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He’s Not Being Lazy. He’s Getting Older

Your dog has always jumped into the car excitedly, but now he won’t budge unless you give him a boost. Yet he still loves running around like crazy. Why is he insisting that you help lift him when he’s still very active? Or you call him from the next room to go for a walk, […]

More Calories For Fido With Winter Coming On?

There’s no doubt about it. Cold weather increases calorie requirements for a dog. It takes more calories to maintain weight in 20-degree weather than in 75-degree weather. But how many extra calories are necessary hinges on how much cold weather a dog finds herself in. Based on that information, for most dogs the number of […]

Do Dogs Recognize Themselves 
in the Mirror?

If you put some tape on the forehead of a chimpanzee or a dab of cream on his nose, he will see those things on himself in the mirror and work to take them off. Dolphins also appear to have passed what is called the “mirror mark test,” at least to some degree. Not so, […]

The One Risk Factor for Canine Compulsive Behavior You Can 
Do Something About

Chasing his own tail to the point of sheer exhaustion, licking his ankles and feet until he strips off his skin, continuously snapping at imaginary flies, biting his own flank nonstop…these are among the compulsive behaviors that end up afflicting dogs. Such behaviors, equivalent to obsessive compulsive disorder in people, make the animals miserable, unable […]

Dear Doctor November 2022

Braces for Fido Q: My vet said my young dog needs braces. Can that possibly be right? Elsie Schwartz Chicago, Illinois Dear Ms. Schwartz, A: Yes. It’s not for cosmetic reasons. It’s for a dog with malocclusion that can cause trauma in the mouth. A malocclusion means the upper and lower teeth don’t align properly. […]

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  • This One's a Tearjerker
  • Short Takes
  • Antibiotics Losing Their Effectiveness in Dogs, Too
  • New guidelines in place to help preserve antibiotic potency.
  • He’s Not Being Lazy. He’s Getting Older.
  • If your dog is becoming less cooperative, it may be about aging rather than stubbornness.
  • More Calories For Fido With Winter Coming On?
  • Do Dogs Recognize Themselves in the Mirror?
  • The One Risk Factor for Canine Compulsive Behavior You Can Do Something About
  • Dear DoctorBraces for Fido; If the tail must go.

Doggie Doors With Facial Recognition

Raccoons, opossums, stray cats…these are just some of the uninvited guests who may make their way through your pet’s doggie door, according to the Humane Society of the United States. While a stray cat or neighbor’s dog may just present an extra mouth to feed, a wild animal may very well carry in disease, along […]

What Looks Amusing May Be a Sign of Ill Health

Perhaps you’ve seen the online videos of dogs with an adorably goofy-looking gait. They put one front leg very decidedly in front of the other as they prance along in a jangly style, or sometimes bring up their front legs as if they are marching, putting a smile on dog lovers’ faces. But what looks […]

When Your Dog Becomes an Overzealous Nanny

You’re walking your new baby in the carriage with the dog alongside, and a neighbor sees you and comes over to have a peek. Your dog gives a low growl, and you think it’s adorable that she seems to want to protect your young child, so you laugh lightheartedly while petting her. Unfortunately, it is […]

Giving Your Dog Time to Sniff on Walks Will Literally Soothe His Heart

We have often said to let your dog sniff to his heart’s content while on walks because the aim for him isn’t to cover distance but to “read” his world, which he does with his nose. Now there’s proof that allowing a dog time to check things out with his nose during walks will actually […]

How Not to Diagnose a Food Allergy

Your dog’s skin often seems to irritate her — she either scratches or licks excessively. Or she somewhat frequently experiences digestive issues in the form of vomiting or diarrhea. Is it a food allergy? Probably not. Food allergies are quite uncommon in dogs. If she has any allergies at all, they’re more likely to allergens […]

Download The Full October 2022 Issue PDF

  • Short Takes: Why Do Dogs Eat Grass; Dogs Have Night Blindness; There Seems To Be a Cure; Cannabis Poisoning on the Increase in Dogs.
  • What looks Amusing May Be a Sign of ill Health
  • When Your Dog Becomes an Overzealous Nanny
  • Giving Your Dog Time to Sniff on Walks Will Literally Soothe His Heart
  • How Not to Diagnose a Food Allergy
  • Put Away Your Toys
  • Dear Doctor