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Diet, medicine and other support help old dog with dementia
Dear Daisy Dog: We think Buddy, our 12-year-old beagle, may be senile. He wanders around, stares into space and occasionally doesn't recognize us. Sometimes he even urinates and defecates in the house. He is restless at night and...

Ask the Vet's Pets: There's no home remedy for Cushing's disease
Dear Daisy Dog: Our dog has been drinking and urinating excessively, and she pants a lot. Her veterinarian diagnosed Cushing's disease. Are there any home remedies? What is the lifespan of a dog with Cushing's?

Ask the Vet's Pets: Sterilize cats now to prevent spring litters
Dear Christopher Cat: We have two kittens, a brother and a sister. When should they be "fixed" so they don't breed with each other?

Christopher responds: "Now" is probably the right answer.

Cats are...

Ask the vet's pets: Help frightened dog overcome his insecurities
Dear Daisy Dog: Jack, our 1-year-old shepherd mix, recently started growling at teenage boys, particularly those wearing hoodies. We know he was never mistreated, so we don't understand why he is being aggressive. Telling him no...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Protect pets from holiday hazards your guests bring
Dear Christopher Cat: This is the first Christmas we will entertain our extended family at our home. We have two cats and we want to keep them happy and safe. What do we need to watch for?

Christopher responds: When...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Benign mammary tumors common in pet rats
Dear Reggie Rat: Rascal, my rat, has a large mass on her underside, beneath one of her nipples. Is this cancer? What should I do about it?

Reggie responds: Tumors, particularly involving the mammary glands, are...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Arthritis common in cats of all ages
Dear Christopher Cat: Basil, my 7-year-old cat, is stiff and seems to be slowing down. My veterinarian thinks he has arthritis, but since he doesn't limp, I'm not convinced. Can arthritic cats walk without limping?

Ask the Vet's Pets: New blood test detects kidney dysfunction earlier
Dear Daisy Dog: My friend's dog recently died of kidney disease. She said that when blood tests first indicated a problem, her dog had already lost most of his kidney function. Why can't testing detect kidney problems earlier?

Ask the Vet's Pets: Cause of Horner's syndrome often unknown
Dear Daisy Dog: My dog has a droopy eye, and I took him to the veterinarian, who diagnosed Horner's syndrome. What is Horner's? Is it contagious? Will it ever go away?

Daisy responds: Horner's syndrome is not a...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Make cat's carrier a safe haven to ease travel
Dear Christopher Cat: It's all but impossible to get my cats into their carriers, and they yowl so loudly in the car that they haven't seen a veterinarian in years. Now one of my cats is losing weight, so I want to get at least her to the...

Ask the Vet's Pets: October is National Pit Bull Awareness month
Dear Daisy Dog: I see many pit bulls available for adoption at the shelter. Do pit bulls make good pets?

Daisy responds: Yes. The month of October, and particularly Saturday, National Pit Bull Awareness Day, is a...

Ask the Vet's Pets Today is National Feral Cat Day
Dear Christopher Cat: Are feral cats a different species than pet cats, the way wolves are different from dogs? Can feral cats be domesticated?

Christopher responds: Today is National Feral Cat Day, a good time...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Radiation therapy effective for canine brain tumors
Dear Daisy Dog: Bruiser, our 9-year-old boxer, recently started having seizures. His blood work is normal, so our veterinarian thinks he may have a brain tumor. Surgery seems too invasive to us, and we're not ready for euthanasia....

Ask the Vet's Pets: Prevent cat from gorging on food
Dear Christopher Cat: Our cat Darwin gorges on his food and within minutes throws it up, unchewed. It doesn't matter whether we feed dry or canned food. It makes no difference if we offer three or four small meals a day or leave the food...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Giardia common cause of diarrhea in dogs
Dear Daisy Dog: My dog, who has had soft stools on occasion, was diagnosed with Giardia. What can you tell me about this parasite?

Daisy responds: Giardia are microscopic, one-celled protozoal parasites that...

Ask the Vet's Pet: Can pumpkin's fiber help both diarrhea and constipation?
Dear Daisy Dog: Over the years, my dogs have had occasional diarrhea and constipation. One friend recommends adding canned pumpkin to the diet for diarrhea; another advocates pumpkin for constipation. Both claim the fiber in...

Ask the Vet's Pets: General practice veterinarians offer hospice care
Dear Christopher Cat: I just learned that Lucy, my 12-year-old cat, has chronic kidney failure. Her veterinarian says it can't be reversed but that we can keep Lucy comfortable for whatever time she has left. How do I find out about...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Cat with urinary problem needs vet-recommended diet
Dear Christopher Cat: Tigger, my 2-year-old male cat, was unable to urinate. The veterinarian "unblocked" him and recommended a prescription diet called Hill's c/d to prevent a recurrence. I'd prefer to buy a less expensive...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Many forms of flea, tick products available
Dear Daisy Dog: My veterinarian offers three flea and tick options for my dog: a collar, a liquid for the skin or a tablet. Which is best?

Daisy responds: Each product type has pluses and minuses.

Some...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Traveling pet needs health certificate
Dear Christopher Cat: My cats and I are moving from the U.S. to Europe, and I need some advice to supplement my research.

The cats will travel in the climate-controlled cargo area of the plane. Should I give...

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