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

Hot days, high humidity — a lethal combination for pets

Dear Dr. Doug,  I am appealing to you to write a column that could save the lives of so many dogs. I think that there are so many dog owners that do not have the sense that God gave lettuce. Just now in thinking over what I observed yesterday, it occurred to me that you[…]

Pet health insurance – you can’t afford to not have it

Dear Dr. Doug,  I have been the primary care giver and/or owner of large breed dogs since childhood. Pet insurance was viewed as an extravagance and something average folks could not afford — until this year. While bringing one of my dogs to the hospital for a routine baseline examination I leafed through a brochure[…]

Core vaccinations recommended for cats

Last week I discussed the current recommendations for dog vaccinations. This week I will do the same for our cat friends. It is important to note that not all vaccines are needed every year.  The following information is not my opinion or recommendation, but rather, the recommended guidelines published and endorsed by the American Association[…]

Current dog core and non-core vaccinations protocols

The American Animal Hospital Association recently released its updated recommendations for canine vaccinations. Although this could easily fill a three-hour lecture, I’ll do my best to cover the fundamentals here. I get questions about this all the time, so I think it is a good topic for review. Next week I’ll review the same for[…]

Let’s review this Google review and check the facts

My hospital received a not-so-nice Google review last week. While I believe it is important for people to be able to share their opinion, I think it’s sad that these online reviews are unfiltered, allowing people to only give one side of the story – and of course, either alter the facts or deliberately delete[…]

Veterinary haiku is deceptively simple

According to Wikipedia, a Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry, characterized by 17 morae (something like a syllable), generally phrased in three lines of 5 – 7 – 5 each. It is a wonderful way to express images or ideas in simple prose. Over my years of veterinary practice I have become[…]

Part 2: Prepare your pet for hurricane season

Part 1 of Pet Hurricane Tips was published in last week’s Citizen. This week provides a list to keep with your hurricane kit. It’s important to note that Monroe County shelters allow pets during category 1 and 2 storms. In general… • Have enough pet food and water for each pet for at least two[…]

Part 1: Prepare for hurricane season and your pet

I can’t believe I’m already penning this column. Hurricane season starts at the end of the week. If you are like me, and I am sure many of you are, I still have not recovered from last year’s Irma. That said, if you are a pet owner, right now is a good time to do[…]