Category Archives: Off the Leash

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

Crazy Cat: Channeling that spring fever behavior into playtime can keep your cat healthy, happy and slim

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher Off The Leash I have talked a little bit about indoor-cat play time lately, but two things prompted me to delve into it further. First, I have…

April Showers: keeping active on rainy days

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH The snow melted, the mud somewhat dried up leaving a couple days of beautiful Spring dog walking. Then the rain came. I am writing…

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…