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Weekly article archive

The following questions and answers have appeared in my weekly column in the Albuquerque Journal since July, 1996. Each week a new one is added. You'll find information on the physical and behavioral maladies of dogs and cats and a few other species too. I invite you to use the search feature to find the specific answer that you and your pet need.

Thanksgiving hazards Podcast

Thanksgiving hazards for pets

Thanksgiving is great fun, isn’t it? Family, football, turkey, pie, beer. Hey – let the good times roll. Well, for you and me, sure, but maybe not for everybody. Badly unsettled dogs and cats may carry out some unhealthy behaviors. Watch for tense body postures around visitors or startling at sudden noises, hiding, freezing with…

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blog-Fighting, Urine Soiling and General Mayhem-Part 2

Cat ambush

This family of cats & humans learned to thrive together Last week I shared the story of 3 badly behaved but well-loved cats with urine soiling, brawling, and bladder disease. I prescribed a detailed plan for the improved wellbeing of all household creatures, both feline and human. Larry, Moe, and Curly had lots of square…

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blog-Yowling, Fighting, and Lapses in Bathroom Etiquette

Stressed Cats Struggle Behaviorally and Physically Do you live in a litter pan or suffer through feline caterwauling and brawling? Take a long gulp of coffee just for maintaining your sanity. The story of Larry, Moe, and Curly (not their real names) is sure to help you feel better. Moe was so young when he…

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blog-Halloween is Scary, Maybe Poisonous

Chocolate is Dangerous for Dogs Halloween is great, isn’t it? You can go incognito and so can your dog. And the snacks, oooh, they’re to die for, aren’t they? But if it’s a dog who indulges – even a little- chocolate can be fatal. Of the vast array of goodies consumed in mass quantities during…

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blog-Pugnacious Feline Pests

A ScareCrow will Prevent Intrusions by Neighbor Cats        Question: I have a spayed female cat who mostly stays indoors and but likes to go out in the evenings. There are a couple of male cats who wander into her territory. The angry, fighting, howling cat words are loud and scare me. My first tendency would…

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blog-Picking the Greatest Puppy for Your Life

choosing the greatest puppy for your life

Picking the Greatest Puppy for Your Life Sharing your life with a great dog is like any important relationship. Start out on the right paw and everybody has a shot at success.  Behavioral research shows that puppies do better if they stay with their mothers and litter mates until at least age 5-7 weeks. Picking…

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blog-Lions & Tigers & Hot Air Balloons – Oh My!

Phobia of Celestial Assault Balloons Fiesta is fun for us, but it’s not much of a party for pets who freak-out from those cosmic monsters leering and looming over them. Even the far-off hiss of a propane burner or a multi-colored speck in the distance can trigger overwhelming terror for dogs who’ve logged a few…

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blog- Diabetic Cat has Off Days

Careful Evaluation & Dosing are Critical to Success Question: I have a 14-year-old diabetic cat. She was healthy and stable; her insulin (glargine) dose was 1.5 units. About a month ago she became lethargic and indifferent to food. Her fructosamine was 400 and there was sugar in her urine. Her insulin was increased to 2…

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blog- Freaked-out by Strangers & Sick when Alone

The Mind-Body Connection is Worth Investing Lulu is a sweet, 2 year old Australian cattle dog. She was adopted from a shelter just 2 months before she and I met. She had itchy skin and a rather delicate gut. She’d already started eating a special diet and was taking an anti-itch medication called Apoquel. Lulu…

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