Category Archives: Treatment Options

Alternative Health Care for Dogs

Visits to the acupuncturist and the chiropractor aren’t just for humans anymore. Interest in alternative health options for dogs has grown so much that the American Veterinary Medical Association now recognizes alternative medicine as a valid form of treatment, as do the 800-plus members of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.  But what exactly are […]

Is Your Dog’s Health Care Better Than Yours?

New York City-based writer Sharon Glassman was unhappy with her own health care experiences for some time when her three and a half-year-old Bichon Frisé, bb, began having urinary problems. “When I have a health issue, it’s only made worse by the hurdles I have to jump to see a doctor,” Glassman says. “With bb, […]

Dog Blood Banks Save Canine Lives

Checkers and his owner, veterinary technician Bonnie Heitz, acted as heroes, even though their names never made the headlines. While this pair may not be familiar to you, Checkers, the Australian Shepherd from Concord, Calif. donated blood to save the lives of countless dogs that required blood transfusions to treat trauma, cancer, and other life-threatening […]

Automatic Dog Eyedrops in the Works

When Gora, a bomb-sniffing German shepherd working for the Department of the Navy, began to have chronically red eyes and discharge, her Washington, D.C., caretakers took the professional pooch to her veterinarian. Gora was diagnosed with a common autoimmune condition called pannus. The veterinarian prescribed eyedrops, but Gora’s eye problem didn’t end there. The hardworking […]

Innovation Showcased at New Pet Hospital

One of the first patients brought to the newly opened pet hospital of the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF/SPCA) in January was a gray Tibetan terrier suffering from smoke inhalation. The pup had been rescued by the San Francisco Fire Department and was brought into the hospital’s state-of-the-art intensive […]

Safe Stretching Techniques For Dogs

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Below, Sasha Foster weighs in on the dos and don’ts of keeping your adult dog’s muscles supple. Why You Should Stretch Your Dog 1. It May Help To Improve Your Dog’s Overall Fitness Foster says stretching your dog helps maintain joint function. One reason is that stretching produces a muscle signaling molecule called nitric oxide, […]

Veterinary Trend: Dog-Only Clinics

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Veterinary medicine does grow and expand, and it’s hard to keep up with everything these days. Being able to focus on one species makes my practice better and more enjoyable for me.” The Benefits of a Dog-Only Clinic An American Veterinary Medical Association article published a few years ago made an argument for more dog-only […]

Veterinary Care at Your Doorstep

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Based on the old tradition of veterinarians, making house calls in farming areas, these services now focus on dogs and cats. Many mobile vets operate from vans or converted RVs equipped with everything they need to administer vaccinations, conduct checkups, do blood work, and treat minor ailments. Some even perform surgeries and are nicknamed “neuter […]