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Ron Hines DVM PhD
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Many many years ago, I owned a small veterinary hospital adjoining my house in a village in the Galilee. From time to time, my neighbor, Alex, would keep his radio blaring day and night. When Alex heard the DJ utter a specific string of words between tunes, he would unceremoniously walk the short distance to our water tower (the one on the left) and flip on the switch that set off our town’s air raid sirens. When he heard another coded phrase, he would turn them off. Sometimes he forgot to fill the tank, then the whole town had no water. That was the state of technology in October of 1973. The incoming missiles were gifts from Damascus, courtesy of their president, Hafez al-Assad.
During one such fusillade, a young woman roused me out of bed late one evening carrying her bloodied dog. The dog, Aphrodite, had had the misfortune of being too close to the spot where one of the rockets exploded. I sewed the dog back together; Aphrodite healed well and remained the talk and pride of the town (Kiryat Tivon). That is because katyusha rocket shrapnel is razor sharp, sterile-hot and produce wounds that heal well when they do not kill you outright.
Fast forward forty years to August 21, 2013. President Obama has threatened to destroy the chemical warfare missiles of Hafez’s son, Bashar al-Assad. Rather than retaliate against the USA, the al-Assad regime threatens to lob missiles into the Galilee and points south.
In the midst of that crisis, I received an email here in Texas from the owner of Pizza, a cat living in Rosh Ha'ayin, a village not that far from my old home. Pizza was in the midst of a uremic crisis . But why was the cat’s owner more concerned about the cat’s current predicament than her own safety ? Because during the intervening 40 years, technological advances were protecting both of them. Pizza and her owner were safe under the activated Iron Dome.
Who struck John aside; there is no greater motivation for innovation than the threat of ones personal annihilation. In the near future, a technology, conceived of to shield one population from the incoming missiles of another will likely affect you and your pet’s health as well. I call it focused energy. This adaptation of the Israeli defense industry technology developed to precisely focus energy beams now allows for ultra-precise incision-free surgery that has so many conceivable uses.
Dogs and cats could be spayed without an incision, arthritic conditions could be treated and all manner of manipulations could be performed with little or no collateral damage to the patient. Perhaps ways will be found to interrupt the ovulation (heat) process in ways that preserve the positive hormonal balance of intact pets. The potential seems almost limitless.Click on the video below if you would like to know more.