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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. She shares her professional and personal experiences, Monday through Thursday, here on petMD's blog, the Fully Vetted. Log in for your daily dose of her insight and wisdom.
How to ... Make a Dog Vomit
Up next in our “How to” series, inducing emesis in dogs, or in laymen’s terms, making a dog vomit.
Dogs are scavengers and have the maddening tendency to find and eat the things in their environments that are destined to make them...
Cats Need the Right Environment
ldquo;Addressing environmental needs is essential (not optional) for optimum wellbeing of the cat.”
So says the Feline Environmental Needs Guidelines recently published by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and International Society of Feline...
A Heartfelt Thanks to Dogs
ldquo;There is something about the outside of a dog that is good for the inside of a man.”
Apologies to Winston Churchill and all the horses and horse lovers out there for messing with a treasured quote, but the benefits of dog ownership are having their day in...
The Daily Vet is a blog featuring veterinarians from all walks of life. Every week they will tackle entertaining, interesting, and sometimes difficult topics in the world of animal medicine – all in the hopes that their unique insights and personal experiences will help you to better understand your pets.
Consumer Pressure is Changing Livestock Production
The latest publication of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association features an article describing the advances in slaughter house procedures and the housing and treatment of livestock since the late 1990s. Although these changes do not please all groups and points...
Veterinary Medical Jargon Explained
Medical jargon can be confusing and I know I easily fall into the trap of using terms whose definition may not be intuitive to a non-medically trained person.
Here are some basic definitions of the more common oncology terms as a resource for owners who may be puzzled...
Top Five Dog Bite Prevention Tips
As it’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week, I feel obligated to share my top methods by which canine aficionados can avoid some of the personal, emotional, and financial trauma associated with...
Purely Puppy is the perfect blog for puppy parents. It is written by Dr. Lisa Radosta, a board certified veterinary behaviorist in southeastern Florida, who has a great love of dogs, and a special fondness for Rottweilers.
This will be my last blog for Purely Puppy. I am moving on from here to a guest spot every other Friday on Fully Vetted. My draw to this blog was to spread the good word of behavioral medicine. To stand at the pulpit each week and preach that you don’t have to dominate your dog...
No, It is Not Your Fault
This week, I saw a post on Facebook that bugged me. The person posted, "Train the owner, not the dog." This is a commonly used phrase in dog training circles. While I agree that this can be the case with dogs who are unruly — that the owner is a lot of the problem —...
Preventing Worms by 'Leaving It'
This week, as we focus on preparing for Spring and prevention of parasites, we are running one of our favorite Dr. Radosta columns on the topic of worms. It was originally posted in December of 2011 under the title "Ewww ... Worms, Part 2."
Dog Nutrition Nuggets is the newest offshoot of petMD’s Nutrition Center, a joint venture made up of the talents behind Hill’s Pet Nutrition and the medical information authorities of petMD. One such authority is Jennifer Coates, DVM. Each week Dr. Coates will use her expertise and wisdom to blog about the intricacies of dog nutrition.
Feeding Dogs with Hepatic Encephalopathy
One of the complications commonly seen with advanced liver disease in dogs is hepatic encephalopathy. The liver acts as a giant filter for the gastrointestinal tract (among other roles). After a meal, the circulatory system absorbs all sorts of things from the gut. Many of these substances,...
Microminerals: Tiny Amounts, But Big Effects
I’ve found that whenever I talk about the nutrients that dogs require in a balanced diet I tend to gloss over the microminerals – minerals that are required in the diet in relatively small amounts. The big players like protein, carbohydrates, and fat get the most attention.
What Your Pet's Lifestyle and Diet Says about You
I’m sure you’ve heard the adage about how dogs and their owners often look alike. Turns out we also often share diet and lifestyle characteristics, particularly as we get older.
A 2011 study looked at similarities and differences in diet and lifestyle between...
Cat Nutrition Nuggets is the newest offshoot of petMD’s Nutrition Center, a joint venture made up of the talents behind Hill’s Pet Nutrition and the medical information authorities of petMD. One such authority is Jennifer Coates, DVM. Each week Dr. Coates will use her expertise and wisdom to blog about the intricacies of cat nutrition.
Is Variety the Spice of Life?
How do you feed your cat? Is it the same thing day in and day out, or do you spice it up a little and offer different foods from time to time? There is no right answer to this question. As with most aspects of cat care, it depends on the individual.
Feeding Cats with Pancreatitis
Feline pancreatitis is a maddening disease. It is often difficult to diagnose, veterinarians are usually unsure of its underlying cause, and it can be resistant to treatment. Why then, should making recommendations about what to feed cats with pancreatitis be any different?
No Quick Fix for Overweight Cat
I had a case a few years ago that still nags at me. My patient was (shall I just be blunt?) fat. Oscar was an affable orange tabby. He weighed 17 pounds and should have tipped the scales at about 11. His owner had recently moved to town and was looking for help getting Oscar to lose...
Healthy Assurance's mission is simple: To provide pet owners with unbiased, reliable, helpful, and timely information on pet insurance from a veterinarian’s perspective. Since veterinarians diagnose and treat the problems that pet owners end up filing claims for, their perspective is important. And what better veterinarian to write this blog than Dr. Kenney, a small animal practioner and author of Your Guide to Understanding Pet Health Insurance.
Should You Buy Pet Insurance For Your Older Pet?
Last week, we considered this question about the younger, healthy pet. I’ve seen a number of references in the comments to this blog about having older pets and wondering if they were insurable or not.
There are several pet insurance companies...
Is Pet Insurance Really Worth It?
If you listen to consumer watch groups or read publications like Consumer Reports, you might decide that pet insurance just isn’t worth it.
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