We are excited to introduce our brand spanking new section dedicated to our beloved DSP Pets. We are proud to welcome our very own Pet Vet, Dr. Castle, of Hayden Meadows Pet Clinic. He will be here to answers your questions about pet behaviors, quirks, problems and habits. At DSP we embrace being perfectly im-perfect and feel the same about our pets! E-mail us your question and Dr. Castle will “fetch” you an answer. (Sorry, couldn’t resist the joke. We thought it was punny.)

Dr. Castle Pet Vet: Tackling DSP Pet “Peeves”

Dear Dr. Castle,
Why does my 11-month-old puppy love to chew so much? Sometimes on his toys, but more often on my sunglasses, remote control or favorite shoes. Ugh! I have been giving him large real beef rib bones (leftover from my cooking) and he loves them and they tend to last a long time. But, I have run out of my stash. I want to purchase some chew toys and bones for him at the pet store. There are so many to chose from and I want to make the right choice.
Rawhide or no rawhide?
Natural bones or synthetic dental-cleaning bones?
Help! “Ratty Shoes”, Portland, OR

Dear “Ratty Shoes”,
Great question. I like the bleached rawhides without the glazed coating. I also prefer the larger version of these rawhide bones. I also like the Nylabones and The Kong toys. The Kongs can have a hollow center and dogs love it when you place some kibble inside, they will play with the Kong rolling it around to get at the kibble inside. I also like “Greenies”, Dogs tolerate them well and they are a fairly healthy snack. Another tip: try placing a small amount of peanut butter inside the rawhide
(small crevices) or the Kong…watch your pet go crazy!  Some negative reinforcement to discourage chewing on shoes etc.?  Place some coins in a soda can, duct tape the opening and shake the can when you catch your puppy in the act of chewing household items.  They do NOT like the noise and usually stop chewing…soon.  Pretty soon, just the sight of the can will eliminate the behavior on the spot!
Good Luck!  Pet Vet Greg Castle

Imperfectly Perfect Costumes for Both DSP Pets and People!

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Dr. Castle Pet Vet: Social Networking For Pets?

Dear Dr. Castle, Why does my dog want to stop, sniff and then relieve himself on the same telephone pole every time they go for a walk, even if he just went to the bathroom? Michelle from Tulsa, OK Dear … Read more »

Peg Vet Dr Castle: What’s With My Dog Eating Grass?

Dear Dr. Castle,  Should I be concerned that my dog is always eating grass? Just curious!  Stacy of Corona, CA Dear Stacy, We veterinarians get this question about dogs eating grass at least two to three times a week. Pet owners … Read more »

Saying Goodbye to my Square Peg Dog

He was everything we didn’t want: He barked. He shed. He ran away at every opportunity. He nipped at small children. He pooped in my best shoes. And worst of all, He was a He. But, it was love at … Read more »