New Diplomates at Animal Dermatology Clinic

      Animal Dermatology Clinic is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Rosenberg (left) and Dr. Eva Ganz (right) have attained Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.
      The path to becoming a veterinary dermatologist is a rigorous three-year program of intense study and research projects as a Resident. Acceptance into a Dermatology Residency program is for those who have completed a program of general veterinary medicine and then being selected by an approved Residency Program. Usually there are far more candidates than there are Residency positions available and it is not unusual for the number of vacant residency positions to number in single digits for the entire United States.
Drs. Rosenberg and Ganz are now part of an elite group of individuals; there are about 200 boarded veterinary dermatologists in the United States and many of these are in research or academia.
      Dr. Rosenberg receives cases in the Pasadena, CA clinic. Dr. Ganz receives cases in the Marina del Rey, CA clinic.

Holiday Dangers to Pets

      Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) has written a helpful guide of their top five holiday dangers to pets. VPI is the largest pet insurance company and has seen it’s share of claims when it comes to the holiday season and pets.
      Tinsel and ornaments are eye-catching objects to pets and although tinsel itself is not toxic, these metallic strands could be ingested and become entangled in the intestines possibly resulting in death. Ornaments can be knocked down and shatter if they are glass, creating a hazard for paws. Sharp edges may lacerate your pet’s mouth, throat or intestines.
      Candles and holiday lighting should be kept out of pets’ reach. Lighting strands can be pulled down or cords can be chewed which can cause serious mouth burns or possible death. Candles can topple which may result in house fire or hot wax burning pets’ paws. Never leave a lighted candle unattended.
      Gift wrap ribbon can be ingested causing intestinal problems and potentially a visit to the emergency room. Although it is colorful and festive, ribbon should not be used to wrap around your pet to create a choking hazard.
Food. Holiday food abounds and pets are enticed by the aromas of sweet and savory treats. The general consensus is that pets should not be fed table scraps but certainly avoiding chocolate, nuts and fat trimmings should be placed on your watch list. Let visitors know that pets are not to be fed, no matter how much they beg or look cute.
      Holiday plants such as pine trees, poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and indoor bulbs are seasonal items that may intrigue pets leading them to be eaten. The impact could be anywhere from oral irritation to vomiting to collapse.
Take care in creating a safe environment for your pet to help ensure that all members of the household have a happy and safe holiday season.
Source: Veterinary Pet Insurance.

Marietta completes relocation to
new building

      Animal Dermatology Clinic – Marietta has completed their relocation and unpacked their boxes to begin seeing patients at their new location in Marietta, GA.
      The new state of the art clinic is located at 1453 Terrell Mill Rd. SE in the Terrell Mill Village Shopping Center situated among other popular businesses and offering easy access from the I-75.
      Animal Dermatology Clinic in Marietta has been in business for ten years to offer support and services to veterinarians and pets in the greater northern Georgia area and metro Atlanta communities.
      Joel Griffies, DVM, ACVD and Sarah Bartlett, DVM, ACVD are the veterinary dermatologists for Marietta along with a friendly and supportive staff who look forward to welcoming you and your pet

Service Dogs Trained to Do Laundry

      Service dogs are amazing creatures offering assistance to their owners who are unable to perform certain duties. Trained from an early age, service dogs learn to guide, push, pull and retrieve. It has been said that often the dog knows what to do before his owner can vocalize the command.
      Now, doing the laundry can be added to the list of commands. Most of us mindlessly go through the chore of doing laundry, yet for a wheelchair bound individual, it can be a calculated task. JTM Service in the UK has taken its commercial laundry solutions in partnership with manufacturer Miele to create the Woof to Wash machine. The washer is designed to be used by assistance dogs.
      A 2-year-old golden Labrador is the test pilot for the machine. The assistant dog is being trained by Support Dogs, a charity organization that provide s assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities. The assistant dog opens the door, loads it from a laundry basket, closes the door and then barks to activate a voice sensor to turn the machine on.
      The machine is set to work on a single cycle and automatically dispense the correct amount of detergent. The door has been fitted with a pull handle that fits the dog’s mouth and he has been trained to unload the machine when the cycle is complete.
      Inventor John Middleton was inspired to create the machine after he saw a video from Support Dogs where a dog strips a bed and loads the washing machine. The inventor then took it to the next step where the dog activates the machine.
      Woof to Wash can also be used by people with visual impairment, manual dexterity problems or learning difficulties where the complexities of modern washing machines can be a challenge.

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