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You brush your dog’s teeth assiduously to keep his mouth free of the bacteria that cause dental disease and can also make his mouth smell rank. You even take him for periodic cleanings under anesthesia, which allows the veterinarian to remove bacteria-friendly debris below the gum line. But still, the odor emanating from his oral […]
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Sometimes the bad breath is beyond typical and requires some medical sleuthing.

But Why Is His Breath So Bad?

You brush your dog’s teeth assiduously to keep his mouth free of the bacteria that cause dental disease and can also make his mouth smell rank. You even take him for periodic cleanings under anesthesia, which allows the veterinarian to remove bacteria-friendly debris below the gum line. But still, the odor emanating from his oral […]
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Rawhide is not the right treat for all dogs.

Re-thinking Rawhide as a Chew Toy

Even though many people give their dogs rawhide, it can prove a significant safety hazard. If a pet lazily tugs at the rawhide little by little, there’s no danger. But if she is an aggressive chewer who swallows chunks with gusto, they can become stuck somewhere between her throat and the other end of her […]
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Dogs anxious about visitors don’t tend to react this calmly.

For Whom the Doorbell Tolls

Doorbells are intrinsically exciting for dogs,” says the head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM. “They signal something is about to happen, so it’s associated with arousal.” Some dogs will even run to the front door when they hear a doorbell ring on television. There are dog owners who can list all […]
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Sharesies? In certain instances, the dog can take the same pill you do.

What Drugs Can You Safely Share With Your Dog? Which Are Unsafe?

About one quarter of all phone calls to the Animal Poison Control Center are about human medications, says the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). “Your pet can easily ingest dropped pills or may be given harmful human medications by an unknowing owner, resulting in illness, or even death, for your pet.” At the same time, […]
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The Dog Food Aromas Our Pets Love

Most people don’t have to worry that their dog won’t eat the food put in front of them. But there are some finicky canine eaters out there, and besides, we all want our pets to enjoy the flavor of the food we feed. To that end, researchers reporting in the Journal of Agricultural and Food […]
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The Meaning of “Failure” When the Vet Says “Heart Failure”

The vet says your dog has heart failure, and you assume it means death is imminent. After all, if the heart “fails,” death ensues. Don’t panic. The term heart failure, short for congestive heart failure, means the heart is failing gradually, not that it has stopped working altogether. A normal canine (or human) heart pumps […]
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Oodles of poodle genes.

Labradoodle More “Oodle” than “Lab”

Unlike the goldendoodle, which is only four or five generations out from either a straight poodle or a straight golden retriever, Labradoodles (officially called Australian Labradoodles) have been bred for decades and are on their way to becoming a recognized breed. Now a new study that has looked at 150,000 locations along the Labradoodle genome […]
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The right number of calories fed will translate to the right number on the scale.

Yes, But How Many Calories, Exactly?

Many people wonder just how many calories their dog should consume. With an estimated 40 percent of dogs in this country who weigh more than they should, it’s a reasonable question. The good news: once your veterinarian confirms your suspicion that your dog is too plump, there are a couple of different ways to arrive […]
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Many dogs do not like being hugged around the neck.

Dear Doctor: The Dog doesn’t like our Child

Q. About four months ago we adopted the sweetest rescue dog named Violet — a Lab mix of about 60 pounds who loves to take walks with us, fetch toys, and is generally happy to be in our company. A couple of weeks ago, however, we noticed that she has started to get up and […]
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Tis the Season — for Pancreatitis

At Thanksgiving and Christmastime (not to mention Easter), the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts University sees a surge in cases of very sick dogs who have lost their appetite and are often vomiting as well as having bouts of diarrhea. Moreover, their abdomens are extremely sensitive to touch; any pressure causes pain. The […]
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Causes of Nighttime Agitation

Too much fat is not the only thing that predisposes a dog to pancreatitis. Certain breeds have a predisposition, particularly schnauzers. Terriers are prone, too. Diabetes and Cushing’s disease in a dog also increase the chance that he will develop pancreatitis, as do certain drugs, including cortisone. Finally, obesity can make a dog more likely […]
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The Least Likely Place Your Dog Will Get Kennel Cough: A Kennel

Kennel cough is the lay term for an upper respiratory tract infection caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica. Because the bacteria are airborne and the illness highly contagious, kennels have gotten a reputation for spreading it among dogs. But a kennel is probably the least likely place a dog would be exposed […]
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