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Ask Nancy: Happy Tail – What to do about bleeding tail tips that won’t heal!

March 8, 2010

To resolve this problem you need to control the tail so it has time to heal and re-grow the hair. This can be done a number of ways.  You typically need to do more than one thing to help with this.  For healing the tail tip up there are a few solutions and one...
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Omega-3 fatty acids for dogs with arthritis

March 6, 2010

Three new studies have been published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) about the benefits of feeding your dog food with added omega-3 fatty acids . “The studies, published in the January 1, 2010, and March 1, 2010, issues of JAVMA, included 274 dogs with osteoarthritis that took part in...
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Ask Nancy: Gasp, Snort, Honk – What IS that noise?

March 2, 2010

A reverse sneeze sounds like a cross between coughing and gasping for breath and can last for a couple of minutes. You may also see drooling with this. You can read up on reverse sneezing here: http://www.beaglebuddies.com/misc/reverse.html It may be from the soft palate getting irritated. If the palate is a bit swollen, and gets...
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Ask Nancy: How Do I Decide if my Dog Needs Emergency Care?

February 15, 2010

While it’s always best to let a vet decide just what is wrong and what treatment is needed, often we owners need to decide if we should see the vet right now or if it can wait until our regular vet opens for office hours. Here is a general overview of what to look...
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Eye Clinic scheduled

February 15, 2010

There will be an eye clinic with Dr Ruth Marion at the Secondwind Siberian Husky kennel in Holderness, NH on May 23rd. Appointments begin at 8:00 a.m. Cost per dog is $25 for CERF and $25 for gonio. For an appointment, email Gail Tweet
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Recall – Nature’s Variety Raw Frozen Chicken Formula

February 14, 2010

Nature’s Variety has initiated a voluntary recall of their Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet for dogs and cats with the “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.  The only products affected are limited to chicken medallions, patties, and chubs with a “Best If Used By” date...
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Debarking

February 12, 2010

Recently, debarking dogs has become controversial.  This is too bad. Many times, it is the only way an owner can keep their pet.  Some dogs just love the sound of their own voice and no matter what training or behavior modification takes place, they continue to bark.  Dog barks, neighbors complain, and it can...
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Wide variation in calorie content among ‘low calorie’ pet foods

February 8, 2010

Tufts is reporting that reading labels is not always the best way to help your pet lose weight. “There is so much information — and misinformation — about pet foods, it’s understandable that people are confused about what to feed their dogs and cats,” said co-author Dr. Lisa Freeman, professor of nutrition at Tufts...
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New Cancer Research

February 5, 2010

The Van Andel Research Institute, a world class human cancer research institute, recently received a Federally fund grant through the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, to study five types of cancer that occur in both dogs and humans. The ultimate goal is to develop improved diagnostics and more individualized therapies for both canines...
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Valentines is Coming – Beware of Chocolate

February 1, 2010

Though chocolate is toxic to dogs a lot depends on the size of the dog, the amount eaten and the type of the chocolate to determine how dangerous it is.  You can read on these sites about the different toxic levels of different chocolate types and the amount that is toxic per pound of...
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