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Michael Fox

Bill Gates' and others' push of geoengineering — introducing various particulate materials into the upper atmosphere to shade the Earth from the sun's rays in order to slow down global warming — fails to address the fundamental issue of escalating carbon dioxide and methane emissions.

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Dear Readers: Reptiles and amphibians are cold-blooded poikilotherms, which means they have little ability to cope with sudden changes in temperature and humidity. We humans and other warm-blooded homeothermic animals can cope better with these changes. Now, due to changes in climate and environment, stressed poikilotherms are being decimated by fungal infections that are indicative of their impaired immune systems.

Dear Dr. Fox: My 4-year-old cocker spaniel was just diagnosed with Pseudomona infections in his ear canals. Could you explain how veterinarians can diagnose this, how to treat it and how difficult it is to eliminate? 

Dear Dr. Fox: Have the guidelines for spaying changed? Our vet advises us to wait until our pup is 1 year old, saying hormones have beneficial effects for her bones. Any thoughts on this? — L.A., Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Dear Dr. Fox: I'm a retired communications specialist formerly associated with a major U.S. carrier. I read with some dismay the letter from your peer regarding nonionizing radiation risks from low-power personal devices.

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Questions we should all ask about our food include: What is its quality and nutritional value? What is its environmental impact/carbon footprint? What is its impact on biodiversity, or loss of wildlife and habitat? How much suffering was inflicted on sentient creatures being raised for consumption or caught in nets, in traps and on hooks?

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Dear readers: The deaths of four reindeer from hemorrhagic fever at the Minnesota Zoo last year prompted the zoo to begin running vaccination test trials on susceptible captive species — some 30 bison, moose and pronghorn antelope — to protect them against this disease.

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Dear readers: I have often raised the issue of how a One Health approach could have prevented the COVID-19 pandemic, and of how, if such an approach is not adopted internationally, future pandemics and declining quality of life will be inevitable.

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Animal Doctor Several years ago, my sister suffered a cat bite and the cat was never caught. As a precaution, she went to the hospital for rabies shots.

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Dear Dr. Fox: One often-overlooked cause of tachycardia (rapid heart rate) in animals, as well as of other heart arrhythmias and high blood pressure, is wireless radiation in the environment — or attached to an animal's body, like GPS trackers. This is because the voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) in cell membranes are affected by these human-made frequencies.

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Dear Dr. Fox: I am a licensed massage therapist who has been doing massage therapy on humans for over 25 years. I am semi-retired now, but would love to use my massage skills on animals on a volunteer basis. I am not sure where and how to begin! I would be willing to study on my own so I can be prepared.

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