All posts by Dr. Eve Pugh

Since graduating from Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine, Eve Pugh has practiced traditional, alternative, emergency, and shelter veterinary medicine throughout New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Tennessee. From 2005-2006, she was North Shore Animal League’s Chief Medical Director and was their Lead Emergency Veterinarian during their rescue efforts immediately following Hurricane Katrina. Since 2007, she has worked at the Veterinary Emergency Group as an emergency veterinarian. She is a member of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society and American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2013 started Progressive Pet Therapy which specializes in alternative therapies for companion animals and canine athletes, including Acupuncture, Physical Rehabilitation, Nutrition, and Laser Therapy.

Puppy Socialization Before Full Vaccination

The most common advice given at a new puppy owner’s first appointment is to keep the puppy away from all other dogs as well as not walk the pup on the street until their series of 5 in 1 vaccines are finished and they have received their Rabies vaccine at least 16 or even 20 weeks of age. It is during this time that antibodies that the puppy has from the mother are diminishing and before the vaccines have taken full effect leaving a window of vulnerability. This was the protocol that I and many other veterinarians were taught in Vet school. However, this is bad advice for the social and behavioral development of the puppy. Continue reading Puppy Socialization Before Full Vaccination

Your Dog Doesn’t Want To Be Fat

Overweight dogs don’t choose to be that way. Sure they eat when given food but they don’t know the ramifications of doing so when done in excess. The responses from owners when talking about how much they overfeed their dogs are “He acts hungry”, or “He really likes to eat”. This can be frustrating because many owners act as if they can’t deny their dog something that it enjoys so much.

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