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should manufacturers reevaluate the shape of their hot dogs to make choking less likely?

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Dr. Guy DaSilva
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Chewing more will: All solid foods hold the potential risk of chocking no matter what size of shape. I believe the key to good digestion and prevention of chocking, provided you have a healthy gag reflex, is to properly and thorougly chew your food. You should chew your food between 15-25 times. This will aid digestion as the food has already been significantly broken down allowing for better intestinal transi.

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When can I let my baby play with a pet dog?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Specializes in Pediatrics
3-4 days: If your infant and the dog are being supervised, and the dog is up to date on his immunizations, there really is no early age limit. Your infant can be exposed to your dog as soon as your baby comes home from the hospital. If your dog goes outside, this may be an opportunity to enhance your infant's immune system by exposing the baby to allergens in small amounts.
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Is it common to get rabies from a dog bite in the us?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No, not in the U.S.: In the United States, dogs are well taken care of, and cities have good animal control services. One is unlikely to get rabies from dog bite in the U.S.. Sure, there are some rabid dogs here and there, but nothing near the level of problems seen in developing countries. In the U.S., the animals that carry rabies are raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats. Any bite should be seen by a doctor.
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Do hot dogs cause cancer?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Eat fewer hot dogs: Hot dogs are relatively cheap and taste good. Watch out however for what's in them--read labels carefully to assess what meat is used and how much fat and preservatives are involved in their manufacture. Excessive dietary animal fats have been associated with an increased risk of cancers of the GI tract . Instead, eat a well balanced diet high in monosaturates, whole grains, fruits, vegetables.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to remove all the dander from my dog?

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Dr. Sean McGhee
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
No: You can't get rid of all the dog allergen, although you can reduce it by bathing the animal twice per week, vacuuming with a filtered vacuum, having hard floors and using a hepa filter. This is a lot of work though, so it's often better to relocate the animal outside if possible or not to have a pet in the first place if you have allergies.
A 25-year-old member asked:

What does an infection from dog tick look like?

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Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Tick: Deer tick is the likely culprit for lyme's.

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