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Does your dog take his Vitamins?

December 17, 2010

From the Pet Connection (one of our favorite sites) comes a review of some of the common vitamins your dog needs and the signs of either a vitamin deficiency or too much of any vitamin. Becoming acquainted with the signs of vitamin deficiency and excess can help us identify contributors to chronic ailments in...
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A new option for spaying

December 17, 2010

Until recently, spaying your bitch meant subjecting her to major abdominal surgery and all the risks that incurs.  Now, bitch owners are starting to have a choice.  Some veterinarians are opting to perform an ovariectomy (removing just the ovaries) rather than an ovariohysterectomy (removing the uterus and the ovaries).  There are many advantages to...
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VIN News:Raw food diets for pets chock-full of controversy, complexity

November 29, 2010

The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) has an interesting article about feeding your pets raw meats.  They quote a New Hampshire veterinarian, Dr. Richard McAroy, who is against it and doesn’t allow it in boarding clients. Here’s a sample of the article, but do read the whole.  It is a balanced report of the pros...
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NPR Fresh Air: Helping Your ‘Good Old Dog’ Navigate Aging

November 24, 2010
NPR Fresh Air: Helping Your ‘Good Old Dog’ Navigate Aging

Nicholas Dodman visited with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air.  Here’s a taste: “As dogs age, taking care of them becomes more difficult. Owners of aging dogs often struggle with their pets’ dementia and incontinence — as well as navigating through the maze of end-of-life care decisions. Veterinary behaviorist Nicholas Dodman is the head...
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Ask Nancy: Thanksgiving cautions

November 16, 2010

Food usually abounds at holiday time and Thanksgiving is a time we often want to share our warm feelings with our pets by offering food treats. Then too food left out at mouth access height can be impossible to resist temptation for a pet. The wrong kind of treat can make the holiday weekend...
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Pet Insurance

November 9, 2010

Pet insurance is a complicated issue.  It can be a great help if one of your pets needs major surgery or chemotherapy, but there are also pitfalls with it.  Just like human health insurance, it doesn’t always cover pre-existing conditions. There are two excellent web sites devoted to helping pet owners understand the ins...
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November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

November 5, 2010

According to the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company, here’s a list of the ten most common cancers.  This list is based on claims submitted to the company between 2003 and 2009. Lymphosarcoma Mast Cell Tumor Bone Cancer Cancer of the Eyelid Cancer of the Spleen Liver Cancer Fibrosarcoma (which stem from connective tissues) Cancer of...
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The truth about dog waste bacteria

October 21, 2010

There’s a new program in the Portsmouth area, the Seacoast Canine Owners Outreach Program, or SCOOP, which is educating dog owners about the dangers of not picking up after their dogs.  Here’s the Seacoast Online article – “SCOOP’s main goal is to educate the public on the health hazards that are contained in pet...
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VIN News: Veterinarians reporting possible problems with Blue Buffalo dog food

September 1, 2010

The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) has an article about possible problems with Blue Buffalo dog food.  This is not an official recall, but it is worth reading the entire article if you do feed your dogs Blue Buffalo. For The VIN News Service “Veterinarians are trying to discern whether roughly a dozen dogs testing...
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Ask Nancy: Tick Removal

August 4, 2010

Ick! Ticks! I know that is always how I’ve felt when I found one on a pet. Typically my dogs come and bother me any time there is a tick on them, insisting that I remove it. I suspect all that stuff about mutual hunting and dogs hanging around the camp dump and ending...
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