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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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Vets Oppose Ear Cropping and Tail Docking
Somewhere between packing my car and dicing celery and cranberries, I missed it. On the day before Thanksgiving, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) released a statement opposing ear cropping and tail docking for cosmetic purposes, and encouraging the elimination of cropped ears and docked tails from breed standards. Not surprisingly, the American Kennel Club (AKC)—which was not...
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Governor Schwarzenegger’s Very Bad Idea
Last week, I talked with the founder of a senior dog rescue organization near Seattle. Her report from the frontlines was dire. She says she’s never seen the situation for dogs so bad. She gets several calls each day from people around the country. They are frantic. Unable to make ends meet and losing their homes and jobs, they plan to “give up” their dogs. The shelters are overcrowded; the...
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Toy Requires Tongue Amputation
If your dog plays with a pimple ball with bell (pictured here) manufactured by Four Paws Inc., please remove it immediately. Then read what happened to 10-year-old Lab mix Chai, whose tongue had to be amputated after playing with the ball. When Chai's owner first brought this to Four Paws' attention two months ago to demand a public recall of this product, he was ignored. Then he was told that...

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