The Right Way to Take Your Dog for a Drive

Both Ann Smits of Hyattsville, Maryland, and Kathy Holmes of Milton, Wisconsin, took us to task for showing a photo of a dog sticking his head and paws out the window during a car ride in our March issue. It is not safe for a dog to ride unrestrained in a car, Ms. Smits wrote. …

Dog Myth/Fact Roundup

A lot of truths about dogs have been making the rounds for decades, sometimes longer. Theyve been around for so long, in fact, that many people take them as scientifically proven facts, when upon close inspection they turn out not to be true at all. Its time to set the record straight. …

Dog Shelter Renaissance

A lot of people used to think of the animal shelter as a sad place, says Tufts veterinarian Emily McCobb, DVM. They wouldnt want to go. The animals needed a home, and it felt bad just to see them.

The Making of a Shelter Medicine Program Director

As a kid growing up outside of Portland, Oregon, I didnt have a dog, says Emily McCobb, DVM, the director of the Shelter Medicine Program at Tufts. But my grandmother and aunt did. And in my family, dogs were outside animals, so at Thanksgiving, when extended family came over, everybody would be inside eating dinner and Id be outside playing ball with the dogs.

Dear Doctor – Virtual Petting

Q I will be going on a consultancy for about 35 days. Ive never left my dog, a 9-year-old Border Collie, for more than two days, and she got upset when I did.