Dr. Utchen, my dog chews up everything in the house when we are gone. He has chew toys but doesn’t always chew on them. Is he angry at us for leaving him alone?
Answer: Anxious is probably the more accurate term. Separation anxiety in dogs is often manifest by destructive behavior like you describe, or excessive barking when left alone. Some dogs urinate and defecate in the house when left alone, but not when their owners are home. All of these are indications that your dog is probably unable to cope with being left alone, and uses these behaviors as ways of diffusing his anxious energy.
Separation anxiety can be treat... Read More
Rodenticide Toxicities in Pets General
There are several types of rodenticides available. Anticoagulant rodenticides are the most commonly used household pest control product, but other types are available that are more toxic and do not have an antidote readily accessible. If you have a rodent infestation, we recommend contacting an exterminator to resolve the problem in a way that limits the risk to your pet.
Anticoagulant rodenticides include (but are not limited to):
- Liqua-Tox II
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Rattlesnakes live in a variety of habitats.
They are found in wetlands, deserts and forests, from sea level to mountain elevations. Rattlesnakes are most active in warmer seasons, from spring to autumn. In southern latitudes they are occasionally found year-round.
Rattlesnake bite is a veterinary emergency.
It results in serious injury or even death to thousands of dogs each year. Rattlesnake venom is a complex mixture of toxins that spreads th... Read More
The most formative months in a dog’s psychological development occur early in puppyhood. A puppy needs many positive experiences before 5 months of age to promote the development of a confident, friendly adult personality. An important goal in puppy training is for your puppy to show no fear or hesitation around new situations.... Read More