Project 25

Project 25

By combining the exciting convergences in biology, medical technology, biogenomics, artificial intelligence, and computing, I foresee a time in the near future when dogs and cats live to age 25 without pain and illness and possess capabilities far beyond what we think of as "pets" today.

What Makes a Pet Great?

What Makes a Pet Great?

“What makes a pet great?”

I was asked this question by a pet owner and it caught me off-guard. Truth is, I’d never really given it much thought. All pets are great, right? The reality is some animals are truly incredible, amazing once-in-a-lifetime friends we are lucky to share our lives with while others… maybe not so much. Good pets, just not quite great. So what makes the difference between good and great pets? What makes a pet great? I wanted to find out.

Snow Day Activities for Dogs and Cats

Snow Day Activities for Dogs and Cats

You can exercise and play with your pet even when you're stuck indoors. Daily physical activity is essential for your pet's physical and mental well-being -- and your sanity. When the snow is piled high and the temperatures dip, you can still get your dog moving for the recommended 30 minutes and your cat active for 10 to 15 minutes per day. Try these simple - and fun - physically-active games for your pets until the snowdrifts settle.

CO2 laser surgery vs. Traditional surgery

It was around 1998 when I first became interested in CO2 laser surgery. I had returned from a surgical lecture presented by a university professor friend. During his presentation, he casually mentioned his school had recently purchased a human surgical laser. They had begun using it on a variety on cases, especially oral tumors, and were pleased with the results so far. I called him the following week and he offered some advice on the different types of lasers, basic wattage and wavelength theory, and the types of patients he felt benefited most. Within a few months, I had bought my first surgical laser and become a convert. Veterinary CO2 laser surgery can have significant advantages over traditional surgical methods using stainless steel blades. But first, what exactly is laser surgery?