Because your dog takes time chewing a piece of rawhide, you might assume it’s like chewing gum and doesn’t provide any (or many) calories, or that the dog burns them off while tugging away. Not so. A rawhide treat that’s roughly 2 inches by 6 inches and just an eighth of an inch thick will […]
We tend to think of felines as the pets who turn up their noses at food, but certain dogs also present feeding challenges. As you might expect, picky canine eaters are sometimes too thin, and it is our responsibility to make sure they take in enough calories to stay healthy. Sometimes, however, dogs who are […]
Science would tell you that having a dog in the bed with you will interfere with a solid night’s sleep. Research on two dozen dogs showed that our canine friends wake up 23 times during an 8-hour sleep cycle — and stay awake for 5 minutes each time, sometimes barking! People, on the other hand, […]
Pain is the reason for 80 percent of all visits to hospital emergency rooms, yet conditions in emergency room departments can actually contribute to pain intensity. Bright lighting, persistent noise, extended wait times, lack of distractions…all of these emergency room factors can increase actual pain as well as the perception of pain. But research conducted […]
When it’s summertime and the weather is hot, many dogs, like their human families, enjoy splashing around in a pool, lake, or at the beach. But they absolutely should not take a dip unless under your watchful eye. Contrary to popular belief, doggie paddling doesn’t come naturally to all canines. Some dogs can’t even swim. […]
Garlic for warding off fleas and ticks? You said in a recent issue that garlic is toxic for dogs. Why, then, do some companies sell garlic tablets and granules to be ingested by dogs for flea and tick control? James Edwards Alto, New Mexico Dear Mr. Edwards, We don’t recommend using garlic to ward off […]
You may recall seeing in the news several months ago that a couple relinquished their dog to a shelter when he humped another male dog because they did not want a gay pet. The dog now lives a good life after having been adopted by a same-sex couple. But it raises the question: Are dogs […]
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Your dog can’t seem to focus too long on much of anything, with the exception of vocalizing 24/7, veering off course to chase bicyclists or joggers, or greeting guests with repeated full-body high-fives in rhythm with your command to “Leave it!” If you’re thinking he might have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a neurodevelopmental condition […]
In people it’s called an ACL tear — a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament that helps connect the thigh bone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia) and leaves both competitive and amateur athletes crumpled in pain. In dogs, it’s called a CCL tear — same ligament, different name. It tends to hobble dogs more gradually […]
Your dog won’t stop licking one of his front legs to the point that there’s a significant abrasion at or above his “wrist” (carpal joint). It looks like a big open sore, with the fur eaten away right down through the skin. You keep telling him to leave his leg alone, but he simply cannot; […]
Nearly 50 percent of all calls to the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center are about pets inadvertently getting into medications for people. Pills can mistakenly be dropped on the floor or intentionally given to dogs in a well-meaning but ill-fated attempt to make a sick animal feel better. Here are the top 10 human medication […]