Dear Dr. Fox: Our 3-year-old rescue dog, who we believe to be a combination of dachshund, beagle and other breeds, has had a constant rash.
Bill Gates' and others' push of geoengineering — introducing various particulate materials into the upper atmosphere to shade the Earth from the sun's rays in order to slow down global warming — fails to address the fundamental issue of escalating carbon dioxide and methane emissions.
Dear readers: A new book addresses the travesty of flat-faced (so-called brachycephalic) companion animals from a clinical perspective.
Dear Readers: Reptiles and amphibians are cold-blooded poikilotherms, which means they have little ability to cope with sudden changes in temperature and humidity. We humans and other warm-blooded homeothermic animals can cope better with these changes. Now, due to changes in climate and environment, stressed poikilotherms are being decimated by fungal infections that are indicative of their impaired immune systems.
Dear Readers: Late last year, the British Veterinary Association council declared that crabs, lobsters, octopuses and squid "should be regarded in legislation as having consciousness and the capacity to experience feelings such as pleasure and pain. "
Dear Dr. Fox: I'm a retired communications specialist formerly associated with a major U.S. carrier. I read with some dismay the letter from your peer regarding nonionizing radiation risks from low-power personal devices.
Dear readers: The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the world — already facing climate, population, refugee and political crises — into turmoil.
Extra-small dog breeds — those less than 14 pounds — are up to five times more likely to develop periodontal disease.
Dr. Fox's research shows the best time for puppies to bond with people is between 6-7 weeks of age.
Questions we should all ask about our food include: What is its quality and nutritional value? What is its environmental impact/carbon footprint? What is its impact on biodiversity, or loss of wildlife and habitat? How much suffering was inflicted on sentient creatures being raised for consumption or caught in nets, in traps and on hooks?
Dear readers: The deaths of four reindeer from hemorrhagic fever at the Minnesota Zoo last year prompted the zoo to begin running vaccination test trials on susceptible captive species — some 30 bison, moose and pronghorn antelope — to protect them against this disease.
Dear Dr. Fox: I read with interest your article on fish cruelty, and it brought to mind our experiences with fish in the Florida Keys.
Dear readers: I have often raised the issue of how a One Health approach could have prevented the COVID-19 pandemic, and of how, if such an approach is not adopted internationally, future pandemics and declining quality of life will be inevitable.
Dear Dr. Fox: I thought I'd ask you what you think about the Bureau of Land Management's roundups of wild horses.
Dear Dr. Fox: The letter from "D.H., Ph.D., Tulsa," which you published and commented on approvingly, contains counterfactual statements that falsify its premise.
Animal Doctor Several years ago, my sister suffered a cat bite and the cat was never caught. As a precaution, she went to the hospital for rabies shots.
Dear Dr. Fox: One often-overlooked cause of tachycardia (rapid heart rate) in animals, as well as of other heart arrhythmias and high blood pressure, is wireless radiation in the environment — or attached to an animal's body, like GPS trackers. This is because the voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) in cell membranes are affected by these human-made frequencies.
Dear Dr. Fox: I am a licensed massage therapist who has been doing massage therapy on humans for over 25 years. I am semi-retired now, but would love to use my massage skills on animals on a volunteer basis. I am not sure where and how to begin! I would be willing to study on my own so I can be prepared.
Dear Dr. Fox: I've been in the veterinary care business, including emergency, for going on 20 years now, and I want to caution your readers about one problem with Banfield as a veterinary care provider.
Dear readers: Here is an update on the topic of declawing from our friends at All About Cats (AllAboutCats.com).
Keeping domestic cats indoors is one example of how a simple practice can have far-reaching beneficial consequences across the One Health spectrum.