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    We offer canine and feline behavioral services.

    That wonderful bond that develops between a pet and it’s human can sadly be broken due to behavioral problems. There are solutions and together we can make a difference.
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    Serving Mid-Missouri for over 30 years, Dr. Mar Doering specializes in the human animal bond. Click the link to find out more.
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I wanted to tell you about a big emergency we had at All Paws earlier this week. It required two of my staff (Priscilla and Kevin) to come in after closing to assist me and it took us 3 hours to help the cat.

The day before we saw him, this sweet, 2 year old kitty was walking outside his home where his owners were having construction work done and he stepped into tar that had softened in the heat. The kitty’s feet were covered in tar so much so that the toenails on his left front foot were coated and stuck in a permanently extended position with no ability to retract. He was miserable. His skin and pads were burned seriously which we discovered as the tar was removed and the tissues revealed. This was a long, messy, miserable, and for our patient horrible, painful experience, but he was an amazing trooper. The worst part was that the kitty had tried desperately to groom the tar off of his coat which is very dangerous. Tar ingested can be poisonous for the kidneys and liver and cause injuries to the mouth and esophagus as it is swallowed.

The good news is that this young cat did great. He’s tough and brave with an amazing power to heal and a sweet nature so treatments could be performed at All Paws and at home. He had diarrhea and burns that still need to heal, but he is going to recover fully.

However, the moral of this story is prevention. Keep your pets away from tar and any other substances or surfaces that could hurt them if they touch it, sniff it or walk through it and then groom themselves afterwards.
-Dr. Mar Doering
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Betsy ThompsonSo glad he's going to recover! He sounds like such a brave boy!4 hours ago   ·  1
Deb PottsI'm so glad he had the three of you to take care of him!4 hours ago   ·  1

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There are some really great pet holidays coming up this week. Tomorrow, June 23rd is “Take Your Dog to Work Day” and Saturday is “Take Your Cat to Work Day.” As someone who takes her dogs to work everyday and who has seven cats who live at the clinic and greet me everyday when I come to work, I can absolutely agree that these are happy holidays to celebrate. There is nothing as wonderful as being able to pat and give treats to your pets anytime you like and nothing as helpful as having your pets beside you when you have a bad or sad day. I love and adore my pets, and they truly help me in my work with other pets as well.

I hope that you have the opportunity to take your darling pets to work on the special holiday, too.
-Dr. Mar Doering
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Sandy Horstman MarriottI laugh because when Ken leaves in the morning with his lunch box..Sissy sees it as a "carrier" to the Vet & hides.1 day ago   ·  1

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Today is National Dog Party Day. Coincidentally, I was so happy to have our new little boy Duncan in our lives that I had a little party at home this morning before the clinic opened for all of our furry guys. There was lots of treats, a fun walk in the woods together and even a little music with some dancing and singing (I did most of the singing which was awful). All in all, everybody, especially me, had fun.
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Yesterday I mentioned that I had three wonderful things to celebrate and today I want to tell you about the terrific surprise that arrived. Metal artist, Zach Fischer, completed the final installation for our All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center’s sign and it is perfect. He made a metal sculpture of Dave’s and my first hound, “Macaroni ‘n Cheese”. Macaroni was a foxhound and because he was so incredible, Dave and I fell totally in love with the entire hound breed (which is why we now have three coonhounds). We miss our boy dearly, but, thanks to Zach, I will think of Macaroni and his spirit everyday as I turn into the clinic drive.

Thank you, Zach, for your amazing work of art, and for making my vision of our sign become a reality. You are a great artist and friend.

