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

Need to stop ‘cat graffiti?’ Keep them indoors

Dear Dr. Doug, I have an indoor/outdoor cat. He loves his outside time. Recently, I have had a problem with one of my neighbors, though. It seems that my cat, who is neutered, has been spraying on my neighbor’s sliding glass door. I have two questions. First, I did not[…]

Permanent IDs help to reunite pets with their owners

Dear Dr. Doug, I was listening to you speak on US1 Radio with Bill Becker last week. You talked about microchipping your pets. I just wanted to share with you and your readers that my dog ran away during a thunderstorm. It was missing for over two years! Then, one[…]

Pet owners beware: it’s season for man o’wars

Dear Readers, I was walking my dogs, on leashes, on the beach yesterday when I came across a million Portuguese men o’war! This is the time of year that the winds blow them across the oceans and onto our beaches. These beautiful, but very dangerous animals, are highly toxic. I[…]

Walk your dog — and not your ‘walking stick’

Dear Readers, Danger notice: Our emergency service has had two near catastrophes this past week. Not dog attacks, not rabies, not hit by vars — but walking stick attacks! Yes, it’s that time of year when these amorous insects start showing up seemingly all over the place. Why the danger?[…]

New Year’s resolutions to keep pets healthy and happy

The year 2020 — I never saw it coming. Time to commit to those New Year’s Resolutions. As has been a tradition for the last 23 years, I am going to ring in the New Year with some pet specific challenges. My personal goal for 2020 is to learn something[…]

The giant tortoise that saved my christmas

True story … It seems like things always happened at Christmas. This year was no different. My partner was off visiting his mom and grandmother. My family lived thousands of miles away and I was left taking holiday emergency duty. On top of my feeling of isolation and seasonal depression,[…]

Dog has difficulty breathing due to trachea collapse

Dear Dr. Doug, I have a Yorkie that has been diagnosed with a collapsing trachea. It is really bad and he can barely make it across the room without having a coughing fit and turning blue. He is 11 years old, has bad teeth, has a heart murmur and the[…]

The proper way of taking care of your pet’s remains

Dear Dr. Doug, My dog recently died. I took his remains to our veterinarian and they wanted to charge me to take the body! So, I took the remains to the animal shelter and they wanted to charge me as well. My dog was dead! That seemed to me to[…]

Hidden holiday pet dangers to avoid this season

Dear Readers, It’s that time of year that I publish my Holiday Dangers warning column. It is a wonderful time of year — but we don’t want to ruin it by having a preventable tragedy. I like to share some common sense warnings that may prevent a holiday pet disaster.[…]