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What Vaccines Does a Dog REALLY Need?
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What Vaccines Does a Dog REALLY Need?

I was asking some vet friends about common misconceptions and old wives tales. We hear them all the time. This was one that came to the top of the list. Some people are under the misconception (or they have been given the wrong information) that when they acquire their puppies or dogs they have already been given all the vaccines they need - for life.

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Is it safe to allow your dog to be a “blood donor”?

Our question this week was: Doctor, Is it safe to allow your dog to be a "blood donor"? There is a local organization that is asking for donors but I'm a little nervous. What do you think? David N. Answer Hi - thanks for your email. In answer to your question, in general, yes, I think it is safe for a dog to be a "blood donor".
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Do dogs get Pacemakers?

Our question this week was: Doctor, I have a pacemaker and met someone that said their dog has a pacemaker. Are pacemakers used in dogs? Bobbie Jo. Answer Hi - thanks for your email. Yes, pacemakers are used in dogs. As you know, an artificial pacemaker is a medical device that is used to deliver electrical impulses to the heart muscle that stimulates it to "beat".
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Over the Counter people pain meds for dogs

Our question this week was: What OTC people meds, other than aspirin, are safe for dogs with joint pain? The dog in question is a 9 to 12 year old Akita with a bad hip. I am a single mother and unable to afford the higher priced dog remedies. She has 1 bad hip; cold weather bothers and makes her stiff.
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Whisker loss in cat

Our question this week was: My cat is a Persian around ten years old. She is losing her whiskers, not all at once, but I find some in the house where she sleeps. Is this normal? Eileen Schneider Answer Hi - thanks for your email. You emailed that your cat is loosing her whiskers - not all at once, but you find some around the house where she sleeps.
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Are Water Bottle Toys Safe?

Has your dog ever chewed on an empty water bottle? Lots of dogs do. They can't resist the popping/crunching sound the plastic makes when they chew it. But the sharp edges from the bottle's broken plastic can create a real health hazard for your dog, often slicing his gums and mouth. Make sure also your dog does not chew up or swallow pieces of plastic including the lid.
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Do you know of any home therapies for Sebaceous Adenitis in dogs?

Our question this week was: Doctor - I have a poodle with a skin disease called sebaceous adenitis. Do you know of any home therapies I can try? Kathy S. - Boulder, CO Answer Hi - thanks for your email. There are several therapies used to treat sebaceous adenitis (SA). For readers that don't know about SA - it is a inflammatory skin disease that leads to the destruction of sebaceous glands.
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What Is a Dog's Nose Made Of?

Our question this week was: Our daughter-in-law says a dog's nose is leather. We say it's not. What is a dog's nose made of? ANSWER: Thank you for your e-mail to . Leather is a material consisting of animal skin that has been specially treated for use by removing the hair and tanning. While you can use the word leathery as an adjective or comparison for anybody's skin that appears to resemble the product, living tissue is not actually leather.
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16-year-old cat - hungry, loosing weight and having accidents

Our question this week was: Hi, I have an indoor cat that is about 16 years old. Over the past several months we noticed that he has been losing weight, but is hungry all of the time. Now we found that he is using the litter box to urinate only but going all over the house to defecate. The boxes are in easy to use places, quiet, clean, open.
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My Labrador has Mange

Our question this week was: My seven year old labrador retriever has mange.The areas that she has hair loss have sort of thick, scabby skin. We've tried a few over the counter products and motor oil but nothing has worked. Do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of this? Answer There are a couple kinds of mange including most commonly Sarcoptic Mange and Demodicosis (Red Mange) .
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Does my dog need heartworm prevention?

Our question this week was: Does my dog really need heartworm prevention? If your dog lives in an endemic area, the answer is yes. Heartworm disease is common in Ohio as wells as most states that experience warm weather. Canine heartworm disease is a serious parasitic disease caused by a long, thin worm that lives in the blood vessels and heart of infected dogs.
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How do we Deal with Separation Anxiety in our Dog?

Our question this week was: I have a dog named Bella. We call her our child with fur, which should tell you that she is pretty spoiled. I can't leave her alone in our condo because she will eat her way out of the door to be with us. I think you might call it anxiety separation. I'm going to have to get a job soon and I don't know what to do with her.
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What is the effect of sex hormones on dog development?

Our question this week was: This is really not a question but a comment. Don't you think it's about time someone mentioned the important roll the sex hormones play in growth and development in dogs? Bone and muscle growth are the two things that I would like to hear discussed. Although a lot of research has not been done in the important role of the sex hormones play from birth to old age in a dog, it's in any physiology book on canines and anyone with a knowledge base to understand it will understand it.
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Should my puppy have a crate?

Our question this week was: Should my puppy have a crate? Absolutely! Crate training should begin the moment you bring the young pup home. As you walk in the door, pup in arms, the crate should be there, properly equipped, as a retreat for the youngster from that day forward. If the pup's acclimation to his new crate is performed thoughtfully and patiently, there is no reason that your pup's crate should not become its friend for life.
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How old is this puppy?

Our question this week was: We found a puppy but don't know how old he is. How can I tell? The answer lies in the mouths of these babes. Puppies, like human babies, are born without teeth. Only the gum surface is visible. This allows them to nurse without hurting the mother. When they reach 30 days of age, their deciduous or temporary (baby) teeth start to break through the gums.
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What do you think about getting second opinions?

Our question this week was: Doctor, What you do think about getting second opinions? Betty R. - Columbus, Ohio Answer Hi - thanks for your email. I am a total believer in second opinions. I think they are good for you and for your dog. Especially if you have questions or doubts or the problem can use the expertise of a specialist.
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Does the melamine in poisoned dog food cause liver problems?

Our question this week was: I found this site when I was trying to get information about liver disorders in dogs. After eating contaminated food, one of my dogs developed a urinary problem and the other was diagnosed with liver cancer. She died three days after the diagnosis. The vet has assured me that the melamine poison only affects the kidneys.
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Tips for living with a blind cat

Our question this week was: Hi - My cat is blind and I wanted to know if you have any tips on how to make his life as good as possible. Regards, Christine M., London, England. Answer Hi - thanks for your email Christine. Blind cats can have a happy life if you follow some simple rules. The big thing is to be patient and consistent.
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German Shepherd Male Marking Furniture

Our question this week was: I have a 3 year old male german shepherd. He has become very hard to live with since he now regulary uses the house as his bathroom. He is cocking his leg up on my leather sofa and my NEW dining room chairs at will. He was doing very well at staying out of his crate at night, but now he can't be trusted.
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How can you tell the sex of a cat?

Our question this week was: How do you tell the sex of a cat? Lisa Saullo Answer Hi - thanks for your email. Determining the sex of a kitten can be difficult. It basically consists of examining the genitalia for tell-tale signs of being male or female. What does this mean? We have an article on this and I'll give you some information from that article: Kittens should be born with two anatomical openings just below the tail.
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Do puppies need vaccines?

Our question this week was: When does my puppy need shots? In puppies, a series of vaccines is recommended. These should begin when your puppy is between 6 and 8 weeks and continue every 3 to 4 weeks until the puppy is between 14 and 16 weeks of age. The vaccine should protect against canine distemper virus, canine adenovirus, parainfluenza and canine parvovirus.
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