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Three-legged dogs and cats generally lead normal lives. In fact, three-legged dogs often seem to lead the pack at dog parks. However, if arthritis or...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  May 14th 2010


Three-legged dogs and cats generally lead normal lives. In fact, three-legged dogs often seem to lead the pack at dog parks. However, if arthritis or injury strikes a remaining limb, quality of life can deteriorate severely. A recent article in HealthDay discussed a new technique for affixing prosthetic limbs to animals. The practice may become much more widespread in the future.

National Hairball Awareness day has come and gone! I didn’t even realize hairballs had a day, but you can mark April 30, 2011 on your calendar now. I am as surprised as you that it’s not April 1.

I am stunned nearly daily by the large numbers of suicidal small dogs that try to convince my pal Buster to kill them when we are out walking. Fortunately for everyone involved, Buster generally ignores three pound yappers who try to attack him. However, not all big dogs exercise the same restraint. A recent article discussed the damage that can occur when small dogs with Napoleon complexes get the fights they ask for.

The person who bred the first Labradoodle recently gave an interview. I was surprised to see that he regrets his action. Sadly, the article I read did not really explain why.

Is there anything pets can’t do for people’s well being? A recent article discussed the use of specially trained dogs to help special needs children to learn to read.

Utahns who are incensed by their state’s recent ban on pet Great Basin Rattlesnakes may want to consider moving to Louisiana. Recent legislation has set standards for keeping and selling dangerous snakes in the state, but venomous serpents are still legal. I strongly recommend that you read the article–it is truly a piece of work!