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Ask the vet's pets: No pets in pet food
Dear Daisy Dog: An article on Slate.com states that commercial pet foods contain dogs and cats euthanized at shelters. Can this be true?

Daisy responds: This is a good time to recall the old adage: You can't...

Ask the vet's pets: Fear and anxiety respond to behavior modification

Dear Daisy Dog: We recently adopted Sarah, a 5-year-old border collie mix who runs from the room and tries to escape from the house when we turn on the vacuum cleaner. What can we do to help her overcome her...


Ask the vet's pets: Cat bites demand immediate attention

Dear Christopher Cat: Why do cat bites hurt so much?

Christopher responds: When we bite, our four long, needlelike canine teeth easily puncture the skin and penetrate deeply. After...


Ask the vet's pets: Swallowed pennies cause anemia and obstruction

Dear Daisy Dog: I think our shih tzu, Buddy, ate one or more coins he found wedged between the couch cushions. Should we be concerned?

Daisy responds: Yes. Coins can block the passage of...


Ask the vet's pets: Prevent weight gain after pet's sterilization

Dear Christopher Cat: Samantha, my 6-month-old indoor cat, was recently spayed. How can I prevent her from getting fat?

Christopher responds: We sterilized cats require 24 to 33...


Ask the vet's pets: Underwater treadmill good exercise for arthritic dog

Dear Daisy Dog: Zoey, my 8-year-old cocker spaniel, is arthritic and overweight. We've cut back her food, but we're having trouble exercising her because of her arthritis pain. I have the same problem...


Ask the vet's pets: Keep Valentine's chocolate away from pets

Dear Daisy Dog: I've heard that chocolate is poisonous to dogs, but I wonder if that's a myth, because chocolate isn't toxic to humans. We have dogs that sometimes raid the candy bowl, so your answer will...


Ask the vet's pets: Cats can get pregnant as early as 4 months of age

Dear Christopher Cat: It doesn't seem possible, but our 5-month-old kittens, Antony and Cleo, are becoming romantic. Could Cleo be going into heat while she's still a kitten?

Christopher...


Ask the Vet's Pets: Temperature-sensitive gene responsible for color points on cats
Dear Christopher Cat: The stray kitten that adopted me has a cream-colored body with dark points on her ears, legs and tail. Does that mean she's part Siamese?

Christopher responds: Not necessarily. Many...

Ask the vet's pets: Arthritic dogs need consistent, moderate exercise
Dear Daisy Dog: After Gus, my 8-year-old golden retriever, started limping, my veterinarian took X-rays and diagnosed hip dysplasia with arthritis. He recommended weight loss and medications but said nothing about exercise....

Don't punish dog after misbehavior
Dear Daisy Dog: Gracie, my 3-year-old shepherd mix, often looks guilty when I arrive home from work. She lowers her head, drops her ears, looks away and tucks her tail. When she had that look in the past, I'd find she'd broken into the...

Ask the vet's pets: Encourage cat to drink water to prevent urinary problems
Dear Christopher Cat: Two of my cats had urinary tract disease. One died of kidney failure, and I placed the other for adoption because I couldn't afford the vet bills. Now another of my cats is showing signs of urinary tract disease....

Ask the vet's pets: Stay out of the woods during hunting season
Dear Daisy Dog: I moved to Pennsylvania a few months ago, and now friends tell me that hunting season makes it too dangerous to hike with my dog, Lexi. She and I need exercise and fresh air. How can we manage this safely?

Ask the vet's pets: Start today to reduce cat's yearly travel stress
Dear Christopher Cat: My cat, Cricket, hates her annual veterinary checkups. She cries in her carrier and hisses at the staff. What can I do to make her more comfortable?

Christopher responds: Start by helping...

Ask the Vet's Pets: Dogs howl to join the chorus
Dear Daisy Dog: On Christmas, everyone gathers around the piano to sing carols. Bernie, our Saint Bernard, howls along. Does the music hurt his ears, or is he joining us?

Ask the vet's pets: Keep indoor cat from getting bored by adding toys to your house
Dear Christopher Cat: I'm getting conflicting advice from my friends. A stray cat adopted me, and now Frankie spends his time inside my house and outside. One friend says he's safer indoors, while another says...

Ask the vet's pets: Raw diets can sicken pets and humans
Dear Christopher Cat: I mentioned to my veterinarian that I am switching my cats to a raw diet, and she objected, saying many were contaminated with bacteria. I don't see her point, since free-roaming cats eat raw...

Ask the vet's pets: Take precautions when walking your dog
Dear Daisy Dog: I am starting a dog-walking business, and I need to know how to keep my clients' dogs safe. What advice do you have?

Daisy responds: Consider how the weather affects each dog. Young and old dogs...

Ask the vet's pets: Is your dog safe in the car?
Dear Daisy Dog: My friend's dog broke his leg when the car he was riding in was hit by another vehicle, so I've decided to buy a harness to restrain my dog when she's in my car with me. What brands are best?

Daisy...

Don't apply dog flea product to cat
Dear Christopher Cat: I thought I would save money by sharing my shih tzu's flea medicine with my cat. I applied only one drop to my cat and put the remainder of the vial on my dog.

Within minutes, my cat started to drool and...

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