How a Pet Grieves: Understanding Your Dog or Cat’s Loss

When contemplating the responsibilities of being a pet owner, most people usually think about the routine, day-to-day activities, such as feeding, bathing, exercising, and loving your dog or cat. Though these things are important, there are times when pets have additional needs, one of which is emotional care when your pet is experiencing grief. When a family member or another pet dies or leaves the household, it is important for […]

How to Wean Puppies From Their Mother

How to Wean Puppies From Their Mother

If your dog has recently had puppies, at approximately 3-4 weeks she will start to move away from the nursing puppies while standing on her paws and walking when they get tired of that.  The denial and rejection from the mother grows stronger at this age, necessitating the puppies to find an alternative food source.  First, the mother will simply stare at the puppies, and later will growl as she […]

Stopping Your Dog From Eating Feces (Coprophagy)

Stopping Your Dog From Eating Feces (Coprophagy)

A common question I receive from pet owners is, “What can I do about my dog who keeps eating their own feces?” The correct term for this behavior is coprophagy, and the answer to this question would depend upon other signs of illness (i.e diarrhea or weight loss) and/or the age of the pet. Many young puppies with intestinal parasites will ingest their own feces, but in some cases puppies […]

Reverse sneezing behavior in dogs

Reverse sneezing behavior in dogs

Another common question I have been asked by canine guardians  over the years is, what is going on with pets who have a history of  making an odd respiratory noise often with a rapid and spasmodic inward snorting that seems to be coming from their throats. Many guardians become extremely concerned as these episodes can sometimes go on for several minutes, and even awaken a pet at night from their sleep. Many […]

Coquina’s detective work

Coquina’s detective work

I am missing a gold earring. “So, what?” you might ask. Well, it was an anniversary present and I am hoping I find it before it is missed. Greta, my dog, and Adam, my son, consume a variety of non-food items when I am not looking. When my wedding ring went missing a year ago I spent a lot of time in the backyard mashing through dog poop and dirty […]

Pet meds for pets with thunderstorm phobias

Pet meds for pets with thunderstorm phobias

As the spring and summer season approach, all veterinarians get increasing calls inquiring about solutions for pets that become extremely anxious during thunderstorms and/or fireworks. The degree of anxiety can indeed vary from mild to severely affected pets that pace and become restless, often vocalizing, as well as even on occasion trying to escape out of the home, or the opposite situation of hiding in reclusive areas. Once again there can be […]

Controlling your dog’s or cat’s behavior

Controlling your dog’s or cat’s behavior

Behavioral problems in dogs and cats are some of the most frustrating problems presented to a general small animal veterinary practitioner. Amongst the more common problems include: The kitty who is defecating and/or urinating outside of the litter box Aggressive pets who bite Separation anxiety causing a pet to be destructive, vocalize excessively and/or urinate or defecate in the home when left alone for short periods Because many of these behavioral […]