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Anxieties about veterinary visits can and should be addressed

My dog Keeper used to be a brown-and-white tornado on the exam table at the veterinary hospital. He’s a nice boy otherwise, and I don’t know what it was in his past life that made him fear being on top of the table, but it has always been a struggle for veterinarians to examine him because he’s trying so hard to escape.

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Tests suggest new hope for dogs with a common disease

New therapies and diagnostic tests have the potential to help dogs with a progressive neurodegenerative disease live longer lives. Boxers, German shepherds and Pembroke Welsh corgis are among more than 100 breeds and mixes that may benefit from two therapies being studied, as well as a diagnostic biomarker test for degenerative myelopathy, a disease of the central nervous system that develops late in life.

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A number of factors go into the search for the right dogmobile, owners say

We purchased our first Subaru Outback 13 years ago to haul around three cavalier King Charles spaniels and, as needed, two cats and two birds. In the years since, we’ve driven it to San Francisco; Seattle; Vancouver, British Columbia; Wyoming; New Mexico; Utah; Arizona; and Oklahoma. I had hoped it would last us another couple of years, but repair costs were rising higher, so last month we found ourselves in search of a new dog car.

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Dispelling some common myths about dogs

There are many myths about our pets, and several are so old that they have become facts in the eyes of many. While some of these myths are harmless, many are filled with misinformation about dogs' care, temperament, behavior and intelligence. Pet owners who act on this misinformation may not be best meeting the needs of their dog.

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See her joy as shelter puppies brighten cancer patient's day

"This is the best day, the best moment of my life," said Courtney, a 28-year-old cancer patient who has a passion for puppies. Her friends and family, with an assist from the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, provided an emotional moment for Courtney when they surprised Courtney with a special visit from shelter puppies.

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