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Fleas have been around for a very long time, irritating our pets and invading our homes. They are smart little critters that can survive just about anywhere. They eat sparingly, move quietly and reproduce aggressively. That's the bad news. Credit: Getty Creative But here's the good news: We can win the flea battle! There are medications available that interrupt the flea life cycle and are safe, effective, and simple to use. Pet owners should appreciate how easy it is to control fleas now, especially those who remember how difficult the battle against fleas has been. When I began my career as a veterinarian, pet owners had to spray their dogs with topical chemicals every day, dip them in...

Why Does My Puppy Itch?

So my editor boss-guy gave me a list of topic suggestions when we first planned out Purely Puppy. One of the topics was "diseases and conditions that affect puppies in their first year." Well, since that's a little broad, we'll talk about something that I get asked just about every time I do a new puppy exam: "My puppy is itchy. Does he have fleas?" Credit: Getty Creative Literally, when I walk into the exam room, a little clock starts ticking in my head. It's almost like a game. "When will the itchy puppy question come up?" I ask myself. RELATED: 7 Common Ailments in Senior Dogs Here's the thing, I think all puppies itch. Sometimes it's actually significant; sometimes I think they are...

NEW DELHI - Stray canines roaming the Indian capital may soon find themselves attending police training school with civic authorities planning to turn the animals into security dogs, reports said Saturday. Credit: Associated Press New Delhi residents have long informally adopted some strays as watchdogs for their homes and shops and fed them, but this marks the first formal plan to turn them into municipal security dogs. City authorities said they would enlist police animal trainers to work with the strays and press the canines into service as guard dogs alongside a newly formed "May I Help You?" city security force which aims to assist the public and bolster safety. "If these dogs are...

Puppy appointments are one of the great perks of being a veterinarian. It's hard to be in a bad mood when faced with an adorable bundle of exuberance, which makes puppies suffering from a disease called strangles, or juvenile cellulitis, especially pitiful. They are neither adorable nor exuberant. Credit: Getty Creative Puppy strangles is an odd disease. First of all, it tends to only affect puppies younger than four months of age, and for all the world it looks like it should be caused by a bacterial infection. Affected puppies develop some combination of the following symptoms: - facial swelling - papules (small, solid, raised masses) around the face and ears - pustules (small pockets...

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