Animal Doctor Articles

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

  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 07, 2014

    Question This can be a difficult issue to deal with in older dogs. Basically, you must sit in the car for 10 to 15 minutes for several days with the dog, giving him occasional treats, to desensitize him. Then switch on the engine and continue just sitting with him and giving him occasional treats. You can also give him some ginger candy or a half-teaspoon of freshly chopped ginger in a ball of peanut butter 20 minutes or so before getting into the car. This will calm his stomach, which could...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 07, 2014

    Question I want to share with you a story about how your book has changed the lives of my dogs and friends as well. A few years ago, I became certified in animal massage. I wanted to help people. What I found was that vets considered me a last option. My first patient was a German shepherd, Jake, who was hit by a car. He had surgery to repair a broken hip and leg, but after he healed, he would not walk on his front legs, so his poor owner carried this very large dog in a sling to go potty. The...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 07, 2014

    Question After visiting your website and reading some of your reports from my perspective as a health care professional, I am sympathetic with your concerns and approach to improving animals' health and well-being. But do you think there is any real hope, considering the rising cost of human and veterinary care, and the fact that the decades-long "war on cancer" seems like a losing battle? Answer Both the human and veterinary medical professions have won several "battles" in disease...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 07, 2014

    Question My daughter has two yellow Labs -- 5-year-old littermates Abigail and Finbar. Both dogs have been wonderful pets. Finbar, the male, has always been fine with other dogs, though lately he has acted aggressively toward some small dogs on leashes. If they're not leashed, he is OK. Unfortunately, he slipped out of the house and attacked a small dog on a leash. Fortunately, my son-in-law got Finbar off the little dog and it was able to walk away. My daughter is distressed for the little...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 01, 2014

    Question I have had my Chihuahua-rat terrier mix on the quinoa and lamb recipe I got from you several months ago. The lamb I've been buying lately is from another company. My dog will not always eat it when I give it to him, and when he does, he throws up some later in the day. I am concerned because he has lost some weight and looks thin. Is there another recipe you could suggest? Answer Is this lamb graded for human consumption? If it is lamb byproduct, it could contain sulfate...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 01, 2014

    Question Your comments about cat litter and trying newspaper brought me back to Japan, where I lived in 1961 and 1962. While I was there, a pack of homeless dogs and a Siamese cat "adopted" me. I shredded newspaper for the cat, and while he would come and go, he preferred this "litter box." I'm nearly 78 now and have severe arthritis, but I do miss having pets. If I provide walkways in my condo, do you think a cat would be happy? Should I get two cats or a dog and a cat? Any...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 01, 2014

    Question Please educate us feline lovers on polycystic kidney disease (PKD) in cats. I just lost my 3-year-old kitty to this horrible disease. We had her groomed and shaved for summer, and after losing her long coat, we noticed she was thin. She vomited the next week, quit eating and drinking and hid from us. This was not like her personality. She was the runt of a rescue litter and always small. I took her to the vet, and he thought she had a virus. Antibiotics did not help. Blood work was...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 01, 2014

    Question I have three beautiful dogs: a 3-year-old lavender female Pomeranian, a 2-year-old male black Pom and a 9-month-old chocolate Lab. It's a crazy house. My situation is that the female Pomeranian weighs 12 pounds, and the vet says she should lose 2 to 3 pounds, so we feed her 1/4 cup Fromm dog food in the morning and 1 1/2 nuggets of Primal freeze-dried food in the evening. She hasn't lost any weight. She has a very sensitive stomach. Her breath is rancid -- it smells like dead fish....

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on June 25, 2014

    Question I live in a large apartment with my two kitties, Brooke (girl) and Dietrich (boy), who are both 5 years old. When the three of us are together, we are a happy little family. Dietrich is always a perfect kitty, but Brooke does not like for me to have human company. With most visitors, she comes into the room, prances around and leaves. But my sister Michele, who lives out of town, is not so lucky -- Brooke hates her. Last year, my sister was here for a week in July and a week in...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on June 25, 2014

    Question Our cocker spaniel, Roxy, was having seizures quite often, and we followed your recommendation of no-grain dog food. She has had only one small seizure since, and that was the same week we started the no-grain diet. She's been on the no-grain for about eight months now and no seizures! Answer I always appreciate feedback from readers concerning the effectiveness of the advice I offer. I am very glad for you and your dog that the simple solution to stopping her seizures proved to be...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on June 25, 2014

    Question Please help me; I am at my wits' end: My 9-year-old shepherd/rottweiler mix, Max, has a very bad skin condition. His skin is raw, but he won't stop scratching and biting. I have taken Max to the veterinarian and spent more than $800, not including new food (at $48 per bag) and shampoo ($25). His hindquarters and legs are all chewed up. The vet has run skin tests that indicate that there is no parasite and it is not mange. Please advise. I can't stand to see my baby like this...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on June 25, 2014

    Question My 16-year-old cat has understandably slowed down and sleeps a lot, but otherwise seems fine. However, beginning a couple of months ago, every week or so he will make a hissing sound (not directed at anyone or anything) and drool or empty his bladder on the floor. Each episode lasts about 30 to 60 seconds, and afterwards, he reverts to normal behavior. Could he be having a seizure of some kind? My vet says his blood work is normal for a cat his age. Thanks for any insight you can...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on June 25, 2014

    Question I am writing in response to your frequent mention of the benefits of having two cats in a household. We have a 3-year-old tabby who we adopted from a shelter when she was about 8 months old. She is very people-oriented -- she greets us at the door and often sits on our laps. She is also very playful -- she gallops around the house, plays with toys and plays hide and seek with me. To us, she is the perfect companion cat. I am wondering why you think she would be happier with another...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on June 25, 2014

    Question I have an 8-year-old schipperke dog who is in good health. However, he has an "attack" every five or six months. I don't know how to describe it exactly, but he starts licking everything. He gets extremely restless and then starts to chew on and swallow any material he can find. He has chewed clothing, rugs, plastic bags, etc. It is as if he is obsessed. I can't distract him. I am really concerned because he has had two attacks in the past three days. I feed him Authority dog food:...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on June 25, 2014

    Question We have a small cockapoo who seems to need her anal glands cleaned often. She licks that area a lot and scoots on her bottom frequently. How do I know when it is necessary to take her to the vet? Can it hurt her to have it done too often? Is it enough to have them expressed from the outside? Please help me. I have not been able to find the answers in any publications. P.O., Marco Island, Florida Answer Please check my website, DrFoxVet.com, to access the archives of my answers to...

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