Posted 11:27 AM 5/1/2012 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Kathleen and Darla both chimed in on KSBY's Facebook page, asking about their dogs digging and chewing habits. Here is what Bonnie had to say:
Kathleen and Darla,
Digging and chewing are common problems for young dogs. These are normal behaviors for dogs that simply inconvenience us (More)
Posted 11:32 AM 2/10/2012 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Have you started your New Year's resolution to exercise and get fit yet? Some of you started and have already quit!
During December I wrote about obesity in pets and looked at several feeding strategies to help curb this problem. If you watch the "Biggest Loser" you know that a good (More)
Posted 10:05 AM 1/10/2012 by Bonnie Markoff
One of my favorite scenes in any movie is from Shrek 2: Puss In Boots hacking up a hairball. Wouldn't you love to see the actual footage of Antonio Banderas as he voiced over that scene?! Those of you with vomiting cats would surely rather watch the movie version than see your own cat vomiting (More)
Posted 11:09 AM 10/25/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Q: My very healthy Chow Mix, Bear, has been throwing up for a month now. We took her to the vet for a blood and urine work up and there's nothing wrong with her. Now she is not eating unless it's chicken or fish. She goes back to the vet tomorrow, but would like a second opinion on what this (More)
Posted 12:06 PM 10/13/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Sarah has asked us about tail chasing by submitting a question to us through the KSBY Central Coast Experts page.
Puppies and kittens will show all sorts of funny and cute behaviors that are just part of being a little kid. Tail chasing, sudden sprints across the living room floor and (More)
Posted 3:41 PM 10/12/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
We recently had a question from Ginger on our KSBY Central Coast Experts page. Apparently her kitty, AJ Purrs (gotta love that name!) likes to chew on plastic bags.
Our pets are often found chewing on things we would like them to avoid - socks, furniture, plants, irrigation systems (More)
Posted 3:59 PM 10/7/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Q: How can I get my dog to stop scratching, when he has no fleas or hot spots? I think he is either OCD and does it out of habit, or doesn't even realize he does it.
A: Itchiness may be the most common reason we see pets at Animal Care Clinic - and it can be the most frustrating problem to (More)
Posted 12:59 PM 10/4/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Q: My 14 month-old cat won't stop eating! I've got him on lowfat food and only feed him twice a day, but he's FAT! Seriously, this cat would eat all day long if I let him. Help?
A: Our pets are no different from us - they eat because it tastes good or because they are bored. All of us (More)
Posted 3:04 PM 7/11/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Q: I have a bull terrier, she's as sweet as can be. She loves humans and other animals and she isnt alone for long increments gets tons of attention.... but WHY does she cry so much?!! We put her outside and the whole neighborhood can hear her!
A: This can be a tricky problem to figure out (More)
Posted 2:44 PM 7/11/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Q: Why is my dog eating cat doo doo whenever I take him out for a walk?? He's driving me crazy and I end up scolding him all the time! What shall I do to refrain him from doing this??? Please advise.
A: Unfortunately, eating cat poop is a normal behavior for a dog - just like chasing cats (More)
Posted 2:35 PM 7/11/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Q: My dog keeps tearing up the side of her face. I know its an allergy, but I dont know to what. We have tried process of elemination: It is only certain parts of the year, so we figured pollen, so we did the shots. It stopped for a while then returned. Her food does not change ... I dont know (More)
Posted 11:06 AM 7/1/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP Animal Care Clinic, San Luis Obispo
Q: Ideally how often should I brush Jack, my little terrier's teeth? Any other good tips on tooth care for my animals? I have a cat too.
A: Toothbrushing is most effective when done daily! The plaque on dog and cat teeth starts to calcify after just 48 hours, and you cannot brush it off if (More)
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