Yukon Vet: Caribou Down facts

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Like in humans, high levels of stress, poor nutrition and genetics can have a negative impact on reproduction in cattle.

Dog owners can reduce the risk of breast cancer, uterine infections, ovarian and uterine tumors, injury and stress by having their dogs spayed.

Spayed can increase a dog’s risk of hypothyroidism.

Spaying your dog often reduces behaviors like frequent urination and aggression.

Benign tumors on the head and neck known as Fibropapillomas can appear up to 10 cm in diameter as large, pedunculated masses.

In caribou, sparring can allow one animal to assess a threat from another caribou in the same herd and is often used to establish dominance.

Antlers are more than just decorations. They can be used in combat and as a visual badge of dominance.

A common health problem in pugs is Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome (BAOS). It is a respiratory issue that pugs are famous for.

Some brachycephalic breeds such as Pugs respond well to an opioid treatment in conjunction with acepromazine; however, the dosage varies drastically for nonbrachycephalic breeds.

Due to the prominence of obesity in pugs, there is higher respiratory risk and controlled mechanical ventilation is most often necessary during the induction and recovery phases, when monitoring is particularly important.

Cryopreservation allows animal scientists to preserve and catalogue endangered species.

Alaska’s snowy owls often move further south in winter after the breeding season, occasionally going as far as California and Texas.

Unlike other owls, snowy owls hunt during the day and can be fiercely protective of their nests.

Snowy owls are nomadic, searching for areas with the highest abundance of lemmings, their primary prey species.

At one time there were 20 to 30 million bison in North America that spread from the Appalachian Mountains to the Rockies. Unregulated hunting and habitat loss has lead to massive decreases in the population.

Overlain cysts occur most often in mature cows. First-calf heifers as well as beef cows have considerably lower occurrences of ovarian cysts.

Palpation, the procedure for pregnancy determination in cows, is completed by feeling the reproductive tract by way of the rectum.


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