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Report Dog Bites
One women learns a terrible lesson.
I never thought I'd say it, but you can go too far in "protecting" a dog. Last week in Alameda, Calif., an 80-year-old woman died from an infection three days after she was bitten by an unfamiliar dog. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, she lied to doctors about the cause of her injury to avoid having the dog quarantined. She paid the ultimate price, and the dog has not been found.   The...
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Does Mandatory Spay/Neuter Work?
Some shelters and veterinarians don’t think so.
Last week, a proposed mandatory spay/neuter bill for Chicago was put on hold in the face of overwhelming opposition. Personally, I'm in favor of public education and encouraging people to choose spay/neuter for their pets, not forcing them to do so. What surprised me most about this hearing was who opposed it, including popular "Pet World" radio host Steve Dale, the Illinois State Veterinary...
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Three-Year Rabies Requirement
UPDATED. Finally Arkansas. Alabama and Rhode Island next?
The only state in the union to require a rabies vaccination every year may be changing its tune. Weeks after Arkansas extended its rabies booster requirement from every year to every three years, Alabama Senator Larry Dixon introduced legislation to do the same in his state. In addition, Senate Bill 469 includes a medical exemption clause for animals whose health would be jeopardized by the...
Wellness: Health Care
Update on the Three-Year Rabies Booster for Dogs
Inching toward the three-year interval nationwide.
The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) asked its state legislature to extend the legally prescribed interval between canine rabies vaccines from one to three years, and on February 16, the extension passed. Act 159, as it’s now known, reads as follows: All dogs and cats shall be vaccinated against rabies annually or as required by the State Board of Health [italics added for emphasis]. Nothing’...
Wellness: Health Care
What Age is Your Dog in Dog Years?
Tips to help your oldster live long and prosper.
When it comes to figuring out when your dog’s officially a senior, the “7 human years to 1 dog year” ratio we’ve all heard about can’t be taken literally, since size, breed type and other factors influence the aging rate. However, with that in mind, many vets recommend beginning senior screenings around age seven to eight to establish baselines and catch potential health problems that may not yet...
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VIDEO: Vet Smarts
Dr. Marty Becker answers Bark’s questions about health care on a budget.
With the recession, we’re all feeling the pinch, and according to Dr. Marty Becker, one place some guardians are cutting corners is by skipping visits to the vet. Waiting until you know there’s a problem can be penny-wise and pound-foolish. Dr. Becker makes a pretty compelling argument for why wellness visits are so important for your dog and your wallet. He also pitches a few low-cost, at-home...
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Top Vet
California veterinarian wins Thank Your Vet for A Healthy Pet contest
Already tops with her three cats (Charlie, Nikita and Jack), Rachel S. Boltz has fans in the fur-free community. The Los Altos, Calif.-based vet took top honors in the second annual Thank Your Vet for A Healthy Pet competition. Conducted by the Morris Animal Foundation (with fabu pitch lady Betty White), the contest provides an opportunity for clients to sing the praises of their favorite...
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The Fido Fine Is Back! NOT.
Update: Animals won’t pay for the budget crunch.
Editor's Update: Good news. The nearly 10 percent tax on veterinary services was dropped from the California state budget. The proposed tax on veterinary services in California is back. The dreadful idea to pitch the welfare of animals into the state’s budget sinkhole with a nearly 10 percent tariff will be in the budget plan presented by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in his annual “State of the...
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The Marrow Bone Incident
How I learned to pack wire-cutters in my pet-care toolbox
Lee Harrington and Chloe
For the New Year, I have resolved to get pet insurance for my dog Chloe, who doesn’t look like a troublemaker or act like a troublemaker, but who has—in the four short years I’ve had her—racked up several thousand dollars in veterinary bills. I love this dog. But sometimes, in the dead of the night, when I am feeling financially challenged, I ask myself: Can I afford her? Of course! I’ll always...
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Good News for Bad Hips
For a long time, surgical hip replacement has been the go-to procedure for dogs with hip dysplasia. In older dogs, when surgery is too risky, pain meds are often the only option. But now, a third alternative is rattling over the horizon. Mechanical engineering students at Purdue University are fine-tuning a canine exoskeleton, essentially a brace, that when fitted on a dog’s back relieves some of...

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