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May 2019

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In the Bed With You Or Not?

According to one informal survey, three out of four dog owners allow their pet in bed with them at night. Chances are you do, too. Is it okay?   More...

Can You Pass This Eye Exam?Subscribers Only

One of your dog’s eyes has whitish or clear gook in the inner corner. To what degree should you be concerned?   More...

When Your Dog Won’t Swallow a PillSubscribers Only

Most dogs are easy enough to get a pill into, even on a regular basis if need be. You simply make a “meatball” out of some wet dog food or something else soft, like deli meat or cheese, and your dog will end up reminding you about his medication after a while. You just have to make sure with the veterinarian that whatever food you use to wrap the pill doesn’t contain ingredients that are bad for the condition you’re treating.   More...

How Often Should I Walk my Puppy?Subscribers Only

Many dogs are sent to shelters because they don’t learn how to take their “business” outside. It’s understandable. No one wants their home to be turned into a canine bathroom.   More...

Can you give your dog your cold?Subscribers Only

A common concern that comes with the common cold is wondering whether your dog can catch it from you. But “dogs don’t get colds from people,” says Tufts veterinarian Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM. Human colds are generally caused by the rhinovirus, which does not thrive in a dog’s sinus or respiratory system. “In very rare instances, dogs can get the flu from people,” Dr. Rozanski says, but in general, respiratory illnesses are not zoonotic, meaning they don’t jump species.   More...

News & Views

Early Detection and Treatment of Malaria Is Going to the Dogs

More than 400,000 people die each year from malaria, with some 2,000 diagnoses annually in the U.S. And the situation is about to get worse. A mosquito-born disease, malaria is once again on the uptick. The reason, in part, is that tests designed to detect malaria early are no longer working as well because mutant malaria parasites are not producing the specific protein those tests were designed to detect. But dogs might be able to do what the tests cannot.   More...

Where the Dogs Are

The results are in for which state has the highest proportion of households with dogs — and the winner is Idaho, with 58 percent of homes having at least one, says the American Veterinary Medical Association.   More...

Your Dog Wins Prestigious Award

Apparently you’ve subscribed to the right publication for information on how best to take care of your pet. Your Dog has won an award from the Dog Writers Association of America in the category of best newsletter or newspaper devoted entirely to animals.   More...

Expert Advice

Dear Doctor: The dog’s urine smells particularly foul

Q. Over the last year or so, the urine of my 12-year-old coonhound, Rhythm, has taken on a foul odor that is noticed not only by me but also by others. I had her urine tested by my vet, who reports no evidence of a urinary tract infection. But because the odor won’t go away, I am still concerned that there is a problem that needs to be treated. …   More...