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Ask the Vet's Pets: Specialized eye structures give cats superior night vision
Dear Christopher Cat: At night, when it's almost dark, my cats' eyes flash with color. What makes their eyes shine so exotically?

Christopher Responds: The glow comes from the tapetum lucidum (Latin for...

Dogs are red-green color-blind
Dear Daisy Dog: Max, our 10-year-old miniature schnauzer, seems nearsighted, though he can readily pick out his blue ball. I thought dogs were colorblind but otherwise had good vision. What's the story?

Daisy...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Take active steps to address family dog fighting
Dear Daisy Dog: Our two male dogs, a cocker spaniel and a dachshund, sometimes fight so hard they seem to want to kill each other. This time, the cocker was seriously injured. How can we stop their fighting?

Daisy...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Trap-Neuter-Return humanely stabilizes stray cat population
Dear Christopher Cat: A few years ago, I started feeding three stray cats. Now dozens of cats overrun the neighborhood, and my neighbors are angry with me. The cats use our gardens as litter boxes, and their fighting and yowling...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Distemper vaccination protects dogs from deadly disease
Dear Daisy Dog: The veterinarian recently vaccinated our cockapoo Ginger against distemper. I don't understand why she needs this vaccine, since she's one of the sweetest dogs I've ever known. May we skip the vaccine in the...

Ask the Vet's Pets: While trimming cat's claws, reward with praise and treats
Dear Christopher Cat: How do I cut my cat's nails?

Christopher responds: Start by choosing equipment that feels comfortable in your hand. Our mom uses human toenail trimmers, but other people prefer cat claw...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Beware of online pet 'allergy testing' quackery
Dear Daisy Dog: My dog has itchy skin, and my veterinarian recommends blood or skin testing for allergies. Online I found ImmuneIQ, a slightly less expensive test I can do myself by submitting my dog's hair and saliva to the company....

Ask the Vet's Pets: Study tracks indoor-outdoor cats' journeys and hunting success
Dear Christopher Cat: I live in the country and have three indoor-outdoor cats. I know it's risky for them to go outside, but they love it. A friend chastises me, claiming that cats kill songbirds. My cats love their food, so I doubt...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Stem cells and platelet-rich plasma new therapies for dogs
Dear Daisy Dog: Our 10-year-old dog has been lame, and medications aren't helping much. Our veterinarian took X-rays, diagnosed arthritis and recommended stem cell therapy. What can you tell us about this treatment?

Ask the Vet's Pets: Monitor cat's vaccination sites for lumps
Dear Christopher Cat: My cat, Jade, has a lump on the outside of her right thigh. What is it? Does it warrant an immediate exam, or may I wait until Jade's annual exam in six months?

Christopher responds: You should...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Tick puller eases removal
Dear Daisy Dog: My dog Jasper gets lots of ticks. My friend advised me to put alcohol on the tick to loosen its grip so it will be easy to remove, but that isn't working. How do you suggest I remove ticks?

Daisy responds: If...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Cicadas safe snack for pets
Dear Christopher Cat: My indoor-outdoor cats are fascinated by the cicadas buzzing around our backyard. If one of my cats actually manages to catch and eat one, will it cause problems?

Christopher responds:...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Gene mutation associated with obesity in dogs
Dear Daisy Dog: Our 3-year-old Labrador retriever, Clyde, is obese. We feed and exercise him according to his veterinarian's instructions, but still, he keeps gaining weight.

Clyde's thyroid glands are functioning...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Prevent pet from accidentally starting house fire
Dear Christopher Cat: My cats are fascinated by flickering candles. How often do cats cause house fires?

Christopher responds: According to the National Fire Protection Association, home fires affect...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Dogs and horses have different gaits
Dear Daisy Dog: I am a horse person, and I also have a dog. I notice that when my dog canters, he does a cross canter; in other words, one front leg leads, while the opposite hind leg leads. A horse's lead leg is the same front and rear. Is...

Ask the Vet's Pet: Fountains help prevent medical problems in cats
Dear Christopher Cat: A friend told me how much her cats enjoy their new pet fountain, and I'm thinking about buying one for our cats. My husband says it's a frivolous idea. What do you think?

Christopher...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Veterinarians can prescribe drugs not approved by FDA for pets
Dear Daisy Dog: My dog Sam developed diarrhea, so I took him to his veterinarian. I was surprised when the vet recommended a drug that wasn't approved for use in pets by the Food and Drug Administration. She said Sam could join a...

Lead in fishing sinkers, shot toxic if ingested
Dear Daisy Dog: Yesterday, my Labrador retriever, Barney, and I were out hiking by the river when he ate a fishing sinker, presumably because it smelled fishy. Do I need to do anything about this?

Daisy responds: Yes. Many...

Pregnant woman should take precautions to avoid toxoplasmosis
Dear Christopher Cat: I am pregnant, and I like to garden. Free-roaming cats defecate in my garden, and I worry that they will give me toxoplasmosis that will hurt my baby. How can I protect myself?

Christopher...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Dogs, cats and ferrets need monthly heartworm preventive
Dear Frank B. Ferret: My ferret, Freddy, accompanies me everywhere, even to my college classes, riding in my backpack. Should he use a heartworm preventive like our dog? I live in Pennsylvania, where we have heartworms.

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