Animal Doctor Articles

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

  • Cat produces too much saliva

    Updated Dec 17, 2014 Posted by L. on Cat

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

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  • Cat With Diarrhea Can Be An Emergency

    Updated Dec 17, 2014 Posted by E.M., Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Cat

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I have an emergency with my cat: She has diarrhea. What do you advise I do? Answer DEAR E.M.: This is indeed a possible emergency. If the animal is straining and in acute pain, possibly even passing blood, that calls for immediate veterinary care. But if she is simply voiding runny or liquid stools, wait 24 hours, and if the animal is eating, drinking or passing firmer stools, veterinary care is called for. Your cat could simply be clearing out her digestive system of...

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  • keeping dogs locked up all day can cause them to develop bladder cancer?

    Updated Dec 16, 2014 Posted by J.R.W., Norfolk, Virginia on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: Many months ago, you wrote an excellent article directed to people who leave their dogs locked up all day while they're at work. You mentioned how this could cause cancer of the bladder, and you stated that dogs should be taken out every two hours. I know a few dogs who got this terrible treatment, and I want to send the owners copies of your articles. Where can I find the column? Answer DEAR J.R.W.: I appreciate your concern. However, I do not recall ever stating that...

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  • Dog With Painful Limp

    Updated Dec 15, 2014 Posted by R.M., Alexandria, Virginia on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: We recently adopted a rescued female beagle who is about 8 or 9 years old. Shortly after we adopted her, she started to develop a slight limp in her front right leg for no apparent reason. It was very minor for a couple of weeks, but we monitored it and scheduled an appointment with our veterinarian. Before we could get her to the appointment, she awoke one night in an obvious state of extreme pain. Because we have other beagles who have neck and back problems, we...

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  • cats lost fur under the collar

    Updated Dec 12, 2014 Posted by D.L., Maryland Heights, Missouri on Cat

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I was thinking about getting a collar for my newly adopted kitten, but then I remembered that my two previous cats lost their fur under the collar. The vet said the collars have chemicals in them. Is this true? If so, why do they sell them, and are there any safe collars I can get? Answer DEAR D.L.: Some cat collars come with an elastic insert so the cat can break free if he or she gets the collar snagged. Don't let your kitten roam off your property, and train him or...

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  • Clarifying Hyperactive Thyroid Disease In Cats

    Updated Dec 11, 2014 Posted by C.L., Frostburg, Maryland on Cat

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I recently read your article in which you said that after radiation for hyperthyroidism in cats, the cat would need continuing medication. In 2010, my 14-year-old cat developed hyperthyroidism. Our vet said that she could either take medication for the rest of her life or go to Radiocat for a one-time treatment (at a cost of $1,300), after which she would never need treatment for that disease. We opted to do that at Radiocat in Baltimore. She spent four days there. She...

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  • Kidney Failure in Cats

    Updated Dec 10, 2014 Posted by T.G., Fort Myers, Florida on Cat

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: Our Dice (a 14-year-old male kitty) just left us, and we're heartbroken. He was diagnosed with kidney failure. I can't help thinking it may have been what we fed him for so many years. In the last three years, we switched to Blue Buffalo wet and crunchy food, but he favored his Fancy Feast crunchies and Gravy Lovers wet food. Dice left behind our Bella, a 2-year-old female, who does not drink water but will eat Fancy Feast Gravy Lover's canned food. Are we doing her...

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  • Puppy With Urinary Tract Infections

    Updated Dec 09, 2014 Posted by L.D., Alexandria, Virginia on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: We have a German shorthaired pointer-Lab mix puppy; she is not quite 5 months old. She has had two urinary tract infections. When she developed the second one, our vet did a urinalysis and said she had crystals in her urine. He prescribed Hills Prescription c/d dog food for her as a preventative for future problems, i.e. kidney stones. Is this the treatment you would recommend? What causes this condition? Her infections both cleared up after a course of...

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  • Recommend that dog owners avoid neutering their pets

    Updated Dec 05, 2014 Posted by F.B.K., St. Louis on Dog

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I was amazed that an influential veterinarian such as yourself would actually recommend that dog owners avoid neutering their pets. The facts concerning animal overpopulation are well known. There are more than 70,000 puppies born each day in the United States, and if not neutered, each dog and its non-neutered offspring will result in more than 12,000 dogs born over the next five-year period. This results in the needless euthanization of over 3.7 million dogs each year....

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  • Animal Bereavement

    Updated Dec 05, 2014 Posted by M.A., Nolan, New Jersey on Cat

    Question DEAR DR. FOX: I have a 14-year-old blue point Siamese cat named Simba. He will be 15 on Valentine's Day. On May 31, his half-sister passed away suddenly on my bedroom floor. Cali was 13 years old. Simba and Cali were inseparable, and when I tell you they did everything together, I mean it! After she died, I picked up Cali and put her into a basket and then put Simba into the basket to see she was gone. Simba just jumped out of the basket as if to say, "What are you doing to me?" I...

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