Determining if your dog has a food allergy or environmental allergy is the first step to treating your pet’s allergy problem. Dog food allergies are easy to diagnose, but treatment can be a bit tricky. This week Dr. Coffin will walk you through everything you need to know about dog food allergies.
The dog flu, also known as Canine Influenza, reached the United States in 2004. It began as the H3N8 virus at a Greyhound race track in Florida. Since 2007, the virus has rapidly spread across the United States and mutated into the H3N2 virus. The dog flu has currently been detected in every continental state […]
“My cat is a superhero. He is a perfect weight; he never gets sick, he is immune to everything. Why on earth would he need vaccines or an annual cat health check? He never goes outside like the other cat. He is such a sweetheart he even snuggles with the dog.”
A microchip can be the saving grace in returning your lost pet. Permanent visible identification such as a collar with tags will return your pet home faster, however, these items can be lost. Dr. Anna Coffin will identify some common microchip myths and solve them for you this week.
Do you have a medical insurance provider for your pet? If no, why not? The cost of veterinary care often prohibits people from seeking veterinary care right away or declining appropriate care due to financial restraints. Dr. Anna Coffin hopes after reading this article you will purchase a pet insurance policy.
“Can we keep him?” We’ve all heard it (or said it) before. Somehow, we’ve been exposed to the cutest puppy who has ever lived. We went to an animal shelter or rescue. We saw a stray by the road. We met a new friend who happened to have a litter of ten puppies who needed homes. […]
Green leaves. The smell of freshly cut grass. The burst of color from lilies and daffodils and iris. Spring. It just makes you happy, doesn’t it? And well it should. Spring is a time of renewal and hope and new life. For the most part, at least. But it also can hold many dangers for our […]
There are 850 different species of ticks around the world. Ninety of these species reside within the United States. A handful of these species transmit diseases to humans and our pets. Dr. Anna Coffin will share some interesting facts about ticks and how you can protect you and your pet from these pesky creatures.
Having a reliable come cue is extremely important. It’s the one command that can potentially save your dog’s life. The goal is to have your dog come directly to you each and every time you give the come cue.
Friday the 13th has long been considered a day of bad luck and ominous fortune. Walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, having a black cat cross your path- these are all considered unlucky things, but especially so on Friday the 13th. This got me wondering about other animal superstitions involving animals, especially cats, and […]
Unfortunately, animal abandonment is a huge problem in Logan County. Thanks to Friends of Guthrie Animals (FOGAS), Guthrie has an active group of pet rescuers to help with this problem. This week Dr. Anna Coffin wants to tell you about this amazing group and how you can help with animal abandonment.
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs, cats, and ferrets. Heartworms are a foot-long worm that lives in the heart, lungs and associated vessels. This week Dr. Coffin will discuss some important and interesting facts about heartworms.
The use of essential oils in humans has exploded in the last few years. The use of essential oils for animals is now becoming common practice. Since flea season is right around the corner, Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss what essential oils are being used for flea control.
Using a food lure is a basic component of any positive reinforcement training plan. It gives us a valuable tool to help teach our dog behaviors and cues, and even modify behavioral problems. By teaching our dogs to follow a food lure, we can achieve our training goals more efficiently and keep training time fun […]
Warmer weather brings blossoms and blooms and unfortunately, bugs. March signals the beginning of flea and tick season and is the time to start taking preventive measures against fleas. Understanding the flea life cycle will help you eliminate them from your pets. Read more: Spring has Sprung, and so have the Fleas!
Say it ain’t so, Cooper. What’s that? Shelters are loaded with dogs abandoned by pet owners. That’s not right, is it? No, Cooper, you are correct. Too many dogs find their way to shelters simply because their pet owners failed to offer a lot of love and understanding.
It’s March—springtime is around the corner! Worms in your garden…and worms in your pet? Eeew! Hold on, let’s explain… The worms you find in your garden mulch are not the same worms that cause heartworms in pets.
The FDA regulates the manufacture and distribution of human and animal drugs to provide safe medication for you and your pet. State pharmacy boards help regulate the dispensing of human and animal prescription medications. Dr. Anna Coffin wants to make you aware of the dangers of online pet pharmacies.
In today’s blog, I wanted to talk about an obedience training cue that often gets overlooked: the release cue. The release cue is very important since it marks the end of a behavior (i.e., “sit,” “stay,” etc.). This gives the dog a clear cue to know that she can break position. It reduces confusion and prevents […]
Trying to eat a healthy, balanced diet is hard for many of us. We overindulge in sugar and salt, often giving in to the temptation of what tastes good rather than what is good for us. It really should not be a surprise to anyone that we often make similar mistakes with our pets’ diets. […]