Animal Doctor Articles

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

  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 23, 2014

    Question A stray kitty adopted me a couple months ago and has since been tamed enough that I have found a vet to neuter him and do some much-needed dental work. My fear is that the poor boy will be so traumatized by this ordeal that he will no longer consider my home his own and strike out on his own. He currently is still an outside cat as I already have four indoor-only cats in a tiny two-bedroom house. Due to the remoteness of where I live, the vet I will take him to is about an hour away....

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 20, 2014

    Question This letter is in reference to the article about the itchy dog who is costing his owners a fortune, we, too, had a similar experience, but I kept insisting to my vet that there has to be a better, less costly way to resolve this. She finally told me that she had heard of a medical shampoo and a maintenance spray that has some positive results. Douxo shampoos and sprays by Sogeval can be bought online. Soon after I started using this, following the instructions, my dog had...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 17, 2014

    Question I have a young 19-pound cavapoo. The dog had an adverse reaction to Vectra -- agitation, rapid heartbeat, bulging eyes, snapping, etc. We took him to the vet immediately, and the vet indicated that it might have had a reaction or a seizure. I asked the vet for a suggestion of a less-toxic brand, and tried Advantix. The dog had a rapid heartbeat and was agitated, rolling on his back to get it off. I immediately bathed him, and he slowly calmed down. What natural options are there for...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 17, 2014

    Question: Four years ago we adopted two barn kittens (male & female siblings). The female is a healthy, happy cat (though not a lap kitty). The male, Cappy, who was the runt of the litter, appeared healthy until last year when he was diagnosed with struvite. He had had a couple of occurrences of urinating outside the litter box, but at the time of the dx he was unable to urinate and spent 2 days in the emergency animal hospital. Following this, both cats have been exclusively on Royal Canin...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 17, 2014

    Question: Dear Dr. Fox, What can be done to educate dog owners to not let their pets urinate on trees and in gardens near sidewalks in urban areas? I live in a densely populated (with people and dogs) area in downtown Washington, DC. Residents try to keep their trees and gardens lush and healthy for the enjoyment of all. Repeatedly, dog owners will allow their pets to walk in gardens or by trees to urinate. Damage is evident by wilting, trampled plants and distressed-looking trees. The District...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 16, 2014

    Question I would like to know if you can help me with my cat problem. My cat is an indoor cat, she uses the litter box to urinate, but she will not use it to poop -- she will do it on my rug. I have changed the kitty litter brand three times. The litter is always clean, but she will not use it to poop. I have to cover my area rugs daily so she won't make a mess on them. Can you please help me with this problem? F.M. Palm Beach, Florida Answer When cats stop using the litter box to deposit...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 16, 2014

    Question Our 2-year-old boxer spent a year in agony while vets tested for allergies, changed foods and prescribed all kinds of medications. We spent a couple thousand dollars at a "specialist" who said we might have to put him down. Then the vet did a biopsy and found that our dog had mites at the base of his hair follicles. We treated him, and he's been fine ever since. Don't give up; second (and third) opinions sometimes help. C.J., St. Louis Answer Your letter is appreciated. I receive...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 15, 2014

    Question: Hello Dr. Fox, After reading your article “What to do when a gentle dog turns aggressive” I decided to share the attached with you. My dog P.D., a 6 ½ years old, 27 pound, neutered, male, mixed breed dog had always been a sweetie. When we got him he was about 10-12 weeks old and had 52 ticks on his little body. As a pup and young dog topical flea and tick preventatives made him sick so for the ensuing years have we fed him brewer's yeast and garlic tablets. He has never had...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 14, 2014

    Question My dog was diagnosed with gastritis. What dog food is easily digested. Our Vet suggested Hill's ID. Do you have a recommendation? Answer DEAR T.D.: "Gastritis" is a term describing a condition without an identifying cause---part of the magic and obfuscation of medical terms derived principally from Latin nouns and adjectives. A costly endoscopic probe might confirm that there is inflammation, and possibly erosion and ulceration of the lining of the stomach. But what is the cause, and...

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  • Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 07, 2014

    Question A few years ago, we adopted a German shorthair-Weimaraner mix from the local Animal Protective Association. He seemed a bit sickly and very wild when I drove him home. I attributed both to his former owners. We have a wonderful vet who helped us restore our little guy's health, but our pup is still a wild thing in the car. He loves to get in the car, but the whining, pacing and eventual barking happens each time the car moves. I tried sprinkling lavender in the car and having a...

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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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