Monica Tarantino, DVM

Monica Tarantino, DVM

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Educations & Trainings

Marymount University BA

University of California San Diego MBA

Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Activity & Honors

Dr. Tarantino has a soon to be published book about senior dog health. She is also cofounder of a company called Veterinarians on the Rise which focuses on mentoring future veterinarians.

Professional Memberships

American Veterinary Medical Association


Dr. Tarantino writes veterinary content for multiple websites and is a member of the veterinary review Committee for Spruce Pets Website. Her upcoming book titled Senior Dog Revolution will be out later in 2020.

Dr. Monica Tarantino

Dr. Monica Tarantino is a small animal veterinarian and pet parent educator.

She's on a mission to help senior cats and dogs around the world by simplifying pet health and showing pet parents how they can give their pets their best lives.

Check out her educational content on Instagram @seniordogdoc or sign up for her latest information at

Recent Articles

Mast Cell Tumor (Mastocytoma) in Dogs
What are Mast Cell Tumors?Mast cell tumors are the most common form of skin cancer found in dogs. Located in connective tissue throughout the body, mast cells are white blood cells that are part of the immune system. They are responsible for the allergic response.   Mast cells become cancerous when they begin dividing abnormally and grow into tumors. Mast cells tumors are...
Can You Give a Dog Tylenol?
Can You Give a Dog Tylenol?
Tylenol is an anti-fever and pain medication that we usually take, but is it safe to use for dogs? This over-the-counter (OTC) medication frequently makes the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center’s list of top 10 causes of poisonings in dogs and cats. Tylenol can lead to severe health issues like liver toxicity and dysfunction of the oxygen-carrying ability of your pet’s blood.   Dogs...
Pedialyte for Dogs: Is It Safe?
Pedialyte for Dogs: Is It Safe?
Pedialyte is an electrolyte solution that can be given to children or adults with mild diarrhea or dehydration. It can help rehydrate and replenish electrolytes, which often makes a sick person with mild dehydration feel better. So if your dog is suffering from the same symptoms, can you give a dog Pedialyte, too? Is Pedialyte safe or even useful for dogs? Here’s what you need to know about...
Why Do Cats Meow?
Why Do Cats Meow?
Cats use dozens of different meows to communicate. But did you know that the majority of cat communication from one cat to another is through body language and scents? In fact, cats rarely meow to each other, but will often meow to humans. Why is that? What are cats trying to tell us when they meow? Cats Meow to Communicate With PeopleWhy is it that cats meow to communicate to humans? Well, we...
Why Do Dogs Bark?
Why Do Dogs Bark?
Recent research shows that the domesticating of dogs began between 20,000-40,000 years ago. In that period of time, dogs have learned how to understand large vocabularies, compound sentences, and upwards of 1,000 words if trained properly.   Like us, dogs use verbal and nonverbal cues to communicate. For dogs, barking is a completely normal behavior—it’s one of the most effective ways dogs...
How Many Teeth Do Dogs Have, and Can They Lose Them?
Do dogs have the same number of teeth as we do? Do they lose “puppy teeth” just like we lose our baby teeth? Here’s a breakdown of how many teeth dogs have as puppies and adults, and whether it’s normal for them to lose their teeth. How Many Teeth Should a Dog Have?The number of teeth in a dog’s mouth will change as they grow from puppies into adult dogs. Number of Puppy TeethPuppies...