The Norman Transcript


January 30, 2014

Alternatives to conventional sour cream treat for dogs



I am not surprised at the peppermint oil cure for car sickness because peppermint is a calmative, like ginger, really subduing nausea. Applying the essential oil of peppermint on the paws/foot pads is an easy way to accomplish rapid and possibly long-term dermal absorption. Many dogs settle quickly after being given a treat of candied ginger 10 to 15 minutes before getting into the car.

I would try adding a few drops of calming lavender oil, which has been shown to benefit many dogs who are fearful rather than simply nauseated when riding in a vehicle.

Because peppermint oil can be irritating, it should be diluted to a ratio of one drop to five to 10 drops of a carrier oil such as almond or olive oil before being placed between the toes.

Dental implants for dogs and cats? Veterinary dentistry has made some great and necessary strides for the benefit of thousands of dogs and cats and has become a specialty service providing many of the skilled diagnostic, treatment and surgical procedures provided by human dentists and oral surgeons.

A recent review on the costly procedure of dental implants in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association concludes that, at best, the benefits are purely aesthetic and for the owner, and unlike implants in humans, they fail to offer any significant benefits to the animals themselves.

In addition to the cost, the surgical procedures — including general anesthesia — for dental implants can put animals at unwarranted risk.

The authors of this article note that the AVMA declared as official policy that it “opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done for solely cosmetic purposes” and should similarly oppose dental implants for dogs and cats.

Opposing the routine declawing of cats would be another ethical decision, one that’s long overdue but delayed for reasons financial and pandering to naive cat owner demands.

Send all mail to or to Dr. Michael Fox in care of Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106. Visit Dr. Fox’s website at

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