Category Archives: Off the Leash

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher provides pet advice and answers your questions.

Tricks and treats: Tips to keep Halloween safe for your pet

Dr. Anna Duntong-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH So far this year, my dog has had to wear three Halloween costumes simply for my entertainment. In case you were wondering: No, dogs…

Fall falacies: Debunking some myths about autumn pests

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH That time of year has arrived! Cool evenings, beautiful leaves, fleas trying to get into your house and hungry ticks. I never said that…

Change happens: Tips to help your pet adapt

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH I make changes to my medication and anesthesia protocols constantly. I read up on new medications, new ways to treat things and new ways…

Food for thought: Examining some common misconceptions about pet foods

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH Clients always ask me on their first exam or new-pet exams, “what is the best food?” The truth is that there are a million…

Fall frolics: A few things to remember while enjoying the great outdoors with your dog

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH It is finally happening — I get up in the morning and put on a sweatshirt! Not all people embrace fall and incoming winter…

Pet poisons: Common household items can spell big trouble for your furry friends

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH For some reason, I have seen a lot of toxicity cases lately. Most of these cases have happy endings because owners are aware and…

It’s the little things: Small changes in behavior can signal health issues in your cat

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH As I start this article, it’s time to get something out in the open — cats are weird. Weird isn’t bad. I love my…

Cat tales: Common misconceptions about our feline friends

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH Last week there was a national day to take your cat to the veterinarian. While we sadly didn’t see cats all day on that…

Back to school for Pets: Routines change — don’t let your pet get left behind

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH Back to school is coming soon! Parents are happy, kids are excited or sad, and our pets are…wait, what? Why do our pets care?…

More straight poop — Q & A

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH Whenever my dog has something different happen he gets diarrhea. This can be workers at the house, or when he goes to board. What…