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Pet Poop, by Dr. Dave

This article is prepared by Appalachain Spring Mall's very own "resident" veterinarian, Dr. Dave. For a whole lot more FREE information, check out his site at: All Creatures Virtual Veterinary Clinic

His column is updated every day or thereabouts, so check back to see what on Dr. Dave's mind today.

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How to Know When Your Dog Is Being Too Aggressive

Rita writes,

" I have a 4 1/2- year-old terrier/border collie mix (had him since he was a puppy from the Humane Society). He is a very obedient, well-trained dog, and I should add he was fixed when he was five months old. The only problem I have is for the last one to two years, when he meets up with most dogs he is very dominant/macho. He checks them out (sniffs, never mounts them), often NOT letting them check him out. If they try to check him out, he lets them know with a growl/grunt and maybe a bump that this is not acceptable. Even if they don't push his buttons by trying to sniff him or mount him, he almost always gives a growl/grunt/bump. However, my dog isn't a fighter and he has never started a fight. On the rare occasion that he growls at the wrong dog (an aggressive dog) and that dog comes after him to fight, my dog walks away. In general, he wants to sniff other dogs but otherwise isn't very interested in most of them. In summary, what I have is a very macho and very vocal dog, but he isn't aggressive in terms of actually starting a fight or attacking a dog. However, his actions scare most owners and dogs, and I find myself often explaining he is 'all talk, no action.' My questions: Do I need to worry about his behavior turning into aggression (i.e., him actually attacking a dog)? Or is this just his personality and I should just accept it? Finally, if it will lead to aggression, how do I correct this problem from progressing? By the way, he is macho on and off leash. On leash, he is a little more macho, but usually I can keep him away from other dogs or if the other dog is off leash, I can diffuse the situation somewhat by dropping my dog's leash. As I said, he is very obedient so he never strays when he is off leash. Also, I am a frequent dog park visitor, so having him be well behaved is very important (to me and my dog)."
Dr. Dave's Reply:

Alas, this is one of the questions that is just too hard to answer without meeting the dog, seeing him in action, and asking you a whole lot more questions.

Without knowing more, he sounds like he's simply letting other dogs know in dog language that he likes things a certain way, "thank you very much."

Terriers are seldom wallflowers!

Nevertheless, his behavior might be building to something more aggressive.

I recommend you schedule a session with a private dog trainer (a private session at home or the park, or perhaps a session with a qualified person at the Humane Society) to see what they think.

Good luck!

Fatty Liver Syndrome

Fatty liver syndrome is another name for hepatic lipidosis.

It's a condition seen in some cats that have not eaten for extended periods of time.

When a cat, particularly an obese one, stops eating, fat accumulates in his liver impairing normal function and potentially resulting in liver failure.

It can be fatal without aggressive treatment.

A starvation diet should not be used to lower the weight of an obese cat.

Instead, consult your vet to determine an appropriate weight-loss diet and discuss ways to increase the amount of exercise the cat gets.

Unlike dogs, many cats cannot be forced to eat a food they dislike.

Do you have a question or comment for the Dr. Dave?

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Include your first initial and last name and he'll try to respond to your question in a future column.

(Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so replies will be delayed accordingly.)

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Dr. Dave

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