Whole Dog Journal

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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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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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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Food Elimination Trials

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?

Photos: Tralee and Maggie, Mike Fox, Rotorua, New Zealand 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 …

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Take your Lumps

Can (or should) anything be done about lipomas (also known as fatty tumors)? Uh-oh. What’s this lump? Any growth on your dog’s body deserves attention, especially one that wasn’t there last time you checked. It could be a sebaceous cyst (a sac filled with sebum, …

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A New Way to Spay

Fewer complications result from removal of only the dog’s ovaries. Taking a fresh look at the things we take for granted can be wonderfully enlightening. Sometimes, the little light bulb overhead begins to sizzle and sparkle, illuminating a new and better way of doing things. …

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Annual Vet (Not Vaccine) Visits

What you need to know and do when you get “that” postcard. You check your mailbox and there it is: a reminder postcard from your dog’s veterinarian. If you’re like many of us dog owners, you groan and toss the card aside. “Yeah, hmm, I …

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