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Good Dog: Studies & Research
Spin Out
Canine compulsive disorder is no laughing matter
You've probably seen it on TV or on YouTube. Case One: A dog lies on the couch chewing a bone.His hind leg starts to twitch repetitively.He tenses up and stares back at it anxiously as though it’s an intruder sneaking up on his bone. His raises his lip, he growls. Then blam! He attacks his leg. Canned laughter. $100,000 prize winner, America’s Funniest Home Videos. Case Two: A Bull Terrier spins...
Wellness: Health Care
Relieving Arthritis
Strategies for relieving your dog's arthritis pain
The easy run becomes a stiff walk; the jump to a favorite chair is no longer possible; lying down is accompanied by a deep groan. As our dogs age, things that were once second nature become an effort. Today, thanks to advances in veterinary medicine and companion animal care, many dogs are living to a ripe old age. On the downside, that longevity also increases the odds that they’ll suffer from...
News: Karen B. London
CPR Saves Lives
It’s true for dogs and people
Firefighters saving lives—it’s a story that never gets old, especially when the story has a twist. In this case, the individual who was brought back from the brink of death was not human. Tammy Rodriguez performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a Pit Bull who was in a fire that destroyed several floors in two buildings. That CPR, along with the oxygen she administered, saved the dog’s life.  ...
News: Guest Posts
Dogs and Wild Mushrooms Don’t Mix
Poisonous species are more common than you might think.
I remember the sad sinking feeling I experienced last August as I read an email from my friend Diana Gerba. Seeing her email in my inbox initially prompted excitement—oh goodie, more photos and stories about Donato, Diana’s adorable Bernese Mountain Dog. My excitement quickly morphed into utter disbelief as Diana described the death of her barely six-month-old pup caused by ingestion of a...
Wellness: Health Care
Joint Efforts
Arthritis management takes careful coordination.
Think of them as the silent sufferers: the millions of dogs who hobble among us, creaking away on swollen joints and dwindling cartilage. Most are older, but the years didn’t make them that way. Arthritis did. Osteoarthritis is the biggest cause of chronic pain in U.S. dogs. According to most estimates, it affects more than 20 percent (that’s 10 to 12 million animals). Technically speaking,...
Wellness: Health Care
Cruciate Conspiracy
Second Opinion
A few years ago, the Wall Street Journal ran a story that they clearly felt blew the whistle on the “epidemic” of canine knee surgeries in this country: “The number of dog knees undergoing cruciate ligament repair each year in America is estimated to now exceed 1.2 million … Such treatments have helped fuel a doubling of the number of veterinary surgeons in the U.S. in the last decade …” Finger-...
Wellness: Health Care
Three-Legged Dogs Do Adapt
Second Opinion
Three Legged Dog
About a year ago, I walked into a busy waiting room, called a patient’s name and was rewarded with the kind of life lesson usually delivered by dogs. A woman in her early twenties (I’ll call her Lauren), with cropped, bleach-blond hair and a healthy tan, struggled to hang onto her frisky retriever’s leash. From a distance, I thought I saw one of her arms in a sling, hence her difficulty, and...
Wellness: Health Care
Asking Your Veterinarian Tough Questions
Reasonable Expectations
People want the very best for their dogs and, when it comes to veterinary care, they are expecting more than ever before. What’s responsible for this change? No doubt, the popularity of the Internet has fueled what I call “The Age of the Empowered Client.” Gone are the days of simply following doc’s orders. “Dr. Google” is teaching people how to become informed, savvy consumers of veterinary...
News: JoAnna Lou
Your Medicine Cabinet Could Be Deadly
A doctor learns the hard way not to mix human and canine drugs
  A few weeks ago Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein wrote in the New York Times about almost killing her dog Dexter. Fortunately the German Shepherd is on the path to recovery now, but not before going through a harrowing ordeal. And one that could have been easily prevented. In December, after a romp in Central Park, Dexter came home with a limp in his arthritic leg. In an effort to save money and a trip...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Got Teeth?
So does your dog--here’s how to brush them
Tooth Brush
There’s no time like the present to have your veterinarian examine your dog’s teeth, and then begin a brushing routine at home. Daily brushing boosts and supports dogs’ well-being and general health by reducing bacteria that may enter the stomach and bloodstream. Trying to brush an unhealthy mouth is no fun for you or your dog, however. According to AAHA Dental Care Guidelines, the only way to...

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