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Cesar Milan On When To Take Your Dog To The Vet ASAP!

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Our dogs are very important and when something is up, we need to act fast to make sure they can lead happy and HEALTHY lives.

Cesar Milan has come up with some scenarios where an veterinary emergency might be needed. If you see any of these problems with your doggie, then he or she needs help FAST!

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Keep Your Pet Healthy And Safe This Spring

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It's finally spring! (Though it doesn't feel like it most of the time.)

Your furry friend must be so happy to be able to get out of the house more often!

But wait, U do know about all the potential dangers for your pet?

Well here are a few great tips from Lori Thomas Dickert at AllPetNews.com:

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Hilary Duff Is Worried About Her Dog's Surgery

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Hilary Duff's chihuahua Lola has been sick for a few months now.

So the mama to be took her first baby to the vet to undergo an operation that will hopefully make everything all better.

She tweeted:

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Ask A Vet With Dr. Jennifer Scarlett On Vet-Visit Etiquette

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Dr. Jennifer Scarlett has done another 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA'.

For those of us lucky enough to have to rarely visit the vet, going can be just as confusing and scary for us as it is for our pets.

So Dr. Jennifer Scarlett helps us work on our "vetiquette." LOLz!

"Vet-Visit Etiquette - What are some etiquette guidelines for vet-visits? Do you have any patient-pet-peeves?"

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett responded:

1. Look, it’s nerve racking for you guardians at the vet. You’re worried about your pet’s health. You’re worried about whether your cat will karate chop the nurse again. You’re worried about how much this episode of vomiting or diarrhea is going to cost. And your response to all that worry may be petting your dog or cat like you’re striking a match! Our pets are excellent at reading our emotions and our touch is a great barometer of our psych. Be sure to check yourself on the heavy petting.

2. Make a list of complaints or questions you want to cover during the visit. Calling the doc back out in the lobby for one more "quick question" about your dog’s weird limp that only happens when the moon is waning is tough.

3. Cellphones—Imagine walking into an exam room and the client is on the phone. And stays on the phone! Then they head nod or point to the dog or cat like "there he is, examine away." Please put the phone down and engage!

4. Unruly children in the examination room. Ok, I like kids—really—but I don’t want to participate in the negotiations with your child on whether they can scream or jump around in the exam room. A colleague of mine used to rhetorically ask "how often do you take your pet to the pediatrician" Ok, I know it can be difficult to take care of both children and pets so if your child is about to have a meltdown let your vet take the animal to the treatment room where they can work in peace.

Enough of the peeves—here’s what I love:

1. I love when guardians mimic various clinical signs—especially the interpretation of a cat bringing up a hair ball and the reverse sneeze of a dog (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdPUX8mnFE4). I’ve seen serious looking folks in fine suits get down on all fours to imitate the reverse sneeze. (which is scary when you first experience it)

2. I love when guardians keep a log of the problem and bring in the label of whatever offending product their dog or cat ate. It helps us so much if you can provide times and context to the problem. Thank you.

3. I love when clients show up on time for their appointment. (as much as you love when we vets stay on time!)

4. I love that guardians care enough to take time out of their busy days to bring their pets into us—that they trust us with their companions. And really, that makes it all worth while.

Jennifer Scarlett, DVM
Co-President
The San Francisco SPCA

So follow these easy tips to make going to the vet as painless as possible for you, your vet and your pet.

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Holiday Tips For Family Pet Get Togethers

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The holidays are a great time for families and friends to get together.

Many of us consider our pets part of our families, and so they go with us to family parties.

But what if every attending family brings their pet?

The SPCA's Ask a Vet features that question:

Our family always gets together for the holidays, and all the pets come too! Any advice to bringing 4 dogs, 3 cats and a bird together under one roof for a few days?

The vet responded:

Wow-a family of animal lovers. I don’t know the low down on which dogs, bird and cats live together so I’m going to shoot from the hip and give you the basics. Cats generally despise change and that includes meeting new cats and new dogs, but they really want to meet the bird, but not in a good way.

