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SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY: A WEB PAGE IN DEFENSE OF CRAZY CAT-LADIES

SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY: A WEB PAGE IN DEFENSE OF CRAZY CAT-LADIES Regular readers of this humble column know that every once in a while I like to talk about the unsung heroes of the animal world known to all as “the cat lady.” Nearly every hamlet, village, town, or city IN THE WORLD has one (or more.) I’m sure that 99 percent of everyone … Read More SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY: A WEB PAGE IN DEFENSE OF CRAZY CAT-LADIES

Vomiting in Dogs and Cats

Of all the illnesses I have to deal with in my humble little practice, the one that gives me the most challenge is that of cats and dogs vomiting. Just for fun this morning, I typed in to the Google search engine the words “vomiting in dogs” and got 276,000 replies. I got 767,000 hits for “vomiting in cats! My point is, that with … Read More Vomiting in Dogs and Cats

A REALLY TOUGH QUESTION: DOC, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON DOG FOOD? Part I

Some time ago, I stopped into our friendly local Home and Garden Center to pick up a bag of lamb milk replacer for my wife. (Somehow or other, she had ended up the lambing season with nine of the little darlings on the bottle.) While I was waiting for the clerk to finish with another customer, I ambled over to the store’s pet care … Read More A REALLY TOUGH QUESTION: DOC, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON DOG FOOD? Part I

Sarcoptic Mange in Dogs

Sarcoptic mange! Yuck!!! The very word sends creepy crawling shivers up the backs of many people. I’m getting the “itchies” just sitting here typing the word!!! Mange, specifically sarcoptic mange (there are a couple of other varieties), is nothing more than an infection by a tiny mite called Sarcoptic scabiei. These mites are so small, you could put a hundred of them on the … Read More Sarcoptic Mange in Dogs

SOME THOUGHTS ON PET LOSS AND GRIEF

On the extreme southeast corner of the island of Aruba, there is a wind-swept patch of grass and vine covered sand dunes, about an acre in size, known simply as The Animal Cemetery. It is here on this beautiful little plot of oceanside beach that loving pet owners who live on this happy island come to lay to eternal rest their cherished pets. Inscribed … Read More SOME THOUGHTS ON PET LOSS AND GRIEF

OF PIGEONS, HORSES, CATS, AND WAR DOGS: THE DICKEN MEDAL

“They protected us on the field of battle. They watch over our eternal rest. We are grateful.” — on the War Dog Memorial, Ft. Benning, Georgia Dominating the great city of Edinburgh, Scotland is magnificent Edinburgh Castle. Built on the highest mountain crag for as far as the eye can see, the castle is the most-visited sight in all of Scotland. At the very … Read More OF PIGEONS, HORSES, CATS, AND WAR DOGS: THE DICKEN MEDAL

SEVEN THINGS THAT CAN KILL (OR SEVERELY SICKEN) YOUR PET THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

     With the holiday season rapidly approaching, one of the last things a person or a family needs to do is to make an emergency visit to their veterinarian because of a sick pet. Even though it is impossible to list all of the thousands of things that can cause harm to our cats and dogs in this short report, my hope is that … Read More SEVEN THINGS THAT CAN KILL (OR SEVERELY SICKEN) YOUR PET THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Why Dogs Drag Their Butts: Anal Gland Disease, Anal Pruritus, Etc.

     Picture this heartwarming image in your mind: A Thanksgiving Day feast with the whole family sitting around a large table overflowing with a bounty of delicious and scrumptious foods. Dad is there at the head of the table reverently preparing to carve the succulent, perfectly-cooked, plump and juicy turkey. Grandma and grandpa are there, as well as brother-in-law Joe and his family from … Read More Why Dogs Drag Their Butts: Anal Gland Disease, Anal Pruritus, Etc.

TICKS, OUR DOGS AND CATS, AND OURSELVES: A TRULY SISYPHEAN TASK!!!

     Dear readers, its starting all over again, only it seems to be earlier than normal. That is, its time again for having to deal with ticks. I know, most-precious readers, that I just spoke about these little guys last fall, but I’ve got to do it again because there are still pet owners freaking out and doing all sorts of bizarre things to … Read More TICKS, OUR DOGS AND CATS, AND OURSELVES: A TRULY SISYPHEAN TASK!!!

Being Blocked: Urethral Obstruction in Tomcats.

***My wish is that everyone in the world who owns a male cat reads this article. You can help by showing it to your cat-owner friends who in turn can send it to their cat-owner friends, who can then send it on to their cat-owner friends.*** Treasured readers, urethral obstruction is such an important topic that—HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS—I’m gonna get right to … Read More Being Blocked: Urethral Obstruction in Tomcats.

PYOMETRIA, OVARIAN AND BREAST CANCER: DISEASES OF UN-SPAYED DOGS AND CATS

There are three potentially life threatening diseases that are commonly seen in un-spayed (pets that still have their reproductive parts) female dogs, and I had to deal with each of them last week. They are pyometria, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer. The original full-length version of this story can be found on my website: http://www.doctoroz.com Until they’ve had to deal with one in their … Read More PYOMETRIA, OVARIAN AND BREAST CANCER: DISEASES OF UN-SPAYED DOGS AND CATS