Dewclaws – Should We Remove Them?

“Do the Dew” …should we or shouldn’t we? M. Christine Zink DVM certainly gives food for thought in her articles, but she’s not talking about that well known bright yellow soft drink, instead she’s talking about dewclaws and the fairly common practice of removing these. Dr. Zink exposes us to her concern about the long term ramifications that may occur from foreleg dewclaw removal, the possibility of injury or disease (carpal arthritis).

Quite frankly I’ve

Age Equivalent Chart

Use the chart provided below to find the relative age of your pet. If your pet’s relative age is over 40 years many veterinarians recommend a Senior Pet Exam that may include a physical, bloodwork, urinalysis, EKG, and xrays. Each pet is different and the exact procedures included in your pet’s Senior Exam will be determined by you, your pet and your veterinarian.

Spay Neuter Risks And Benefits

At some point, most of us with an interest in dogs will have to consider whether or not to spay or neuter our pet. Tradition holds that the benefits of doing so at an early age outweigh the risks. Often, tradition holds sway in the decision-making process even after countervailing evidence has accumulated.

Ms Sanborn has reviewed the veterinary medical literature in an exhaustive and scholarly treatise, attempting to unravel the complexities of the subject.