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Thank Your Vet
Do you have the best veterinarian in the country?
I love my vet. She’s smart, approachable, kind and thorough. She never seems rushed, even when the waiting room is full, and she listens carefully to all our stories and nagging concerns. But most of all, I appreciate her hands-on talents with my vet-phobic dogs. You don’t have to be a certified behaviorist to recognize that Lulu and Renzo want to be anywhere but the examination room (tucked...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
First Canine Influenza Vaccine
U.S. Department of Agriculture approves protection against the contagious virus.
Lately the flu, specifically the swine variety, has been on everyone’s minds. While the H1N1 swine flu doesn’t pose much of a threat to our pets, there is a risk of contracting the H3N8 dog flu, a highly contagious respiratory illness. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it had approved the first vaccine for the canine influenza. The vaccine does not always prevent...
Wellness: Health Care
How to Find a Veterinary Specialist for Your Dog
When, why and how to find one
If a member of your (human) family got sick or hurt or had a condition that demanded expert care, you’d ask your doctor for a referral to a specialist—someone who could offer treatments beyond what your GP could provide. And now, if your dog needs care beyond the scope of your regular veterinarian’s practice, you can do the same thing for him. Specialists can take over where standard veterinary...
Wellness: Health Care
Should Your Dog Get Medical Screening Tests?
Who benefits from bundling?
Here’s a question I routinely ask myself: Why am I doing exactly what it is I’m doing? Recently, the activity I’ve been questioning involves running the 4DX test made available by IDEXX. (The “4” in the name refers to the number of diseases for which it tests: heartworm, Lyme, Ehrlichia canis and anaplasmosis. The first of these is spread via mosquitoes, the other three by ticks.) I’ve never...
Wellness: Health Care
What to Do if Your Dog is Sprayed by a Skunk
You’ll Need A clean plastic bucket in which to mix the ingredients 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (usually sold in pint bottles, so you’ll need two; use of other strengths is not recommended) 1/4 cup baking soda (do not use washing soda, which is much stronger and will burn your dog’s skin.) 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid detergent (Softsoap and Ivory liquid are preferred) How to Use...
Blog: Guest Posts
Study Finds High Fluoride Levels in Dog Food
Linked to hormone disruption, thyroid problems and bone cancer in humans.
A new study by the Environmental Working Group in Washington D.C. found fluoride levels 2.5 times greater than permitted for human consumption in eight out of ten dog food brands tested by an independent lab. “While scientists have not determined how much fluoride is safe for dogs,” the EWC report states, “they have found that people who consume excessive fluoride often develop mottled teeth (...
Wellness: Health Care
Natural Health Supplements and Your Dog
“Natural” is not harmless—talk to your vet when considering supplements for your pup
The human nutraceutical industry is exploding, and people are sharing these new therapies with their pets. But what are nutraceuticals? The American Veterinary Medicine Association defines them as “micronutrients, macronutrients and other nutritional supplements used as therapeutic agents.” This broad definition can include everything from fresh herbs to a single vitamin purchased at a health...
Blog: Karen B. London
Losing Puppies to Disease
Canine distemper strikes close to home.
Some friends recently lost two puppies to canine distemper. During the time when first one puppy, and then the second was succumbing to the disease, they were caught up in a painful swirl of grief, loss, information-seeking, medication use, and continuous attempts to comfort the puppies, their children and each other. Obviously, it is painful to lose a dog of any age, but there is a particular...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
FDA Approves the First Canine Cancer Drug
Palladia offers options for treating the second most common canine tumor.
Earlier this year, I attended an agility trial in New Jersey that was raising money for canine cancer research. Decorating the arena were pictures of dogs who had cancer at some point in their lives. There were more than 100 photo montages covering every inch of free space.  During an intermission tribute, handlers were asked to raise their hand if they ever had a dog affected by cancer. I was...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
WebMD for Dogs
DoggedHealth helps pet lovers diagnose canine health problems.
If you’re like me, there are certain websites that you don’t know how you ever lived without. One of the first that comes to mind is the popular medical diagnostic site, WebMD. Finally, a similar resource has been created for canines. Earlier this year, DoggedHealth debuted the Diagnostic Dog as an information resource to empower pet lovers to make educated healthcare decisions for their four-...

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