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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...
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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...
News: 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...
News: 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...
News: 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...
News: 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-...
Wellness: Health Care
Saving Money on Your Veterinary Bills
Stretch those vet dollars
Today, the human-animal bond is stronger than ever. It seems as though the more tumultuous the world around us becomes, the tighter we cling to our beloved dogs. They soothe us with their predictability and unconditional love, and give in excess of what they receive. Imagine, then, the heartache when it’s necessary to cut back on a dog’s health care because of financial hardship. If you’re...
Wellness: Health Care
Good Teeth Can Promote Good Health in Your Dog
More than a pretty smile
What do you think of when you think about dental tartar and dental disease in dogs? Maybe bad breath, or trouble chewing, or even just avoiding being bitten by those yellowed choppers. But usually, we don’t link dental disease to any real health risks for the dog. Unfortunately, this assumption is not true. Indeed, dental disease can contribute to serious health problems. Bacteria from oral...

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