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  1. Dealing with lick sores

    Ben J. Character, DVM

    The following is a question that might be asked about any dog breed or age. Thought not extremely common, the problem is seen with enough frequency to warrant discussion, especially because it is highly frustrating. Q: My 5-month-old yellow lab will chew all of the hair off of her [lower] forearm joint. I have talked with the vet and she said that it might be boredom. I don't see how it is since she is in a crate with all of her toys; I take her out for 15 min. every two hours and then for an hour at lunch. Do you have any suggestions on how to get her to stop chewing her hair off?

    Story | Conversation | August 31, 2004
  2. Disk disease in sporting dogs

    Ben J. Character, DVM

    Known as Lumbosacral Disease, Lumbosacral stenosis, or Cauda Equina Syndrome, degeneration of the last lower back joint (found just in front of the pelvis) is a common problem for sporting dogs.

    Story | Conversation | July 22, 2005
  3. Allergies: Beating the summer itch

    Ben J. Character, DVM

    Representatives from all of the most popular hunting dog breeds are subject to the irritating and frustrating problem of seasonal allergies. Our discussion will reveal some of the why's and how's concerned with caring for an allergic dog.

    Story | Conversation | June 29, 2005
  4. A closer look: Exercise Induced Collapse

    Ben J. Character, DVM

    In my last column, we discussed Exercise Induced Collapse. Now let's take a closer look.

    Story | Conversation | May 27, 2005
  5. The scene: Exercise Induced Collapse

    Ben J. Character, DVM

    There is a new problem facing retrievers — especially Labrador retrievers — called Exercise Induced Collapse. Here is the situation:

    Story | Conversation | May 17, 2005
  6. A look at preventing heartworms

    Ben J. Character, DVM

    Heartworms are nasty parasites that are found all over the country. The bad news is that if they infect your dog they can cause irreversible heart damage that can lead to poor performance or even death. The good news is that you can prevent them from ever causing a problem. The heartworm is actually a long slender worm that is contracted from mosquitoes while still in the larval stage. If an infected mosquito bites your dog they will inject the larva into the tissues at the bite and the larva will migrate to your dog's heart.

    Story | Conversation | June 30, 2004
  7. Taking the sting out of summer

    Ben J. Character, DVM

    Summer brings good times, good fun, and ... not so good bugs. There are many little creatures (or "varmints" as my father-in-law would say) that can cause problems for your dog. These pests can be irritating at best and down right dangerous at worst. Sources of stings and bites that cause reactions can come from insects to toads — Let's take a look at a few.

    Story | Conversation | May 27, 2004
  8. Specialists and your pup

    Ben J. Character, DVM

    Just like human medicine, as the volume of knowledge, advancement of equipment, and ability to perform sophisticated procedures increases veterinary medicine is becoming more and more specialized. Today you can have your dogs seen by specialists for everything from skin problems to behavioral issues. It helps to not only understand what's available but how a referral to a specialist works.

    Story | Conversation | May 14, 2004