Pet Talk Tuesday – The Modern Medical Advances Our Pets Help Develop


Today Dr. Lucas Kandefer says today that we are talking about what can be a very controversial topic and something that we should always keep in mind and really consider on a regular basis. He says we talk about the modern medical advances our pets are helping us develop.

Dr. Kandefer says there are a lot of things that have happened in the past that have had questionable ethics and morality when we look at some of our research and some of the things that we have done in the past; it’s really become a well rounded and well researched investment to make sure that all research is chosen based on very strict ethical and moral compasses so it’s something that is changing drastically and continues to change and hence we were 50 years ago to now is a very different environment. He says that some of the medical advances we have gotten from our pets have completely changed our lives and goes on to say that our pets have given us a tremendous amount of opportunity to find different things that can help our lives over and over. Again.

Dr. Kandefer says the first heart-based transplants were actually developed with dogs as models; so it’s something that millions of people have transplants on a regular basis every year and this transplant and the anti-rejection drugs have really made a huge difference in a lot of people’s lives.

He says we find that current research on blindness and degenerative changes in humans was actually discovered through intensive study of our cats. Their retinal system was really the first model to help develop and understand what was happening to human eyes.

Finally, Dr. Kandefer says the only thing we found is that children with asthma are the vast majority of inhalers in the preventer and emergency inhalers were developed using our tiny little guinea pig friends and it allowed our children to live a normal life. and adults through this disease continues, so there are a lot of things that have made our lives better, longer and a lot of this research benefits our pets as well. Dr. Kandefer says our old lifespan for a cat or a dog was seven to ten years and now the average lifespan of a pet, you know, fifteen years is not a big leap for y happen, so while there’s always going to be controversy about this and that’s a very important thing to consider, a lot of advancements have helped our pets and we’ve gone through this research.

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