Animal Doctor Articles

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

  • Ear Infections in Dogs

    Updated Jan 28, 2015 Posted by G.C., Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I adopted a 1 1/2-year-old male Weimaraner a year and a half ago. We've been struggling to keep our baby in comfort since then. We've tried everything, and vets' quest to cure him -- from antibiotics to cortisone -- haven't worked. He has tiny bumps in his inner ear and under the fur of his earflap, and red eyes. In his ear, it smells horrible, and brown wax keeps coming out. I have to wash our baby's coat every two days with lavender, oat and all-natural dog shampoo to...

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  • Dog Not Drinking Much Water

    Updated Jan 27, 2015 Posted by L.C., Union, Missouri on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I put my dog on the recipe in your book "Not Fit For a Dog." She dives in, eats in record time and has been on it for about six weeks. She lets me know when it is time to eat. I do have one concern: Her water consumption is down drastically. I have always kept a water bowl filled for her, and she barely touches it. Am I missing something? Answer DEAR L.C.: I am glad that your dog has joined the ranks of the many who enjoy my home-prepared dog food recipe. It is a...

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  • Ask the Vet animal advice

    Updated Jan 26, 2015 Posted by H.G., Manchester, New Jersey on Cat

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I read your column all the time but have yet to find a solution for my cat, Hank. He is a 13-year-old neutered front-declawed housecat. I love him as if he were my son. I feed him both dry and moist food. The dry food is usually Friskies, and the wet food varies between Fancy Feast and Friskies. He lost a sizeable amount of weight a year ago. Since he is hard to examine at the vet's office, I had a mobile vet come to the house. The vet had to sedate Hank to find out that...

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  • Dog With Herniated Disc

    Updated Jan 25, 2015 Posted by G.S., Fort Myers, Florida on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I adopted Juliet from the pound in 2011. She was 3 years old, and it was love at first sight for me. In 2012, she fell in my backyard on the concrete patio and injured her back. She had a herniated disc pressing on her spinal cord. She had major surgery within days, and can now walk short distances (she has wheels for long-distance walks). She has all her bodily functions, but seems to be prone to urinary tract infections. When she has a UTI, she urinates and...

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  • Tearstains on dogs

    Updated Jan 22, 2015 Posted by B.S., St. Louis on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I just read your article about tearstains on dogs. I wanted to tell you I have found a way to practically eliminate them in my 1 1/2-year-old Maltipoo. I started feeding him dry food brands with just chicken as the main ingredient. There are several to pick from. Since he has been on this diet, he no longer has the orange stains running down his face. As you mentioned, probably much of it is caused by the red dyes in much of the dog foods, or perhaps it's the red meat...

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  • Calming An Aggressive Cat

    Updated Jan 22, 2015 Posted by F.P., Stratford, Connecticut on Cat

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I have three cats -- two females, ages 10 and 4, and a 3-year-old male. Recently, especially in the morning, the male has terribly harassed the other two. Is there any homeopathic remedy I can use to calm down my male in the morning? He is less obnoxious later in the day. Answer DEAR F.P.: A sprinkle of fresh catnip may spark him into a more sedated state -- cat Valium! Not all cats eat it, but those who do generally calm down. The cat pheromone product Feliway,...

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  • Dogs running and playing

    Updated Jan 21, 2015 Posted by N.M., Waretown, New Jersey on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: My English setter is close to 10 years old. As a puppy and for the first five years, it was difficult to make the time to give him all the exercise he needed, but he has slowed down in recent years. Every day, my husband takes him down to a park near our house where several other dogs and owners meet to let the dogs play and run. He loves this time and plays with two dogs who are much younger than he. When he gets home, he is wiped out and limps for the rest of the...

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  • Why Do Cats Drool?

    Updated Jan 20, 2015 Posted by L.W., Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Cat

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I have always had cats, but Bella is the first to have a constantly wet mouth. Every so often she will give her head a quick, hard shake, which sprays excess saliva everywhere. This is very annoying, both to cat and human. What can I do to help her and save my clothing? Answer DEAR L.W.: Some cats do drool more -- it's just their physiology and temperament. They get very "drool-y" when they are relaxing and being petted. But don't take that as the single cause of...

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  • Online Pet Purchases

    Updated Jan 19, 2015 Posted by P.P., Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: If we addressed the issue of puppy-breeding kennels, would that not reduce the number of dogs in animal shelters? My children bought a dog online from a breeder in the Midwest. The dog had health issues, so they contacted the breeder and vet who checked the dog. The breeder did not return calls, and in trying to locate the "vet," we found that the region had 38 breeders listed. We are happy to have this great little dog, even with all her problems. We are sure had we...

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  • Dogs With Eating And Barking Issues

    Updated Jan 13, 2015 Posted by D.G., West Palm Beach, Florida on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I have a dog, Gizmo, who is almost 4 years old. We believe he's a pug-Chihuahua mix. He's a good guy and wants to please me. About a year ago, he had some sudden and strange behaviors that had a manic quality. I came into the room and he knocked over a vase on a table and began to gobble up the flowers. I told him no. Then he ran to the carpet and started trying to pull up pieces and eat it. When I told him no again, he ran over to some string curtains and tried to...

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