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Getting Cats Used to Traveling

Mar 23, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Q.)  We plan on spending winters in Arizona from now on and would like to get a pet that can travel well.  We used to have a Schnauzer that loved to ride but my wife thinks a cat would be less work.  Do most cats like car rides?  We will be traveling in a RV if that matters.
A.)…

Shots! Shots! Shots!

Feb 23, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
          Q.)  My son lives in another state with his 5-year old, 5-pound Morkie, Apollo. The last time my son took Apollo for his shots, they gave him 4 shots, all in the same leg.  The poor dog couldn't walk for 3 days. 
 Can you tell me what the recommended vaccine…

Itchy Winter Skin

Jan 14, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Just because the weather outside is frightful, it doesn’t mean the cozy comforts of home can’t contribute to issues with your pet.   In particular, as temperatures drop so do humidity levels that can lead to flaky dry skin.  Here are some tips to solve this dandruff dilemma for…

Skin Allergies in the Winter

Jan 07, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
With the final arrival of winter, many pets have found relief from the itch of allergies or are looking forward to stopping their medications and treatments until spring.  Not all pets will be so lucky as they may have year around allergies while for others, the withdrawal process of medications…

Meet Our New Cat Sneezy!

Dec 31, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Q.)  We recently inherited a family member’s older cat.  She has fit in well with our cat but has sneezed the whole time we have had her-almost 18 months now.  Our veterinarian has put her on a couple of antibiotics and took an x-ray of her head.  He wants to clean her teeth next…

Tis the Season of Giving

Dec 20, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Did you receive one of the best gifts ever from your local animal shelter?  Do you appreciate the care they give to those without homes and the love they provide to the lonely?  Do you understand that the number one goal of ALL shelters is to provide a temporary home until someone…

Meowy Christmas!!

Dec 08, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
Is your cat too cool to enjoy the snow and mistletoe?  Does she snub her nose at St. Nick or consider Hanukkah just another intrusion into nap time? Winter and the holidays aren’t at the top of the “to do” list for most cats.  Here are some tips to help your cat through the snow and cold until…

I Broke a Nail!!

Dec 01, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
A broken toe nail is one of the more common problems encountered in dogs and seems to more prevalent as cooler temperatures prevail.  Dogs with nails that aren’t trimmed regularly and may be excessively long are most at risk of this painful problem.
For the pet that…

Help! My Dog Ate the Turkey!

Nov 21, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
While some of us have the fortitude to push away that second helping of green bean casserole and have the pie without the ala mode, even a smidgeon of a first course of people food can gastro-intestinal distress in pets.  Here are some ways to handle an “accidental” turkey dinner…

What Should My Diabetic Dog Eat?

Nov 16, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Like people, proper dietary therapy is critical to diabetic dogs in maintaining a healthy and well-managed lifestyle.  While there are different opinions regarding the best food to feed, here are some basic tenets and guidelines for feeding dogs that develop Type 1or insulin dependent…

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