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  • Cat’s atopic dermatitis

    Updated Oct 29, 2014 Posted by D.E., Lake Worth, Florida on Cat

    Question I recently inherited a 15-year-old active and healthy Himalayan 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 and neither she nor my other cat have fleas. I took her to an allergy vet, who suggested I put her on Atopica. I don't know if I could administer the kind made for cats without her choking, so she gets a very small amount of the kind for dogs, since she's...

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  • How to solve the cat’s sneezing problem

    Updated Oct 28, 2014 Posted by J.D., Arlington, Virginia on Cat

    Question We rescued our littermate male Russian blues 10 years ago. In the past two years, one of them has had sneezing fits every two to three months. We bring him to the vet, and he gets a shot of Convenia. Within two to three days, he is fine again for another few months. Now his brother has started to do the same thing. Our vet wants to anesthetize the cats and scope their noses and lungs. Both cats usually produce thick, greenish-colored mucus from the nose when they sneeze. Should we put...

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  • Renal Failure in Cats

    Updated Oct 28, 2014 Posted by T. G. on Cat

    Question Our Dice (14 year old male kitty) just left us, heartbroken. Diagnosed with Kidney failure, I can’t help thinking it may have been what we fed him for so many years. In the last 3 years we switched to the Blue brand wet and crunchy food, but he favored his Fancy Feast crunchies and wet food for gravy lovers. Dice left behind our Bella, (2 year old female) who does not drink water but will eat Fancy Feast gravy lover’s canned food. Are we doing her more harm than good? Can you suggest...

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  • Petzlife Oral Care Gels Safety.

    Updated Oct 27, 2014 Posted by H. on Cat

    Question PetzLife advised you are the best person to clarify whether below product is effective and safe for long-term use in cats: PetzLife Oral Care Gel - Peppermint For example, there seems to be conflicting info. on whether neem oil is toxic for cats. In your reply, please kindly include any related info. should be aware of. Thank you Answer Hi H., It is good to question all ingredients in pet and human supplements and medications these days! I have done some extensive literature...

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  • How a crate can become a secure safe-haven for a dog?

    Updated Oct 26, 2014 Posted by T.D., St. Louis on Dog

    Question You recently answered a question from someone whose rescued beagle mix was chewing his tail and knick-knacks when the owner left the house; the vet suggested he crate the dog when he left, but he couldn't do that to the dog since he spent "all that time in one" at the shelter from which he was rescued. Perhaps the owner could get a crate and leave the door open so the dog can go in and out on his own when the owner's home to see if the dog likes the crate. It's possible that some of...

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  • The relationship and meaning of love between human and animals

    Updated Oct 23, 2014 Posted by G.B., St. Louis on Small Pet

    Question I volunteer to walk dogs at our animal shelter and also foster dogs for adoption. Some people say that we "animal lovers are suffering from misguided love and should care more for people, especially children and the handicapped." What is your opinion? Perhaps this is why municipalities generally give little funding for local shelters. It also makes me sick when I see some animal trainer of killer whales or elephants on TV insisting that they love the animals they work with. What kind...

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  • What does cats purr signify?

    Updated Oct 23, 2014 Posted by C.D., Montreal, Quebec on Cat

    Question Could purring in adult domesticated cats be a neurotic behavior just like barking in adult dogs? Do adult felines in the wild purr at all outside of the birth and raising of a litter, or do they purr as frequently and intensively as domesticated and pampered cats? I had a very dependent cat who would drool and purr constantly while I was in the room. I don't think this is normal behavior. This would have incredible implications, as purring is currently interpreted as true happiness...

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  • Dog Snap at Other Dogs

    Updated Oct 23, 2014 Posted by C.H., Ocean, New Jersey on Dog

    Question I hope you can help us with our 6-year-old bichon-poodle mix. She used to be the ultimate submissive dog whenever she met another dog. She would roll over on her back and display her belly while the other dog would sniff her. Then she was chased down twice by a neighbor's off-leash border collie. Last year she began to snap at other dogs if they came nose to nose with her, and it seems to be getting worse. She is reasonably OK with dogs she has known most of her life, but we are on...

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  • How to comfort a dog of mourning its dead companion?

    Updated Oct 23, 2014 Posted by A.R., Arlington, Virginia on Dog

    Question My daughter's Shih Tzu died suddenly this week. My Maltese, Bianca, and Bella the Shih Tzu were best buddies and grew up together for the most part. Since my Bianca did not have a chance to see Bella in her last few hours to know she was ill, what is she thinking? She keeps looking up when my daughter or I come in the house, and she appears to be looking for Bella. I know she is grieving for her buddy, but I think more is going on. The four of us usually went out Saturday mornings...

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  • Cushings Disease In Your Dog

    Updated Oct 21, 2014 Posted by R.D., St. Louis on Dog

    Questin I recently lost my papillon after he battled Cushing's disease for several years. We went through all the periodic testing and daily doses of trilostane, and there is no doubt in my mind it was all worth it. Even though it was always tough to find the money to pay for his treatment, I know it extended his life several years. I was very lucky to have a great vet attending him, and my advice to any caregiver would be to follow her vet's advice and follow through with appropriate...

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