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Ask the Vet: Sore Sockets: Hip Dysplasia

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Treating a common canine dilemma By Babette Gladstein Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) is a significant health problem among all dogs. It has been estimated by many veterinarian organizations that up to 30 percent of the canine population are afflicted with this painful hip-socket condition. As a result of the widespread nature of this problem, a [&hellip
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Pets Get Breast Cancer, Too

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Many people don’t realize that pets can also suffer from breast cancer. Mammary gland tumors are common in dogs and cats that aren’t spayed or were spayed late. Cats generally have eight mammary glands (four pairs). Dogs vary, but usually have 10 glands. Around 90 percent of feline mammary tumors are malignant; in dogs, less [&hellip
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Ask The Vet: Cold Feet

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New Yorkers love shoes and I am no exception. In fact, I would probably define it as an unhealthy addiction. It is no wonder my dog has a closet full of footwear to rival Carrie Bradshaw’s. Alvin is a 14-pound Boston terrier who does not share my affection for shoes. Needless to say, it took [&hellip
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Ask the Vet: Calling the Shots For Your Pet

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We vaccinate our pets for the same reason we vaccinate our children: to protect them against serious diseases that can potentially be fatal. Also, some of these diseases are transmissible to people (i.e., zoonotic). As with people, vaccination may not entirely prevent the disease, but it will reduce the severity of infection. In general, dog [&hellip
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Puppy in the Window

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To the Editor: Kudos to “Ask the Vet” contributor Dr. Robin Brennen for her “On Pets as Presents” column (Dec. 24), in which she explained the importance of thinking long and hard before getting a pet, and promoted adopting from a shelter. Dr. Brennen briefly mentioned “that puppy or kitten in the window.” The great [&hellip
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When Good Pets Get a Bad Itch

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Itchy pets show their discomfort in lots of ways. Dogs may incessantly lick their paws, rub their faces, chew on their flanks or scratch at their ears. Cats may pull out their fur until their tummies are bald, dig at their ears or develop scabs. As varied as their symptoms may be, itchy pets have [&hellip
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Feline Introductions

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Q:What is the best way to introduce a new cat into a house with an already existing feline? I’ve read that one should have a friend visit with the new animal and put it in a restricted, safe area, and then sometimes, especially if a third party has introduced the animal, the original cat will [&hellip
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