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Women with Dogs That Don't Like Men: The Irreverent Vet Speaks Out
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Women with Dogs That Don't Like Men: The Irreverent Vet Speaks Out

I see this occasionally. A woman comes in with a dog and says, “My dog hates men.” Some of these owners request to see a female veterinarian. Many times they request that their dog be only be groomed or treated by a female staff member. I was talking to some other vets and they also see this relatively frequently.

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NYC Pet Project: Rue McLanahan's Letter to Chatty Miss Bianca

When you think of your pet, what words come to mind? If your pet could read, what would your letters say? Authors Edward J. Kaczmarek III and Michael J. La Rue collected the answers to these questions in the form of hundreds of letters, which are published in the book NYC Pet Project (Good Books Publishing, Inc.
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The Atlanta Floodings - Protect Your Cat From Natural Disasters

This past Sunday night, torrential rain storms turned hundreds of streets in northwest Georgia into a flooded disaster zone. Unfortunately, in addition to human fatalities, it was also reported that a family who slept through the downpour overnight awoke to find that their dog had drowned in the basement.
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Alley - An Account of Love and Patience

Friendships with cats aren't always instant, but sometimes a friendship that is hard-won is well worth the effort. Some cats aren't born into an easy lifestyle and find human company and even human assistance suspect. These are sometimes the cats that truly win our hearts. I just read a wonderful story about a woman who went above and beyond to gain the trust and love of a special cat.
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Beautiful Bella - A Reason to Spay your Cats

Everyone hears this a lot, but it doesn't hurt to repeat it. Please spay and neuter your pets. It isn't just that there are too many unwanted pets, although this is reason enough. Pregnancy is also hard on cats' bodies and their health. Some young and petite cats may have great difficulty giving birth.
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Out of Nowhere - Mr. Bud

Do you know a local Tom cat that doesn't seem to belong to anyone and instead is cared for by the whole neighborhood? Maybe you remember a cat like this from when you were a little kid. I just read a lovely story about a beloved stray that belonged to everyone. Cathy Buie writes about a cat that appeared in their neighborhood two years ago, but didn't seem to have or really want a home.
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Brady - One Lucky Cat with a Great Home

Cats get themselves into the darnedest situations and thankfully the world is full of kind-hearted cat lovers ready to get them out of trouble. So many of us think we have all the cats we can manage and yet find a needy feline and make room for “just one more”. I read a great story about a lucky cat named Brady who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but found himself a good home just the same.
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Elric Melnibone - Give a Brat a Chance

There are many reasons that animals develop behavior problems. Sometimes it has to do with the way they are raised or their life experiences. Sometimes it is simply their personality and genetic makeup. Or it's a combination of the two. Although solving problem behaviors can almost always be done, most people aren't up for the work.
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Roy's Ten Spoiled Kids

For an animal lover, there is nothing more wonderful than finding another animal lover to share your life with. Sometimes that's a difficult thing to do. If you are pet crazy, you can't expect everyone to be as crazy as you are! So it's always great to get a story about two truly pet crazy people finding one another.
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Koneko Made her a “Cat Lady”

Most of us have more pets than we planned on, but certainly not more than we can love. The bug always starts with one pet…one pet that chooses you and converts you into a lover of them all. So many cats out there need help and it's easy to see how one cat can be just the beginning of a feline household.
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Honoring the Amazing Work of Therapy Animals

There’s no doubt about it. On those days when you’re ill, depressed, and/or just not feeling like yourself, there’s nothing quite like spending some time with a special animal. As pet owners, we know this is true. But don’t take our word for it — just take a look at all the incredible therapy animals out there, who bring joy to people of all ages on a daily basis.
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Women with Dogs That Don't Like Men: The Irreverent Vet Speaks Out

I see this occasionally. A woman comes in with a dog and says, “My dog hates men.” Some of these owners request to see a female veterinarian. Many times they request that their dog be only be groomed or treated by a female staff member. I was talking to some other vets and they also see this relatively frequently.
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The Irreverent Vet Speaks Out - What Veterinarians Don't Want You to Know

This is a touchy topic. I hope we don't get tons of hate mail from vets. site asked me to write an article about this difficult and controversial topic. In this article, I'd like to address this issue of what veterinarians may not want you the pet owner to know. I'm the Irreverent Veterinarian. I give you my opinion and speak the truth regardless of if pet owners or other veterinarians like it or not.
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Florida Votes to End Dog Racing - What Now?

The Change Will Affect Thousands of Dogs in Florida Voters in Florida have passed an amendment that will end dog racing in the state by 2020. Amendment 13 to the Florida Constitution was put on the ballot for November to phase out greyhound racing tracks around the state. The amendment needed 60 percent approval to pass, and it received 69 percent, which came as a surprise to both sides of the ballot.
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What's the New “Reckless Dog Owner” Law in Illinois?

In 2021, the State of Illinois Senate approved a bill that punishes dog owners who fail to keep their dogs from causing harm to other people. The approved bill goes into effect this month. The bill itself was born out of tragedy. In 2021, a Yorkshire Terrier named Buddy was killed when two neighbor dogs got out and attacked him.
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Could Pets Get a Right to an Attorney in New Jersey?

If your pet was abused, would you want the abuser brought to justice? Under most federal and state laws, pets are regarded as property - meaning they have little to no legal rights of their own. There aren't many scenarios where legal rights for a pet comes into question. But when they are the victims of abuse, it's led many legislators and animal advocates to wonder, how can those who commit crimes against animals be brought to justice if animals don't have a voice?
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Don't Fall for This Lost Pet Scam

Many families have pets, and many consider pets to be a big part of the family, making someone's greatest fear come to life when a pet has gone missing and is nowhere to be found. They're not in their favorite hiding spot, in your backyard, or even wandering down your street. Where could they be? And what are you going to do besides your standard search of the neighborhood?
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How Do Emotional Support Animals Work?

Here's How Dogs, Cats, Rats, and More Are Helping People Live Better Lives Have you heard someone joke about using their pet as an emotional support animal? This term has become increasingly popular in recent years, and you've probably seen an article or two pop up about someone trying to get on a plane with their peacock or pony.
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The Irreverent Vet Speaks out on “Does Your Dog Need the H3N8 Dog Flu Vaccine?”

The canine flu virus has been around for a few years. Actually, the virus received national media attention after Dr. Crawford and his colleagues published an article in the September 26, 2005 edition of Science Magazine entitled “Transmission of Equine Influenza Virus to Dogs”. The virus was brought to the forefront of Internet and national news in 2009 when it was discovered that the virus was causing illness and death in dogs at Florida Greyhound tracks and spreading to other dogs across the country.
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