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September 2017

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Laser Therapy to Reduce Pain in Dogs?

Dogs, like people, experience all kinds of pain because of conditions that range from arthritis to neurological disorders, and their owners want to do what they can to relieve their discomfort, and sometimes out-and-out suffering. Can laser therapy help? The answer is not a straightforward “yes” or “no.”   More...

Coming to a Veterinary Hospital Near You: A Social WorkerSubscribers Only

“The man was a Korean war veteran, pretty elderly, but his PTSD was still very severe,” says Eric Richman, MSW, LICSW. “That’s why his Labrador retriever was both a service dog and a therapy dog. The dog’s presence helped keep him calm and able to go about his business. So when his pet became sick — bloody diarrhea — his anxiety level started escalating rapidly. That’s when the dog’s veterinarian asked me to step in."   More...

Is It Motion Sickness or Anxiety in dogs?Subscribers Only

Most dogs love car rides, so much so that even though we’re not supposed to let them stick their head out the window because gravel can fly up at their faces (and also because it means they’re not secured safely in place), many owners take the risk. They allow their pets the joy of looking around and feeling the wind on their faces as the auto rolls along. Happy dogs looking out car windows as their owners chauffeur them around are a pretty common sight, in fact.   More...

Do You Know Enough to Keep Your Dog Safe?

Your dog doesn’t seem right, and you want to take her temperature to make sure she’s okay. But what should her temperature be? Is 98.6 degrees in the right range, as it is for us? What about when it comes to drying her with a hair dryer after a bath? What’s a safe setting? What could burn her?  More...

Remote Rewards for Training Dogs

Most people, if asked about devices that can train dogs when you’re not right next to them, might mention electric shock collars. The dog runs off, you give a jolting zap by pressing the button on a little gadget you hold in your hand, and presto, your pet comes back to you.   More...

News & Views

Remembering My Dog Salty

This past summer, while John, almost 16, ventured more than 5,000 miles east to visit the Holy Land, Constance and I flew 2,000 miles west to see my cousin Vicki in Colorado. (How do you people breathe in that high-altitude state? It’s all breathtakingly beautiful, but at more than 10,000 feet up in the town of Leadville, I thought I was going to keel over.)   More...

Expert Advice

Dear Doctor: Probiotics in the Kibble?

Q I know that I can buy probiotic supplements for my dog that are good for her gut, but I’ve also seen some dry dog food that contains probiotics. Will that do as much good for her GI system as the probiotics in pills? Suzie Battista Redland Hills, California   More...