Please check out Zach’s work when you come to visit us at All Paws.
-Dr. Mar Doering
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Amanda Lynn MilliganAwesome! I sure do miss him! Such a sweet boy.3 days ago   ·  1

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Three wonderful things have happened for Dave and me in the last few days. I’ll tell you about two great ones today and save the last to share until tomorrow. On Friday I was called by a Terrier Rescue group in Nebraska. I had applied to them about adopting a Westhighland Terrier. They said that they were choosing Dave and me to adopt an 8 year old Westhighland Terrier named Bronson. Bronson was rescued from a puppy mill just like our Westie Gus had been so he is in need of some special T.L.C. We can’t wait to meet him, but he currently lives 6 hours away so it will take more time to make his adoption final.

On Father’s Day Sunday another extraordinary gift came to us. The second dog I had applied for was hand delivered to us at All Paws (and no it isn’t usual to adopt two dogs at the same time, but the circumstances were unusual and both dogs are in need). He is a year old Westie mix. Dave and I named him Duncan and he is wonderful. He met all of our other dogs and cats yesterday, drove happily home in the car with my original pack of six, jumped through the dog door to do his business and spent the rest of the evening playing with toys and new family and crashing from exhaustion into various dog beds around the house. Dave and I feel so thankful to again have one Westie in the house and another one on the way. We are truly blessed.
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Brandy HerigonThat is so exciting and wonderful!!4 days ago   ·  1
Amanda Lynn Milligan😍😍😍 So excited for you!4 days ago   ·  1
Ramona AdcoxCongratulations! What a cute addition to the pack.4 days ago   ·  1
Nancy KoballaCongratulations. These lucky fur babies are going to have a good home!4 days ago   ·  1
Teresa Thouvenin WhitlowI'm so happy for you!4 days ago   ·  1
Julie R. BraunOh my gosh..yea!!!! Duncan is SOOOOO cute!!!!3 days ago

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Dave and I have been looking for a Westhighland Terrier to adopt since we lost our Westie, Duckie, in April from cancer and his Westie “brother”, Gus, passed away close to a year before. I have had a Westie in my life since I was lucky enough to fall in love with my first Westie, Mac, at the age of 14, all of our pets are special, but our family is truly not complete without a Westie in it. So, since April, we’ve been looking for a Westie who needs us as much as we need him and, guess what? I believe that our prayers are being answered. I’ll keep you all posted. I hope to have good news coming very soon.

Please keep us in your thoughts.

To be continued…
-Dr. Mar Doering
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Barbara Knies SellI have a few friends who adore this breed, and their Westitude!3 days ago   ·  1

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Mario, our sweet little Shih Tzu/ Yorkie mix was able to help me in another behavioral consultation recently. As many of you know Mario has been battling some serious health issues for some time, so, to me, it’s a great blessing when I can have my darling buddy at my side as my assistant.

In this case, I was working with an anxious dog that had issues when she meets people and other dogs. We had already been working to socialize her with other people and things were going well. Mario came outside to help introduce her first to a calm, happy-go-lucky fellow. He did great. What a wonderful therapy dog he is. My patient was truly anxious when she saw Mario coming, but, thanks to Mario’s sweet, charming nature they walked at my side together in the end. I was very proud of both of them and truly grateful that Mario was here to save the day.

Pets art truly amazing, aren’t they?
-Dr. Mar Doering
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Ramona AdcoxWe have an upcoming behavior consultation with our MoMo and are looking forward to it.1 week ago   ·  1
Dale RobertsAnd you, Doc, are amazing too!1 week ago   ·  1

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Today the coolest thing happened while I was doing a behavioral consultation. I was walking an anxious dog on the street in front of All Paws myself to earn his trust before I started working with him and his family together when a car slowed to a stop in front of us. The man inside the vehicle opened his window and shouted to me, “Hey I saw you on the Paul Pepper show talking about dogs that lick their lips when anxious. I lick my lips in front of my dog and it works.” What he is referring to is something that I mentioned on the Paul Pepper show. When dogs are anxious they do lick their lips or yawn. It will help them to relax if you lick your own lips and yawn (or take deep breaths) back to them. These are called “calming signals”. There has been a scientific study performed to show that this works. I use calming signals all the time in my veterinary and behavioral work.

