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Why Does My Dog… Walk Between My Legs?

You may have met a dog with this endearing tendency: He tries to walk between your legs — even if you’re not ready or he can’t quite fit. So, what is it he's trying to do? We asked Dr. Wailini Sung, a veterinary behaviorist, for the answer to the question. Seeking Attention, Avoiding Contact and More “Some dogs do it when they are excited or anxious: The physical contact may be comforting to them,” Dr. Sung says. “It can also be a form of attention-seeking behavior. Who would not pay attention to a dog walking between their legs?” But there are other reasons a dog might try to weave while you walk. Dr. Sung explains that some dogs might be slightly fearful of hands reaching down to pet them,

Why Does My Pet... Get So Lumpy as He Ages?

It’s not pretty, but it’s a fact of life: We all get older. For some of our pets, that means often unsightly, suspicious and definitely disconcerting growths that arise on, in or just beneath the skin. Though often benign, these unwanted lumps and bumps are never cosmetically pleasing and may well represent problems that are more than skin deep. But first, a quick primer on the semantics of superficial lumps and bumps: Veterinarians commonly refer to these as “masses,” “tumors” or “growths,” regardless of their provenance or potential cancerous-ness. No matter what we call them, one thing is clear: Almost all kinds of lumps and bumps appear much more often on older pets –– dogs, mostly. And

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