[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 …