Animal Doctor: Latest Column & Archive

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Dog has panic attacks; house soiling; obsessive licking; feral cat problem; bulldogs’ breathing problems.
Services for seniors who want dogs but can’t afford to care for them
(Universal Uclick, February 3, 2016; 1:39 PM)
Tooth decay can lead to serious complications
(Universal Uclick, January 27, 2016; 12:12 PM)
When we help animals, we help ourselves
(Universal Uclick, January 20, 2016; 12:24 PM)
Getting a second cat caused more problems than it solved
(Universal Uclick, January 13, 2016; 12:20 PM)
When we help animals, we are also helping ourselves
(Universal Uclick, January 6, 2016; 12:46 PM)
Helping the needy hold on to their pets
(Universal Uclick, December 23, 2015; 10:25 AM)
Strange seizure abnormality affects some older cats
(Universal Uclick, December 16, 2015; 1:22 PM)
Don’t expect all street cats to turn into homebodies
(Universal Uclick, December 9, 2015; 4:01 PM)
When choosing litter, consider both the cat and the environment
(Universal Uclick, December 2, 2015; 1:07 PM)
Home visits from therapy dogs brighten the lives of the elderly and disabled
(Universal Uclick, November 24, 2015; 11:41 AM)
Lakes and rivers can pose a serious threat to animals’ health
(Universal Uclick, November 18, 2015; 1:07 PM)
All-day caging of dogs is heartless and harmful
(Universal Uclick, November 11, 2015; 11:26 AM)
Tests can determine the length of immunity after a vaccination
(Universal Uclick, November 4, 2015; 12:37 PM)
Cats can be unpredictable in their affections
(Universal Uclick, October 27, 2015; 8:06 PM)
Cat’s hissing at water bowl mystifies owner
(Universal Uclick, October 21, 2015; 1:12 PM)
Animal Doctor: Making improvements to preventive care
(Universal Uclick, October 14, 2015; 12:35 PM)
Seniors who can’t afford pets can volunteer at shelters and humane societies
(Universal Uclick, October 7, 2015; 12:28 PM)
Older dogs often have difficulty swallowing
(Universal Uclick, September 30, 2015; 1:30 PM)
To keep a dog stimulated, think outside the toy box
(Universal Uclick, September 23, 2015; 2:48 PM)
Infirmities of old age can cause increased anxiety in pets
(Universal Uclick, September 16, 2015; 10:29 AM)
Putting an ecological perspective on animal care
(Universal Uclick, September 9, 2015; 12:38 PM)
Many people have pets they can’t afford
(Universal Uclick, September 2, 2015; 12:43 PM)
‘When the trees are gone, the sky will fall’
(Universal Uclick, August 25, 2015; 2:07 PM)
Free-roaming cats are a major problem with no simple answers
(Universal Uclick, August 19, 2015; 4:42 PM)
Poor-quality drinking water is a disaster in the making
(Universal Uclick, August 12, 2015; 11:14 AM)
A world of new challenges for today’s veterinarians
(Universal Uclick, August 5, 2015; 12:52 PM)
Cats and dogs can have serious reactions to insect bites
(Universal Uclick, July 29, 2015; 12:23 PM)
When pets feel secure, their loving. protective and playful natures surface
(Universal Uclick, July 22, 2015; 1:14 PM)
Here’s one way to get cats to get along
(Universal Uclick, July 15, 2015; 2:24 PM)
Pet food industry, veterinary medicine have done little about poor nutrition in cat meals
(Universal Uclick, July 8, 2015; 12:29 PM)
Dog that used to love being outdoors has developed a phobia about leaving the house
(Universal Uclick, July 1, 2015; 12:44 PM)
Home-prepared food restores dog’s health
(Universal Uclick, June 24, 2015; 11:49 AM)
Animal Doctor: Elderly cat acting odd? Time for a visit to the vet.
(Universal Uclick, June 17, 2015; 1:44 PM)
The most natural feeding schedule for cats
(Universal Uclick, June 10, 2015; 12:51 PM)
Former cat pals are now enemies
(Universal Uclick, June 3, 2015; 12:36 PM)
Many pets and their owners need to eat better
(Universal Uclick, May 27, 2015; 1:05 PM)
Giving animals mind-altering drugs
(Universal Uclick, May 20, 2015; 12:39 PM)
High blood pressure in cats can lead to many complications
(Universal Uclick, May 13, 2015; 1:07 PM)
Improving the lives and the performance of military dogs
(Universal Uclick, May 6, 2015; 2:40 PM)
How animal drug manufacturers drive up costs
(Universal Uclick, April 29, 2015; 1:03 PM)
Protocols for yearly vaccinations have changed
(Universal Uclick, April 15, 2015; 12:22 PM)
Animals that roam outdoors: Cats vs. dogs
(Universal Uclick, April 8, 2015; 12:47 PM)
A study finds that veterinarians are prone to depression
(Universal Uclick, April 1, 2015; 11:34 AM)
Pet supply industry makes overpopulation inevitable
(Universal Uclick, March 25, 2015; 2:33 PM)
Much has changed in 50 years in the care and feeding of pets
(Universal Uclick, March 18, 2015; 12:24 PM)
Diagnosing pug dog encephalitis
(Universal Uclick, March 4, 2015; 1:01 PM)
The debate over the methods used by ‘no-kill’ shelters
(Universal Uclick, February 25, 2015; 9:36 AM)
Where should a couple let a sleeping dog lie?
(Universal Uclick, February 18, 2015; 9:36 AM)
Animal Doctor: Nutrition is essential to keeping pets healthy
(Universal Uclick, February 11, 2015; 12:35 PM)