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

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,[…]

Pigs fine as pets, but not a good fit for everyone

Dear Dr. Doug,  My girlfriend wants to get a pig. Someone in our neighborhood left one behind after Hurricane Irma and now she feels that adopting it is the “right thing to do.”  Aside from the fact that our yard is still a mess and I really don’t want a pig, I am under the[…]

Helping our pets handle the Keys’ frigid winter

My sister came to visit me for New Year’s. Before she arrived I warned her that we were having a cold spell and to make sure that she brought warm clothes. She laughed at me. It was 7 degrees, with a wind chill of -14 degrees when she left New York! In all seriousness, I[…]

Here are some New Year’s resolutions for pet owners

Dear Readers,  An annual tradition – modified for a post-Irma economy. Amazing — it is 2018 already! I started this column 21 years ago — never would have guess it would be so successful — thank you all for your input and feedback. Yes, I even like the letters that express different opinions than mine![…]

Sharing the joy of receiving a Christmas puppy

Dear readers, It’s been one heck of a fall for all of us. I’m taking a couple of family days so I thought I’d share this story I wrote about my childhood and my first puppy that I published this in the Key West Citizen more than 10 years ago. Here it is again –[…]