Short Takes

Short Takes May 2022

They Really Are as Amazing as Lassie n Here’s the story in a nutshell: A man’s car flipped over in the Vermont snow this past winter after he hit a guardrail, and while he lay in the wreck unconscious, his dog crossed over the border into New Hampshire in the dark of night and caught […]

Short Takes April 2022

Exploring a Less Invasive Treatment for Bone Cancer n The standard treatment for the most common type of bone cancer to befall dogs — osteosarcoma — is to amputate the limb that contains the diseased bone. The vast majority of dogs undergoing amputation adjust extremely well to life on three legs. The downside is that […]

Short Takes: March 2022

For Those with Dogs Who Cower Many dogs handle their fear with aggression. But others cower. They hide, pull away while on leash, and sometimes just quake in place with their tail between their legs. The best strategy in such cases: focus less on the fear (don’t flood him with things that make him afraid) […]
Yes, but can a dog who is always carried like this learn to socialize?

Little Yappy Dogs

Imagine if short, slight people were laughed at and called “cute” every time they acted aggressively, or even rudely? Or if they were coddled...

Dear Doctor: Overactive anal glands

Q. My dog seems to have very active anal glands. She will release them whenever we are in the car and lots of times...
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...

Dear Doctor: For most reliable advice, .com, .org, or .edu?

Q. If I’m looking for information about how to care for my pet on the Internet, it’s better to go with a website that...

Dogs from Lab Experiments Can Now Be Adopted Rather Than Euthanized

It used to be that dogs no longer needed in Food and Drug Administration lab research were put down before they ever knew what...

Pick Up Your Toy Dog — But Not Too Much

Some owners of very small dogs have a tendency to frequently pick up their pets outside because of concern for their safety. Perhaps a...

Dogs Can “Smell” Heat

Just when you thought dogs’ noses couldn’t get any more incredible — in some cases they can sniff odors at up to a millionth...