Beyond Bon Appetit: Why Your Puppy Eats Poop

puppy eats poopDealing with your pet’s poop is one of the less glamorous aspects of pet ownership, but it’s just as necessary to their health and well-being as proper diet, exercise, and quality medical care. Having a puppy who eats poop, however, is something that many new pet owners weren’t expecting and aren’t sure how to deal with.

Poop-eating, also called coprophagia, is actually a normal – albeit gross–dog behavior. At Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center we believe in tackling life’s stinky questions head on, and we are happy help you figure out why your puppy eats poop and what you can do about it.

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Setting The Stage: Summer Jobs For Animal Lovers

For high school and college students who love animals, choosing an animal-related summer job or internship can not only be fun and rewarding, but may set the stage for a career working with animals.

Finding a summer job for a tween or teen is not without its difficulties, and summer jobs for animal lovers are no exception. It takes ingenuity and ambition to work with animals, but the payoffs are well worth it.

Summer Jobs For Animal Lovers

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Strategies for Successful Litter Box Training

litter box trainingAnyone who has ever observed a cat fastidiously grooming herself, or carefully covering waste in the litter box, knows that cats are, by nature, very clean animals. Most kittens learn how to use a litter box from their mother before they come to live with you, but if you adopt an orphaned kitten or older cat, you may have to show her the ropes. Our litter box training tips will get you started off on the right paw!

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Pet DNA Testing: The Inside Scoop

pet DNADNA testing for humans is nothing new. We regularly rely on the results of these types of tests to determine paternity, figure out our ancestry, and even check for the probability of developing certain inherited diseases. It only makes sense that, given the ease and relative low cost of genetic testing technology, that pet DNA testing would become a booming industry.

How Pet DNA Testing Works

Pet DNA testing made its debut in 2007, and it’s become increasingly popular in recent years due to its wide availability and ease of use. The basic do-it-yourself DNA test kit comes with the items needed to ready a sample for testing. Here’s how this test works:

  • Swab the inside of your pet’s cheek with the brush provided
  • Prepare the sample following the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Mail the sample back to the company using the provided packaging

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Hear Hear! Why Do Dogs Lick Ears?

dogs lick earsPet One of the most interesting parts of dog ownership is discovering your dog’s unique personality, his or her quirks, habits, and funny behaviors. For many dogs, ear licking is among the cute, and sometimes annoying, ways they interact with us and other family pets.

As it turns out, there are a few biologically based reasons why some dogs lick ears.  By exploring the evolutionary and behavioral influences behind your dog’s propensity for ear licking, you may discover why your dog engages in this behavior and what (if anything) you can do about it.

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When Peeing Poses a Problem: Urinary Tract Infection in Pets

urinary tract infections in petsAnyone who has suffered a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows it’s no picnic. The pain and frequent, urgent need to urinate can be downright miserable, and may lead to more serious problems if not addressed quickly. UTIs in pets are just as troublesome for our furry friends and are more common than pet owners may realize.

What Is a Urinary Tract Infection?

A urinary tract infection is an infection of one or more parts of the urinary tract, which consists of the kidneys, ureters (tubes that carry urine to the bladder), bladder, and urethra (tube that carries urine out of the body). The bladder is the most common part of the urinary tract to become infected.

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To the Rescue: Putting Together a Pet First Aid Kit

Our pets depend on us for pretty much everything, and most pet owners pride themselves on being able to provide what their pets need, as well as much of what they want. Many of us fall short, however,  when it comes to planning for the unexpected, and this includes being prepared should your pet ever become injured.

At Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center, we believe that having a well-stocked pet first aid kit, and knowing how to use it, is an essential part of emergency preparedness for any pet owner.

Creating a Pet First Aid Kit

We recommend that pet owners carry a pet first aid kit in their car and also keep one in an easily accessible location in the home. Pet first aid kits can be purchased ready-made from pet supply stores or online (here’s one we like) or you can make your own from scratch.

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This Bud’s (Not) for You: Marijuana Toxicity in Pets

Pot, weed, Mary Jane…no matter what you call it, marijuana needs no introduction, especially to Colorado residents. Medical marijuana became legal in Colorado in 2000, and in November of 2012, voters approved an amendment to the state constitution to legalize marijuana for recreational use. In January of 2014, the approved amendment became law.

Since marijuana use was first legalized, veterinarians across Colorado have seen a dramatic increase in cases of marijuana toxicity in pets. In fact, a Colorado-based study published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care showed that the number of pets treated for marijuana poisoning quadrupled between 2005-2010.  After the 2014 implementation of the recreational use law, our own veterinarians saw an uptick in the number of marijuana toxicity cases they were treating at our facility.

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We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: The Evolution of Modern Pet Ownership

According to anthropologists, it was the wolf that helped bridge the gap between humans and four-legged animals several thousand years ago, giving humans an advantage over the Neanderthal populations that dominated at the that time.

Early humans succeeded in domesticating wolves to help guard their camps, alert them to danger, and help them with the hunting of mammoths and other large mammals. Cats joined the picture later on, during the rise of agriculture, and became valued for their ability to keep mice and other vermin out of homes, barns, and grain stores. With the help of these synergistic relationships, early humans managed to survive in a very primitive world.

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Every Rose Has Its Thorn: Dealing with Possessive Aggression in Pets

If your usually sweet Pomeranian turns into a snarling beast when anyone approaches her food, or your new Labrador puppy becomes aggressively protective of his favorite chew toys, you may have a case of possessive aggression on your hands.

Possessive aggression in pets stems from a natural fear response to the real or perceived threat of a resource being taken away. Pets can become possessive over their food, toys, favorite sleeping spot, and even certain family members. Although guarding behaviors are normal for many pets, and can be useful for animals in the wild, it is unacceptable when aimed at people or other pets in the household.

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