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Abandoned Dog Has Painful 3.5 Pound Tumor Removed From Neck

What was called one of the worst cases of neglect ever seen by Arizona Humane Society has now become a story of care, recovery, and hope.    According to a press release, in late September, a 6-year-old Boxer mix named Gus was rescued by Arizona Humane Society’s Emergency Animal Medical Technicians. He was found abandoned and suffering […]

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Post-Election Stress and Therapy Dogs

In the wake of the controversial and contentious 2016 Presidential election, many have found themselves dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression in the aftermath. In fact, many recent articles have been devoted to how those who are not coping well with the results can practice self-care in a world of the 24-hour news cycle.    In addition […]

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Can Pet Fish Recognize Their Owners? Research Says Yes

by Adam Denish, DVM   My home aquarium contains 350 gallons of saltwater and extends about 6 feet in length and 2 feet in height. It is tastefully decorated with rock formations and it is inhabited by an assortment of fish with beautiful colors and shapes.   It came as a surprise to learn that […]

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Oral Chemotherapy for Pets is Not a Reliable Substitute for Traditional Chemo

Many owners inquire about oral chemotherapy options in lieu of injectable treatments because they perceive the former as being less “intensive” and therefore less stressful for their pet. Countless times, owners ask me if I couldn’t just prescribe the “chemo pill” they heard about from one of several typical sources (insert any one of the following: […]

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Montreal Passes Controversial Law to Ban Pit Bulls and Similar Breeds

EDITOR'S NOTE:   In the wake of the controversial Pit Bull ban, the city of Montreal is set to appeal the suspension. According to Canada's Global News, "The City of Montreal is fighting to have its dangerous dog ban reinstated, after a Superior Court judge ruled in favour of the Montreal SPCA last week. In his ruling, Justice Louis Gouin […]

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DNA Clears Service Dog of Guilt for Another Canine’s Death

It's been a long and exhausting journey towards freedom for a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois named Jeb and the family that wouldn't stop fighting for him.    According to the Associated Press, over the summer, Jeb—who is a service dog for his owner Kenneth Job of Michigan—was found standing over the body of a neighbor's deceased Pomeranian. […]

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When to Get a Second Opinion from a Veterinarian

A funny thing happens when word gets out that you’re a veterinarian or veterinary technician: You become the neighborhood go-to person for medical advice.   Neighbors will knock on your door with their dog in tow, point to a wound, and ask “What is this?” They might stop you in the grocery store, whip out […]

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Exotic Animal Veterinarian Laurie Hess Discusses Her New Book ‘Unlikely Companions’

In her new book—"Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (Or, What Friends, Feathered, Furred, and Scaled Have Taught Me About Life and Love"—Laurie Hess, DVM, gives readers an unprecendented look into the life of a veterinarian who deals with some out-of-the-ordinary pets.   From her unqiue challenges at work (including solving mysterious […]

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Norovirus Update – Can the Virus be Passed from Dog to Human?

Norovirus—the word alone might be enough to make you a little nauseous. According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), noroviruses (there are many types) are the “leading cause of illness and outbreaks from contaminated food in the United States.” People can also become infected with norovirus through touching contaminated surfaces […]

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10 Must-Own Books For Every Pet Parent

Being a pet parent is a responsibility and a privilege that opens up your life and your worldview. As your heart grows, so does your insatiable thirst for knowledge about what your pet needs, what they're thinking, and what you can do to be an educated and caring pet owner.    While every dog lover […]

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