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Imagine a member of your household needing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to help diagnose a certain condition so the doctor can be sure of the right treatment, but you decide to forgo it because at $1,400, it’s too expensive; you’ll just wait and see what happens. Or picture a dog you love requiring hospitalization for […]
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Don’t be caught short. Buying health insurance for your dog will protect you in the crunch.

Why You Should Buy Pet Health Insurance — and How to Choose a...

Imagine a member of your household needing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to help diagnose a certain condition so the doctor can be sure of the right treatment, but you decide to forgo it because at $1,400, it’s too expensive; you’ll just wait and see what happens. Or picture a dog you love requiring hospitalization for […]
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Growl, Snap, Bite — In that Order

Before a dog reaches the age of 6 months, she will begin to show whether she’s feeling aggressive through various signals. She will also use those signals to indicate how aggressive she’s feeling. Growl. The least aggressive of the signals in her warning arsenal, a growl means “knock it off.” Heed that warning, and teach […]
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Dogs Can’t Control Their Hair Standing On End

We’ve seen people angrily tell their dogs to put down their hair when it’s standing on end because they feel their pet is being unnecessarily aggressive. Don’t. A dog can no better make his hair go down than we can decide not to have goose bumps. In fact, the two involuntary bodily reactions are pretty […]
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Stainless steel is the way to go.

The Right Food Bowl

The best all-around food and water bowls for a dog are made of stainless steel and have a heavy bottom. Glass or ceramic bowls, while often very nice-looking, can break, and bowls made of plastic have a number of potential problems of their own: Bowls composed of plastic are viewed as chewing toys by some […]
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Being held makes a puppy secure and mature.

Pick Up the Puppy

When you bring home a young puppy, you should make a point of frequently picking her up and holding her. The more you do, the faster her brain will develop and the sooner she’ll reach emotional maturity. It’s believed it has something to do with the way mother dogs treat their young. New mothers often […]
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A dog often yawns when he is feeling stressed or anxious. It should serve as a potential cue to dog walkers and passers-by that the animal is uncomfortable.

Walking a Dog Who’s Afraid of People

Last month we discussed walking a dog who is uninterested in or a little wary of people outside of his social group, but who won’t fall apart if he is approached. But what if your dog is truly afraid? Perhaps he quakes, literally, with his tail between his legs. Maybe he urinates submissively, too. Alternatively, […]
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A Critical Component of Kidney Disease Treatment: Less Stress

A dog diagnosed with chronic kidney failure should be switched to a diet prescribed by a veterinarian as soon as possible. It will contain less phosphorus than her regular diet, which will work to slow the progression of her disease. The mechanism is not completely understood, but a high-phosphorus diet has an effect on parathyroid […]
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Nail Trimming: More Than a Pedicure

Trimming your dog’s nails isn’t just about protecting your hardwood floors. Here’s what can go wrong if you don’t cut your pet’s nails regularly. The nails can grow into a circular shape and back into your dog’s paw pads. That doesn’t just hurt. It sometimes causes infections serious enough to turn red and ooze pus, […]
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Young puppies should be fed more than twice a day.

Dear Doctor: How often to feed a puppy

Q. We’re about to adopt a new puppy. I have always fed my dogs twice a day, but the breeder is telling me that three times a day is better. What’s the right answer? Eugenia Hummer Grapevine, Texas Dear Ms. Hummer, A. Young puppies definitely should be fed more than twice a day. Their developing […]
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Some dogs are happy to go walking with a human family member but don’t want to greet other people they pass. Nothing wrong with that.

Please Don’t Pet My Dog

While dogs in general are predisposed to liking people and may even have evolved to bond with us, that does not mean that every dog is interested in being petted by strangers with whom they happen to cross paths. That’s okay. “A dog that’s not interested in people outside of her family or social group […]
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Five Common Nutrition Mistakes We Make For Our Dogs

We all want to feed our dogs as nutritiously as possible, but many owners’ earnest efforts are misguided. Even with the best of intentions, they end up choosing their dog’s diet on faulty assumptions. Here are five common mistakes loving dog guardians make — and how to correct them. Mistake # 1. Choosing food by […]
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Advances in Cancer Treatment

As recently as a decade ago, when a dog came in with cancer that had spread, “there was often nothing we could do,” says Tufts veterinary oncologist Carrie Wood, DVM. “We just put them on palliative care.” But there are new drugs that have “definitely been game changers in the last 10 years,” Dr. Wood […]
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