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There’s a reason we have service dogs instead of service hamsters…

© Especially for Pets. Mar 14, 2019 They guide the blind, comfort the sick and even fight crime—what don’t they do? Dogs are basically superheroes, and their special power is empathy. In fact, they’re one of the most empathetic animals around, and we’ve got the …

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Fecal Transplants for Dogs

The term alone is a conversation-stopper. Fecal transplants? For dogs? Don?t laugh. Fecal transplants are making headlines as a wonder drug for pets and people.2 Forty years ago, when Clostridium difficile colitis, or ?C. diff,? a bacterial infection resulting from antibiotic therapy, became an epidemic …

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Music for and by Dogs

Everywhere we go in the coming holiday season, we’ll be hearing the familiar carols and songs. (Will your Kerry get tired of “The Little Drummer Boy” before you do?) Interestingly, past Questions of the Week suggest that our Kerry Blue Terriers are relatively indifferent to …

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Dog Parkour: Canine Urban Athletes

What is dog parkour? It’s a fun way to increase your dog?s confidence, fitness, and attention. There?s no need for fancy agility equipment when training for dog parkour. With a little creativity, objects you pass on your daily dog walk can become part of your …

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Cannabis and Dogs

Recently I had a friend take her 14-year-old dog to the vet for a checkup. The vet was amazed that the dog moved like a puppy when a dog so old should have arthritis. When examining the dog’s eyes, the vet exclaimed, “This dog should …

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Allergy Glossery

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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