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There are many kinds of concerns about the well-being of pets that need attention. With my specialty training in veterinary behavior medicine, along with over 40 years of general practice and emergency work, I'm equipped to address a multitude of issues. Sometimes I get slammed, so please don’t feel bad if I can't provide a direct response.

Puppy on a leash

blog – Puppy Housetraining

Mar 6, 2018

Puppies are great fun. They run and play and live in the moment, completely uninhibited – including when they get the urge to eliminate. Housetraining can feel like such a challenge that many people just give up and mop up. Others, so completely flummoxed and frustrated that they lose their patience, have resorted to yelling…

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choose the best kitten

blog – Choosing the Greatest Kitten for Your Life

Feb 20, 2018

Is this possible? Can you choose the great feline friend who will be the faithful excellent companion you have always wanted? I think you can but there are many “ifs” involved. This is an issue that is both simple and rather complicated all at once. I’d like to start by asking you whether you are…

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separation anxiety dogs

blog – Destruction & Panic when Alone

Jan 30, 2018

Why it Happens; What to Do Dogs are our best friends for some really strong reasons. They’re always delighted to see us, they’ll follow us anywhere, and they’ll never run off with somebody else. Those traits are hard to find in another human. Most everybody I know does their best but, in some ways, dogs…

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blog – The Damage of Cat Scratching

Jan 9, 2018

Declawing is so ‘90s (actually ‘60s) There is a definite calming influence that comes with having a cat sharing my home. They are delightful creatures but even the best-behaved kitty isn’t perfect, though, is she? When I list the reasons for this love affair, like companionship, affection, entertainment, and a great example of living in…

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Blog – Does Dog Age Matter? When or even If to Spay/Neuter

Dec 19, 2017

If you think that spaying and neutering is the right thing to do, well, I would never argue. On the other hand, if you did not subject your dog to surgical removal of the testicles, ovaries, and uterus, procedures I have done thousands of times in my career, I wouldn’t challenge you to a duel.…

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