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Dr. Coates is a veterinarian based in the other “Sunshine State” – that's Colorado to the rest of you – where she lives and plays with a varied range of animals.

Dogs That “Fly Bite” May Be Showing Symptom Of Seizure or Other Disorder

When I was in veterinary school, I learned that as long as a dog has normal eyesight, fly biting behavior (snapping at the air as if trying to catch a…

8 Nasty Things You Can Catch From Dogs and Cats

There’s no denying the benefits of including dogs and cats in your life, but as is true with all things, there are downsides. One that is often overlooked is the…

Dog Owners Be Diligent: H3N2 Dog Flu Spreading Rapidly

On an almost weekly basis, it seems as if I’ve been seeing reports of the “new” form of dog flu (H3N2) causing illness in parts of the country that were…

The Many Dangers of Declawing Your Cat

Have you heard about the man and woman who have been charged with felony animal cruelty because of what they did to a kitten name Toby? To quote the Miami Herald:…

What to Feed Your Brand New Cat

I just adopted a new cat! Our old girl, Victoria, died a few months ago. Truth be told, I was enjoying life without litterboxes and did not feel in need…

How Much Do We Really Know About Pot For Pets?

The Colorado Board of Health recently voted against adding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana. According to the Denver Post, “Currently…

Colorado Dog Dies After Playfully Chewing on This Dangerous Plant

There are all sorts of hazards in and around your home and the places where you might walk your dog. Some of these hazards like Sago palms can make your…

Deadly Chicago Canine Flu Epidemic-How To Protect Your Dog

The Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control is reporting that there have been more than 1,000 cases of canine influenza in the Chicago area in recent weeks. Unfortunately,…

Of Pot and Pets In Colorado-What Vets Are Seeing

Marijuana, once believed to be the root of all evil, is becoming mainstream, and in states such as Washington Colorado and others, it is big business indeed. What many forget,…

Valentine’s Day Dog Dangers: Deadly Chocolate Toxicity Explained

It’s almost that time of year again: Valentines Day, when friends and lovers ply each other with flowers and chocolate, while promising love forever. Because everyone is feeling happy and generous they sometimes…

3 Pet Medications You Should Never Use Past the Expiration Date

Are you one of those people who have a drawer or cabinet full of half-used, perhaps expired pet medications? Of course you do, because we always think the day might…

What Should I Do If My Dog Stops Eating?

My dogs love to eat.  I swear they would eat 24/7 if I let them.  They know when it’s time for dinner, and I long ago stopped feeding them “dinner”…

What You Should Know About Dogs and Ebola

The association between Ebola and dogs has been all over the news lately. After potentially being exposed by their infected owners, a Spanish dog, Excalibur, was euthanized, while a Texas…

Dental Disease and Dog Food

Daily tooth brushing and professional dental cleanings on an as-needed basis are the best ways to prevent the formation of periodontal disease in dogs, but diet can play an important…

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