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THE RISING COSTS OF PET COMPANIONSHIP by Helpful Buckeye Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted Sun 13 Nov 2011 12:00am For many pet owners, the last several years have provided an almost perfect storm of rising expenses.  On the one hand, the arena of veterinary medicine has been rapidly expanding its capabilities for diagnosis and treatment, which have then led to increasing fees for such services.  On the other hand, many pet owners have either found th ... Read on »
Canine Spines in Crisis ... Will the Dread of Them Never Cease? by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Fri 20 Aug 2010 5:32am Apparently, as long as I continue to share a household with Frenchies, I am doomed to living with spinal diseases. Love though I might the breed’s verve and goofiness, I'll be damned if I don’t feel like deadpanning Britney’s famous refrain for the sake of this crummy topic. "Oops, I did it again."   Almost three years back it was Sophie S ... Read on »
Why I REALLY Love Booties for Dogs by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Mon 04 Oct 2010 5:39pm I’ve always been a big proponent of booties for dogs. Not only do I recommend them for dogs who walk on rough, hot, or otherwise hazardous surfaces (think, jagged glass-strewn and electrified ground), they do amazing work for those whose neuromuscular impairments make it difficult to grip slick surfaces.   Let’s face it, the kind of ground ... Read on »
Animal Joint Care 101: Does Your Pet Have an Arthritis Treatment Checklist? (Part 2) by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Sun 11 Apr 2010 6:31pm Ever heard the words,“There’s not much we can do for your pet’s arthritis?” While that may well be true for some, the vast majority of dogs and cats CAN be treated for osteoarthritis (arthritis, for short). Though the inexorable progression of the disease may be unstoppable, their symptoms can be alleviated by a variety of not-necessarily-so ... Read on »
Ringing in the new year with a howl: On vocalizing behavior in pets by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Fri 01 Jan 2010 10:00pm We rang in the new year in South Florida style: A round of stone crabs and a home-made dinner, a group howl with the dogs at my parent's house (you should try this cathartic trick sometime), then some Perrier-Jouet at the Biltmore, a close-up fireworks display and, unexpectedly, a party-crashing escapade courtesy of my sister’s brash antics. ... Read on »
Bullishly inhumane by design? On bulldog breeding and welfare by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Tue 30 Sep 2008 1:22pm A couple of months ago the Journal of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) ran a cover illustration of three English bulldogs. In response, last month’s JAVMA featured a finger-wagging letter (written by a veterinarian AVMA member) accusing the AVMA of supporting the cruelty inherent to breeding such malformed creatures. In ma ... Read on »
What’s Wrong With Ugly Dog Contests? by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Fri 02 Jul 2010 7:55am You wanna know what’s wrong with them? Just look at the winners. They’re almost always genetically diseased, surgically altered, or otherwise afflicted with extreme veterinary conditions. No, despite their billing, these popular human endeavors, what we call "ugly pet contests," are not necessarily so benign. Sure, some may believe they sho ... Read on »
When Buying Pet Insurance is the Right Decision by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Fri 08 Mar 2013 6:00am by Brian Spero     The veterinary industry is on the rise, with Americans spending around $50 billion on their pets in 2011 — the lion's share going to healthcare expenses. Yet with so much money being earmarked for medical costs, only a small percentage of pet owners opt for veterinary pet insurance. While most experts agree that pet insur ... Read on »
meanguacamole: stinky-princess: fighting-for-animals: How dog... by zoewscott Posted Mon 09 Dec 2013 11:55am meanguacamole : stinky-princess : fighting-for-animals : How dog breeders have “improved” breeds over the past 100 years.  The basset hound never used to sit so low. The dog has suffered changes to his rear leg structure, has excessive skin, vertebrae problems, droopy eyes that are pro ... Read on »
Dog toxic xylitol in gums, mints, desserts ... and now drugs by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Fri 04 Feb 2011 12:10pm I've written about the dog-toxicity of the popular sugar substitute xylitol so often and so fervently that a Google search for "xylitol and dogs" digs up my past posts on the subject among the first several findings. And that's cool. But it's not nearly enough. Indeed, the fact that I'm up there tells me precious few people are getting the news. ... Read on »