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Do You Know Enough to Keep Your Dog Safe?

Do You Know Enough to Keep Your Dog Safe?

Test your canine mettle with these 9 questions.

September 2017 - Your dog doesn’t seem right, and you want to take her temperature to make sure she’s okay. But what should her temperature be? Is 98.6 degrees in the right range, as it is for us?

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Laser Therapy to Reduce Pain in Dogs?

Laser Therapy to Reduce Pain in Dogs?

While the anecdotal evidence is compelling, the scientific proof is not. What to think?

Dogs, like people, experience all kinds of pain because of conditions that range from arthritis to neurological disorders, and their owners want to do what they can to relieve their discomfort, and sometimes out-and-out suffering. Can laser therapy help? The answer is not a straightforward “yes” or “no.” For some perspective on the matter, we spoke with Alicia Karas, DVM, who runs the Pain Clinic at Tufts’ Foster Hospital for Small Animals; teaches pain medicine…

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Words That Wound Your Dog

Words That Wound Your Dog

Words you use to describe a dog's behavior can influence how you treat your pet and not always for the better. It's much more than a matter of semantics.

“My dog is vindictive,” clients tell Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM, who heads the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic. “Every time I go out, he [pick one] pees on the floor; trashes the house; overturns the garbage can. “This assumes that dogs plot to get back at you,” she says, “causing destruction or eliminating in the house because they’re angry that you left and seek revenge. It’s a major misunderstanding."

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10 Signs Your Dog Feels Stressed

Follow our tips for calming your pet when he is anxious.

Sometimes it’s easy to tell when your dog feels stressed — during loud fireworks displays, perhaps, or when he doesn’t want to get out of the car in the parking lot of the veterinarian’s office. But there are signs of stress in our canine loved ones that can come across more subtly. What are they, and what can you do to calm your dog during those times that anxiety has gotten the better of him?

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