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Trained Dogs deployed at Helsinki airport can detect SARS-CoV2 with nearly 100% accuracy


A Finnish organisation that specialises in training animals in scent detection, Wise Nose, is training a total of 16 dogs for the project, 10 of which are eventually expected to be able to work at the airport. Working in shifts of two, four of them – ET, Kossi, Miina and Valo – started on Wednesday.

After collecting their luggage, arriving international passengers are asked to dab their skin with a wipe. In a separate booth, the beaker containing the wipe is then placed next to others containing different control scents – and the dog starts sniffing.

If it indicates it has detected the virus – usually by yelping, pawing or lying down – the passenger is advised to take a free standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, using a nasal swab, to verify the dog’s verdict.

Dogs are also able to identify Covid-19 from a much smaller molecular sample than PCR tests (said Helsinski Airport)  needing only 10-100 molecules to detect the presence of the virus compared with the 18m needed by laboratory equipment.

Although Covid-19 is known to infect mink and cats, dogs do not have the receptors necessary for the virus to readily gain a foothold and do not appear to be easily infected (Hielm-Bjorkman).There is no evidence that they can transmit the virus to people or other animals.

Researchers in countries including Australia, France, Germany and Britain are reportedly working on similar projects but Finland is the first country in Europe to put dogs to work sniffing out the coronavirus. A similar trial started at Dubai international airport last month.


September is widely recognized as National Pet Health Insurance month

September is widely recognized as National Pet Health Insurance month by many veterinarians and animal care facilities. By insuring your pet, you gain the ability to offset some or most of the costs incurred from diagnosing, treating and managing your pet. If you're considering pet insurance, do your research! The American Veterinary Medical Association and the North American Pet Health Insurance Association have developed some guidelines to help you make the most informed decision: https://bit.ly/2YMtK8X

As always make sure your pets wellness exam is up-to-date. If not, give us a call today at 941-925-7000 to schedule their appointment.  


Did you know?

Did you know

Breed of the Month: Dachshund

Here are some interesting facts you may not know:

📌 The Dachshund originated in Germany.
📌 They were initially bred to work as Badger hunters.
📌 The word "Dachshund" means badger dog in German.  Dachs ("European badger") and Hund ("hound, dog").
📌 There are two different sizes of Dachshunds. Miniature (11lbs and below) standard (up to 35lbs)
📌 There are three dachshund coat varieties: Smooth coat (short hair), Long-haired, and Wire-haired.
📌 The oldest Dachshund ("Rocky") on record lived to be 25 years old. The typical lifespan of a Dachshund is 12-to-16 years.
📌 Britain's first-ever cloned dog was a Dachshund.

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It’s National Spoil Your Dog Day!



It’s National Spoil Your Dog Day! 

Spoiling your dog doesn’t have to involve treats. One of the happiest sentences your dog may hear is, “do you want to go for a walk?” 
Beyond the obvious benefits that come with exercise, it's also a great form of mental stimulation. Especially if you broaden their view and smells beyond the limits of your backyard. Check out these local scenic Sarasota County dog friendly spots to walk your pooch:

📍 Celery Fields
6893 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota

📍 Red Bug Slough Preserve
5200 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota

📍Myakka River State Park
13208 State Rd 72, Sarasota

📍 Bayfront Park and Marina/Island Park

5 Bayfront Drive, Sarasota

📍 Joan M. Durante Park

5550 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

📍 Phillippi Estate Park

5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

📍 Brohard Beach Paw Park and Paw Park Beach

1600 S. Harbor Drive, Venice

📍 Shamrock Park and Nature Center

3900 Shamrock Drive, Venice

Note: please keep your dog leashed, and carry your own bags, water and a collapsible water bowl. In addition, for everyone’s safety please make sure your dog’s vaccines are up-to-date, if not call our office today (941) 925-7000. We’re here to help 📞

Happy International Assistance Dog Week everyone!

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International Assistance Dog Week is from August 2nd - 8th.

This holiday was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs and the amazing deeds they perform 🐕

Let’s honor your pooch! Share a pic below ⤵️

Happy National Lost Pet Prevention Month everyone!

The month of July is “National Lost Pet Prevention Month”. Increase your pets chances of being returned to you by microchipping them today!

This low cost tiny device will provide your pet with permanent identification. To learn more or to make an appointment please call (941) 955-7000.

Happy 234th Birthday United States of America!!!

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The staff at Palmer Ranch Animal Clinic wishes you and your furry friends a very safe and happy 4th of July! As you prepare for the fireworks tonight, please keep your pets safe by keeping them indoors. Better yet, break out the toys and healthy treats so your pet will have a positive association with fireworks 🎆  If your pet is older, provide a “safe place” away from windows and drown out the sounds by putting the TV or radio on. You may also consider a supplemental support like Composure 🌱  it can help gently calm your pet when they are dealing with environmental stressors like fireworks and traveling. Dogs and cats alike find it delicious

Gabby is up for adoption

Gabby is a 4 months and 2 days female domestic shorthair feline. Gabby is a great accompany, quiet and very kind. Please contact 941-925-7000 for those who are interested to give Gabby's lovely home.


Travis is up for adoption

Travis is a 4 months and 13 days male feline domestic short hair. He make looks surprised but he is a sweet cat.
Please contact 941-925-7000 for those who are interested to give Travis's lovely home.

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