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    Cancer and ivermectin

    Background: Dad picked up a larger mutt due to be euthanized at a local shelter, as no one would adopt him. The dog had a large, soft tumor on one paw, but dad would not spend the money to have it removed. The tumor never grew over the course of five years. Dad passed, and I took responsibility...
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    Summer haircut?

    The dogs I've had for the past many years have generally had short hair and been, more or less, indoor dogs. I may have inherited a rather large shepherd mix, an older dog—maybe 12. He sheds like I've never seen before. To my eye, it seems he is built for cold weather, and has difficulty with...
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    RELIABLE Calming Treats for Storms and Fireworks

    My Dachshunds freak out during thunder storms, and will not settle down unless they are held, which isn't always possible. In the past, friends have told me they use calming treats that work great, whereas all I seem to find are homeopathic treats that are generally reviewed poorly. I'm not...
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    How I treated thick, black crust along tips of my dog's ears

    I have an older dachshund that developed a thickened black crust along the very tips of his ears. The dog never seemed especially sensitive when this area was touched. The dog never exhibited any discomfort, and only one of three dogs was ever affected. The crust was just there, and it was very...
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    Safety of flea & tick medications

    The idea of giving a pet insecticides is fairly distressing. Some pets have terrible reactions to the drugs. But we obviously continue to use them. I've a terrier mix with this dense, thick-shafted hair that seems to wick topical flea medicines away from her skin. No matter how hard I try to...
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    Necessity of yearly dog "wellness" visits?

    I've read some vets are perfectly willing to give animals more vaccinations than necessary, for sake of the all mighty dollar. But perhaps these accounts are hysteria? I've got a vet who likes to give yearly vaccinations for rabies and distemper. There's more to these visits, such as checking...
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    My dogs are too fat; want to improve diet

    I have two dachshunds and a terrier mix—an abandoned angel I took in last March. She was emaciated when she found me, but sh is not any more! None of us are very active during winter. The dachshunds don't enjoy being out as much as I wish. One of them doesn't want to be outside at all, except...
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    Spaying and neutering: What is the right thing to do? For the DOG!—not us!

    We acquired another abandoned dog weeks after losing one we've had for years. I've never given much thought to this before, but you read things online that make a compelling argument against spaying and neutering. The only certainty I have is that it shouldn't be done to very young dogs, before...
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    Dachshund oral problem

    This dog has been on Atopica for some years, due to a chronic allergy. In December, we became aware our 12-13-year-old Dachshund was having oral problems when she began pawing at her mouth and developing horrid breath. At the vet, she was prescribed Clindamycin and had teeth extracted a week...
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