Animal Doctor Articles

Here you will find all of Dr. Fox's newspaper syndicated columns.

  • Vaccinations For Indoor Cat?

    Updated Feb 28, 2015 Posted by K.R., Springfield, Missouri on Cat

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: What is your opinion on my daughter's 3-year-old spayed, totally indoor cat getting an annual rabies vaccine? Do you think she needs this? It is time for her annual visit to the vet. Answer DEAR K.R.: It does not seem logical to have to give the rabies vaccine to an always-indoor cat, but it is the law in most states, and veterinarians must toe the line unless they determine that the animal could be at risk from receiving the vaccination. An injection-site fibrosarcoma...

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  • My Dog Refuses To Eat Unless Several Things Happen Beforehand

    Updated Feb 27, 2015 Posted by D.K., Springfield, Virginia on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: My wife and I have a 5-year-old, 12-pound silky terrier, Stewie. We got him as a rescue when he was 1. There's a consistent problem, however, when it comes time to feed him. He'll scratch his bowl to let us know he's hungry; we prepare his favorite food -- a mix of wet and dry -- and warm it in the microwave (yes, he's spoiled). Then he refuses to eat unless several things happen beforehand: First, he won't eat unless I'm standing over him and his bowl. If I'm in another...

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  • Where Should Dog Be Sleeping?

    Updated Feb 26, 2015 Posted by Y.R., Springfield, Virginia on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I have a 6-year-old male miniature poodle. He has being with us since he was 9 weeks old. He is seldom alone, since both my husband and I are always at home. Our biggest problem is that when he wakes up, he scratches our bedroom door to get in, or begs for us to go to his room and get in bed with him (he sleeps in a regular queen bed). It happens around 1 or 2 a.m. What can be done to discourage this behavior? He was neutered when he was 6 months old....

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  • My Shelter Dog Bites His Feet

    Updated Feb 26, 2015 Posted by K.L., Fargo, North Dakota on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I have a Jack Russell terrier, and we have a problem. Jasper, a shelter dog, bites his feet. They get very red and look sore. I have changed his food: He now eats Purina lamb and rice. What do you think I can do to get him to stop chewing on his feet? I'm thinking of changing his diet again. Jasper is 4 years old, and I'm at my wits' end. Answer DEAR K.L.: I sympathize with you and your poor dog. This is a distressing condition that can quickly worsen the more the dog...

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  • Old Cat With Skin Problems

    Updated Feb 24, 2015 Posted by D.E., Lake Worth, Florida on Cat

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I recently inherited a very active and healthy 15-year-old Himalayan cat. She has always had a thin area of fur on the base of her tail, under the belly and between her legs. After we took her in, it got worse. She is never allowed outside, and neither she nor my other cat has fleas. I took her to an allergy vet, who suggested I put her on Atopica. Because she is only 7 1/2 pounds, she is on a small dose for dogs. Atopica for cats is in the liquid form, and I'm not sure...

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  • Don't Get Dog To Tie Up Outside

    Updated Feb 22, 2015 Posted by M.K., Naples, Florida on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: After reading your column about dogs, I was reminded of another incident concerning an outdoor dog tied up in our friends' neighbors' backyard. The poor dog was tied up on a short rope outside 24/7, rain or shine. At feeding time, the owners sent their young daughter out with a bowl; being scared of the dog, she would place the bowl just short of the dog so it had to struggle to get a bite. All this broke our friends' hearts. When they sold their house, a couple of...

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  • Cats And Dogs Need Good Nutrition

    Updated Feb 16, 2015 Posted by E.L., Arlington, Virginia on Cat

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: In many of your columns, you write about nutrition and how important it is for animals' health. When I take my dog and two cats for their annual wellness examinations, I don't recall any vets ever asking what I feed my animals. Last time, I took in copies of your home-prepared cat and dog food recipes, and the vet took no interest. He said it was best to feed my pets the kind of scientifically formulated and balanced pet foods they were selling at the counter. I...

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  • How To Feed A Cat Who Has Had The Perineal Urethrostomy Surgery

    Updated Feb 10, 2015 Posted by N.C., Salt Point, New York on Cat

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I have a 14-year-old male tuxedo cat who has had the perineal urethrostomy surgery. He is prone to struvite crystals. I feed him canned Royal Canin Urinary SO and switch off with Iam's Urinary-S canned. With the dry food, I switch between Urinary SO and Purina One SMARTBlend Urinary. When I used to leave dry food down for him, he developed a urinary tract infection, so I am cautious about too much dry. I used to cook chicken for him, but then he wouldn't eat anything...

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  • Daughter's Dog Seems Wary Of Mother

    Updated Feb 09, 2015 Posted by J.H., Woodbridge, Virginia on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I am very concerned about my daughter's female Shih Tzu, who will be 2 years old soon. For the past few months, when we go to visit, she will greet us and then go to her bed in the kitchen or on the landing of the steps. When we get ready to leave, she will come and allow us to pet her and say goodbye. Yesterday, she came to our home and was obviously stressed the whole time she was here. She was panting and insisted that our daughter take her outside or home. As soon as...

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  • The Golf Course Chemicals Killing Squirrels

    Updated Feb 08, 2015 Posted by N.H., Royal Palm Beach, Florida on Small Pet

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I am sitting here looking at the rain pouring down after reading your column about poisonous water worries in today's newspaper. You mention "agricultural runoff," which brought up a memory of a discussion I had with some friends about squirrels dying at people's doorsteps after the golf course is sprayed with chemicals. And I had a visual of all the runoff seeping into the oceans. We are the only mammals who kill that which sustains us. We are our own doom. And, believe...

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