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Four in 10 Great Dane puppies will grow up to suffer a painful, life-threatening disease unless they undergo a particular elective surgery.

Elective Surgeries Seriously Worth Considering

If your dog has a cancerous tumor on his spleen and will die unless it is surgically removed, the operation is clearly a medical necessity. But there are a couple of surgeries we commonly perform at Tufts to prevent disease and other problems rather than treat them. Thus, they are considered elective procedures. Here’s a […]
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Your Dog As a Blood Donor

If a large dog like a Lab or a golden retriever is rushed to the emergency room after getting hit by a car, he might need four or five units of blood in just a couple of hours. Even a dog who gets heat stroke might need two to four units of plasma (the watery component of blood) before stabilizing. A dog who experiences bleeding complications during an operation is going to need blood, too. Where does all this extra blood come from?

Do heart problems mean the dog can’t be treated under anesthesia for dental pain?

Q. I rescued an 11-year-old cavalier King Charles spaniel with dental issues. Her breath would melt glass…real bad. But more than that, I cannot brush her teeth or approach her mouth at all. Although her appetite remains good and she seems generally happy, when I go to touch her mouth to take care of her […]
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Digitizing Your Dog for Medical Evaluation — and Fun!

To create digitized versions of dogs and other animals for use in film and video games, the entertainment industry has to use an expensive technique called motion capture technology. It requires multiple cameras and highly specialized equipment. Now, computer scientists at CAMERA — the Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications at […]
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Dear Doctor: Rabies shot even for a dog always leashed?

Q. I know that dogs can get rabies from an infected animal. But I always keep my little shiba inu on a leash. She never got the hang of coming when I call, so she stays tethered to me whenever we go out. I was wondering if we could skip the rabies shot for that […]
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Veterinary Visits By Video

Back in December 2019, before anyone had ever heard the term “social distancing,” telemedicine remained largely at the margins of veterinary care. The concept of providing medical services to a pet without an in-person visit was out there, to be sure. The American Veterinary Medical Association even had guidelines for the use of technology such […]
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Getting to the Bottom of Your Pet’s Sensitive Tummy

“She has a sensitive stomach” is a common refrain heard by veterinarians. People want to know why their otherwise healthy dog vomits or has diarrhea or flatulence on a not-infrequent basis. The symptoms are not life-threatening or even terribly severe. The dog soon returns to herself. But owners are rightfully concerned. And food manufacturers are […]
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Dog Got Dandruff?

If you see excessive dandruff on your dog’s body, he’s not unkempt. Rather, something has gone awry. “This is not about observing mild dandruff on a black dog — any white flecks on black hair are probably going to show,” says Tufts veterinary dermatologist Ramón Almela, DVM. “The stress of visiting the vet can also […]
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Diseases That “Jump” from Dogs to People

Information has been changing very fast when it comes to the spread of COVID-19, but as of this writing, there have been no reported cases of dogs with the disease infecting people. There have in fact been very few reported cases of dogs with the virus at all, and in those situations, it appears that […]
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A Puppy’s Urine Dribbling May Result from a Correctable Birth Defect

ectopic [ek’täpik] adjective (medicine): in an abnormal place or position. ■ Your puppy is now close to a year old, but she is still frequently dribbling urine inside the house. Or she keeps getting urinary tract infections (UTIs). What could be going on? There is a reasonable chance that one or both of her ureters […]
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Cysts On the Paws

It looks like a nasty red bump between two toes. You’ll tend to see one on larger breed dogs — Labrador or golden retrievers, English bulldogs, pit bull terriers. But cocker spaniels and pugs get them, too, and in fact no breed is immune. Medically, they’re called interdigital cysts — interdigital meaning that they’re between […]
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Dear Doctor: Constant paw licking

Q. My 7-year-old terrier licks his paws constantly, as if they are itching. My groomer said it is just a dog’s habit, but I’m wondering if there’s something more going on. It’s pretty incessant. Henry Killings Carson, California Dear Mr. Killings, A. Take your terrier to the veterinarian. Occasional paw licking is plain old dog […]
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