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Old Dog Vestibular Disease

All of a sudden your dog’s head seems like it’s in a permanent tilt. And his eyes are darting to and fro, making him look as though he is literally in a wild-eyed frenzy. He may also be having trouble balancing himself. Is he having a stroke? A seizure? Some other dangerous brain-related episode? Chances […]
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14 Ways to Relieve — or Prevent — Your Dog’s Pain

There was once a time that dogs did not even get pain medicine for procedures like spaying or neutering, says Tufts veterinary pain specialist Alicia Karas, DVM, who currently serves as hospital director of Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties. But the veterinary community has made great leaps during the last several decades both in […]
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Feeding the Dog with Diabetes

People who are diagnosed with diabetes are automatically advised to limit and carefully count their carbohydrates — not just those from the sugar in sweets and fruits but also from starchy foods. That helps keep the sugar in their blood on an even keel. It’s different for diabetic dogs. Diabetes presents the same problems for […]
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Signs of Cancer in Dogs

10 Warning Signs of Cancer

In dogs, just like in people, cancer doesn’t tend to markedly affect life out of the blue. More frequently, signs of the disease progress gradually. As we discussed in the April issue, there’s good news in that researchers are working on being able to detect cancer in the blood as early as possible to initiate […]
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Dear Doctor: Cancer Vaccines

Q. I enjoyed your article in the April issue about new cancer treatments on the horizon. I’ve also heard there is something called a cancer vaccine. Can dogs really be inoculated against cancer? John Pippin Anniston, Alabama Dear Mr. Pippin, A. There are currently no vaccines that protect against the formation of cancer in dogs. […]
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Dear Doctor: DVM or VMD?

Q. Usually the letters after a veterinarian’s name are DVM. But sometimes I see VMD. Is that a typo? Julie DeVito Levittown, Pennsylvania Dear Ms. DeVito, A. Nope, not a typo. For 29 of the 30 veterinary schools in the United States, the designation is DVM, which stands for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. But for […]
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Dear Doctor: Cloudy Eyes

Q. Both of my 11-year-old dog’s eyes have gone cloudy. He has cataracts, doesn’t he? Will he need cataract surgery? Oliver Pryor Grapeland, Texas Dear Mr. Pryor, A. A cloudy lens does not automatically mean there’s a cataract. In fact, there’s a normal age-related change in the eyes that also leads to cloudy lenses. It’s […]
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No Such Thing as a ‘Hypoallergenic’ Dog

We recently ran across this post on social media: “We’re thinking of getting a bichon frise, a cavalier King Charles spaniel, or a miniature poodle and need recommendations on how hypoallergenic each kind is. Our family is very allergic to almost all breeds of dogs.” In fact, there’s no way to rate how likely any […]
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Small Dogs, Big Dental Issues

Most dogs start going for yearly teeth cleanings around the age of five or six. It’s at that point that enough hardened plaque (calculus) has accumulated to get in the way of good oral hygiene, and brushing can’t remove that. It takes a veterinarian’s professional instruments. A professional cleaning also allows a veterinarian to put […]
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Dietary Solution for Urinary Stones

Urinary stones in dogs not only cause pain. In severe enough cases, they can lead to a complete blockage of urine flow — a life-or-death emergency. The good news: often, dietary measures can dissolve a stone in your dog’s urinary tract and help prevent future stone recurrence. Here’s a rundown of the three major types […]
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More and more fatty tumors

Q. My dog is only 5 years old but has already been getting fatty tumors for a couple of years. The vet says they’re harmless, but I find them unsightly and wonder if there’s a way to have them removed other than with surgery? Harriet Loveless Reading, Pennsylvania A. Dear Ms. Loveless, There’s no surprise […]
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Better Canine Cancer Treatments on the Horizon

It used to be a breast cancer patient was a breast cancer patient,” says Tufts veterinary oncology researcher Cheryl London, DVM, PhD. “But now we know there are so many subsets. Care has become more individualized” to more effectively attack the particular cancer in a person’s body. Veterinary medicine has lagged behind human medicine in […]
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