Sandy scratches. A lot. When her leg gets going, it makes a sound against the floor like a hammer driving a nail. My mother-in-law, Jane, first noticed Sandy's behavior a few months ago. When Jane took Sandy, a mid-sized 13-year-old mixed-breed pooch, to the veterinarian, he suggested a diet change to curb the scratching that makes her so uncomfortable.
You must watch what you eat. You can't drink the water or even brush your teeth with it. Nothing is sterile. And yet, my experiences at a spay and neuter clinic in the Dominican Republic have been among the most rewarding in my career.
What's an over-the-hill pooch to do when her winsome curves have disappeared beneath layers of fat? Winnie, a 10-year-old Schnoodle, jumped on the underwater treadmill and exercised her way to fame in the Big Dog/Big Loser Weight Loss Competition, a contest launched by Anne Chauvet, DVM, Dipl.