Category Archives: Off the Leash

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

To pee or not to pee: Common urinary issues need to be addressed to keep your pet healthy

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH It’s hot, it’s cold, it’s windy, it’s snowy, it’s raining, it’s sunny — and in my world, this is all translating to a lot…

Spring fever: A seasonal Q & A

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH I know there is grass some places but I still have snow at my house. Can I can wait on starting tick prevention until…

Beware the bunny: Tips to keep your pets safe this Easter

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH Easter has a lot of connections, ranging from religious to secular. For me Easter is all about welcoming spring (though I’ve learned that the…

Say ‘Ahh’: Why that yearly physical is a good idea for your pet too

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH So, we’ve talked a little bit about spring worries and shots (the irony is not lost on me that we now have snow up…

Playing doctor: Over-the-counter meds you should never give to your pets

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH There is a common misconception that over the counter means “safe.” We think it for ourselves (well, two ibuprofen worked, let me try six!)…

Prevent, don’t regret: Vaccinations are critical to pet health

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH So of course as soon as I published my spring article on a balmy, grassy, muddy day…we got snow. I don’t pretend to know…

Spring into prevention: Warmer days bring parasites, is your pet prepared?

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH It seems very early for my spring article, but since just last week I walked my dogs without their jackets (that is a big…

The new normal?: When changes in behavior warrant a trip to the vet

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH As most of you know I’m slightly neurotic when it comes to my pets. I check them all the time, I subject them to…

The heart of the matter: Quick and easy heartworm prevention for your furry Valentine

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to talk about heartworm disease, because it is a day to celebrate hearts. Some of us have exciting…

Open wide: Why dental care is so important for your pet

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH So now that we have covered heart disease, we’re moving on to dental health. February is pet dental health month. Sure, dogs have stinky…