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Latest health and behavior news and advice from the veterinarians at Tufts University.


For the Sake of the "Child"

Alison Murphy and Jesse Hlava were over. After six years together, there were ďa lot of conversations about what we both wanted,Ē Ms. Murphy says, ďand we werenít having the same idea of what the future would look like. More

Low-Calorie Treats Will Often Keep Your Dog Just as Happy as Higher-Calorie Snacks

The Head of the Tufts Obesity Clinic for animals, board-certified veterinary nutritionist Deborah Linder, DVM, points out that while people often say they donít mind a fat dog because it just means thereís more of their pet to love, that leaves less time to love her. A landmark study that followed dogs for more than a decade found that those who were just 10 to 20 percent overweight ó not even obese ó lived, on average, almost two years less than their svelte counterparts. More

Harnessing Your Wayward Dog

She lunges. She races. Worst of all, perhaps, is when she digs in her heels and slips out backward, Houdini-like, leaving you with only a leash and collar where once was your dog. More

For Dogs With Mobility Issues, Some Harnesses Let You Literally Lend a Hand

Arthritis, hip dysplasia, joint surgery, degenerative myelopathy, vestibular disease, and other causes of compromised mobility are good reasons to consider a dog mobility harness. These incorporate a sling to help support your petís front or hind legs, employing your own strength to provide a lift for your pet so she can rise to her feet, get up the stairs or into and out of the car, or have some support when she needs to relieve herself. More

Is the Licking Medical or Behavioral? Or Both?

Deb Nicholas of Fremont, Ohio, is worried. Her 11-year-old yellow Lab, Racer, has run the gamut of problems with licking himself after surgeries and when he has seasonal hotspots. He also licks obsessively when something upsets him ó a bee buzzing by, someone accidentally bumping into him, etc. A lot of times he just sits and licks the air. More

A Whiff of Illness

When it comes to the sense of smell, dogs leave us in the dust. They have nearly 20 times more primary smell receptor cells in their noses than people do. They can detect scents at concentrations at least 100 times less than humans can. In some instances, they can detect scents at concentrations a million times less than we can. And if you ironed out the aroma-detecting membranes covering the scrolled-up, coral like bones in a dogís nose, their surface would be the size of a pocket handkerchief, while ours would be roughly the size of a thumbnail. More