So, keep cats in separate rooms—away from the unknown cats and dogs. If a dog and cat live together then it’ll be fine for them to hang out in a room but don’t mix and match. As for the dogs, introduce them to each other in a more neutral place like the local park or even the yard, especially if there is a resident dog. Having dogs meet nose to nose in the doorway or hallway is risky business.

I take it the bird that is visiting isn’t a turkey? Best bet is a quiet place for your avian guest. And remember even if all seems well, you may want to put everyone away come mealtime as tensions may get high when there are succulent turkey scraps to beg for.

Have a great holiday.

So if you follow these easy tips you'll have a happy and safe holiday for you and your pets!

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Pet Q&A With Dr. Patrick Mahaney

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Aggression issues can be a serious problem when it comes to dogs. Even the little ones.

Perezcious reader, Courtney, writes in, asking Dr. Patrick Mahaney:

I have a 10 month old pug, Francis, who has some aggression issues. Because he has run away three times I have had to get a 20 foot leash to tie him up in the backyard when he goes out to the bathroom or to play. When I want him to come inside he gets extremely hyper and he runs away from me and usually starts running in circles, and then he attacks me. He jumps up at me and bites me. He will bite my hands but most often he bites my pant leg. He bites so hard he has bruised me and broken the skin and made me bleed. I’ve tried ignoring him and I’ve tried scolding him but nothing seems to work. He also sometimes attacks me when he is on a walk, it seems to be a dominance issue when he’s on a leash. What can I do to fix this? He is generally a well behaved dog and doesn’t show any other aggression issues. Any suggestions would be helpful because what i’m doing just isn’t working.

Dr. Patrick responded:

Hello Courtney,

I am sorry to hear of the hardships you have experienced with your dog. Pugs are one of my favorite breeds as they are typically so jovial and pleasant.

Unfortunately, there are no easy answers to your questions.

As Francis is still in a state of emotional maturation, it is best that you work to the best of your ability to resolve this problem before it worsens. If he were to bite another person or pet, you could potentially be liable from a legal perspective.
First of all, is Francis neutered? I recommend any male or female dog that has behavioral issues have their reproductive parts removed via neuter or spay (respectively).

Schedule an examination with your veterinarian to explore if there is an underlying reason why Francis is exhibiting such behavior, such as chronic pain. Even though he is a young dog, he could have a physical problem, such as an imperfectly formed part of his musculoskeletal system (luxating patella, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, hemivertebra, arthritis, etc), which creates pain.

Additionally, ask your veterinarian for a referral to a board certified veterinary specialist. These veterinarians have advanced training in pet behavior issues and are the best resources to resolve complicated issues such as with Francis. Here is the link to find a board certified veterinary behaviorist in your area: http://www.dacvb.org/resources/find/

Good luck,

Patrick Mahaney VMD CVA

We wish Courtney the best of luck getting Francis under control.

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EXCLUSIVE: Back to School Canine Fitness Tips

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Back to School Canine Fitness Tips

Vet to the stars, Dr. Patrick Mahaney, has some tips to help U and YOUR PET this fall!!

We give a lot of attention to our pets during the summer. But sadly, as our summer crawls to its inevitable conclusion and America’s children return to school, there is reduced activity and emotional stimulation for our animal companions.

Obesity is clearly an epidemic affecting people and pets. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) an estimated 51% of dogs and cats (approximately 89 million pets) in the United States are overweight or obese. YIKES!

Dr. Patrick says you can help to prevent the “freshman 15” (or weight gain regardless of your academic class) by starting, maintaining, or intensifying a physical fitness program for both you and your dog.

If you and your dog are new to exercising, begin with a consistently paced, low-impact activity, such as short walks or hikes, then increase the duration and challenge. Consistently paced activity has less injury causing potential than high-impact or high-intensity activities, such as sprinting and jumping.

Should your dog show any overt signs of distress while exercising please schedule an examination with your veterinarian before further partaking in physical activity.

Getting outside and being active with your dog provides innumerable physical and emotional benefits for both the humans and their canine participants.

At the start of this new school year, seek refuge in the stress reducing, family friendly benefits of participating in activity with your dog!

Have any pet questions? Tweet them to Dr. Patrick HERE!! OR Check out on facebook!

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