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I have trouble trying to estimate the age and breeds of dogs and cats when I'm trying to fill out an impound card, I am terrible with breeds and ages. How do you know what breed and age they are? any advice to help me with this.
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age wise.. you can ususally tell by the teeth... as far as breed.. you may just have to get a book with the breeds listed (with photos) in it... and just "study" it...
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As far as aging a dog...I was taught by a vet how to do this, so that might be a good resource for you. It is easier to do this when the dog is young....once they get older, it is more difficult to nail down exact age. It is okay to use approximations, i.e. the dog is between 5-7 years of age.

Hopefully Dr. Negrin sees this, and gives more exact info for you....she rocks!

As far as breeds...learn the ones that you commonly deal with in your community first. AND, get a good breed book to help you with the ones you do not commonly see everyday.
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Animal Planet has dog shows on weekend mornings. I still watch them, especially the groups I'm not too familiar with, like Toy and Sporting.

A good -- and fun -- resource is "The Mutt Book" by David Alderton. I got it at Barnes & Noble. It's great for those odd mixes (which I get A LOT more often than the purebreds.)
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What about cat breeds? Calico, tort, tabby, etc. Also aging a baby opossum guessing about 6 weeks old or 9 weeks old.
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In regards to age I think getting a book, or posting a big breed poster on the processing room wall would help...or move here, pit bull, rottweiler, chihuahua is all you need to know lol

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As far as the dog and teeth thing goes, I was told a dog will turn anyone into a liar in a second. THe wear on their teeth can vary based on health, food, conditions, and even the type of chew toys they are given as the grow. There is no universal method and like children, baby teeth will fall out at different times from child to child (my 9yo still has baby teeth?) A best guess is all anyone can make unless the dog comes with a born on date on its belly.
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They really make you write down the age of opposums? Here if its wildlife its marked as unknown. I can't imagine tryin to check the teeth on those guys! lol Course most of the times we just relocate them if they aren't injured and then we don't have to fill out an impound card. I think dogs are easier to age then cats, besides when in doubt we tend to mark the dog's as Shepard...they are always X even if you know its a full blooded the system still marks it as a X. (Actually had a guy the other day think he adopted a beagle-X- That the X was a type of breed!) I've had some doozies to identify! I love it when owners come in and you get to find out if your aging/breed was correct! I think with most locations you get a common breed that you'll see over and over....So it's fun when you get one that stumps you!
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What about cat breeds? Calico, tort, tabby, etc. Also aging a baby opossum guessing about 6 weeks old or 9 weeks old.
Cat breeds can be a pain in the arse!! We usually use DSH, DMH, or DLH, and go by the markings and colors, unless it is extremely obvious the cat is a siamese, persian, maine coon, etc. There is so much cross breeding out there that it is extremely hard to determine what is what exactly.
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