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"To Your Pet's Health" by Dr. Doug Mader

Reader feedback: the good, the sad and the ugly

Here’s a sample of some of my recent e-mails – tough to read on many levels … Dr. Doug, Reading the heartbreaking letter in your column in The Citizen (Feb. 17-18) took me back a few years to a conversation I had with my veterinarian as she was examining my 12-year-old Scottie. She said that[…]

Loose dogs and dog attacks – it has to stop and it’s the law

I just finished another week of busy ER duty. Our 24/7 ER service treats anything from bumps and scratches to heart attacks. Of recent, we have seen an over abundance of dog-on-dog attacks. It is usually big dog vs. little dog, and the results are often not good. This has gotten so much worse since[…]

Watch out for man-o-war danger on beaches

Dear Dr. Doug,  My dog stepped on a man-o-war on Dog Beach last week. He immediately started biting and licking at his foot. I rinsed it off with a hose and poured vinegar on it, but it just seemed to make it worse. I call the vet and they told me to give him Benadryl.[…]

If I ran my vet hospital like an airline …

I just got back from a business trip a few days ago. I am always amazed how the airline customer service experience has deteriorated over the years. If people didn’t NEED to travel, all of these airlines would be out of business. I remember, back when I was a kid — yes, they had airplanes[…]

The cost of good pet dental care well worth it

Keeping with the theme of “February is Pet Dental Health Month,” I want to share this letter that I received from a heartbroken pet owner. I always hear that it is so expensive to go to the veterinarian and that people just can’t afford proper dental care for their pets.  There are two important points[…]

Good dental health and cleaning teeth in older pets

February is designated as Pet Dental Health Month, so I will continue my discussion that I started last week. I want to address a common inaccuracy that I hear at least once a week.  There are veterinarians and internet sites that say it is too risky to perform dental cleanings on certain pets — for[…]

Sink your teeth into Pet Dental Health Month

It’s February — and in the animal health world that means it is Pet Dental Health Month. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be focusing my column on oral hygiene and pet dental care. The American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) reports that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral[…]

My snake won’t eat — Do you think it is sick?

Dear Dr. Doug,  I have a pet ball python that I got last summer. I keep it in my room with a heat lamp. In the past few weeks, it has not wanted to eat. Do you think it is sick? Thank you. — Jeremy Dear Jeremy, Thank you for your letter, Jeremy. Not eating,[…]