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Hookworm infection is on the rise, but the drugs traditionally used to treat it are not working as effectively as they once did to kill the parasites. The worms literally hook onto the interior of the small intestine, causing symptoms ranging from severe GI distress to emaciation and weakness. Puppies can die from hookworm disease. […]
A dog with a hookworm infection can become quite weak.

Hookworms Becoming Resistant to Treatment

Hookworm infection is on the rise, but the drugs traditionally used to treat it are not working as effectively as they once did to kill the parasites. The worms literally hook onto the interior of the small intestine, causing symptoms ranging from severe GI distress to emaciation and weakness. Puppies can die from hookworm disease. […]
2022 may officially be the year of the tiger, but for dog lovers, every year is the year of the dog.

The 5 Best New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make For Your Dog

Happy 2022! Why not start it off on the right foot by resolving to follow through on five key resolutions with your dog in mind? I’ll never yell at my dog again. Yelling isn’t just mean. It’s counterproductive. A dog’s brain can’t translate a harsh voice into the behavior you desire because it doesn’t provide […]
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A Hair Dryer to Suit Your Dog

If you bathe your dog at home and are more than a little acquainted with sopping towels, shake-offs that spray water everywhere, and several hours of wet-dog smell, there’s a solution. Use a hair dryer designed just for dogs that comes with adjustable temperature and air volume settings as well attachments to fluff and dry […]
If your dog is snacking on tuna-based sushi, you’ve got quite a lucky dog.

Dear Doctor: Is tuna a safe treat?

Q. We recently inherited a wonderful 10-year-old dog from a friend who passed away. The dog has been given a bit of tuna with her food every day for many years. We hate to deprive her of her favorite treat but are concerned about mercury content. We fed her a bit of it for the […]

Dear Doctor: Dog talk

Q. I keep reading that a smart dog can learn up to 250 words and that some dogs can learn many more than that. Does that mean they know words but just don’t have the vocal chords to speak? Mark Linden Bayshore, New York Dear Mr. Linden, A. Not exactly. Dogs don’t understand human language […]
John Stanzione’s 19-pound dog Carter has starting saying no to nighttime walks.

Dear Doctor: Dog has nixed evening walks

Q. Our 9-year-old dachshund/cattle dox mix, Carter, suddenly no longer wants to go for a walk in the evening. Ever since he was a puppy, he would walk willingly in the morning and after dinner every day, usually without incident. However, he has always been a nervous dog, and if he heard a loud noise […]
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Five Golden “Brings”

Somewhere between 70 and 95 percent of Americans give their dogs Christmas presents, according to various surveys. Chances are you’re among them. Bring any of these options home for your dog, and he’s sure to feel he has struck canine gold. Subscription gift boxes will delight dogs with toys, treats, chews, and more. You can […]
Yes, but is the amount of kibble in the scooper correct?

Measure Food By Weight, Not Volume

Do you weigh your dog’s food before feeding it or measure it out in a cup or serving scoop? If you’re like most people, you go the serving scoop route, which measures food by volume. But it’s very hard to make sure you’re giving the correct amount that way. Research has shown over and over […]

Urinary Incontinence in Female Versus Male Dogs

Urinary incontinence is relatively common in female dogs. Sometimes it’s about a hereditary, deep skin fold in the vulva. The problem can be treated with a relatively simple surgery. Another common cause of urinary incontinence is the loss of the hormone estrogen when a dog is spayed. The lower the estrogen level, the lower the […]
If the dog is anxious at the doctor’s office, his blood pressure might spike temporarily, giving a misleading number.

White Coat Hypertension

White-coat hypertension is now a well-known phenomenon in people. In response to the stress of being in the doctor’s office, some patients’ blood pressure rises higher than it normally does, so it is difficult for the physician to obtain an accurate reading. It turns out the same thing can happen to dogs. One study of […]
Be careful about how much information you give when trying to find a lost dog.

‘Lost Dog’ Scams

Your dog has gotten loose. You put up signs all over the neighborhood in addition to posting pictures of your pet with your contact information on social media in hopes of reaching a larger set of people who might have seen her or would be willing to keep an eye out. Someone finally calls you […]

Your First Dog Might Be Your Most Aggressive

A person’s first dog is more likely to behave aggressively than a dog who lives with someone who has already had dogs. That’s the finding of a study looking at information compiled on more than 9,000 dogs, conducted by researchers at Finland’s University of Helsinki. It makes sense in light of the fact that the […]