Dr. Nicholas Dodman, veterinarian, internationally-recognized animal behaviorist and author/editor of several books, discusses his latest book project, “Good Old Dog: Expert Advice For Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and Comfortable”–for which he served as editor–and a number of the notable points and facts raised in the book.
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For instance, when faced with their dog’s decline or medical problems, how frequently their humans are inclined to do the wrong thing or draw the wrong conclusion (like declining a surgery or important procedure for fear of subjecting the dog to anesthesia). Dr. Dodman also explained about the need for people with elderly dogs who may get an unpleasant diagnosis to re-calibrate their expectations (and what constitutes good news) when something like chemo may extend a dog’s life 6-12 months–and how that should be viewed as a tremendous amount of additional time with that dog. He noted that people who put their dogs on a vegetarian diet can be doing them a great disservice, including the instances where a vegetarian diet caused heart disease in some dogs. He addressed several other topics, and fielded questions from listeners. (http://www.tufts.edu/vet/facpages/dodman_n.html)
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