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Features August 2014 Issue

How Real Is the Health Scare?

In 1690s Salem, dogs were killed for being witches (although they probably didn't look like this). Some health scares don't hold up well over time.

How Real Is the Health Scare?

As examples show, sometimes itís hard to make heads or tails of media reports on dangers for dogs.

Health scares related to dogs are as old as ó well, as old as America, and even older. Today, most health scares involve possible threats to dogs, not threats that dogs may present to people. One of the first examples of online-disseminated alarm, according to Tufts veterinarian Michael Stone, DVM, who is board-certified in internal medicine, had to do with the heartworm preventative Heartgard.

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