Many pet owners adopt a dog in the hopes of having a companion to join them on their adventures. Dogs can be a great encouragement to help you get out of the house, exercise more, and improve your overall health and quality of life.
Dr. Elizabeth Racine
Dr. Racine is a small animal general practice veterinarian based in New England. Her professional interests include behavior, nutrition, and internal medicine.
Like aging humans, senior dogs are prone to developing arthritis, a painful inflammation of the joints. Arthritis is caused by the breakdown of cartilage, which is the body’s natural cushioning material for the joints.
Socialization is an essential part of every puppy’s cognitive development. From approximately 2-20 weeks of age, puppies experience a critical period of development during which they are neurologically primed to experience new things and develop important social behaviors.
It is every pet owner’s worst nightmare: that sinking feeling as you watch your dog run off without you, ignoring your calls for him to come back. Losing a dog is a scary thing, but there are steps you can take to improve your chances of finding your dog as quickly as possible.