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My Dog Ate My Engagement Ring! Now What?
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My Dog Ate My Engagement Ring! Now What?

This is the type of phone call every veterinarian gets. I know I have certainly had a few. It goes something like this…Doc - my dog ate my engagement ring - what do I do? This might seem outrageous, but it really is not an uncommon scenario. And for some reason, some dogs just seem to like engagement rings.

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How Much Should I Feed My Puppy?

Our question this week was: How much should I feed my puppy ? Every brand of food has different nutrients, caloric densities and feeding recommendations. There is no set formula for how much to feed a puppy. Always consider your pup's age, weight, and activity level when deciding on the “amount” to feed.
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Dog Ate Clumping Cat Litter - Vet's Advice On Dog that Ate Clumping Litter

My dog ate clumping cat litter, what do I do? Many dogs will get into the litter box and eat cat feces. It is a common joke among many and they often refer to cat feces as dog “tootsie rolls”. To try to minimize this problem, prevent your dog from having access to the litter box. This can be done by giving your cat access by kitty door to a room that your dog doesn't can go in.
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My cat is hoarse and has a crackly meow - why is this?

Our question this week was: My cat has been staying outdoors a lot lately. A few days ago she started a very hoarse and crackly meow. It has gotten a bit worse. I have been trying to keep her in a bit more, but it is difficult. She is eating a little less than average. Thank you! Anna Gregg Answer Hi - thanks for your email hoarse or have a crackly meow.
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Cat in heat?

Surviving your cat's mating season can be trying. Felines that have not been spayed go into heat several times a year. A queen, the term for a cat in her reproductive years, may go into heat every three weeks or so. She's not very secretive about it. The behavior of a cat in heat is often irritating to humans.
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IMPORTANT - New Treat Danger, Over 600 dogs Dead

We wanted to give you an update on the recent deadly treat issue. You may have heard in the news that over 580 dogs have died and over 3,600 (so far) are ill with links to jerky treats made in China, as per federal animal health officials. They have also identified that this problem affects cats - with more than a ten deaths.
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What does the term “sick as a dog” mean?

Our question this week was: Doctor - have you ever heard the term “as sick as a dog”? Where did that come from? Daniel B. - Boston. Answer You wrote asking if I had ever heard of the term “as sick as a dog”? I certainly have and hear it used to express an extreme degree of illness. But I really didn't know the origin of the term so looked it up and found this: According to worldwildwords.
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Why shouldn't you feed your dog garlic?

Our question this week was: This is the second time I am asking this question. Why shouldn't you feed your dog garlic? Please let me know. Lynn Answer Hi - thanks for your email. You wrote asking why shouldn't dogs eat garlic. Dogs and cats lack the enzyme necessary to properly digest onions and this could result in gas, vomiting, diarrhea or severe gastrointestinal distress.
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Food Stamp Laws and Pet Food - Are They Really Fair?

I read a story about a Pennsylvania man that was denied food stamps for his service dog. According to the article, the state welfare agency had DENIED the man additional food stamp support for his service dog, and a Pennsylvania appeals court upheld that ruling. The dog owner is a 55-year-old disabled, unemployed veteran who lives alone with his service dog.
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Favorite Holiday Traditions Dog Lovers Suggest…

We love the holidays with our pets. One of our wonderful writers researched and created a list of holiday traditions that you can spend with your dog. Read the full article - go to: 12 Wonderful Holiday Traditions to Share with Your Dog. We've also been getting emails from readers about some of their favorite traditions.
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What can I use to help my dog's itching?

Our question this week was: My dog (5-years-old) scratches herself all the time (leaving bad sores). Nothing works but cortisone cream (over the counter), which I don't like to use too often. I've tried many lotions after the bath and between. We use cortisone shampoo from the vet and it still doesn't help much.
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When can a dog first be diagnosed as “pregnant” after breeding?

Our question this week was: Doctor - when can a dog first are diagnosed as “pregnant” after breeding? April L. Lexington, KY Answer Hi - thanks for your email April. Your question was - when can a dog first be diagnosed as “pregnant” after breeding? The answer is: Pregnancy can be diagnosis by abdominal ultrasound approximately 16 to 18 days after ovulation.
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When can a puppy start to “see”?

Our question this week was: When does a puppy start to gain some vision? Virginia – London, England Answer Hi – thanks for your email. You asked when does a puppy start to see or have vision. The answer is that during the third week, your puppy's senses open up. He can detect light, dark and movement and begins to respond to sudden or loud sounds.
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Is chronic pain medication “bad” for a dog?

Our question this week was: My German Shorthaired Pointer had x-rays due to limping & stiffness on her right front leg. Arthritis was discovered in her shoulder at 4 1/2 yrs. of age…The Vet gave me a prescription for 'Rimadyl'…What is your opinion about prolonged prescription drugs for pain and their effect on my dog?
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Does a Drummel or Dremel tool work to trim cat’s nails?

Our question this week was: I heard about Dremel type tool being used to trim dog nails – can it also be used on cats? Melody Answer Hi – thanks for your email. You asked if a dremel type tool or nail grinder can been used to trim a cats nails. Yes, in fact, I have recently used a dremel type tool to trim cat's nails.
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What is Comfortis™ for Dogs?

Our question this week was: Doctor - What is Comfortis for Dogs? My vet recommended it – I wrote it down but can't recall what he told me about it. Juanita Answer Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking about Comfortis™. Comfortis™ is a drug used to prevent and kill fleas.
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Should I worry about Lead in my cat’s toys and bowls?

Our question this week was: Doctor – I know there was a huge recall on children's toys and items because there was lead in the paint. Do I need to worry about my cat's things? Sarah Miller – Newport. Answer Hi Sarah – thanks for your email. You ask a good question. In fact, I asked one of our site writers to research this topic last week.
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