DOG HEALTH AND MEDICINE

Having Your Dog Tested for COVID

With reports of pets becoming sick from COVID-19, you might very well wonder whether it is appropriate for your dog to be tested for the disease. Perhaps she is having respiratory signs like sneezing or shortness of breath, or she has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Despite concerns, neither the […]

The People Foods a Dog Shouldn’t Eat — and Why

Chocolate, raisins, grapes, onions. We’ve all heard that these foods are absolutely verboten for dogs. But can having even a morsel of these items — and certain others — really create a life-or-death situation for your pet? In certain cases, yes. In others, it depends. Take a look at this list of off-limits foods for […]

Dear Doctor: Dental Implants for Dogs

Q. My dog, a Chihuahua named Freckles, was diagnosed with six loose lower front teeth. My dentist is doing implants on me, and I asked if it was possible for dogs to get implants. He said “yes.” I’d like to know if this would be possible for Freckles. William Guthrie Upper Marlboro, Maryland Dear Mr. […]

Hip Dysplasia: The Short Course

Hip dysplasia is one of the most frequently occurring musculoskeletal diseases to befall dogs. A genetic disorder that usually manifests itself during puppyhood, it’s a misalignment of the bones of the hip, which is a ball-and-socket affair. The ball is the roundish top of the long-stemmed thighbone, or femur. The socket is the bony pelvis. […]
Is it bloat? Food poisoning? Something else? Where would you take your dog if this happened in the middle of the night? Or on a Sunday?

Where Will You Take Your Dog In an Off-Hours Emergency?

It’s 10 PM on a Sunday evening and your dog starts having difficulty breathing. Or she begins having what seems like a series of seizures. Or she starts foaming at the mouth and walking restlessly, and her belly looks like she swallowed a balloon — all signs of bloat, which can kill a dog if […]

Newly Approved Lymphoma Drug Keeps Dogs Alive Longer

Lymphoma is one of the most common types of cancers to strike dogs, accounting for 10 to 20 percent of all cancer cases. It strikes in lymph nodes throughout the body and often spreads to various tissues. Now, a new chemotherapy treatment called Tanovea (rabacfosadine injection) has been fully approved by the Food and Drug […]
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The Heart (Beat) Never Lies

In a small but telling piece of research, researchers in the United Kingdom equipped dogs with special collars that tracked their heart rates for...
How the cancer is staged and graded tells how to treat it.

“Grading” the Cancer, “Staging” the Cancer

The veterinarian says your dog has cancer, so already you’re beside yourself. But you know you need to take a breath, because some cancers have better prognoses (odds of a good outcome) than others. A couple of the ways doctors determine how treatable the cancer may be are to grade it and stage it. But […]
It’s generally a good 2 weeks after a surgery until a dog can be allowed to walk off leash again.

How Long is the Recovery Time?

“When I come out of the operating room to tell clients how an operation went, one of the most common questions I get is ‘How long will the recovery time be?’ says Tufts veterinary surgeon and Your Dog editor-in-chief John Berg, DVM. “I always ask, ‘What do you mean by recovery? When can the dog […]
A dog with a hookworm infection can become quite weak.

Hookworms Becoming Resistant to Treatment

Hookworm infection is on the rise, but the drugs traditionally used to treat it are not working as effectively as they once did to kill the parasites. The worms literally hook onto the interior of the small intestine, causing symptoms ranging from severe GI distress to emaciation and weakness. Puppies can die from hookworm disease. […]

Urinary Incontinence in Female Versus Male Dogs

Urinary incontinence is relatively common in female dogs. Sometimes it’s about a hereditary, deep skin fold in the vulva. The problem can be treated with a relatively simple surgery. Another common cause of urinary incontinence is the loss of the hormone estrogen when a dog is spayed. The lower the estrogen level, the lower the […]
If the dog is anxious at the doctor’s office, his blood pressure might spike temporarily, giving a misleading number.

White Coat Hypertension

White-coat hypertension is now a well-known phenomenon in people. In response to the stress of being in the doctor’s office, some patients’ blood pressure rises higher than it normally does, so it is difficult for the physician to obtain an accurate reading. It turns out the same thing can happen to dogs. One study of […]