Q My son recently got divorced and has moved into an apartment by himself. He is now saying he's thinking of getting a dog, and I think it's a bad idea.While our family loves dogs and he had one all through his growing-up years, a dog at this point would just cramp his style. He needs to get out there with friends and start dating again — not run home from work to walk a dog.
I feed my two dogs together, and the smaller one seems to gobble her food without chewing it and then throws it back up a few minutes later. Why does she do this?
She may be worried that if she doesnt wolf down her food, your other dog will get some of it. This is rational fear, but her coping strategy isnt ideal. How about feeding your dogs in separate rooms so the little one feels less pressured by the presence of the bigger dog?
Better pacing during meals
Q My dog eats awfully fast. Should I be concerned? When people eat too fast, they get indigestion.
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Dear Ms. Holstein,
A Dogs in general are members of the Clean Plate Club, and they often clean fast. It may have something to do with the fact that they have less than a quarter of the taste buds that people do. Why chew carefully and make an effort to really taste your food if the flavor intensity is not going to be that great no matter how hard you try?
You keep hearing that the best way to rid your home of dog hair - and the dog dander that causes allergic reactions in some people - is to use the right vacuum cleaner. But the advice on which one to choose can get pretty confusing. The adbundance of makes and models alone is daunting.…
[From Tufts November 2012 Issue]
The head of our Behavior Clinic, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, was stumped by the case of a Blue Merle Collie experiencing panic attacks several times a day, seemingly out of nowhere.
How often does it happen? he asked the owner.
There was no set answer. The woman explained that with no particular rhythm to the episodes, the dog, named (appropriately enough) Blue, would begin panting and pacing and even salivating. Then the bout would pass and, a while later, without warning, would happen again.
Dr. Dodman wondered if perhaps there was some kind of noise that could be causing the frequent occasions of hyper-anxiousness, but Blues owner didnt think so. She did offer, however, that whenever she and Blue went to her girlfriends house a few blocks away, and also when she left Blue there overnight, he never had the bursts of panic. Clearly, …
[From Tufts September 2012 Issue]
Unfortunately, says Jean Joo, DVM, a veterinary dentist at Tufts, a lot of the dogs we see, the owner doesnt start brushing their teeth until something catastrophic has happened, perhaps the extraction of eight to 10 teeth. Thats when owners really get motivated.
Daily brushing makes all the difference, she says. One little Scottish terrier I saw - I cant remember how many teeth I had to extract from his mouth due to rampant dental disease. That was 16 months ago. Since then, the owner has been really diligent. I recently saw the dog for a check-up, and theres now not a speck of tartar, which is hardened plaque that harbors gum- and bone-eroding bacteria and can eventually lead to …