?" )

I am sad that this man claims the same profession as me. He is frighteningly far afield from all scientific evidence, and from the world in which I live.

draggonlaady: (Grinding Bones)
I piss people off. Must be a particular talent of mine.

I came to work early for an emergency, so I decided to do some grunt labor while I was here. Thus, I was hauling recycle to the bins at approximately 6:30 AM. While I was there, a bloke pulls in and starts also putting things in the bins - except that what he's putting in them is not recycled from these bins. AS IS CLEARLY LABELED ON ALL THE BINS.

"They don't accept that type of plastic here - pop bottles and type 1. It just ends up in the dump when somebody at the waste management center has to sort it out."
"Why is that?"
"I don't really know - my guess would be transport costs to Spokane County for processing. But all they take here is milk jugs, as the labels say."
"Well, I'm sure glad I don't need you to be my mother."
"Oookay. I'm also glad I'm not your mother - I'd like to think a child I raised could follow such clearly posted instructions."

He got back in his car at this point and drove around the bin, I assumed to leave. Then he stopped and hung his head out his door for what I'm sure seemed like a witty parting comment...

"Well, at least I'm willing to recycle!"
"And that's good - but putting non-recyclable items in the bins isn't recycling, it's just filling the bins up so people can't put actual recyclables in them."

At which he slammed his door shut and drove off.
draggonlaady: (Nice Girl)
Dogs Likely Born with 'Canine Telepathy'

People who write for publications should have some basic idea what the words they are using actually mean.

According to the researchers, "These results suggest that dogs' ability to follow human actions stems from a willingness to accept humans as social companions, combined with conditioning to follow the limbs and actions of humans to acquire reinforcement. The type of attentional cues, the context in which the command is presented, and previous experience are all important."

Telepathy does NOT mean "reading body language". *headdesk*
draggonlaady: (Grinding Bones)
but really, I'm not. I already knew that people were too stupid to figure out on their own that letting the dog sit in their lap while driving was a bad idea. It's a sad comment on the level of people's stupidity that this is enough of a problem someone feels compelled to address it through law.

Also, this person makes me want to smack them repeatedly about the head and shoulders with a large blunt object:
“We constantly have a war back and forth. I keep having to block her from getting up to the front of the car,” said dog owner Sarah Kingery. “You should focus on driving but that’s not always realistic. Once they have short legs for some reason you just become a sucker and let them do whatever they want.”

She actually said this to a news-reporter? TOTALLY FUCKING proves the point that some people are so stupid they need this made into a law. *headdesk* There are several varieties of car dividers to install to address exactly this problem. Also, not that I expect this bippytart to figure it out, but there is the option of training the dog to stay in the back seat, instead of letting it jump onto the driver's arms and lap.

Sadly, I have at least one client who is a repeat offender at this exact issue, resulting in the dog falling out the driver's side window and skidding along the road not once, but twice that I know of. Who knows how many times the guy has let the dog fall out and NOT brought it to the clinic?

Bad idea

Mar. 27th, 2011 05:58 pm
draggonlaady: (Default)
So. Everybody knows raw eggs are bad for you and give you Salmonella, right? (yeah, I'm over-simplifying a bit here. Deal with it.) So, you make dough, you make pastry cream, you cook it all, and then you... store it in the used egg cartons, thus potentially coating the outside of the pastry balls with Salmonella. *facepalm*
draggonlaady: (Nice Girl)
A week-old Pike County, Illinois girl is in the hospital after a pet raccoon attacked her face.

You can read the whole story yourself, but I'd just like to point out that 1: raccoons do not make good pets for the vast majority of people or raccoons, and 2: I don't give a flying bloody fuck through a rolling doughnut how nice your animal of any species is, why the FUCK did you leave it unsupervised with a 4 day old baby? Even a 1/2 pound pet fucking RAT could kill or maim an infant if left alone with it! Babies CANNOT defend themselves. Do not DO THIS very stupid thing!

Raccoon's owners of course say it wasn't vicious. Well, to blatantly steal a line from Scott Weese of Worms and Germs, "wounds caused by accidents heal at the same rates as those caused my malice." Personally, I have a hard time qualifying this as an "accident" since it was absolutely foreseeable and easily avoidable, but whatever.

Sucks for the 'coon that it had to die for the gross negligence and stupidity of this kid's mother and grandparents. Also, I'm not entirely sure about Illinois, but it is illegal to keep wild animals as pets in this state. And the bit about having vaccinated the 'coon for rabies? It's not (in this state, but apparently in California, it IS) illegal to vaccinate "off label" species, but it also provides little or no legal standing, because the vaccine has not been tested or shown to have efficacy in those species. So, as shown in this case, the courts will typically treat a vaccinated exotic as an un-vaccinated animal. Please note that dog/wolf and dog/coyote hybrids count as non-dog species for legal purposes of rabies vaccination, so if you vaccinate a wolf-hybrid you get no legal protection, sorry.

