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Ask the Vet's Pets: Ticks worse this year
Dear Daisy Dog: How bad is the tick problem expected to be this year? What does a deer tick look like?

Daisy responds: Experts predict a worse-than-normal year for Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, the two most...

Ask the Vet's Pets: There are any risk factors for feline infectious peritonitis
Dear Christopher Cat: We bought a sweet, apparently healthy Himalayan kitten from a breeder, but within a year, the kitten died of FIP. The breeder offered us another kitten or our money back. We like this breeder and her cats, but...

Protect pets from Fourth of July noise and hazards

Dear Daisy Dog: We recently adopted our first dog, Elmer, and we're planning a big Fourth of July party. What should we know to keep him safe?

Daisy responds: Before your guests arrive,...


Ask the Vet's Pets: Red eye requires immediate veterinary attention

Dear Daisy Dog: My dog has a red eye. What causes that?

Daisy responds: A red eye can result from any number of diseases, some of which threaten vision if not addressed quickly. So when...


Ask the Vet's Pets: Aloe gel safe for pets, even if ingested
Dear Christopher Cat: I apply aloe sunburn relief gel to my hands, arms and face whenever I overdo it in the sun. My cats rub against me, and one of them licks my skin.

I read that aloe vera plants are toxic to cats. Can my...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Feline heartworm disease mimics asthma
Dear Christopher Cat: I thought my cat had asthma, but the veterinarian tested her and told me her breathing difficulties resulted from heartworm infection. I didn't know cats could get heartworms. Please tell me about heartworm...

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...

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