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Human-Style Veterinary Care: My Dog’s Experience

When my dog Baxter was sick, I wished that he could tell me what was wrong. “Does it hurt? What are you feeling?” Unfortunately, he couldn’t answer me. But I feel we got as close as possible to the answer through a consultation at a veterinary hospital that takes the human model of care and …

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How To Help A Toddler Understand A Dog’s Death

The morning after our dog, Baxter, died, our 2-year-old daughter Ellie walked over to his empty dog bed and waved her hand through the air as though petting an imaginary dog. Then, she fetched a little plate from her toys and brought it over to the dog bed and explained that she was feeding “purple …

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Dog Dementia – Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

About a year ago, it seemed like something was wrong with Baxter. Our usual low-energy dog became lethargic. We went through lots of tests, tried different medications, consulted several specialists, confronted various symptoms and never received a definitive diagnosis. As I shared in my last post, Baxter died at the end of May. In the …

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