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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...
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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-...
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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Just Between Us
The Swine Flu outbreak should pose little risk to cats and dogs.
There is one worrisome scenario you can cross off your flu fear list. According to a recent statement from the ASPCA, the H1N1 virus—unfortunately known as “Swine Flu”—is not likely to jump the species barrier again and start infecting cats and dogs.   “At this time there is no data demonstrating any risk of dogs and cats contracting this strain of the virus,” says Dr. Louise Murray, the...
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Bad Chemistry
What’s worse than fleas? Maybe flea collars.
Almost before I finished typing up a blog about a disturbing report on the canine health risks posed by over-the-counter, spot-on pesticides, I saw the latest news about flea collars. Last week, the National Resource Defense Council filed a lawsuit alleging that 16 retailers and manufacturers—we’re talking the big guys here—failed to warn consumers about exposure to unsafe levels of known...

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