It was wonderful for me to hear that something that I had mentioned on the radio and T.V. had touched someone and had helped him in his work with his own dog. It is fantastic to get positive feedback. I love it.
-Dr. Mar Doering
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Betsy ThompsonIt does work! We do it with Pebbles and BamBam and, it always works.1 week ago   ·  1
Brandy HerigonYou are the BEST!!1 week ago   ·  1
Kelley McCallI didn't know that but will give it a try!1 week ago   ·  1

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I know that all of my wonderful friends out there already know this, but please help me spread the word; it’s getting very hot out there. Animals need lots of cool water, a place to go for shade and never, ever leave your pets in a hot car for even a minute, even if you roll the windows down.
-Dr. Mar Doering
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Today is a most auspicious occasion for a most amazing man; my husband, Dave, is having a birthday. I feel so proud and blessed to be Dave’s wife. He is the love of my life, my best friend on Earth, and the smartest, most generous, supportive person I know. I am so happy that I get to celebrate Dave and the love I have for him for one entire day. He is so humble that he rarely allows me to do this, but I’m hoping that, for one day in the year, he won’t mind too much if I tell you how great he is.
-Dr. Mar Doering
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Michelle Bohannon YahnigWhat a lovely tribute to Dave! Wishing him the happiest of days, followed by many more! 🎉🎂🎈🎉2 weeks ago   ·  1
Barbara Knies SellYou two are both lucky. 🎉💗🎈2 weeks ago   ·  1

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I need to mention that June is a big month for pets. The entire month of June is Adopt-A-Cat Month, National Pet Preparedness Month, Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, National Microchipping Month, and Social Petworking Month.

Basically June is the month to celebrate pets and your love for them which I always think is a wonderful idea.
-Dr. Mar Doering
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Friday I showed you photos of our athletic Coonhound, Pastrami, but all of our doggies love to be couch potatoes, too. Here is Pastrami (on the right) snuggling with her Coonhound sister, Penne Pasta. Pets know how to relax, don't they?
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Sandy Horstman MarriottI love the hounds!3 weeks ago   ·  1
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Here is Dave’s and my amazingly athletic and beautiful Treeing Walker Coonhound, Pastrami. She can jump onto our doghouse from a standing position without any effort in order to survey “her world”. Often her Coonhound sister, Penne Pasta, joins her on top of the doghouse which is a sight to behold.

You can see the name, Maggiano, is on the front of the doghouse. Dave and I dedicated the house to our little girly Affenpinscher after she passed away a few years ago. Maggiano loved hiding inside the house so she could jump out and boss her bigger brothers around. Like Maggiano, Pastrami and Penne love to boss their brothers around, too.
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It’s a great day today at All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center; our wonderful veterinary assistant/receptionist and new mom, Jessie, has returned from her maternity leave. We are all so excited. The doggies and kitties came running to greet her.

Jessie and Keith’s baby, Sam, will be two months old next week and sounds like the perfect angel. We are so happy for Jessie, Keith and Sam and so happy for all of us that Jessie is back. She has been very missed.
-Dr. Mar Doering
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Betsy ThompsonYea! Welcome back, Jessie!! Pebbles and BamBam can't wait to see you!3 weeks ago   ·  1

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I know many of you have asked about Jessie, our veterinary assistant and receptionist, and have missed her. Tomorrow will be her first day back from maternity leave, and everyone at All Paws is very excited, including all the dogs and cats. Please join me in welcoming Jessie back to All Paws. Jessie, we hope you had a wonderful maternity leave, and we are so happy to have you back with us. ... See MoreSee Less

We specialize in caring for pet’s individual needs- medical, surgical and behavioral, working as a team with you to keep your pets healthy and happy, and to answer every question you have. We do not take your trust in us lightly. We want a visit to All Paws to be the best experience your pets have outside of your home.

 

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