Increasingly we have been asked for more and more “Animal” based courses and in doing my research I found out some really interesting facts, not just about the pets themselves but about the science, technology and medical world of pets and the role technology has played in us humans being able to enjoy our pets for longer.
Technology is changing the way we live and work, including the way Vets do business. In the last few years, advances in medicine and science have greatly improved the quality of pet health. Many of these advances have been adapted from new techniques and technologies designed for use in human medicine. Veterinary specialty practices normally have many of these new and exciting procedures available in their hospitals.
Many of the new tools and procedures have been adopted from human medical practice. The advances have not only led to better treatments, but also faster and more accurate diagnosis.
Recent advances include stem cell treatments for arthritis, complicated orthopedic repairs that would have been inconceivable a decade ago, limb prosthetics, and medical protocols so sophisticated that they take a team of doctors—and at least a significant bank balance—to administer
Personally I am intrigued about how far we have come in our care for our extended members of the family, Here are some of the most impressive Veterinarian Breakthroughs:
MRI technology has been extremely influential in the progression of human neuroscience. Vets are now using the imaging technology to look into the brains of pets and other animals.1 However, the powerful technology is not limited to brain scans. MRI’s are also very effective for getting scans of orthopedic and soft tissue structures prior to surgery. By being able to see what is going on inside the animal before going in for surgery, a vet is able to reduce the chance that anything will go wrong during the procedure.
Laparoscopic procedures use a small camera and light source that can be inserted into the abdominal or thoracic cavity to see inside the body. This is yet another example of a human medicine technology being adapted to the animal kingdom. These procedures are less invasive than most surgical operations and produce a clear image. The first widely reported laparoscopic procedure was in 2011 when the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland used it to remove diseased gallbladders from moon bears.
The ability to print three-dimensional objects is one of the most often-discussed topics in technology today. This rapid-prototyping process has been applied to veterinary practice to create animal bone models from the information gathered from computed tomography scans.3 Doing so enables vets and surgeons to have a solid grasp of a patient’s internal bone or muscle structure before going in to operate. In addition, the models help educate pet owners about the anatomy and physiology of their pets.
In this aspect, veterinary medicine seems leaps ahead of human. This vaccine is intended for melanoma, or a type of skin cancer. Since dogs spend most of their time exposed to the sun without any kind of sunscreen, they can be susceptible to melanoma.
I know!!! Because Chinese medicine isn’t just for people. It can be used to treat ailments ranging from hip dysplasia to chronic degenerative joint disease. It has become ever increasing in the vet world and many are learning how to practice it themselves.
We’ve all seen the yogurt ads where probiotics were shown to naturally help the digestive process. However, the average pet owner just can’t crack open a carton of yogurt and feed it to their pets. No worries, the probiotic industry has many options for pets.
Not just the stuff of daytime talk shows, paternity testing has now come to pets. The University of Portsmouth is on the verge of launching a service that offers just that, a paternity test for dogs. Along with other DNA testing, dog owners can now test their dogs DNA to complete a paternity test as well as genetic tests that look for recessive genes that can lead to canine illnesses in certain breeds.
Statistics about pets in the UK
The Top 10 Pets in the UK for 2010*, starting with the most popular, are:
(the total number of species, rounded in millions)
39% of London’s pet owners purchased their pet for companionship, despite having 7.5 million neighbours across the city. Says it all really!