Posted 10:28 AM 7/1/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP Animal Care Clinic, San Luis Obispo
Q: Why does my cat pull his hair out at night. He is clean and brushed, but every morning he has plucked out some hair.
A: This one is going to require a trip to the vet. The most common causes of this are fleas (which you may never see on your cat), inhaled allergies like hayfever, and (More)
Posted 3:32 PM 6/6/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP Animal Care Clinic, San Luis Obispo
The first heat cycle in a dog is usually at 5-8 months of age, but can be as early as 4 months in some cases.
Dogs then cycle about 1-2 times a year. They have a very different cycle than people do.
The vast majority of veterinarians recommend spaying dogs and cats before they ever (More)
Posted 1:31 PM 3/2/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
No one likes having diarrhea. Luckily, for all of us, most cases of diarrhea are short-lived and resolve themselves within a day or two. I'm not sure if there is anything in veterinary medicine more frustrating than chronic, or long-term, diarrhea.
Whenever a dog or cat presents to Animal (More)
Posted 11:35 AM 3/2/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
One of the most common veterinary behavior problems we hear about at Animal Care Clinic is a cat who fails to use the litterbox. This most commonly manifests itself as urinating in inappropriate places, but sometimes in involves feces. There is no doubt as to why this is an extremely upsetting (More)
Posted 10:38 AM 1/13/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Many clients at Animal Care Clinic ask about how to feed their pets - free choice or meals. Veterinarians disagree to some extent as which is better, and there are medical benefits to both systems.Many owners find it convenient to leave food out all the time for their animals, especially cats. (More)
Posted 9:36 AM 1/5/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM
Janice has asked about a feral cat named Heckel who has something wrong with her lower jaw.
Caring for feral or "wild" cats can be extremely frustrating. We find cat colonies developing in many areas in our county. Quite often, a good samaritan feeds the cats, but usually the cats will not (More)
Posted 9:38 AM 12/29/2010 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM. Animal Care Clinic
We have had several questions related to pet behavior on our KSBY Local Experts page. Pet owners have concerns about barking, biting, scratching, jumping, destructive behavior, animals getting into things, basic training and boundary training.
Most of these problems stem from trying to (More)
Posted 10:46 AM 12/17/2010 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM of Animal Care Clinic SLO
Thank you, Shawna for your question about grooming Persian cats. This can be a big problem for many cat owners! The fine hair of a Persian easily clumps together to form matts - those Rastafarian type clumps of fur that cannot be broken up with a brush.
Matts can be very painful and even (More)
Posted 4:19 PM 12/8/2010 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM
Both Rachel and Jennie have asked about itchy pets recently.
Rachel has three Pugs that are so itchy that they scoot, chase their tails and are even aggressive towards each other.
Jennie's kitty, Dobbie, has dandruff and is itchy enough that it seems to hurt when she scratches his (More)
Posted 5:33 PM 10/25/2010 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM
Cindy has asked if oxygen treatment may have contributed to the death of her kitty who had suffered chest trauma. This is a very interesting question that cannot be answered completely without more information, but I can address the use of oxygen in trauma cases.
Oxygen and fluids are (More)
Posted 11:39 AM 9/8/2010 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM
Emma has asked about her 1 year old cat/kitten who seems healthy but only weighs 3-4 pounds. Please accept my apologies for the delay in answering your question, Emma - I was in Mongolia where, oddly enough, this very subject came up at the small animal where I advise. It seems there are a number (More)
Posted 10:31 AM 7/29/2010 by Dr. Bonnie Markoff
Sorry for the delay in getting this answer to you. We recommend:
Mix together (may need a bigger batch for a bigger dog) and apply all (More)
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