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    Handling allergies in our pets

    Handling allergies in our pets

    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)


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    How often should I brush my terrier's teeth? Any other tips for tooth care?

    How often should I brush my terrier's teeth? Any other tips for tooth care?

    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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    Is it OK for my puppy to play in the dog park?

    Is it OK for my puppy to play in the dog park?

    Posted 10:55 AM 7/1/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP Animal Care Clinic, San Luis Obispo

    Q: I have a 13 week puppy and was wondering if she is able to play at the dog park??? She has had some series of shots and we were told to wait until after she has her rabies shots? Is that true?

    A: You absolutely should wait. The rabies vaccine is not the crucial thing for her protection (More)


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    Why does my cat pull his hair out at night?

    Why does my cat pull his hair out at night?

    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)


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    The Importance of Spaying Before First Heat

    The Importance of Spaying Before First Heat

    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)


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    Coughing in Dogs

    Coughing in Dogs

    Posted 4:29 PM 4/15/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP Animal Care Clinic

    Coughing can be a frustrating symptom, but it can also be a sign of very serious disease. Kennel cough is a contagious disease that is usually found in young animals who seem otherwise healthy (good appetite and lots of energy).

    When I hear "congestion" associated with coughing in dogs, I (More)


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    Riding In the Car

    Riding In the Car

    Posted 9:00 AM 3/7/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP

    I love going for drives with my dogs. I have three of them. Zeke and Teague tend to sit together in the front seat. They are really too big for this, but manage to intertwine their legs enough to get comfortable. They trade off putting a head in my lap and both keep an eye on me to be sure I am (More)


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    Chronic Diarrhea

    Chronic Diarrhea

    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)


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    Demodex Mites: What are they and ways to treat

    Demodex Mites: What are they and ways to treat

    Posted 2:09 PM 2/22/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM

    Pamela has asked Animal Care Clinic if there is any treatment for Demodex besides a product called Promeris. The answer is a definite "yes!"

    Let's start by looking at what Demodex is. Demodex mites are microscopic insect-like creatures that normally live on the skin of many dogs and cats. (More)


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    Feeding Pets

    Feeding Pets

    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)


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    Basic Manners

    Basic Manners

    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)


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    Battling matted fur

    Battling matted fur

    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)


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