(Also, I found this comment quite amusing and valid: Wounds caused by accidents heal at the same rates as those caused my malice.
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that Tennessee passed this thing. However, this article does no better job of explaining what the hell exactly it was that they passed that the previous one did.
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This is copied from a newsletter sent out by my insurance company. Emphasis NOT added by me.

To help keep our administrative costs low--which benefits all program participants like you--we are asking you to renew your policy either online or to return your renewal payment and paperwork through the mail. Payments made over the phone or submitted by fax will include a $5.00 convenience fee.

Seriously? It's worth $5 to have someone pick the form up off of the fax machine instead of opening an envelope? How is there ANY BLOODY DIFFERENCE in work level for the insurance co's employee? This strikes me as a completely arbitrary excuse to add fees.

Incidentally, it's actually less convenient for me to send a fax than it is for me to send an envelope. So this is 2 ways a loss as far as I'm concerned, and chances are I'll never fax these people anything.
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As if you guys thought I would ever recommend giving money to PeTA, here's a great example of why practically any other use you put it to would be better. They're offering to pay Lindsay Lohan's rehab bill to the tune of twenty thousand dollars if she spends a year as a vegan. TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!
Think what an actual animal rescue that was actually trying to help actual animals could do with twenty thousand dollars! What a freaking waste of people's time and donations.

Why is it

Oct. 20th, 2010 01:00 pm
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that people have this overwhelming urge to call things something they are not?

Current example bothering me is Distemper. Distemper is a particular virus, which affects canids primarily but some other animals (mustelids, raccoons...) are also unlucky enough to be susceptible. It causes respiratory and neurologic signs. This is distemper.

So why do people persist in calling feline panleukopenia "Cat distemper"? It's an entirely unrelated virus which causes intestinal upset and a severe drop in white blood cells (which is, by the way, exactly what "panleukopenia" means--low white blood cells). It is a parvo virus, not a distemper virus, and there's pretty decent evidence that canine parvo virus started as a strain of feline parvo virus. So you'd think, what with it being a disease in existence long before canine parvo, that it would have it's own proper name and the canine disease would be named after it, right? No. Of course not. It gets dubbed "distemper" despite being a totally different disease with different signs and a different viral cause.

And now this shit. I read the title to this article and said "What the hell is equine distemper?" I'm a veterinarian, I should know this shit, right? Well it isn't anything. What they're calling "equine distemper" isn't even VIRUS, let alone a distemper virus! It's a bacterial infection (Streptococcus equi, if you care) that has been a problem for hundreds or thousands of years, and ALREADY HAS A COMMON NAME (Strangles) which has been in use since before either virus or bacteria was identified, so what is the bloody point of dubbing it this other, misleading name? Fuck. Isn't reporting supposed to spread accurate information?
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once again proving they aren't all that smart.

ALF is claiming:
"On the morning of October 9th, we raided a deer farm located at 32155 S Grimm Road in Molalla, OR. A large section of fencing was stripped away allowing the captive deer herd a chance to escape into the surrounding forest...Although raised in captivity, the deer remain genetically wild and fully capable of survival on their own without human intervention."

Owner of the farm (Richard Bentley), says however:
"Not a single animal left the property. There were no deer on the land where the fence was cut, despite ALF claims." Bentley adds "it's ironic that if the deer had been freed, they would have likely wandered into nearby woods during deer hunting season."

So much for surviving with no human intervention. They're smart enough to stick around where they get fed, not wander off to be shot at. ALF members, on the other hand, apparently lack the smarts to read a calendar. You'd think they'd be all over hunting season, wouldn't you? effing idiocy.

Phone spam

Oct. 13th, 2010 12:20 pm
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Just got a call from a recording. "Hello, this is Rachel with Cardholder Services. There are no problems with your account. It is urgent that you call us..." at which point I hung up.

In case you wonder, I have no credit cards. *headdesk*

Who knew?

Aug. 18th, 2010 10:54 am
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That breeding ligers is illegal in Taiwan? I didn't. It's not illegal in the US, in case you wondered.

"We disagree [with] any kind of breeding program, including hybridization or intensive inbreeding, which aims only to create individuals for human attraction, especially those [that] will not exist in the natural world," Kurtis Jai-Chyi, the director of the Pingtung Rescue Center for Endangered Wild Animals at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology in Taiwan.

