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Your dog has been sprayed by a skunk. The most effective way to get rid of the stench is to a. bathe your pet in tomato juice. b. your pet in a combination of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dishwashing detergent. c. bathe your pet in cider vinegar diluted with water. There is no shortage […]
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The Best Way to De-Skunk Your Dog

Your dog has been sprayed by a skunk. The most effective way to get rid of the stench is to a. bathe your pet in tomato juice. b. your pet in a combination of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dishwashing detergent. c. bathe your pet in cider vinegar diluted with water. There is no shortage […]
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Teaching Your Dog to Handle Different Kinds of People

Some dogs react negatively to men with beards, tall people, people in hats, young children — even those with different skin tones. That’s right. Differences from what dogs are used to can freak them out, and some dog guardians indeed worry their pet might be bigoted. The dog will bark, and even lunge, at someone […]
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Digitizing Your Dog for Medical Evaluation — and Fun!

To create digitized versions of dogs and other animals for use in film and video games, the entertainment industry has to use an expensive technique called motion capture technology. It requires multiple cameras and highly specialized equipment. Now, computer scientists at CAMERA — the Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications at […]
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More Physical Activity, Less Fear

Dogs who get less than an hour a day of physical activity and who seldom engage in training activities are more fearful of people and other dogs than pets who engage in at least 3 hours of physical activity each day and whose owners involve them in training sessions at least sometimes. So says a […]
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They Can Sense Impending Earthquakes

Since ancient times, people have been saying that animals become more agitated before an earthquake, aware that something is amiss hours before the devastation occurs. Now the anecdotal observations have been put to the scientific test — with some remarkable results. Researchers reporting in the journal Ethology tagged dogs, cows, and sheep with technical gadgetry […]
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The Myth of the ‘Alpha Dog’

How many times have you heard that dogs are pack animals with an alpha as the head, and that if you don’t take the alpha position and dominate them, they will dominate you? People who buy into that concept often treat their dogs harshly in the belief that’s the only way to make sure their […]
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Dog Nutrition Slipping

More people are feeding their pets homemade diets today than a decade ago even though homemade meal plans for dogs are often rife with nutritional inadequacies and imbalances. Researchers made the finding when they surveyed almost 3,000 households with dogs in the U.S. and several other countries. They also found that more dog guardians are […]
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Dear Doctor: Rabies shot even for a dog always leashed?

Q. I know that dogs can get rabies from an infected animal. But I always keep my little shiba inu on a leash. She never got the hang of coming when I call, so she stays tethered to me whenever we go out. I was wondering if we could skip the rabies shot for that […]
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The Win-Win-Win of Fostering a Dog

“Foster care for dogs in a shelter is a win-win-win,” says Emily McCobb, DVM, Director of Shelter and Community Medicine at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. It helps the shelter because it frees up space for another animal without having to resort to euthanasia. It also helps a shelter elicit more information about […]
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Veterinary Visits By Video

Back in December 2019, before anyone had ever heard the term “social distancing,” telemedicine remained largely at the margins of veterinary care. The concept of providing medical services to a pet without an in-person visit was out there, to be sure. The American Veterinary Medical Association even had guidelines for the use of technology such […]
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Your One-Year-Old Dog is Older Than You Think

We all are familiar with the old saw that every year a dog lives is the equivalent of seven years of a person’s life. But new research indicates it’s not that simple, and that a dog’s rate of aging changes over his lifespan. The biggest surprise is that a one-year-old dog is equivalent in age […]
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Getting to the Bottom of Your Pet’s Sensitive Tummy

“She has a sensitive stomach” is a common refrain heard by veterinarians. People want to know why their otherwise healthy dog vomits or has diarrhea or flatulence on a not-infrequent basis. The symptoms are not life-threatening or even terribly severe. The dog soon returns to herself. But owners are rightfully concerned. And food manufacturers are […]
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