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Ask the Vet's Pets: Cherry eye must be stitched into place, not removed

Dear Daisy Dog: Ginger, my 2-year-old beagle, has a red mass at the inside corner of her eye. My friend calls it a cherry eye. What exactly is a cherry eye?

Daisy responds: We dogs have a...


Ask the vet's pets: Cats prefer soft, unscented litter and large litter boxes

Dear Christopher Cat: What litter brands and litter box styles are best?

Christopher responds: You humans are our servants, so it's important for you to understand that each of us...


Ask the Vet's Pets: Canine influenza outbreak caused by novel virus
Dear Daisy Dog: I read about the recent dog flu outbreak in Chicago. Will the canine influenza virus vaccination protect my dog if that flu erupts here? If he gets sick, can he give me the flu?

Daisy responds:...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Lavender aromatherapy calms dogs
Dear Daisy Dog: Gem, our 4-year-old border collie mix, is hyperactive and anxious. We walk her an hour every day, and she runs in her fenced yard for another hour each day, but she's still pretty wild.

Our veterinarian...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Take steps to make camping with dog safe and enjoyable
Dear Daisy Dog: Last year we hiked with our dog, Lady, and this year, we want to take her camping. What do we need to know about camping with a dog?

Daisy responds: Start by making sure dogs are welcome in the area...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Empty boxes attract cats
Dear Christopher Cat: My cat, Marshmallow, loves cardboard boxes. Why does he jump into them the moment they're empty?

Christopher responds: I can't speak for Marshmallow, but I can tell you that the cats in my...

Ask the vet's pets: Pluck matted hair from dog's ear canals
Dear Daisy Dog: Sophie, my poodle-shih tzu, scratches her ears a lot and has hairy ear canals. Should I pluck them?

Daisy responds:
Plucking ears is somewhat controversial. Many veterinary dermatologists...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Few probiotics meet label specifications

Dear Christopher Cat: My veterinarian thinks my cat Sissy's vomiting results from dysbiosis, and he prescribed a probiotic, which works well. I see less expensive brands in the health food and pet supply stores....


Ask the Vet's Pets: Intestinal bacteria produce gas by fermenting undigested food

Dear Daisy Dog: My dog, Butch, can clear a room in no time at all when he passes gas. What causes flatulence, and what can I do about it?

Daisy responds: The first "Daisy Dog" had such...


Ask the Vet's Pets: National Poison Prevention Week is March 15-21
Dear Daisy Dog: We recently adopted Griffin, a young Labrador who gets into everything. Already he has devoured my castor bean jewelry and sugarless mints, and required treatment at the emergency clinic. For his...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Several therapies help cats with osteoarthritis

Dear Christopher Cat: Abby Tabby, my 14-year-old cat, has arthritis and chronic kidney disease. My veterinarian is reluctant to prescribe an anti-inflammatory pain reliever for her arthritis because it could be...


Ask the vet's pets: Pet rabbits unsafe outdoors, should live indoors
Dear Reba Rabbit: My neighbor keeps her children's two pet rabbits in a hutch in the backyard. Is this acceptable, or should they live indoors?

Reba responds: Pet rabbits should live...

Ask the vet's pets: Pet foods often contain undisclosed ingredients
Dear Daisy Dog: When it comes to pet food labels, I don't know whether to believe my veterinarian or the pet food manufacturers. My vet thinks my dog has a food allergy and recommends home cooking.

It's easier to buy...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Service dogs aid children with autism
Dear Daisy Dog: Our son has autism. We've thought about getting him a dog, but we don't know whether a dog will help him, and we're concerned about the dog's welfare. What are your thoughts?

Daisy responds: Many...

Ask the vet's pets: February is Pet Dental Health Month
Dear Christopher Cat: My cat, Margarita, has tartar and gingivitis, but even her veterinarian agrees that she will never let me brush her teeth. What else can I do?

Christopher responds:
Daily brushing is the...

Ask the vet's pets: Sugar-free gum and candy toxic to pets
Dear Daisy Dog: A friend rushed her dog to the veterinarian after he ate some sugar-free gum. The vet immediately induced vomiting and hospitalized the dog for a few days on IV fluids. Did the vet take advantage of my friend, or did my...

Ask the vet's pets: Use reward to teach dog to walk away from feces
Dear Daisy Dog: My name is Molly, and I am a 3-year-old cocker spaniel. For reasons I don't understand, my human gets very upset when I dine on another dog's pooh. He also says nasty things about that dog's owner for not cleaning up what...

Ask the vet's pets: Catnip safe even for cats with kidney disease
Dear Christopher Cat: Our 12-year-old tuxedo cat, Buster Keaton, has always enjoyed catnip. We recently learned he has chronic kidney disease, and I wonder whether it could have been caused by catnip. If not, is it safe for him to...

Ask the vet's pets: Use pet ear cleaner recommended by veterinarian
Dear Daisy Dog: How do I clean my dogs' ears?

Daisy responds: Start by collecting what you'll need: a doggy ear cleaner recommended by your veterinarian, soft tissues or cotton and lots of yummy dog treats. After...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Laundry detergent pods dangerous for pets

Dear Daisy Dog: Katie, my 6-month-old corgi, chewed but did not swallow a laundry detergent pod. She vomited once, and now she's drooling a lot. Are detergent pods toxic to dogs?

Daisy...


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