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Where Do the Candidates Stand on Animal Rights and Health?

The 2016 presidential election is shaping up to be a remarkable and unforgettable event. There are numerous controversial political topics being addressed, including typical “big ticket” items such as healthcare, gun control, and national security.   I raise no concern with a country that prioritizes the aforementioned matters with respect to political affiliation. However, I’m […]

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How to Know When a Cat is Hurting

Recognizing when a cat is in pain is simple in only the most extreme of cases. Thousands of years of natural selection have made cats VERY good at masking pain. After all, it’s generally not a good idea to advertise the fact that you’re not at your best when a predator or potential mate might […]

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Spring is Back… and So Are the Bugs

Shortly after we moved into our new home a few years ago, my daughter had a little girl from down the street over to play. She was petting Brody and said, “What is this lump?”   I ran over like a bolt, thinking to myself, “Here we go again, another mass,” but open taking a […]

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To Raise Healthy Children, Get a Pet as Early as Possible

OpEd: We typically acquire pets so we know they will have a good, happy home. What doctors, teachers, and mental health practitioners are finding is that owning pets makes homes healthier, especially for children. Our attraction to animals aids our own wellbeing.   Most of you have read about how pets lower blood pressure, decrease […]

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When is a Pet Too Old for Cancer Treatment?

I have a soft spot in my heart for geriatric pets. I’m a sucker for the graying muzzle of an elderly Labrador retriever. I relish scratching the fuzzy face of a cranky senior cat. All pets are special, but the extensive history and regal personalities attached to the aged ones is something I simply can’t […]

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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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