eaching Your Dog to Stay
Dr. Brian Daubs is an experienced veterinary surgeon working in Rockledge, Florida, at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Clinic. Dr. Brian Daubs also provides discounted surgical services to in-need animals. Outside of work he enjoys raising and training his dogs.
The first step towards training a dog to stay comes in the form of realistic expectations. Slower, more docile dogs may pick up the stay command with relative ease. For high-energy puppies, however, owners should initially only expect one or two seconds of “stay.” Shorter, effective stays are more beneficial than a long hold that ends in the dog breaking the command and exiting the training session.
The actual training should take place in a familiar setting at a time during which the dog will face as few distractions as possible. Owners should begin by commanding the dog to either sit or lie. If the dog holds the pose for a short time without breaking, owners can reward the dog with praise and a a treat. As the dog continues to hold the pose for longer periods of time, owners should introduce the desired verbal cue. Owners can begin stepping away from the dog, eventually leaving the room while the dog holds the “stay” position.
Based in Rockledge, Florida, Dr. Brian Daubs serves as the Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital’s chief of surgery. Dr. Brian Daubs regularly removes lung tumors, which can extend dogs’ lives by several years. He also undertakes surgery for pneumothorax, which involves air collecting in the pleural space that lies between the lungs and chest wall.
There are several types of the condition, including traumatic pneumothorax. This is caused by a sudden accident, such as being hit by a vehicle, and is often accompanied by shock. In most cases, traumatic pneumothorax is open, with the chest wall punctured and allowing contact between the outside air and the pleural space.
Tension pneumothorax occurs when regular inhalation causes a single-direction transfer of air into the pleural space. On the other hand, spontaneous pneumothorax is nontraumatic in nature and may be accompanied by the presence of an underlying lung disease. It is often closed and not associated with respiratory defects. This type of pneumothorax is most common in the Siberian Husky and other large dogs with deep chests.
As chief of surgery with the Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital, Dr. Brian Daubs leads a Rockledge, Florida, facility that offers care for many types of pets. He offers advanced imaging services and emphasizes minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Brian Daubs regularly undertakes total hip replacement (THR) procedures in small animals, which involves the replacement of hip arthritic joint surfaces with prosthetics.
Common canine conditions that may progress to require THR include hip dysplasia, which involves the hip joint growing and developing abnormally. Hip joint looseness eventually combines with joint component malformation to cause pain and instability. This can ultimately lead to arthritis. The symptoms of hip dysplasia include lameness in the hind legs and unwillingness to engage in everyday activities such as jumping or climbing steps.
THR surgery involves removal of the arthritic femoral head, with the joint surfaces replaced by a prosthetic ball in the femur and socket in the acetabulum. With the prosthesis calibrated to exactly match the original joint anatomy, the arthritic joint should not cause pain following replacement.
Lung Lobe Tumors
Dr. Brian Daubs, president and founder of Treasure Coast Veterinary Surgical Service, has removed lung tumors in many dogs. Through this procedure, Dr. Brian Daubs strives to give dogs more quality years with their families.
In dogs, lung cancer most often arises at or after middle age. Lung lobe tumors are frequently metastatic, meaning that the cancer cells grow elsewhere and travel into the lung tissue via the circulatory system. Primary lung lobe tumors are much less common, though the prevalence increases in pets that live in pollutant-heavy areas or in houses with smokers.
Although lung tumors develop asymptomatically in approximately 25 percent of cases, the condition may also cause chronic cough as well as lethargy and weight loss. Large tumors or those that press against key organ structures may cause labored or rapid breathing. In some cases, the tumor may prompt the dog to suddenly regurgitate its food after mealtimes. Other symptoms, largely related to metastasis of the tumor, can include lameness, swelling of the extremities, and wasting of the muscles.
Dr. Brian Daubs, DVM, specializes in veterinary surgery. By performing a variety of surgical procedures on pets in the Rockledge, Florida area, Brian Daubs makes a difference in the lives of both pets and their owners. One such procedure is total hip replacement in small pets.
Hip replacement is a type of surgery that involves replacing the ball and socket of the pet’s hip joints. Since it is an invasive procedure, not all pets are good candidates; Behavior problems and nerve problems, for example, might prevent this type of surgery from being a possibility. However, for pets that are good candidates, the surgery can bring many benefits.
In particular, hip replacement provides the pet with greater mobility and range of motion. The pet might be able to do activities it has not done for years, and therefore can enjoy a more active and healthy lifestyle. In addition, once pets are no longer dealing with ongoing pain during movement, their personality and demeanor often improve, and they can enjoy a more comfortable life with their owners.
Dr. Brian Daubs, a board-certified small-animal veterinarian, maintains a particular professional interest in the care of injured pets. Through his current practice, Animal Specialty and Emergency Clinic, Dr. Brian Daubs offers 24-hour available care for critical cases.
When a cat is injured, its natural predisposition to anxiety and stress can worsen the situation quickly. The owner or caregiver’s first duty is to make sure that the cat is warm, comfortable, and as still as possible. The person can then look over the cat, listen to its breathing and heartbeat, and search for bleeding. The application of gentle pressure with sterile gauze is typically the safest way to limit blood loss until veterinary treatment is available. Potentially broken bones should be kept as still as possible; cats with broken backs need support of a flat surface until they can reach the vet’s office.
A cold compress can help a cat with a burn feel more comfortable until veterinary attention is available, while immobilization and limited movement help to minimize further damage to broken bones. In all cases, an injured cat should visit the veterinarian as soon as possible. Owners should take care to minimize the cat’s movement during the transport process, particularly if the cat shows signs of broken bones.
Dr. Brain Daubs, a small animal veterinarian for more than nine years, draws on extensive experience in treating both simple and complex feline injuries. Dr. Brain Daubs pursues a particular professional interest in the treatment trauma cases including bite wounds.
Cats that spend time outdoors or with other animals may receive bites from time to time. The most important thing an owner can do is to assess the severity of the wound, as deep punctures may have damaged underlying structures. If this is the case, the cat should be taken to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Minor wounds may be treated at home before the owner seeks care.
Experts suggest that owners apply pressure to a bite wound with gauze or a clean cloth. Once the bleeding has stopped, they can tape the gauze to the wound during transit to the veterinarian’s office. Owners can clean minor shallow wounds with water or antiseptic solution; however, deep wounds need professional care. Often times the puncture at the skin is the “tip of the iceberg” and there is severe trauma under that puncture wound. If the chest cavity or abdominal cavity is punctured, this becomes a life threating situation. After the cat has received the treatment it needs, the owner must take care to keep the wound clean and dry and prevent the cat from licking at its wounds until they heal. This typically takes between one and two weeks.