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On Dogs and Pain-Part One

Pain in animals is an interesting and frustrating subject to discuss with clients. One variation of the pain spiel takes place in the exam room, generally when they bring in…

Bloody diarrhea in dogs: Treating hemorrhagic gastroenteritis

Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE from now on) is one of the more dramatic diseases veterinarians and dog owners have to deal with. Its hallmark symptom is bloody diarrhea. …

Exercise and treatment of arthritis in pets

Have you seen the video of the otter playing basketball? He has arthritis, and his veterinarian recommended he get more exercise to help keep his joints as healthy as possible.…

Pet obesity is not a trivial concern

Two conclusions from the latest survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention are downright scary:…

Weighing risks and benefits of neutering your pet

The study indicated a significant increase in some important diseases in neutered dogs (males and females) in comparison to intact individuals, but didn’t talk about the potential benefits of the…

Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs

Dogs are known for eating things when they are not supposed to. This is especially true of puppies. Also, dogs have an excellent sense of smell, making it fairly easy…

How Dog Flu Vaccines Work

If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all over the last few weeks, you’ve been hearing about the 2012-2013 flu epidemic in people. Invariably, any discussion of the…

When Does My Dog Need a Dental?

I’m not as diligent as I should be about brushing his teeth. If did it every day, I might have been able to delay the need for a dental prophylaxis…

True Love Stories from the Animal World

My cat Victoria has not lived the easiest of lives. She was a feral "teen-age" mom on the streets of Washington D.C. When I adopted her, she was terrified of…

Can My Dog Catch a Cold?

Did you know that it could be your dog that comes down with a cold?…

What do you want your veterinarian to know about you?

Why is it then, that veterinarians and owners sometimes seem to be working, if not at cross purposes, then at least not in concert with one another?…

Is My Dog at Risk of Contracting Bacterial Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a condition which refers to an inflammation of the lungs. Bacterial pneumonia, meanwhile, refers to an inflammation of the lungs in response to a disease-causing bacteria.…

Normally Nocturnal Cats CAN Learn to Sleep at Night

Some people say cats are naturally nocturnal animals (most active at night), others that they are crepuscular (most active at dawn or dusk). In either case housecats have a tendency…

Adventures of Joey: Locked Out on a Cold Winter’s Night

I have chipped every dog I have owned for the past 24 years and never had a need to use it until a recent cold and dark night.…