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Does Your Vet Stack Up?

“Man’s relationship with his dog has changed,” remarks Stuart Rrodsky, DVM (doctor of veterinary medicine). “it has shifted to where the dog is considered a family member. Because of this special bond between you and your pet, you should as fussy [picking a veterinarian] as …

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Does my Kerry really need to see the Doctor each year?

When I’ve taken my own Kerries to the vets, I’ve often overheard pet owners at the vet say: My dog doesn’t need a check-up, he’s always been healthy. He’s just here because he ate something bad, he started having the runs, or he just doesn’t …

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Staying in Good Health: A look at Veterinarians and their Specialties

All of us as owners of Kerry Blue Terriers have had our fair share of visits to our local Veterinarian. My Kerry, Deidre Rhiannon Bluestockings, aka ‘Nips’ loves to go to our Veterinarian—so many new smells to experience, visiting with the Veterinarian’s office cats, chatting …

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Allergy Glossary

Allergen A substance that causes an allergic reaction. Anything can be an allergen to a hypersensitive individual, even water. The term has meaning only in relation to an individual who is hypersensitive to that substance. Allergen-specific immunotherapy: Also known as “allergy shots.” An injection that …

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When It Comes to Allergy Tests, Some Flunk

There are a few different types of tests available that purport to identify the allergens to which a dog is hypersensitive; some of them are helpful, and some are a waste of time and money. Since all of them are commonly referred to as “allergy …

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Food Elimination Trial: A Valuable Tool (When Done Correctly)

A valid food elimination trial for the purpose of confirming food hypersensitivity consists of three phases: elimination, challenge, and provocation. In the first (elimination) phase, the dog is fed a diet consisting of a single protein source and a single carbohydrate source. Both of these …

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Corticosteroids: Lifesaver or Killer?

There are almost as many opinions among veterinarians concerning the use of corticosteroids as there are veterinarians. Some feel that these drugs – prednisone, prednisolone, methyiprednisolone, and dexamethasone foremost among them – are invaluable to every dog who itches; some feel that corticosteroids ought to …

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