Which leaves me wondering what his opinion is of, oh, say, English Bulldogs. They are a breed entirely created for human attraction and would never exist in the natural world...
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Running for office.
For the love of all that's holy, please don't vote for this woman. The website has many hints to her craziness, but it really doesn't do it justice. This is the same woman who got pissed at us for refusing to post a barely legible, hand-written and then xeroxed political flier ranting about supposed new laws being passed, but listing totally inaccurate bill numbers. The issue at hand was actually a move to make it easier for State Patrol to enforce regulations that had been on the books for years; absolutely no changes were being made to the regulations, despite Ms. Holaday's wild claims.
And really--who wants to elect a politician who not only can't get the name/number of the bill she's ranting about correct, but who clearly is unaware of the existing laws regarding transportation of horses across state lines when she is supposedly making a living breeding, training (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAHAHAH! I've seen her horses--they are NOT well trained), and selling horses?

Not that I have any personal gripe with her, or anything...she only spreads lies about my capabilities as a veterinarian.


Apr. 1st, 2010 12:50 pm
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So, topping the shit-list this morning is whoever designed and passed for printing the Scott's Turf Builder 2+ packaging.
Under medical warnings, it talks about eye exposure, inhalation, skin irritation... but not a single word about ingestion.
I called the clearly printed "Emergency Medical Information" phone number, and got a customer service/product locating department, was told "we have no medical training, I can send you the Materials Safety sheet though" and then they gave me the actual number to the medical info department. Now, I was looking for info on a case that had already been dealt with, but what if I was really in the midst of an emergency? Calling the listed emergency number only to be on hold for 5 minutes in a department that doesn't know how to deal with the question before being given the phone number of a totally different department is NOT what people want to experience during an emergency.

Second on the list, JAVMA and the utter lack of editing evinced in the issue I'm reading. Examples from the article I'm currently forcing myself to slog through:
"There are 4 basic components in this decision-making process:
*History, which includes history data..."

Really? no shit? History includes history data?
"The most common reasons for antemortem condemnations of cows included dead animals..."

Uhm. no. just... no. "antemortem" is defined as prior to death, for those who don't know. This particular statem was repeated several times, in discussion of different categories of cattle.

(See? I mock grammar issues for people other than political extremists.)
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include police departments which impound dogs, but do not have complete policies for disposal of impounded dogs. We currently have a dog in impound, which has been here twice as long as usual, because the city can't freaking decided what to do with it. They have a plan for 1: stray dogs which are claimed by owner (pay impound fee, boarding, buy a license, make sure it's vaccinated for rabies) 2: stray dogs which are not claimed by owner (send them to rescue or, if they were impounded for biting, euthanize). They do NOT have a plan for dogs impounded for running loose, owner shows up but cannot/does not pay the impound fee. *headdesk*
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shove the damn things down his throat, if they ever catch who's doing it.
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ITV fined £1,600 for cruelty over 'rat risotto'

LONDON (AFP) – ITV has been fined £1,670 for cruelty to animals over an episode of "I'm A Celebrity.. " which saw contestants kill and eat a rat, a spokesman said on Monday.

The broadcaster was taken to court by the RSPCA in Australia in December after two of the reality show contestants caught a rat and killed it in a bid to feed their starving team mates.

Celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo and soap star Stuart Manning were both charged with animal cruelty after the stunt in which the creature was served up with rice and beans.

D'Acampo, who went on to win the show, said: "I saw one of these rats running around. I got a knife, I got its throat, I picked it up."

The RSPCA said that killing a rat as part of a TV stunt was "not acceptable".

ITV said it had "apologised for the mistake" and paid a fine of $3,000 Australian -- £1,668.

"The production was unaware that killing a rat could be an offence, criminal or otherwise in New South Wales, and accepts that further enquiries should have been made," the spokesman said.

"This was an oversight and we have since thoroughly reviewed our procedures and are putting in place a comprehensive training programme to ensure that this does not happen in future series."

Contestants who ate the dish apparently enjoyed it with Hollywood legend George Hamilton describing it as "actually quite nice.

"We all said it was like chicken but chickeny-beefy kind of stuff so it was actually very nice. If you kill it you should eat it," the elderly actor said after leaving the show in December.

I would just like to point out the incredible hypocrisy that goes into people's choices on what we can and cannot kill and eat. I didn't see this (I don't watch TV much and have no interest in "reality" shows), but I bet you dollars to nails that this rat died faster and easier and for more purpose than the millions of rodents people poison daily. So they get sued for killing it more humanely? Where are the suits against every store that sells D-con? and would they have cared if it was an animal that's "okay" to eat, like a cow? Tell ya what, your average person is a LOT more capable of humanely killing a rat than a cow.


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