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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.

When Should Kids Be Responsible For Pet Care

I bring up the way that animals and children of different ages relate because I always worry when I hear a family mention that they are considering getting a dog…

The Ancient Origins of Those Feisty Chihuahas

One of my least favorite patients was a Chihuahua named Pedro. I had to respect him, he was close to 20 years old and still, shall we say, feisty. Toward…

Do You Think Your Older Cat is Healthy?

I typically recommend some form of laboratory health screen for my older, feline patients. To justify the expense and stress associated with collecting samples, I typically point to the benefits…

Euthanizing Our Beloved Pets: The Last Battle

I have helped more clients than I can count make the difficult decision to euthanize a beloved pet. Even when I know euthanasia is in the pet’s best interests, letting…

Canine Vaccinations Part Four

Today we are going to tackle vaccinating for three respiratory pathogens as a group – canine adenovirus type 2 (CAV-2), parainfluenza virus (Pi), and Bordetella bronchiseptica(Bb). I consider all of…

What You Need to Know About Pet Vaccines, Part 3

Next up in our canine vaccination series – leptospirosis (lepto for short). This vaccine falls under the “situational” category, meaning that some dogs should receive it while others should not.…

Brand New Registry to Match Pets with Cancer to Clinical Trials

A diagnosis of cancer in a beloved pet is undeniably terrifying, but it is important to remember that many cancers are treatable, if not curable. Sometimes, treatment can be handled…

Are Treadmills for Dogs A Substitute for Outdoor Exercise?

My professional experience with canine treadmills is strictly limited to their role in physical rehabilitation. In that setting they can certainly be beneficial, but when it comes to their use…

6 Things You Need to Know About the State of Our Pet’s Health

The pros and cons of corporate veterinary medicine are up for debate, but few other organizations have the ability to amass huge amounts of data that can then be analyzed…

Rattlesnake Vaccine For Dogs: Does it Work and Do I Need It?

The next topic in our canine vaccination series might seem like an odd choice, particularly if you and your dogs don’t live in rattlesnake country, but for those of us…

Identifying Anxiety in Our Pets

Anxiety and its big brother, fear, are often overlooked causes of behavioral problems in dogs, cats, and other companion animals. In fact, whenever one of my clients mentions that a…

Rise in Horse Rabies Reported

Veterinarians in Northern Colorado used to rarely recommend vaccinating horses against rabies. We almost never saw the disease around here because the major route of transmission was through contact with…

What you Need to Know About Vaccines for Dogs-Part One

I’m afraid that sometimes I get distracted by the more esoteric aspects of veterinary medicine — the latest and greatest treatment for some rare disease that most of you (hopefully)…

Spayed and Neutered Dogs Live Longer

Scientists from the University of Georgia determined the average age at death for dogs that had not been spayed or neutered was 7.9 years versus 9.4 years for sterilized dogs.…