DOG OWNERSHIP

How Long to Wait Before Getting a Next Dog?

What is the right amount of time to wait before getting a new dog after a beloved pet dies? One Month? Two? Six? The answer...
Fine, but the dog can’t lie around all week and then do this just on Saturday and Sunday.

Too Many Dogs Are Weekend Warriors

Our dogs are a nation of couch potatoes during the week and warriors on weekends,” just like we are,” says Tufts University veterinary pain...
Options abound for dogs who are miserable recuperating with their heads in hard plastic cones.

No More E-Collar Misery

There’s nothing more pitiful than a dog having to navigate his way around a room when fitted with a hard, plastic funnel-shaped Elizabethan collar,...

Dogs Can’t Control Their Hair Standing On End

We’ve seen people angrily tell their dogs to put down their hair when it’s standing on end because they feel their pet is being...
Don’t be caught short. Buying health insurance for your dog will protect you in the crunch.

Why You Should Buy Pet Health Insurance — and How to Choose a...

Imagine a member of your household needing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to help diagnose a certain condition so the doctor can be sure of...
Being held makes a puppy secure and mature.

Pick Up the Puppy

When you bring home a young puppy, you should make a point of frequently picking her up and holding her. The more you do,...

Veterinarians: In It for the Money?

Looking at veterinarians’ salaries cynically, it would be easy to assume that at least some of them are in it for the money. After...
Oodles of poodle genes.

Labradoodle More “Oodle” than “Lab”

Unlike the goldendoodle, which is only four or five generations out from either a straight poodle or a straight golden retriever, Labradoodles (officially called...

Casual Good-Byes, Heartfelt Returns

Did you know there’s a right way to say good-bye when you depart from your dog? And a right way to say hello when...
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The Best Way to De-Skunk Your Dog

Your dog has been sprayed by a skunk. The most effective way to get rid of the stench is to a. bathe your pet in tomato juice. b. your pet in a combination of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dishwashing detergent. c. bathe your pet in cider vinegar diluted with water. There is no shortage […]
Woman With Three Dogs.

The Win-Win-Win of Fostering a Dog

"Foster care for dogs in a shelter is a win-win-win,” says Emily McCobb, DVM, Director of Shelter and Community Medicine at the Tufts Cummings...
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Your One-Year-Old Dog is Older Than You Think

We all are familiar with the old saw that every year a dog lives is the equivalent of seven years of a person’s life....