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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.

New Cancer Vaccines for Dogs

We’ve been talking a lot about vaccines lately, but only about those vaccines that are used to prevent disease. Today’s topic is a little different — a vaccine that treats…

It’s All In A Name: What Should We Call Pet People?

Who are we when it comes to our pets?  Are we “parents?”  How about “family?”  Sadly neither term seems to fit, and Dr. Jennifer Coates offers up some thoughts on…

Diabetes is NOT a Death Sentence for Cats

Making a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus in a cat can be frustrating. On the one hand, cats generally respond very well to treatment. Some can even be weaned off of…

Senate Bill Seeks to Prevent Horse Deaths

Take a look at the graphic below. It’s hard to argue with the fact that hauling horses in double deck trailers is potentially dangerous and certainly inhumane. These trailers do not…

More Reasons to Stop Your Dog From Eating Poop

For six months, a one-year-old, 50 pound, female, spayed, mixed breed dog had been routinely urinating large amounts of light-colored urine in her sleep. She was also drinking and generally…

One Vaccine You Should Never Give Your Cat

I received a few questions in response to an article about the feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) vaccine. One, posted online by TheOldBroad, asked, “I heard … that kitties were MORE…

Never Allow Your Dog to Eat Wild Mushrooms

One of the saddest cases that I can remember from more than 15 years of practicing veterinary medicine involves a dog that died after eating mushrooms her owners had collected…

Controlling Feral Cat Colonies

Feral cats … now there’s a topic that is guaranteed to raise a few hackles. In an attempt to promote common ground between all the different points of view about…

Should You Vaccinate Your Cat Against Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

This installment of our feline vaccination series is all about the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). I consider this vaccine to be situational … bordering on not recommended. In my 15…

Monitoring Weight in Horses

Weight tapes aren’t all that accurate when it comes to determining a horse’s exact weight, but they are very good at monitoring for changes, so long as they are used…

Prostheses for Animals?

Unfortunately, not all animal prostheses can be so simple and provide wild animals the opportunity to be released. However, a synthetic prosthesis can still improve the quality of life for…

How To Get Rid of That Cat Pee Smell

Let’s start by dealing with the first thing that a cat owner really wants to know when he or she finds cat urine outside of the litter box. How do…

Purebred Dogs: Find The Right Match For You

I often counsel my clients to adopt mixed breed dogs, but many future owners elect to go the purebred route, saying that they want to “know what they’re getting,” particularly…

Warning: Hose Water Can Scald Your Dog

Here’s a new, little known, summertime threat— dogs being burned after being hosed off with scalding hose water. Ten such cases were recently reported in an article published in Veterinary…