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Ask the Vet: Helping a Woof Reader’s Dog Struggling with Anxiety

Dear Woof, You always have a very informative article in your magazine, so I thought I would write and see if you could look into something we desperately need… Anxiety behavior, symptoms and help. Tommie is a sweet boy, but he does things I’ve never seen before… paw sucking and crying with a toy in […]

Ask the Vet: Pet Obesity

Ask the Vet: About Pet Obesity Written By: Dr. Brian J. Bourquin, Founder, Boston Veterinary Clinic www.bostonveterinary.com NEW! Submit your question for Woof’s Ask the Vet Expert, Dr. Bourquin, using the form at the end of the article! We may answer it in an upcoming issue! Much like America itself, our pets have a BIG […]

Ask the Vet: What is Fear-Free Care?

Ask the Vet: What is Fear-Free Care? Written Dr. Brian J. Bourquin, Founder, Boston Veterinary Clinic www.bostonveterinary.com Over the last year, the phrase “fear free” has become more prevalent in veterinary medicine. What is fear free? Fear free is a campaign focusing on the prevention and alleviation of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by […]

Canine Influenza in Massachusetts: What to Know

Canine Influenza in Massachusetts: What to Know Written on August 28, 2018 by Krista Vernaleken, VMDHospital: Bulger Veterinary Hospital Many dog owners have seen reports of Canine Influenza, or the dog flu, hitting Massachusetts and are wondering what, if anything, we should be doing to prevent this in our pet dogs. Don’t panic just yet, […]

Top Reasons to Get Your Dog’s DNA Tested

Top Reasons to Get Your Dog’s DNA Tested Written by: Ashley Troutman Dog; it’s the first word many of us learn and the first friend many of us have. Dogs are an integral part of our communities and lives, they represent a feeling of warmth, home and comfort to so many. While pets often become […]

Myths and Truths: Food Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Myths and Truths: Food Allergies in Dogs and Cats Written by Christine Zewe, DVM, DACVD       Food allergies in dogs can cats can cause several issues, including gastrointestinal upset and skin and ear issues. Pets with food allergies can have the same symptoms as pets with environmental allergies and other GI problems, making […]

Ask the Vet: Why is Heartworm Prevention So Important?

Ask the Vet: Why is Heartworm Prevention So Important? Written by Dr. Melissa Magnuson Heartworm prevention is a pill or chew that a dog takes monthly to prevent heartworm infection. Mosquitos spread heartworm disease; once a mosquito bites your dog, it can give your dog heartworm disease. By giving a once a month pill, it […]

Ask the Vet: What are the best things I can do for my pet?

Ask the Vet: What are the best things I can do for my pet? Written by Melissa Magnuson, DVM, All Pets Veterinary Hospital, Nashua NH, Canobie Lake Veterinary Hospital, Windham NH, Greenland Veterinary Hospital, Greenland NH We all want our furry friends to live forever. The question that is asked of me most is what is […]

Ask the Vet: Why is veterinary care so expensive?

Written by Dr. Melissa Magnuson Veterinary care is medical care. It is no different from human health care but when compared to human health care, it is considerably less costly. Let’s consider some myths about veterinary medicine that clients have told me: Myth 1: Veterinarians are not REAL doctors. Just like human medical doctors, veterinary […]

Should I purchase pet insurance for my dog or cat, is it worth it?

Should I purchase pet insurance for my dog or cat, is it worth it? Written by Dr. Melissa Magnuson I am asked this question everyday and I believe pet insurance IS worth it. Think of  pet insurance as being  like car insurance, it works much the same way. Pet insurance covers those medical issues with […]

5 Tips to Acclimate a Rescue Dog Into Your Home Environment

5 Tips to Acclimate a Rescue Dog Into Your Home Environment Exclusive to Project Pawsitive Foundation If you are thinking about adopting a rescue dog, it is important to prepare a calculated assimilation for him into your home. Rescue dogs can come from an array of situations and might be skittish when they enter a new environment. […]

It’s a Scary world out there when you have a curious nose!

Written by: Laurie McCarter, CVT and Sommer Aweidah of Port Cit Referral Hospital in Portsmouth, NH Here we are – it’s January and a whole new year! We’ve made it through the holidays and a slew of pet danger emails, facebook statuses and twitter posts. We avoided all the holiday decorations, human food toxicities, we […]

Heatstroke in Dogs

Heatstroke in Dogs By Courtney James, DVM of Port City Referral Hospital  Heatstroke is a very serious medical condition caused by uncontrolled elevation of a mammal’s core body temperature by an outside source. The commonly quoted example of heatstroke is the dog locked in a hot car. Car windows generate a greenhouse effect, allowing heat […]

Please Don’t Go! Coping with Separation Anxiety in Pets

Please Don’t Go! Coping with Separation Anxiety in Pets Written by Ann Cathey Does your dog freak out when you leave the house? Do you come home to chewed furniture and torn papers? Does he pee on the rug? Does she howl and bark when she hears you coming into the driveway? Do your neighbors […]

How to Adopt a Pet

We’ve seen the commercials; we have felt the twang in our hearts at the site of cats and dogs in need of adoption. However, many people remain unaware of how to adopt from an animal shelter. Today, approximately 8 million animals live in shelters and are in need of a loving home and family or […]

When Your Dog Needs a CAT Scan

When Your Dog Needs a CAT Scan WRITTEN BY: Mason Holland, VMD, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology When your dog needs a cat scan: Providing advanced care for our furry family members has been helped immeasurably by applying some of the revolutionary medical technologies which have arisen over the past decades.  Almost every serious human medical […]

Can My Pet Catch EBOLA?

Can My Pet Catch Ebola? By: Melissa Magnuson, DVM The quick answer is no, you should not worry, however, very few studies have been done on Ebola infections in domestic pets like cats and dogs. Ebola virus is a contagious disease that affects humans, non-human primates (monkeys and apes) and some domestic species (pigs.) It […]

When Separation Anxiety is Not About Separation At All

When Separation Anxiety Isn’t About Separation At All ASK THE VET: Dr. Boyle Brown, DVM from Port City Referral Hospital in Portsmouth, NH sits down and talks separation anxiety in pets. By: Tonya Boyle Brown, DVM, DACVIM As busy families, we are acutely aware that the priorities of our four legged family members take a […]

What’s the best pet for my family?

What pet makes the most sense for my family? Written by Dr. Melissa Magnuson, DVM  Choosing a pet for your family should be a decision discussed by all family members. Many pets do not fit certain lifestyles and pets are a large financial obligation. A cat may “cost” $25 to adopt at the local shelter […]