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Every so often, there is a media report about a pet food recall that occurs in the wake of animals becoming sick. The news may lead dog owners to worry that commercially prepared foods are dangerous for their canine companions. But the fact is that instances of commercially prepared food causing illness in dogs are […]
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What to Do If You Think Dog Food Made Your Pet Sick

Every so often, there is a media report about a pet food recall that occurs in the wake of animals becoming sick. The news may lead dog owners to worry that commercially prepared foods are dangerous for their canine companions. But the fact is that instances of commercially prepared food causing illness in dogs are […]
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A Summer Haircut May Seem Right, But It’s Not

When the temperatures soar, boys get buzz cuts to keep cool, and girls pull their hair into ponytails. With their dogs’ comfort in mind, many people have their pets’ locks shorn for summer, too. But while it makes sense intuitively, it’s a bad idea. A dog’s hair actually insulates the animal from the heat. The […]
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When a Dog Doesn’t Get Along with Other Dogs

You hear it all the time: people say their pet is a “people dog” or a “dog dog,” meaning the dog either likes people or other dogs, but not both. Of course, in the best of all possible worlds, your dog is not averse to either species. But a dog can get into a frightful […]
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Old Dog Vestibular Disease

All of a sudden your dog’s head seems like it’s in a permanent tilt. And his eyes are darting to and fro, making him look as though he is literally in a wild-eyed frenzy. He may also be having trouble balancing himself. Is he having a stroke? A seizure? Some other dangerous brain-related episode? Chances […]
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Woman’s Best Friend

Marie Antoinette and Charlotte Bronte were cat people — you can’t win ‘em all. But Helen Keller once wrote that if she had the use of her eyes for just three days, she would want to “look into the loyal, trusting eyes of my dogs.” And opera singer Maria Callas commented that “only my dogs […]
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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 it was like to live outside of a cage or other lockdown environment. But in a change of direction, the FDA has updated its policy so that healthy dogs whose time […]
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At One Hotel, Canine “Souvenirs

It’s no wonder Teresa Johnston came up with a plan for the hotel where she works to foster dogs in the hope that guests would adopt them. “I’m a dog person,” says Ms. Johnston, director of sales at the Home2Suites in D’Iberville, Mississippi, just across a narrow bay from Biloxi. “Animals are near and dear, […]
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Dear Doctor: Dogs Uses Human as Furnace

Q. Our 5-year-old Chihuahua/miniature pinscher mix, Ginger, sleeps with us in a king-size bed that has plenty of room, but every night she crawls under the covers and lies against my husband. Could she possibly suffocate? She does love the heat and also enjoys resting beside our wood stove. Thank you for your help. Terry […]
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When Two (or More) Pets Need Different Diets to Stay Healthy

You’ve had both of your dogs for more than 5 years, and now one of them has been diagnosed with a disease that requires medical nutrition therapy in the form of a change in diet to keep her condition from deteriorating as quickly and even extend her lifespan. So now all of a sudden, your […]
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Why Some Dogs Take Their Food Far From Their Bowl to Eat

Of dogs’ habits that leave owners shaking their heads, one of the ones near the top of the list is carrying their food from their bowl to another room before eating it. Why do some dogs engage in this practice? It’s not entirely clear. “Dogs can be funny, ritual-loving creatures,” says the head of the […]
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Is it a Command or a Cue?

”When I first became a veterinarian, I didn’t really pay attention to what word I was using to describe training dogs and other animals,” says the head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM. “I was used to thinking of words we say to dogs as ‘commands’ — you tell your dog to […]
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14 Ways to Relieve — or Prevent — Your Dog’s Pain

There was once a time that dogs did not even get pain medicine for procedures like spaying or neutering, says Tufts veterinary pain specialist Alicia Karas, DVM, who currently serves as hospital director of Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties. But the veterinary community has made great leaps during the last several decades both in […]
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