|Proper Puppy Management and Birthday Skeletons
“Fading puppy complex” is, according to Michelle Kutzler, D.V.M., Ph.D., a “horrible description of a combination of poor management techniques.” Editor Susan Chaney’s interview with the reproduction specialist emphasizes that puppies born healthy should not die within the first two weeks of life. Find out why neonatal mortality is typically indicative of not enough food or heat, and why there is no such thing as a “fading puppy.”
Birthdays can be wonderful teachers, especially when they’re celebrated with a last-minute change of plans. In The Down and Back today, Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn writes about how a driving California rain forced her garden-variety party indoors where dinosaurs and Dire wolves were waiting. The Natural History Museum provided further validation of the hard work of modern-day purebred dog breeders.
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Keep Puppies from ‘Fading’ with Proper Management
By Susan Chaney
Puppy fading. Virtually every breeder has heard the term. However, according to Michelle Kutzler, D.V.M., Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of animal sciences at Oregon State University, no puppy born healthy should die within the first two weeks of birth. If it does, it’s a matter of animal management, not “fading,” she says.
A reproduction specialist and diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, Kutzler says “puppy fading” is a “horrible description of a combination of poor management techniques. There’s no excuse for it. So, when you have puppies die and you don’t want to figure out why they died or make the changes necessary to keep it from happening again, you give it a name like ‘fading puppy complex.’ more
By Pilar Kuhn
As I planned how to celebrate my birthday recently, I never expected that our normally beautiful Southern California weather would turn it into an impromptu lesson in canine anatomy.
Last year my husband and I celebrated at the Vallejo cluster and, upon losing, headed slightly north to visit some wineries to get out of the rain. This year we stayed home. It rained anyway.
Yes, it does rain in Los Angeles and, once again, my birthday was a washout!
We had originally planned to visit L.A.’s Getty Museum, an amazing collection of art displayed in several equally amazing buildings with gorgeous outdoor gardens. more