Pets and the Family Bed

OpEd: I am a big believer in the family bed. For the first 13 years of marriage, a herd of cats and dogs joined my wife and me in bed every night. After that, our two children, who were four years apart, joined the menagerie. The results were extraordinary. The bonding with our pets was […]

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Fly Biting: Is it a Seizure or a Digestive Disorder?

When I was in veterinary school, I learned that as long as a dog has normal eyesight, fly biting behavior (snapping at the air as if trying to catch a nonexistent fly) is usually a symptom of a partial seizure.   A partial seizure is caused by abnormal electrical activity within a relatively small portion […]

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Get the Look: Trendy Dog Breeds Suffer for Popularity

A recently published study points to a disturbing trend in dog ownership.   Researchers analyzed Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) registration statistics from 1986 to 2013 for 181 breeds. They found that people are becoming increasingly likely to purchase smaller, brachycephalic dogs. In other words, breeds like Pugs and Bulldogs that have a short muzzle, […]

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New Drug May Mean That FIP is No Longer a Death Sentence for Cats

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a terrible diagnosis. Veterinarians don’t have much to offer cats with FIP other than symptomatic treatment that, at best, only keeps them comfortable for a relatively short period of time before death inevitably follows.   We may be on the verge of a big breakthrough in FIP treatment, however.   […]

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