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

  • 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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  • How long should I give dogs heartgard?

    Updated Oct 20, 2014 Posted by S.H., Flint, Michigan on Dog

    Question How long do you recommend giving Heartgard to a dog? With colder weather approaching, do I still have to give it? I live in Michigan in a condo; my dog is mostly an inside dog. Answer DEAR S.H.: I often get this question, and veterinarians are somewhat divided over the issue. Some advocate year-round preventive medicine regardless of where they live. But climate change is here to stay, so caution is called for, especially when people travel with their dogs to warmer states in the...

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  • Homemade dog food save a dog’s life

    Updated Oct 20, 2014 Posted by J.N., Manahawkin, New Jersey on Dog

    Question I want to thank you for your homemade dog food recipe! I know that it saved my dog, Ranger. He is a 3-year-old husky who we adopted from a shelter when he was 4 months old. He had some digestive issues until our vet had us do a protein elimination diet. We finally realized that chicken was the problem. He was put on a diet of Natural Balance venison dog food. Things were better until he wouldn't eat it anymore, and he started losing weight. We were really getting nervous when we...

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  • Dogs eating dirt

    Updated Oct 20, 2014 Posted by S.Y., Cottleville, Missouri on Dog

    Question I recently contacted you about my four dogs eating dirt after every meal. They had been eating Purina One for seniors. After buying your book "Not Fit for a Dog" I made your dog food recipe. The very first day they starting eating it, they stopped eating dirt! They love it! Thank you. Answer DEAR S.Y.: I always appreciate feedback from my recommendations for companion animals, especially when it comes to what they are being fed and my belief that better nutrition is the cornerstone...

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  • Cat Dental Tartar

    Updated Oct 20, 2014 Posted by E.W. on Cat

    Question My adult persian cat (18years old) has started to make a clicking sound when chewing, His appetite is good. He does have some teeth missing and is taking ClinDrops for gum disease. I took him to the vet a week ago concerning Muffin turning his head to the side and some times making a clicking sound. The vet checked his mouth and did not see anything else but the gums and some tartar on his remaining teeth. He said he probably is tilting his head to the side where he can chew better. He...

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  • dog’s behavior of smelling and covering other dog’s feces

    Updated Oct 19, 2014 Posted by J.C., Berlin, Maryland on Dog

    Question Dear DR. FOX: I would like to share with you an unusual behavior of my 4-year-old Labrador-rottweiler mix. On walks, he sees and smells other dogs' feces, and if it is in soft soil or sand, he will take his nose and attempt to cover it up. He is very deliberate about it and will circle around until it is covered, gently pushing with his nose. We have had similar mixes before, and they have never done that action before. He is highly intelligent, but we have never trained him to do...

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  • Cats making sounds when they hear music and songs

    Updated Oct 19, 2014 Posted by C.B., Alexandria, Virgnia, Y.H., Arlington, Virginia on Cat

    Question Dear DR. FOX: I am writing in response to your recent column in which someone indicated that their Himalayan cat "goes crazy" when her owner sings. I, too, had a female cat who responded in a strange manner to my whistling. When I whistled "The Yellow Rose Of Texas," Tobey would meow and paw my arms. I only saw this behavior in Tobey when I whistled that particular song; she would not react when I would sing it or whistle another tune. Thank you for your time; I enjoy your columns. ...

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  • Why does my cat only eat gravy?

    Updated Oct 17, 2014 Posted by K.P., Naples, Florida on Cat

    Question I have a wonderful 15-year-old indoor tabby cat, Tyger, whom I adore. I am 77 years old, and this wonderful cat nurtured me after my husband's death. We had two Siamese and two tabbies, and Tyger is the only one left -- the other three died of old age. Here is the problem I have: He doesn't eat like he used to. He has teeth, but he doesn't eat much of his wet food. Instead, he just licks the food dry of its gravy. I have tried so many different wet foods, from cheap to very...

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  • Isn’t it inhumane to keep birds in a cage?

    Updated Oct 17, 2014 Posted by C.E., Naples, Florida on Small Pet

    Question You may have written about this some time back, but I hope you'll mention it again. Isn't it inhumane to keep birds in a cage? Pet stores still sell them, and people still keep them in their homes. Why don't animal rights groups speak up on the subject? I hope, as a compassionate person, you agree with me. Why can't humans let other animals on our planet have their freedom? We just can't leave other animals alone, can we? To humans, other animals exist solely to be eaten, used in...

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  • Mange on fox

    Updated Oct 16, 2014 Posted by J.S., Millersville, Maryland on Small Pet

    Question I think you have the perfect name for my question. Having seen the devastating effects of mange on foxes, I did some research and found a homeopathic remedy, arsenicum album and sulfur, which has been very effective. I had to do some guessing on the dosage, but three pellets of each daily has worked. However, I currently have a neighborhood fox who doesn't seem to be getting better. Her fur is not really bad, but it seems to be deteriorating rather than improving. I have been treating...

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