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People Are From Mars, Dogs Are From Venus

People Are From Mars, Dogs Are From Venus

How to cross the communication divide; what they mean is not always what you think.

February 2016 -

“Imagine reaching out to shake someone’s hand,” says Tufts animal behaviorist Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM, “and the person grabs you by the shoulders and kisses you on the lips. That level of social discomfort is what a dog might feel” if he comes up to get a whiff of you, and you bend down to his face and start petting his head. From the dog’s point of view, it’s much too intimate a response. By walking over to sniff you, he’s just making an assessment, studying you while he tips his hat, so to…

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The Price of Love

The Price of Love

Options for making veterinary care more affordable.

Did you hear about the dog who came to the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts with acute kidney failure and needed tens of thousands of dollars for treatment in order to stay alive? His owner raised the money through crowdfunding, where you publicize your cause or project through a program on the Internet and people send in small (and sometimes large) amounts of money to help you meet your goal. His pet would…

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Yes, But Are You Following the Recipe?

Yes, But Are You Following the Recipe?

Tufts study shows that even when people are provided a recipe for their dogs home cooked meals by a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, they may be shortchanging their pets nutritionally.

There are a number of good reasons not to feed your dog home-cooked meals. One is a preponderance of evidence in published research studies that fully 95 percent of the popular recipes for dog foods offered in books, on the Internet, by breeders, and by other popular sources are nutritionally inadequate and...

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The Three Reasons Puppies Piddle Indoors

The Three Reasons Puppies Piddle Indoors

Each reason for urinating in the house requires a different solution.

No matter how assiduously you work to train your new puppy to relieve herself outdoors, she’s going to have accidents. That’s true even if you follow all the rules: taking her out seven to eight times a day in the beginning, putting her in her crate when she doesn’t “go” and leaving her there for 15 minutes until she builds up the urge, designating an elimination spot near the house, praising her to the hilt…

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