Ask Dr. Anna: Microchip 101

Ask Dr. Anna: Microchip 101

Did you know that pets with microchips are twenty times more likely to be reunited with their owners?  However, but there are many other reasons why microchipping is recommended by veterinarians and animal shelters around the world.  If your pet is already microchipped, you need to know how to keep your information up to date.  […]

Obedience basics: Building a foundation of focus

Obedience basics: Building a foundation of focus

If you’re anything like me, bringing a new dog or puppy into your life and home awakens childhood fantasies of having a bond with your pet that is both magical and transcendent. You imagine Rover saving you from bandits, alerting you to the presence of a major goldmine on your property, then winning the Iditarod—and […]

Adult dog socialization: Two tips for safety and success

Adult dog socialization: Two tips for safety and success

Adult dog socialization can be a very tricky process. In an ideal world, every dog would be properly socialized as a puppy—taking each pups personality into account and working to provide positive associations with a variety of people, places, and situations. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, dogs come into our lives as a […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Service dogs: More than a pet

ABCDT In a world where our pets are becoming more integrated into our everyday lives, some people have taken advantage of necessarily vague Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) language about to service animals. There are always folks who will commit fraud to take sweet little Fluffmonster to Panera Bread, or bring Skittlebits to the grocery store. […]

Ask Dr. Anna: New Anxiety Medication for dogs offers promise for noise phobia

Ask Dr. Anna: New Anxiety Medication for dogs offers promise for noise phobia

Noise phobia, specifically thunderstorm phobia, is a very common condition that veterinarians and dog owners have struggled to treat for years.  In fact, one-third of all pet owners report that their dog suffers from noise phobia.  It is important to find something that relieves your dog’s symptoms; because without help, your dog’s fear will worsen […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Dog allergies

Ask Dr. Anna: Dog allergies

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and Dr. Anna Coffin always treats more cases of dog allergies this time of year.  Unlike people, who typically develop upper respiratory symptoms, dogs with allergies develop itchy skin.  Affected dogs are itchy all over, but especially in their face, feet, ears, abdomen, and groin.  Approximately twenty-five percent […]