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Minding Your Pet’s Welfare During the Holiday Season

Minding Your Pet’s Welfare During the Holiday Season

Decorations and rich foods can be accidents waiting to happen.

December 2019 - Tinsel on the tree gets eaten and ends up literally strangling or cutting the intestines. Candles on the menorah singe a curious dog’s hair. The water in the tree stand, laced with preservatives, proves toxic.

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Swallowing Foreign Objects: There’s Dangerous, And Very Dangerous

Swallowing Foreign Objects: There’s Dangerous, And Very Dangerous

The main objects to keep away from your dog.

“Dogs will literally swallow almost anything,” says Your Dog editor-in-chief John Berg, DVM. A veterinary surgeon at Tufts University’s Foster Hospital for Small Animals, he has retrieved from dogs’ GI tracts such items as pantyhose, golf balls, socks, rocks, underwear, plastic gadgets, and magnets.

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Your Dog May Very Well Need a Winter Coat

Your Dog May Very Well Need a Winter Coat

Not all dogs have the fur to keep them warm enough.

Some dogs seem happiest in cold weather, thrilling to a drop in the temperature and enjoying rolling on their backs in the snow to make canine snow angels. But even though most dogs are covered in fur from head to toe, not all are built for winter. The American Kennel Club says the following dogs need a coat in cold weather.

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Putting an End to the Itching

Putting an End to the Itching

Atopic dermatitis keeps dogs scratching and biting but there are solutions.

Sometimes a dog’s itchiness becomes so relentless that the incessant scratching, biting, licking, and rubbing in an effort to relieve the problem leads to hair loss, wearing away of the skin, nasty bumps, scaly red spots, crusty areas forming over scabs, and the skin’s thickening and hardening. In addition, as part of the itch-scratch cycle, the dog will often develop secondary bacterial or yeast infections.

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