Animal Doctor: Latest Column & Archive

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Fighting urinary tract infections; the possible causes of renal failure; cat is drawn to the color yellow.
 
Bereavement in the animal world
(Universal Uclick, December 10, 2014; 12:26 PM)
 
Shelters destroy millions of animals each year
(Universal Uclick, December 3, 2014; 12:17 PM)
 
Yearly wellness exams for dogs and cats are key to preventive health care
(Universal Uclick, November 25, 2014; 10:49 AM)
 
Hark, hark, the neighbors’ dogs do bark
(Universal Uclick, November 19, 2014; 11:40 AM)
 
Pet owners share their homemade diet success stories
(Universal Uclick, November 12, 2014; 12:24 PM)
 
Cat has an averse reaction to liquid in commercial food
(Universal Uclick, November 5, 2014; 9:47 AM)
 
Crates can serve as safe havens for dogs rather than jails
(Universal Uclick, October 29, 2014; 10:00 AM)
 
Dogs can mourn a loss just as humans do
(Universal Uclick, October 22, 2014; 12:10 PM)
 
Change of diet can ease health problems, obsessive behavior
(Universal Uclick, October 15, 2014; 2:24 PM)
 
The bird trade remains lucrative, but cruel
(Universal Uclick, October 8, 2014; 2:02 PM)
 
Dogs love treats, but not all treats love dogs
(Universal Uclick, October 1, 2014; 2:29 PM)
 
Cushing’s disease is common in dogs, and difficult to treat effectively
(Universal Uclick, September 24, 2014; 11:23 AM)
 
German shepherd is easily startled, show signs of OCD and Tourette’s
(Universal Uclick, September 17, 2014; 12:29 PM)
 
Keeping a cat calm for nail-trimming sessions
(Universal Uclick, September 10, 2014; 1:04 PM)
 
Dog’s inability to sit down could indicate a serious condition
(Universal Uclick, September 3, 2014; 1:14 PM)
 
Thinking about getting a ferret? Here are some facts to consider.
(Universal Uclick, August 27, 2014; 12:02 PM)
 
Like people, some dogs have higher thresholds of pain
(Universal Uclick, August 20, 2014; 3:45 PM)
 
Researching the possible hazards of products made to stop fleas and ticks
(Universal Uclick, August 13, 2014; 12:23 PM)
 
Domineering cat bullies other felines and attacks owner
(Universal Uclick, August 6, 2014; 10:53 AM)
 
Reader recommends nontoxic oils to repel ticks and fleas
(Universal Uclick, July 30, 2014; 1:10 PM)
 
Dog’s persistent itchy skin condition is cured, replaced by a shiny coat
(Universal Uclick, July 23, 2014; 10:28 AM)
 
Animal Doctor: Mange mites are often overlooked
(Universal Uclick, July 16, 2014; 1:19 PM)
 
Gentle Labrador turns aggressive, attacks small leashed dog
(Universal Uclick, July 9, 2014; 12:59 PM)
 
Dog’s extreme bad breath could indicate a serious internal problem
(Universal Uclick, July 2, 2014; 12:48 PM)
 
Beware of vets who try to manipulate clients
(Universal Uclick, June 25, 2014; 10:49 AM)
 
Certain people can bring out defensive behavior in cats
(Universal Uclick, June 18, 2014; 11:51 AM)
 
Does this cat love or hate her owner’s serenades?
(Universal Uclick, June 11, 2014; 11:08 AM)
 
Is it safe to bring a newborn into a house with lots of different kinds of pets?
(Universal Uclick, June 4, 2014; 11:13 AM)
 
A lot of crazy from one small cat
(Universal Uclick, May 28, 2014; 9:45 AM)
 
Tips for getting a cat and a dog to share living quarters
(Universal Uclick, May 21, 2014; 8:30 AM)
 
Another look at trap-neuter-return programs for feral cats
(Universal Uclick, May 14, 2014; 8:28 AM)
 
Cat is happy to be groomed outdoors, but never indoors
(Universal Uclick, May 7, 2014; 12:47 PM)
 
Humans and animals alike are threatened by the effects of overpopulation
(Universal Uclick, April 30, 2014; 12:12 PM)
 
Cats and dogs can learn to get along, but their owners must negotiate peace terms
(Universal Uclick, April 22, 2014; 6:46 PM)
 
Puppies should not be punished for wanting to play
(Universal Uclick, April 16, 2014; 1:07 PM)
 
Animal and human health and well-being are not separate issues
(Universal Uclick, April 9, 2014; 10:51 AM)
 
Some breeds of dogs are more susceptible to risks from heartworm medication
(Universal Uclick, April 2, 2014; 2:54 PM)
 
People who are cruel to animals pose a danger to society as a whole
(Universal Uclick, March 28, 2014; 7:18 PM)
 
Cats are happier and healthier going through life two-by-two
(Universal Uclick, March 19, 2014; 2:04 PM)
 
Dog’s obsessive-compulsive licking might be triggered by internal discomfort
(Universal Uclick, March 12, 2014; 4:40 PM)
 
Carpet cleaners can leave residues that are toxic to cats and dogs
(Universal Uclick, March 5, 2014; 3:40 PM)
 
A steady diet of fish can cause health problems in cats
(Universal Uclick, February 26, 2014; 12:48 PM)
 
When trap-neuter-release programs for feral cats do more harm than good
(Universal Uclick, February 19, 2014; 9:59 AM)
 
Animal Doctor: Trap-release-neuter programs for feral cats are often misguided, critics say
(Universal Uclick, February 12, 2014; 12:42 PM)
 
Why are kidney disease and renal failure so prevalent among cats?
(Universal Uclick, February 5, 2014; 11:32 AM)
 
Animal Doctor: Is it a bad idea to top off a dog’s day with sour cream?
(Universal Uclick, January 29, 2014; 1:36 PM)
 
Goldfish shouldn’t be regarded as decorative touches for the home
(Universal Uclick, January 22, 2014; 12:58 PM)
 
Animal Doctor: Training a young dog to be an easy rider
(Universal Uclick, January 15, 2014; 12:20 PM)
 
Be vigilant about medications to protect dogs from heartworm
(Universal Uclick, January 8, 2014; 12:55 PM)