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  1. Zoonotic diseases: Sharing too much

    Karen Tobias

    Because of all the publicity about avian flu, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease, veterinarians frequently receive questions from dog owners about potential zoonotic diseases — diseases that can be spread from animals to man.

    Story | Conversation | July 27, 2005
  2. Dog meets porcupine— and loses (again)

    Karen Tobias

    It's the veterinarian's (and dog's) worse nightmare — a Labrador retriever comes into the hospital at midnight with a face full of quills. He paws gently at his nose and shakes his head, but nothing helps. His muzzle is swollen and his eyes water with the pain, but he won't let his owner come near him because he knows that what comes next is even worse — the inevitable yanking of those darned spines from his sensitive skin. The Labrador has just met his match — Erethizon dorsatum, a.k.a. the North American porcupine.

    Story | Conversation | December 29, 2004
  3. Microchipping your dog makes sense

    Karen Tobias

    A good identification system can prevent the tragic destruction of a canine companion. In the past, tattoos and dog tags were commonly used to identify pets or provide contact information; drawbacks of these included the potential loss or removal of the tags, or lack of recognition of tattoos because of illegibility or distortion from overlying hair growth. Additionally, information on tags may not be up to date. Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice. They are placed within a strong, biologically safe glass that protects the encased chip but causes minimal reaction in the animal. A sterile injection system, similar to a hypodermic syringe and needle used for vaccinations, is used to insert the chip just under the skin in the scruff of the neck in dogs and cats.

    Story | Conversation | November 22, 2004
  4. Mammary tumors are a common cancer

    Karen Tobias

    Mammary tumors also are the most common tumor in female dogs; therefore, owners of bitches should know the facts about this canine condition.

    Story | Conversation | June 23, 2004
  5. Is early age neutering good for your dog?

    Karen Tobias

    Veterinarians and many pet owners recognize the benefits of spaying or castrating their dogs. Neutering animals reduces the risk of certain types of diseases, such as mammary tumors, uterine infections, and prostate swelling, and eliminates the chance of unplanned litters. Additionally, annoying behaviors associated with an overabundance of "teenage sex hormones" are hopefully avoided by removing the hormonal source — the ovaries or testicles.

    Story | Conversation | April 15, 2004