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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.

September 2016 - “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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Does Your Dog Bleed — Or Clot — Too Much?

Does Your Dog Bleed — Or Clot — Too Much?

Sometimes it's necessary to evaluate a pet's tendency to bleed too much, or too little.

Your very fragile dog is in need of surgery. Or she comes to the emergency room with unexplained bleeding from her mouth. Or she has a kind of kidney disease that can potentially make her blood too “viscous” and not able to flow easily enough; her clotting factors may be on overdrive. In all these cases, and many others, a veterinarian has to run tests of ...

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Obesity Surgery for Dogs

Obesity Surgery for Dogs

Should We Go There?

“There are some situations that I’ve personally encountered where standard weight loss — diet and exercise — just isn’t possible,” says Deborah Linder, DVM, DACVM, who heads the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals. “One example was a household that had a family member with Alzheimer’s disease. That person could never remember if she fed the dog and kept giving him meals, so in that case we considered medication. …

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Dog Paws: Tough, But Not Tough as Nails

Dog Paws: Tough, But Not Tough as Nails

Tips for keeping your dog's paws safe and healthy.

It’s true that dogs don’t need to wear shoes. They build up a tolerance for heat and cold on their paw pads and even rough terrain to some degree. But even though your pet’s paw pads are tough — they are, after all, composed of specialized thick, tough skin — they are not made of armor, as the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation points out. They still require some special handling. …

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