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  • What is Atopica?

    Updated Sep 30, 2014 Posted by D.E. on Cat

    Question I recently inherited a 15 year old very active and healthy Himalaya cat. She has always had a thin area of fur on the base of her tail, under her belly and between her legs. After we got her it got worse. She is never allowed outside either is my other cat and they do not have fleas. I took her to an allergy vet and it was suggested I put her on Atopica. Because she is only 7.5 pounds so she is on two 10mg for dogs. Atopica for cats is in the liquid form and I'm not sure I could...

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  • Any idea How to settle the issue that my cat died mainly caused by the cleaner which is a neccesity of caring my wife.

    Updated Sep 28, 2014 Posted by R.D.Z., Lakewood, New Jersey on Cat

    Question My 40-year-old son has moved in to help care for my wife, who has Alzheimer's disease, and he brought his cat to live here, too. In two years, we fell in love with this little 14-year-old cat. She recently started feeling ill, and our vet thought she might have a virus and prescribed a medicine for her. After a few weeks, she seemed well. Then, suddenly, she died. My wife is incontinent and has bowel problems. My son feels that the cleaner he used on her urine and feces might have left...

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  • Dental abscesses of cats should be concerned.

    Updated Sep 28, 2014 Posted by K.L.W., Mercerville, Virginia on Cat

    Question I am writing to you after reading a recent column, where a cat owner stated that her 10-year-old cat's appetite had diminished. Yes, as you stated, a trip to the vet needed to be considered, as well as possible kidney disease. However, I was surprised that you did not mention possible dental issues. Cats are notorious for hiding health issues, and teeth problems can be a real health concern. Also, just a visual inspection of the teeth often does not reveal the whole picture. Based on...

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  • Cushing Disease in Dogs

    Updated Sep 28, 2014 Posted by A.F., Rockville, Maryland on Dog

    Question We have an 11-year-old 62-pound female shepherd mix who is a sweet family pet. She is drinking more water and beginning to have urinary incontinence issues at night. She is still peppy on walks and actually seems to have less stiffness in her joints -- without any pain meds or anti-inflammatories. After an exam and blood work, the vet said it's probably Cushing's disease, since all tests for diabetes, infectious causes and kidney problems were normal -- her alkaline phosphatase and...

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  • How does a pet mourn the loss of another pet?

    Updated Sep 24, 2014 Posted by Annette Rodgers on Dog

    Question I wrote to you approximately 8 years ago about a similar situation. You were kind enough to answer then & your reply was quite helpful. I am hoping I will receive an answer this time as well. My daughter's shih tzu was taken from us suddenly this past Thursday. My maltese Bianca & Bella the shih tzu were best buddys and grew up together for the most part. My question is Since my Bianca did not have a chance to see Bella her last few hours to know she was ill what is she...

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  • Some thoughts about flea controlling

    Updated Sep 22, 2014 Posted by D.M.P., Virginia Beach, Virginia on Dog

    Question I am writing in response to your column about the use of flea control chemicals on dogs. As a doctor of natural medicine, I, too, am aware of the toxic side effects of topical flea control products and no longer use them on my dogs. After doing some research on the benefits of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids on skin health, I have been adding a half can of sardines packed in water to each dog's diet twice a week. Since then, I have encountered no more flea problems. The fish oil keeps...

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  • Cat's fascination with water

    Updated Sep 21, 2014 Posted by S.E., Crofton, Maryland on Cat

    Question I have a 10-month-old kitten who sits in the bathroom while I am in the shower. Before I get out, she usually paws on the shower glass and meows. When I get out, she acts like she hasn't seen me in a month. She wants to be held, meows like crazy and keeps rubbing her head on me and pawing at me. I was wondering if you had any ideas why she behaves like this. I love it, but I am curious. Answer Many cats have a fascination with water, be it from a dripping faucet or a shower beating...

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  • Any ways to prevent dog seizures?

    Updated Sep 18, 2014 Posted by R.C., Spring Church, Pennsylvania on Dog

    Question We have a 2 1/2-year-old male presa Canario dog who weighs 130 pounds. He started having seizures when he was 1 1/2. He had three to four seizures the first hour, then farther apart -- one hour, three hours, five hours and one or two the next day. These were bad seizures: lying on one side, kicking and shaking. He now has seizures every three weeks. Our vet prescribed phenobarbital and potassium bromide. He still has seizures every three weeks, almost to the day. We don't know if the...

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  • Experience of taking care of dog by having her on Dinovite

    Updated Sep 16, 2014 Posted by A.G., Norfolk, Virginia on Dog

    Question You recently wrote about a dog with a skin issue. I urge you to inquire about a product that could cure this pitiful dog's problem. One product is Dinovite. My neighbor's Lhasa apso was on prednisone and a variety of allergy shots for five years without his terrible skin condition improving. After three weeks on Dinovite, the skin is clear. I've given the name and website to people I see whose pets are obviously in trouble. Months later, I bump into them, and their dogs are so happy....

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  • How to make startle-prone Dog with pancreatic deficiency calm down?

    Updated Sep 12, 2014 Posted by G.B.G., Arlington, Virginia on Dog

    Question Keltie, my 7-year-old female German shepherd, has exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, which was diagnosed at about 7 months, when my son was raising her. The main symptoms were normal for this condition: large, loose, grayish cow pies for poop and drastic weight loss. Unfortunately, it took the vet some time to diagnose, though I don't know why since shepherds are susceptible and the signs were obvious. She came to live with me when she was around 3, after being diagnosed and having...

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