[BLOG] Kennels & Catteries : Always Remember The Big 3

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« Big 3 »… Rhymes with Micheal, Denis and Scottie. Dwayne, Lebron & Chris. Tony, Manu & Tim.

Sounds pretty obvious, right ? I’m a NBA fan, clearly !

But I’m also a veterinarian working with kennels and catteries.

When I mention the « Big 3 » in my lectures, it has nothing to do with basket-ball unfortunately.

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[BLOG] Pyometra : The Best Way To Prevent It

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«  What is the best way to prevent pyometra ? »

My answer, in one word : «  Gestation. »

The person I was talking to sounded surprised. «  Really ? I was thinking more of an antibiotic treatment. »

And I can understand why she would think that.

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[BLOG] The Maternity : What I was reminded of while traveling

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A week ago I was in Jakarta, Indonesia to give a series of lecture on sanitation in kennels & catteries.

Jakarta is famous for its super-dense traffic… and I surely experience that ! I was told beforehand not to be scared about the amount of motorbikes and scooters I would see. And for sure, while we were driving those busy streets, there were quite a few surrounding our car. Nearly at all time !

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[BLOG] Kittens & Transport: What You Must Tell Their Owners

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Number 1 priority these days in catteries? Prevent the consequences of stress. This is of the utmost importance for kittens. Especially when they are leaving your cattery to go to their new owners’ place.

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[BLOG] Feline Reproduction : she just delivered… and is now back in season ?!?!?

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When it comes to reproduction, the feline species never ceases to amaze me. Despite our ever growing understanding of the hormonal mechanisms behind the reproductive function, things that are theoretically not possible might be seen from time to time in queens. It definitely reminds us that biology is drastically different from mathematics ! Feline reproduction is still an open book, no doubt that more research is still needed to unravel all those mysteries !

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[BLOG] Hygiene of the litter box in catteries : my recommendations

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Few times a year, I get the following question: “what do you think of this type of litter? It is said that we can only change it once a week, once a month… “

I totally understand why cat breeders might look into those options. They are indeed more convenient, requiring less work on their side. I am sure they can be very practical… for private cat owners. For breeders, I have huge doubts. Especially when it comes to prevent diarrhea in kittens. Let me explain why.

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[BLOG] The #1 cause of Infertility in the Feline Species

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A few years ago, a cat breeder I met during at a seminar contacted me. One of his queens was having fertility issues, obviously it was a very interesting subject for his genetic selection program. He tried several males he told me, of proven fertility… but his girl never got pregnant. When he contacted me, I could feel how desperate he was. He was wondering if we had any “high-tech” approach to this kind of problem. “Sure we have, I told him. But let me ask you this question first.”

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[BLOG] My Christmas Gift : 11 Free E-books on Kennel & Cattery Management

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I really love this time of the year.

It’s in the air : hope, love, joy, happiness… Everything slows down for a moment. We put our grieves aside and focus on what is really important: spending great moments with family and friends. Again, I really love this time of the year.

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[BLOG] Something to always look for in infertile queens…

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–  We bred her several times Doc. She had this one litter a couple of years ago but since then, nothing… We used different males, we are sure they are fertile since they bred again after and did not miss any other female. To tell you the truth, we are a bit desperate. She is such a valuable breeding subject.

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[BLOG] Breeding cats ? Make sure you know that one !

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Social media. My parallel universe. Where I can escape. Live up to my dreams. And connect with the world. I’m always seeking for new connections. People who like me, have a huge interest in management of kennels and catteries. People with who I can share my passion. And these days you know, I find out that this is where come from the most interesting discussions.

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