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July 2018

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How Come the Weight-Loss Food Has More Calories than My Dog’s Regular Food?

You switch your overweight dog from her usual food to one whose label suggests the kibble will help her slim down, yet she doesn’t lose an ounce. Maybe she even gains weight on this new food. How can that be? It’s because calorie levels for weight management foods for dogs are “all over the place,” says board-certified veterinary nutritionist Deborah Linder, DVM, who heads the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals.   More...

It’s Tick Season — Every Single Month of the YearSubscribers Only

First the bad news. The geographic distribution of ticks that can infect dogs (and people) with Lyme disease is spreading. The Northeast has had the problem from the outset, and no area of the U.S. is completely Lyme disease-free, but the Companion Animal Parasite Control Council now says there’s going to be an increase this year, with Lyme disease making its way to areas that have not been of particular concern, like the Midwest and the Southeast.   More...

Your Newest Shopping Companion: Your DogSubscribers Only

Who among us hasn’t felt at least a twinge of guilt when leaving the house to go shopping and watched the beseeching, or even forlorn, look of a dog about to be left alone? Wouldn’t it be great, you might think to yourself, if stores would just loosen their policies so your well-behaved pet could come along with you?   More...

4 Ways to a Happier Deaf DogSubscribers Only

Consider how you would feel if you believed yourself to be alone and then suddenly felt a hand on your back. Or if you didn’t see any cars coming and stepped into the road, not having heard an auto screeching toward you from just around the corner. That’s how it is for deaf dogs, either because they were born that way or lost their hearing over time.   More...

News & Views

A Museum Devoted to Dachshunds

Plan a trip to Bavaria, and perhaps visions of Hansel and Gretel-style houses, Black Forest Cake, and cuckoo clocks will dance in your head. But dachshunds?   More...

Few Deaths from Dog Attacks Each Year, and They’re Largely Preventable

Exceedingly few people die from dog bites or other types of canine attacks. In fact, very few people die because of altercations with animals of any kind. In a study released in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine this year, researchers combing data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention found that during the eight years spanning 2008 to 2015, only about 200 people a year died from unfortunate interactions with animals. Farm animals like horses, cows, and pigs, along with other mammals that included cats and raccoons, were responsible for the most deaths to people — 72 per year. Next came deaths from venomous animals — not snakes so much but, rather, hornets, wasps, and bees. They resulted in an average of 60 deaths each year.   More...

Expert Advice

Dear Doctor: White Coat Hypertension?

I just took my dog to a new veterinarian for the first time, and he said she has high blood pressure. He wants to check it again in a few days. I’m concerned. She is only 3 years old and has never had high blood pressure before, but the doctor thinks it might just be white-coat hypertension — transient high blood pressure resulting from anxiety because she has never been to this office before. Can a dog really get white-coat hypertension?   More...

Dear Doctor: Yes, the Dog Needs the Operation

My 11-year-old Lab mix was having trouble breathing, so I took him to the vet, who diagnosed pneumonia. But now the doctor is saying he has to have an operation to correct some trouble in his voice box, which caused the difficulty breathing in the first place and also led to the pneumonia. Does that make any sense? How could a problem with the voice box lead to labored breathing or pneumonia? I have gone to this vet for years but now fear she is trying to bilk me.   More...

Dear Doctor: Preparing for Move-In Day

We are about to make a big move across the country, and I am concerned about the emotional well being of my six-year-old American Eskimo dog, Bibi, who has never known any other home. What’s the best way to help her make the transition?   More...