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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.

Regulating Diabetes in Cats

I recently euthanized a sweetheart of a diabetic cat. I’ll call him “Hans.” Hans had been diagnosed about three years ago, very early in the course of his disease, and…

Treating Diarrhea in Pets

Diarrhea in pets has a way of getting an owner’s attention. From the standpoint of the mess involved and the disruption to the household’s normal routine it certainly is a…

The Real Truth About Pit Bulls-Part Three

Today: A continuation of our discussion about Pit Bulls. If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, check out the previous posts before rejoining us here. If Pit Bulls have…

The Real Truth About Pit Bulls-Part Two

This is a continuation of our discussion about Pit Bulls. If you missed Part One check out yesterday’s post before rejoining us here. What is often lost in the discussion…

The Real Truth About Pit Bulls-Part One

A discussion about Pit Bulls and breed specific legislation recently erupted on this blog in response to my post about two pieces of dog-friendly legislation passed this year in Colorado.…

American Heart Association: Dog Ownership Reduces Cardio Risks

“There is something about the outside of a dog that is good for the inside of a man.”…

Colorado Governor Signs Dog Protection Act Into Law

Many of you are probably aware that I live in Colorado. As a favorite bumper sticker of mine says (in response to people who look down on transplants to the…

An Intrigue of Kittens

Dave Fellows of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center has put together a list of group names for animals. …

How to prevent dog bites

I’ve been bitten several times, as I’m sure most people who work with animals have, but have never seen a specific number put to the risk that veterinarians have of…

Study: Why Big Dogs Die Young

When I was on vacation a couple of months ago, I posted a link to an article entitled “Why Small Pups Outlive Large Dog Breeds.” A recent study expands…

Cough often first sign of heart murmur in dogs

Degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) is very common in older, small breed dogs. The mitral valve is one of four valves in the heart that keep blood flowing in the…

How to care for your pet’s minor wounds without paying a vet

We are talking about the equivalent of a scraped knee or shallow cut here. Even minor wounds should be dealt with promptly, before infection sets in.…

Are Rottweilers Guide Dogs to the Fountain of Youth?

Veterinarians at the Murphy Foundation’s Center for Exceptional Longevity Studies are seeking your help in putting Rottweilers to work to solve the puzzle of aging. …

Why does my dog sneeze in reverse?

Owen entered my life when I was 19, a sophomore in college. I had lived with dogs most of my life, but the brunt of the responsibility for their care…