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Sarasota, FL 34238
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Diabetes Month

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November marks the beginning of National Pet Diabetes Month. Signs of the disease can be difficult to find, and are sometimes mistaken for other conditions. One way to assure that doesn’t happen to your pet is to keep them up to date with their wellness exams and bloodwork. At Palmer Ranch Animal Clinic we will run diagnostic screening tests during your pets routine wellness visit and will compare test results from year to year to better understand the status of your pets health. Call us today to schedule an appointment (941) 955-7000. 

Trick or Treat

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The staff at Palmer Ranch Animal Clinic wishes you and your families a Happy and Safe Halloween!

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National Cat Day

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Today is National Cat Day! It’s a holiday to celebrate cats for all the wonderful love they give and to encourage adoption for all those kitties waiting for their forever home. Share your kitty’s pic below!

 

Has your pet been screened this year?

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Has your pet been screened this year? It can take years for signs of a parasitic infection to appear. Including diagnostic screening tests during your pet’s routine wellness visit can ensure your pet is parasite free.  Schedule your pets annual exam today at (941) 925-7000 and don't forget to bring a stool sample! 

Crows are self-aware about what they know and can ponder on the content of their own minds, study shows

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In new research shows that crows and other corvids "know what they know and can ponder the content of their own minds,"https://www.statnews.com/2020/09/24/crows-possess-higher-intelligence-long-thought-primarily human/",according to STAT. This is considered a cornerstone of self-awareness and shared by just a handful of animal species besides humans.
 
In https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6511/1626 published in Science, German scientists put crows through a series of puzzling tasks. During those tasks, the scientists measured neural activity in different kinds of neurons with the goal of tracking how crows were sensing and reasoning through their work. They sought to study a specific kind of thinking called sensory consciousness, and they chose birds in particular as an evolutionary history pivot.
 
The task is simple, but involves some high-level brain stuff: “After the crow initiated a trial, a brief visual stimulus of variable intensity appeared. After a delay period, a rule cue informed the crow how to respond if it had seen or had not seen the stimulus. [A] red cue required a response for stimulus detection (“yes”), whereas a blue cue prohibited a response for stimulus detection.”
 
“This would be analogous to the combined achievements of the human species when it consisted of just a few thousand individuals, versus the considerable achievements of 7 billion today.” 
 
 
Source: Association of old Crows

Birds in San Francisco started singing differently during the COVID-19 lockdown, new study reveals.

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SAN FRANCISCO (CNN) — San Francisco birds started singing differently in the quiet of the coronavirus lockdown, says a study in Science.

Birds responded by producing higher performance songs at lower amplitudes, maximizing communication distance and salience.

“We found that birds sang more softly when noise levels were lower and at shorter recording distances before and during the shutdown,” researchers said in the study.

Even though the birds were singing more softly, the study found that communication distance nearly doubled, elevating species fitness and increasing mating potential.

“In addition, the signal-to-noise ratio doubled in relative energy, which helps explain media reports suggesting that bird songs sounded louder during the shutdown,” the researchers said.

Source: CNN News

 
 

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

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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.  

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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 🐕




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