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

Don’t ‘catch’ your dog or cat with a fishhook

There’s no better way to ruin a summer vacation than to have to take your dog to the veterinarian for emergency surgery to remove an ingested fishhook. Here are some ways to not only prevent that from happening, but also what to do if it happens. Dogs, and sometimes cats, will occasionally encounter fishing hooks from[…]

Hurricane season and your pet: Part 2 — Make a list

Part 1 of Pet Hurricane tips was published in last weekend’s edition of The Citizen. This week provides a list that you should keep with your hurricane kit. It’s important to note that Monroe County shelters allow pets in the shelters during Category 1 and 2 storms. If you know you are going to stay[…]

Hurricane season and your pet: Part 1 — Be prepared

Hurricane season starts Saturday, June 1. If you are like me, and I am sure many of you are, I still have not recovered from Irma two seasons ago. That said, if you are a pet owner, right now is a good time to do two things: first, organize an emergency hurricane kit for your[…]

Thunder and lightning phobias in dogs are common

Dear Readers , It seems to have come a bit early this year, but, once again, I’m being asked a lot lately about dogs and thunder. , the technical name for “fear of thunder and lightening,” is an extremely common problem — especially here in the Keys. Both dogs and cats can be thunder and[…]

There is no reason to leave a dog alone in an vehicle

Dr. Doug, I read about the new leash laws for dogs in Monroe County. Thanks for sharing that information. Now, if we can just do something about all these stupid people that leave their dogs locked in hot cars! I just want to break all of their windows and let them out. There should be[…]

A glimpse into day in the life of a veterinarian

Dear Readers, This past week I saw the passing of two veterinary friends from suicide. The suicide rates in the veterinary profession are inordinately high. We are not in this profession for the money. We do this because we do love animals — and people. The following is an excerpt from a column that I[…]

Leashes required now on all dogs in Monroe County

Dear Readers, This past week the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners passed a new regulation that makes it mandatory for all dogs to be on a leash at all times. Hitherto the regulations stated that if a dog responded to voice commands and remained in control it was not considered “at large,” or running[…]

Holiday comes with myriad concerns for pets

Dear Readers, This is Easter weekend — a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family. However, along with the holiday, there can be hidden dangers; dangers that can lead to tragic consequences for pets. These threats are multifaceted and range from mere “inconvenience” to, sadly, “death.” It is worth mentioning a few points here[…]