[From August 2012 Issue]
My miniature pincher, 11, has been with me every day for the past five years. I tried to take her to doggy daycare and she throws a panicky fit. She hyperventilates and claws to get me to pick her up and take her home. I feel tied to my home. Can you give me some advice?
I appreciate your concerns regarding your dogs panic and also respect that you feel tied to your home. Please permit me a moment on my soapbox: While some dogs flourish in social arenas such as day care and dog parks, others are devastatingly overwhelmed. Contrary to popular propaganda that touts pack order - as opposed to scientifically accurate data - not all dogs appreciate other dogs company. It has to do with many factors, …
[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 …