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Solid Gold Recalls Canned Turkey Formula
Quick, check your pantry!
Quick, check your pantry! Due to customer complaints about mold, Solid Gold is voluntarily recalling 13.2 oz. cans of its turkey, ocean fish, carrot, and sweet potatoes formula. The cans in question feature a purple label, a "pop-top," and 01/02/2010 expiration date on the bottom. Cans should be immediately returned to the point of purchase. For more info, go to Solid Gold.
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The Dangers of Street Shocks
A recent memorial service for a husky named Sebastion serves as a reminder of a danger many of us didn’t even realize was out there—stray electrical voltage. (Sebastian was electrocuted by a lamppost last May.) While the dangers are nothing like the days direct current before Nikola Tesla discovered alternating current, errant shocks and electrocution are not a thing of the past. The folks at...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Choosing a Vaccination Schedule for Your Dog
Veterinary professionals are increasingly supportive of conservative vaccination schedules and use of titers
There is a lot of controversy about vaccinations for dogs. Questions of which ones to give, why to avoid them, why to give them, how long they last, what exactly they do to the body/the immune system, and I’m sure, a million other permutations on this tricky subject have been asked. I will begin with a disclaimer. There are research papers available on vaccinations and blood titers that can both...
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The Myth of the Hypoallergenic Hound
The Obamas' quest for a hypoallergenic dog looks doomed. According to a story in today's Vancouver Sun, there is no such thing. "It is a common misconception that people are allergic to a dog's hair, and it is falsely believed that dogs that shed less will not cause a reaction," the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology said. "However, allergies to pets are caused by protein found...
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Therapy Dogs for Children with Batten Disease
Batten Disease, a rare illness, has brought two communities together in a most unusual partnership.
Lorena Ann Johnston was born on Groundhog Day in 1971. Her father remembers that her hair grew in as his was falling out. Her first five years were uncomplicated; sadly, they’d be the only easy years of her short life, which ended in 1993 when she was 22. Lance Johnston’s daughter had Batten Disease, an inherited genetic defect that leads to a breakdown of the entire nervous system. Lorena’s...
Dog Years
HarperCollins, 207 pp., 2007; $23.95
Dog Years By Mark Doty Reviewed by Andrea Walker Mark Doty is a critically acclaimed poet whose verses have appeared frequently in this magazine. Now he has turned to nonfiction to chronicle the impact that two Retrievers, one black and one golden, have had on his life. Arden is the gentle and affectionate black Retriever puppy Doty adopts from an animal shelter in Vermont. Beau is the more...
Wellness: Healthy Living
The Big Fat Truth About Canine Obesity
Changing our own habits can help our dogs live longer
Obesity in dogs could be considered a perception problem—a human perception problem. While a whopping 34 percent of dogs are overweight, only around 30 to 40 percent of the folks who put the food in the bowl for them know it. Canine obesity can cause or worsen musculoskeletal problems, exercise intolerance, cardiovascular problems and glucose tolerance imbalances. It also weakens the immune...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Texas A&M a Leading Veterinary College
Innovative diagnostic procedures and treatments make it one of the nation's finest
Dogs, cats, llamas, wallabies and tigers need not fret about receiving expert medical care, particularly if they live in Texas. Veterinarians at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences have treated them all, and then some.   Established in 1916, Texas’s only vet school is recognized as one of the world’s leading institutions in veterinary education,...
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Symptoms of Valley Fever in Dogs
Symptoms of this fungal disease are not always easy to recognize
Most of us who live with and love dogs have quite a list of things to make us prematurely gray: vaccinating vs. over-vaccinating, Lyme-disease–carrying ticks, providing safe food (with an ever-changing lineup of antioxidants, tocopherols, omegas and probiotics) for our furry companions. With all these day-to-day concerns, canine health problems caused by a fungus may not come immediately to mind...
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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?
The great grass mystery
Do you ever wonder why your dog eats grass? Is it because he’s sick and he’s trying to induce vomiting? Is he missing fiber or some other nutrient from his diet? Maybe you suspect that eating grass decreases his intestinal parasite load? Well, finally, researchers at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital are seeking answers to these questions. Led by Dr. Karen...

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