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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I recently read that the American Animal Hospital Association recommends vaccines not be given more frequently than every 3 years and that excessive vaccinations can aggravate autoimmune diseases. The veterinary hospital I visit with my dog recommends a distemper shot every year. Is there science to support the idea of vaccinating annually?
Theres no getting around it - dogs can smell pretty stinky. Some of the odor comes from bacteria and yeast in the skin that break down and oxidize oils (fats) on the skins surface. That fat breakdown releases the telltale volatile compounds that we associate with dogs un-perfume-like scent. Some of the nasty odor also comes from the waste left behind on a dogs coat by resident microorganisms, and some comes from sweat.
Has your dog been squinting more than usual? Is at least one of his eyes red? And is there some mucous discharge from one or both eyes - not the grey, jelly-like ooze that you can easily wipe away but something thicker and perhaps more yellowish as well as harder to remove? If so, get your dog to the veterinarian. Theres a reasonable chance he is not producing enough tears and has a condition called dry eye, known in medical circles as kerato-conjunctivitis sicca. Its a fairly common illness among dogs that can lead to impaired vision if not diagnosed and treated.
In the largest study to date on aging in dogs, researchers will follow tens of thousands of dogs for 10 years to gather critical information on whether canine life expectancy can be improved. They will also examine whether dogs overall quality of life can be maintained over a longer geriatric stretch. Which dogs will participate? Perhaps yours.
My cock-a-poo beagle mix Lila started having seizures a little before she turned 3. My vet put her on phenobarbital and that helped, but the seizures are now starting to occur more frequently. Should I go back to the doctor to increase the dosage?