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Most finger brushes are reusable but like all silicone products they should be replaced every month or so.

I think it's a month but you can double check. Google when to replace silicone pacifiers and bottle nipples.
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Is a Service Dog for You? (publicly viewable board) / Re: Therapist and SD
« Last post by Kirsten on Yesterday at 08:01:32 PM »
It would be published on the front end of SDC.  We've got pretty good SEO which means it should appear in the first page of search results if a medical professional decides to search for it.

If you're thinking of publishing in a professional journal, I would support that in any way I could but I don't have the professional credentials that would make me publishable in that type of journal.  I've been published as a co-author as an engineer, but not on SD law or medical practice since I have no degree in medicine or law (only in engineering).

If you know a medical expert who would be interested in publishing such a journal article, I could supply background information, legal citations, and can answer questions or critique.  I'd still be publishing our own article here on the front end of SDC.
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Is a Service Dog for You? (publicly viewable board) / Re: Therapist and SD
« Last post by Poedog on Yesterday at 07:53:27 PM »
Kristen, that's definitely something I would be interested in! Where would it be published?

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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Scaling teeth
« Last post by Candy3 on Yesterday at 07:48:36 PM »
I used regular human fingernail clippers on my cat when I had it. It worked great. You just turn them verticle, and the nail goes right in.

When Peter Pan was tiny, we used human fingernail clippers on him, too. Of course, he's too big for them, now.  :happy:

With teeth brushing, I have a question. Can you reuse the finger brushes, or are they only disposable?

Moonsong, I've never used the finger brushes, so I can't answer that. I just use soft human toothbrushes. If your SDiT is used to having fingers poking in around his mouth, he should be fine with any kind of toothbrush or finger brush.
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Scaling teeth
« Last post by Moonsong on Yesterday at 07:13:48 PM »
With teeth brushing, I have a question. Can you reuse the finger brushes, or are they only disposable?
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I agree with everybody here. I pick at my face and press my eye's when stress. Teddy paws my leg when i do the different is I can really stop (even though eye pressing feels so good, its a blind thing, but causes damage)

I would also note in general YOU mentioned you conditions are generally under relative control and/or getting better

A lot of Doctors don't know all the "service dog/ESA lingo" so when you see your doctor I would FIRST act your doctor if in there opinion you are disabled by the traditional definition if they ask you question answer honestly, if then they think you are legally disable THEN if you feel its the right fit for you bring up the Service dog/ESA conversation. I say this because you also have to be disabled to have an ESA(living in not pet housing and being able to fly with them)

now if you just want a pet and are able to have a pet that you and the questions asked can be answered in favor of a dog helping then train them to do tons of things! training a dog is a great hobby bonding experience there is never any harm with giving a dog a home and training them well. dogs are build to work and learning and doing fun tricks/tasks keeps them busy in a different way then just playing or traditional forms of excersize   
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Scaling teeth
« Last post by mommagrizzly on Yesterday at 06:49:42 PM »
I usually use dollar tree bypass clippers on the dogs, I throw them out when they dull.

That doesn't really work for the cat through, I have trouble finding a pair of clippers that stay sharp and don't fray her nails when I trim them. The dollar tree and even walmart clippers are too dull at purchase to cut without splitting the layers from each other and leaving a frayed tip.

I'll look into the clippers you mentioned Kirsten

I used regular human fingernail clippers on my cat when I had it. It worked great. You just turn them verticle, and the nail goes right in.

I scale Bailey's (pet dog/mini schnauzer) teeth. I have never tried to do Keturah's. She gets her teeth brushed regularly so it hasn't been a problem.
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Disability isn't determined by the diagnosis but by how the condition affects your ability perform major life activities.  Major life activities are not the same as daily life activities.  People confuse the two terms.  Major life activities are basic life functions, such as seeing, hearing, breathing, learning, walking, etc.

A disability is any impairment, regardless of what causes it, that substantially limits a major life activity.
http://servicedogcentral.org/content/qualify-for-service-dog
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I usually use dollar tree bypass clippers on the dogs, I throw them out when they dull.

That doesn't really work for the cat through, I have trouble finding a pair of clippers that stay sharp and don't fray her nails when I trim them. The dollar tree and even walmart clippers are too dull at purchase to cut without splitting the layers from each other and leaving a frayed tip.

I'll look into the clippers you mentioned Kirsten
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Scaling teeth
« Last post by Candy3 on Yesterday at 05:46:33 PM »
I forgot to mention that applying a small amount of the toothpaste to the end of the dental scraper will actually help the plaque come off much easier than just scraping it without the paste. I use Virbac CET Enzymatic Toothpaste for dogs. Peter Pan loves the malt flavor, but they have other flavors, as well. . .in case you're interested.

The Miller's forge clippers are the best I've ever used. They stay sharp and that means less squeezing sensation on the nails. I use the small ones and nip bits and pieces off (multiple cuts per nail) even though my dogs are large. Sometimes I use clippers, sometimes a Dremel, sometimes both.

That's good to know, Kirsten. I've only clipped his nails once, so far. I was too afraid to do it before, but these clippers make it much easier to do. My husband is much happier, too, knowing that he doesn't have to do it anymore. And, of course, Peter Pan is happy, because it isn't such a horrible event, anymore.
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