One of the best things about being a veterinarian is that every day is different, and every day presents new challenges. This week, I saw an emergency appointment with two pit bulls in the same family. The presenting complaint was “small balls coming out of the eyes.” What on earth could this mean?
In a few short weeks, we are moving to a new house that has an existing invisible dog fence. Our current home has a fully fenced-in backyard, which has been wonderful for keeping two dogs and a small child contained. The new property is much larger, and an irregular shape, so a wooden fence just won’t work. We are cautiously optimistic that our dog Maeby, a 4-year old Golden retriever mix, can easily be trained to the electric fence.
I’ve always had a mixed opinion of invisible fences. For the majority of dogs, they seem to work and be an appropriate measure to keep Fido safe. With proper training and monitoring, it seems that most dogs learn to stay within the confines of the fence, even to the extent that many owners feel confident sending Fido out into the yard without his electric fence collar on.