Living: Rx for Fido, Fifi and Friends

As any urban dweller knows, the U.S. is quite literally going to the dogs —to say nothing of cats, canaries, parakeets, turtles and, indeed, a whole Noah's ark of creatures. Accompanying the pet population explosion is the spectacular growth of medical care dedicated solely to Fido, Fifi, Polly and friends. There are now 30,000 doctors of veterinary medicine in the U.S., and the number is rising. In addition, there are more than 1,000 U.S. and Canadian animal hospitals. These range from small storefront one-doctor facilities to such gleaming temples of animal care as...

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