Animal Doctor: Latest Column & Archive

Check out the Animal Doctor column and view previous Animal Doctor columns on The Washington Post.

Think twice before getting a ferret; holistic veterinarians; indoor vs. outdoor cats; a miracle allergy drug?
 
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)
 
Owner wonders whether a change of diet might help a cat breather easier
(Universal Uclick, January 2, 2014; 3:22 PM)
 
Animal Doctor: Cat is far from finicky about what it will eat
(Universal Uclick, December 11, 2013; 1:37 PM)
 
General anesthetic might be too risky for an old retriever
(Universal Uclick, December 4, 2013; 1:34 PM)
 
Animal Doctor: Dogs help war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder
(Universal Uclick, November 27, 2013; 11:13 AM)
 
Animal Doctor: Breaking bad behavior in cats
(Universal Uclick, November 13, 2013; 12:18 PM)
 
Animal Doctor: 15-year-old dog needs palliative care, not ‘lifesaving’ procedures
(Universal Uclick, November 7, 2013; 1:05 PM)
 
Animal Doctor: What to feed a cat with high levels of triglycerides
(Universal Uclick, October 30, 2013; 1:08 PM)
 
Skunks are diggers, not climbers
(Universal Uclick, October 23, 2013; 2:01 PM)
 
Bipolar dog that’s being spoon-fed is a problem child
(Universal Uclick, October 16, 2013; 4:06 PM)
 
Old Lab might need massage therapy acupuncture
(Universal Uclick, October 9, 2013; 12:59 PM)
 
Animal Doctor: Owner must play detective to solve mystery of cat’s respiratory problem
(Universal Uclick, October 3, 2013; 1:47 PM)
 
Dog with paralysis of the larynx needs surgery
(Universal Uclick, September 25, 2013; 12:56 PM)
 
When a small dog has a big bark
(The Washington Post, September 11, 2013; 12:51 PM)
 
Animal Doctor: Putting a cat at ease with a sitter
(Universal Uclick, September 4, 2013; 2:27 PM)
 
Nature calling: A cat’s late night yowling
(Universal Uclick, August 28, 2013; 11:18 AM)
 
Animal Doctor: Dry food can be very hard on cats
(Universal Uclick, August 21, 2013; 1:27 PM)