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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.

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…

How to Keep Your Pet From Getting Fat

The temptation to give in to your begging pet is strong indeed.  After all you love them, and that pleading look more often than not results in a tasty reward…

Five Top Tips for Treating Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats

Ear Infections are one of the most common canine and feline health problems, but that doesn’t mean that veterinarians and owners are all that good at treating them. We all…

Dog Lovers: FDA Issues Updated Warning on Deadly Chinese Jerky Treats

We’ve been following the saga of pet illnesses associated with jerky treats made in China for years now, and I have to say that the latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) update is…

Retractable Dog Leashes: How Safe Are They?

I’m starting to hate my dog’s retractable leash. I bought it for Apollo as a Christmas present last year. His old one had broken, and he had been relegated to…

Disciplining Your Dog the Right Way

The term “negative punishment” sounds vaguely disturbing.  Both words have such poor connotations it’s hard to believe we should all be striving to use more, not less negative punishment when…

You May Be Breaking the Law When Traveling with Your Pet

We travel with our pets regularly and we cross a lot of state lines.  I never gave it much thought, after all we live in America, not Russia, and we…

Are ‘Super Bacteria’ Created By Antibiotics In Our Food Supply?

“Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and…

Cats Can Be Extroverts and Introverts As Well

We often talk about people being extroverts or introverts. Merriam Webster defines the terms like this: extrovert – a friendly person who likes being with and talking to other people…

Recognizing Dementia In Pets

Working as I do in a veterinary practice that specializes in end of life care, the majority of my patients are elderly. I am gaining a greater appreciation for the…

Should You Consider Chemotherapy For Your Pet

In the past, a diagnosis of cancer in a pet typically resulted in two treatment options: euthanasia now or euthanasia later (hopefully with the pet receiving comfort care in the…

Warning: Pond Algae Can Be Deadly To Your Dogs

The pond at my local dog park has just been drained for the season … a few weeks earlier than normal. The reason behind the closure was an impressive algal…

Why Does My Cat Itch So Much?

Skin diseases in cats can be frustrating for both owners and veterinarians, not to mention the cat! The signs most often noticed by owners are itching (pruritis), excessive grooming, hair…

Will ObamaCare Impact Veterinary Medicine?

My husband has been furloughed for over two weeks now. He works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has been deemed “unessential,” poor guy. I’m not bringing this…