If you think you’re the only one who goes a little stir crazy during the winter, think again! It can also be tough on your dog. But never fear; you can beat the winter blues together. Here’s...
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Dogs may remember more than we thought, at least according to a recent Hungarian study. Comparative psychologist Claudia Fugazza used an umbrella and a crowd of canines to determine if dogs could &ldquo...
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“You care more about my money than my pet!” “I wish you could be my doctor.”   In my 25 years of veterinary practice, I’ve heard those words on countless occasions,...
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Bisphenol A (also known as BPA) is a synthetic compound used to make some plastics, and it gets a bad rap because it’s disruptive to our endocrine system. When BPA-containing plastic touches food,...
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Anxious dogs may suffer premature graying, much like American Presidents and stressed-out fathers of teenage daughters. Okay, maybe I made that last example up, but there’s no denying my beard is ...
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The old adage about laying down with dogs has a negative connotation. But today, so many pets are considered to be true members of the family that it would seem strange NOT to cuddle up with them. But e...
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Nothing says “Welcome Home!” like the wag of a dog’s tail. Tail wagging is synonymous with friendliness and love, contentment and delight. But is this long-standing association myth or...
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Broken glass. Sharkskin. A cat’s tongue. These are things that are sharp and rough. If you’re reading this, chances are one of them is in your house right now, maybe even your lap. It’...
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According to a recent survey, dogs “make their people better.” Setting aside my initial reaction of, “WHAT ABOUT CATS!!??”, I’ll go along with this blatantly biased survey ...
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When Jack Frost comes calling, you may not be the only one dreading the outdoors. Some furry friends are more dogged by the cold than others, and when it’s chilly outside, you might wonder if a coat...
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