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[Tucker Tallering]

From Phobic to Functioning: One Dog’s Stormy Story

Mar 19, 2018 / Behavior

Pets’ behavioral conditions affect the whole family Dr. Kathy Tallering remembers the exact moment it began. The Chicago pediatrician was taking her then-four-year-old Portuguese water dog, Tucker, for a walk in their Lincoln ...

[crated dogs await their travel]

Pugs (and Other Pups) on Planes

Mar 14, 2018 / General News

Tips to Keep Pets Safe at 20,000 ft “Where’s the grass around here? Why am I in this carrier? Why are my ears popping at high altitudes?” If you think flying is stressful for people, imagine how it feels for the 2 ...


Winter Olympics Spur Influx of South Korean Dogs

Mar 13, 2018 / General News

Recent reports from the media have documented the growing number of dogs imported to the United States from South Korea after the Olympics. Veterinarians need to be asking themselves: What might these animals be bringing with them?  ...

[Reddington with Jane Do]

Hope for Heartworm-Positive Dogs

Mar 19, 2018 / Advances in Medicine / Cardiology

shelters often euthanize heartworm-positive dogs Reddington probably didn’t realize it, but he was in a bad spot. Not only was the dog living in an animal shelter, he had also tested positive for heartworm disease. In many cases, those ...

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