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Improving Dogs’ Arthritis Pain With Diet

Improving Dogs’ Arthritis Pain With Diet

Evidence keeps accumulating for certain ingredients. In at least one case, exact amounts are recommended.

March 2018 - No dog treat or dietary supplement is allowed to say it actually treats or cures arthritis. That would be a health claim — and a flagrant violation of Food and Drug Administration regulations forbidding health claims on products that haven’t been proven with clear-cut scientific evidence, meaning research and clinical trials conducted according to strict protocols. Health claims are generally reserved for drugs, not foods or supplements you can get without a prescription.

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Would Your Dog Be Happier With a Second Dog?

Would Your Dog Be Happier With a Second Dog?

Most often, bringing home a new dog will enrich your current dog's quality of life. But not always. When to say 'yes,' when to decide 'no.'

“Initially, in partnerships between people and dogs, dogs weren’t locked up in houses alone,” the Head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM, points out. “They got to go with people everywhere. They and their human companions were always together.”

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For Best Quality Sleep, In the Bedroom With You But Not in the Bed

For Best Quality Sleep, In the Bedroom With You But Not in the Bed

Tufts professor emeritus and animal behaviorist Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, was once at a professional meeting of veterinarians and other dog professionals, when one of the speakers asked how many of the 200 or so people in the room let their dogs sleep in their bedroom with them. Every single hand went up. When the speaker went on to ask how many let their dogs onto the bed with them, 75 percent of the hands remained raised.

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More Cities and Towns Going to the Dogs

More Cities and Towns Going to the Dogs

It’s no secret that former President George Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush are dog people, as evidenced by Mrs. Bush’s ghostwriting of her dog Millie’s autobiography. So it only makes sense that the couple lives in the very dog-friendly coastal Maine town of Kennebunkport, where shops, outdoor recreation, and events are designed for the enjoyment of dogs and people alike.

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