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Ask the vet's pets: Here's how to assess a dog's heart function
Dear Daisy Dog: AJ, my 10-year-old Chihuahua, takes enalapril for his chronic heart valve disease. The veterinarian recommended chest X-rays or an ultrasound with the cardiologist, but I can't afford either. Without them, how...

Ask the vet's pets: Allergies may cause foot licking in dogs
Dear Daisy Dog: Octavian, my 8-year-old Jugg (Jack Russell/pug mix), licks his front paws so relentlessly that he doesn't have much fur left there. Could he have a nervous tic or obsessive-compulsive disorder? Is it just a bad...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Santa's reindeer, and pets, require health certificate to travel
Dear Vet's Pets: My kids are big fans, and they have a question. Can all reindeer fly?

The Vet's Pets Respond: Only Santa's reindeer can fly. However, even ordinary reindeer have characteristics that make them...

Ask the vet's pets: Insulin pen improves dosing accuracy
Dear Christopher Cat: My cat, Atticus, needs insulin injections for his diabetes, but my failing eyesight makes it hard for me to accurately fill the tiny insulin syringe with its closely spaced lines. What do you suggest?

Ask the vet's pets: Keep pup safe during Hanukkah
Dear Daisy Dog: This year during Hanukkah, we plan to give our children a puppy. Are there any special precautions we should take to keep the puppy safe during the festivities?

Daisy responds: During each of the eight nights of...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Anemia has many causes
Dear Christopher Cat: My veterinarian diagnosed my cat, Kiki, with anemia, and he is doing more tests. What is anemia and what causes it?

Christopher responds: Anemia isn't a disease itself but a...

Ask the vet's pets: Scrub pet water bowls to remove bacterial slime
Dear Daisy Dog: What causes the slime in my dogs' water bowls? Is it harmful?

Daisy responds: It's called a biofilm, and it's composed of bacteria embedded within a slime produced by the microbes themselves....

Ask the vet's pets: Keep Thanksgiving turkey away from pets
Dear Christopher Cat: Once we've finished carving the turkey, may we give the carcass to our cats? I think they'd enjoy removing the remaining meat and chewing on the bones.

Christopher responds: Your cats, and...

Ask the vet's pets: When should you transition from puppy to adult food?
Dear Daisy Dog: When should I transition my new puppy, Luke, from puppy food to adult dog food?

Daisy responds: Until Luke reaches full skeletal maturity, he should continue eating a diet that provides complete...

Ask the vet's pets: Special cat fences keep felines safe
Dear Christopher Cat: Kojak, my diabetic grandcat, refuses to remain indoors, endlessly meowing and scratching the door until someone lets him out. Then he escapes from the backyard by digging under the fence.

He can...

Ask the vet's pets: No evidence that homeopathy is effective
Dear Daisy Dog and Christopher Cat: A new veterinarian who recommends homeopathy recently joined the veterinary practice I use. Homeopathy doesn't make sense to me; I can't see how adding minuscule amounts of substances to water...

Ask the Vet's Pets: National Veterinary Technician Week coming up
Dear Christopher Cat: I know what the veterinarian does, but what about all the other people who care for my cats at the animal hospital? I hear so many terms, from veterinary nurse to technician to assistant, that I'm not clear on...

Ask the Vet's Pets: International organization guides veterinarians in treating kidney disease
Dear Christopher Cat: Our elderly cat, Oscar, is in the early stages of chronic kidney disease. His veterinarian encouraged additional water intake but did not change his diet.

We're confused, because with our last...

Ask the vet's pets: Epilepsy common in many dog breeds
Dear Daisy Dog: Our 3-year-old cocker, Ellie, was recently diagnosed with epilepsy, for which the veterinarian prescribed phenobarbital. We don't know much about epilepsy in dogs. What can we expect in the future?

Cat's painful mouth inflammation may require extraction of all teeth
Dear Christopher Cat: When our cat Angel starts eating, she cries and runs away from the food. Her veterinarian diagnosed stomatitis and showed me how red and raw Angel's mouth is. He prescribed pain medicine and recommended that a...

Dogs manifest anxiety and fear in subtle ways
Dear Daisy Dog: When my dog, Buddy, is in the vet's office, he yawns, even though I'm sure he's not tired. Also, he licks his lips as though he's hungry, but he won't accept food treats from anyone, including me. What's going on?

Ask the vet's pets: Tooth fracture needs veterinary attention
Dear Daisy Dog: It looks like my dog, Henry, broke the tip off one of his fangs. Do I need to do anything about this?

Daisy responds: One in four of us dogs breaks a tooth during his or her lifetime. Almost half these...

Ask the vet's pets: Watch dog for signs of heat stress to prevent heat stroke
Dear Daisy Dog: I often take my dog, Gertie, to outdoor restaurants, concerts and other activities. The weather has been warm lately, and I'm wondering how I'll know if she's getting overheated. What are the signs of impending...

Ask the vet's pets: Therapeutic hyperthyroid y/d diet safe for normal cats
Dear Christopher Cat: One of my cats is hyperthyroid, and I'm thinking of treating her disease without medication, by feeding Hill's y/d, a prescription low-iodine diet. It would be easiest for me to feed all my cats the same food....

Ask the vet's pets: Renal society guides veterinarians in treating kidney disease
Dear Christopher Cat: Gertie, my 12-year-old cat, was recently diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. I'm uncertain how to proceed, because I'm getting conflicting treatment recommendations from the two veterinarians I...

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