Q: Our lab/pit mix puppy is now 8 months old and we got a metal choke collars to stop her from pulling when we walk her. However even with it on she will pull ahead of us until she actually starts to choke and cough and yet she never seems to get the idea. How is this supposed to work? Does it not bother her when it gets so tight around her neck...Read more
Q: Four years ago we got our dog Cindy. At first she was very skittish but she has gotten better over the years. When we first got her my dad was working on our kitchen and making a lot of noise. Now she is still scared of my dad and barks at him whenever he enters and leaves the house. She also does not like to play ball with him unless my mom ...Read more
Q: I seem to be facing a move from Connecticut to Southern Georgia. I am at a loss as to how to transport my 13-year-old Tabby cat. We are both too old to drive many hours straight through, and a midway stop with my kitty seems impossible. Any ideas? -- Peter Langstrom, Stamford, CT
A: Cats travel a lot better than we think. Cats have traveled ...Read more
Q: I have two cats and I am about to bring a new puppy into our home. The larger cat does not seem frightened of dogs but my little female's hair 'stands up' just at the sight of them. What is the best way to socialize everyone and minimize the stress on my younger cat? -- Jennifer Kessler, Hartford, CT
A: It is a lot easier to socialize a full...Read more
Q: My nine-year-old cat was just diagnosed with diabetes. He was 16 pounds. Recently he lost three pounds. I am not giving him insulin shots. Is it possible to reverse the diabetes with diet alone? I'm giving him special food the vet has recommended. My question is will the diabetes be controlled enough with diet and no insulin? -- Vincent ...Read more
Q: We just lost our 15-year-old dachshund and are planning to get another dachshund puppy as we love the breed. However, ours always suffered from back problems and disc issues and we were wondering if there was anything we could do for our new puppy to prevent such issues when she gets older? -- Jim Murphy, Ocean, NJ
A: I also love dachshunds ...Read more
Q: My son is allergic to cats and dogs and wants a pet. We were thinking of a hedgehog since they do not have fur. My son has researched them on the Internet and they seem cute and easy to care for, and we wanted your opinion on this matter? -- Roberta Sims, Hollywood, FL
A: I appreciate your faith in my knowledge, but there is no way I can say...Read more
Q: My grandchildren are now 10 and 8-years-old, and I want to get them some kind of pet so that they will learn a bit of responsibility. The landlord will not allow dogs or cats, but said they could get any pet that stays in a cage. So we were thinking of a bird or rodent and wondered what you suggest. Their parents both work so it would have to...Read more
The Far Side of SilenceRobert B. Marcus Jr.
Alexander Gray is an ex-Seal with an impossible assignment. Air Force One is shot down over the Mediterranean Sea with no survivors. The new president secretly orders the U.S. Navy to prepare the Sigonella Naval Air Station on Sicily for a clandestine and experimental ...
Q: We just got a Dachshund puppy from a breeder and the first night all she did was wail. We tried everything -- the ticking clock, hot water bottle -- all the old time remedies. We talked to the breeder and she told us to just let the dog cry itself out and it will give up. That has not been the case. We have had many puppies in our lives but ...Read more
Steve Dale's "My Pet World" column is taking the week off. There will be no 2/24 and 2/25 columns moving on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Steve Dale's "My Pet World" column is taking the week off. There will be no 2/17 and 2/18 columns moving on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- These reader questions were answered by experts attending the North American Veterinary Conference with more than 8,000 veterinary professionals from around the world, form Jan. 16-20 in Orlando, Fla.
Q: I really want a pet turtle for my birthday. But we looked online and saw baby turtles give you meningitis, and...Read more
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the second oldest sporting event in America, celebrating their 140th year this year. Only the Kentucky Derby is older, beating out the prestigious dog show by a nose, or a year.
Among dog shows Westminster is considered prestigious -- even snooty by some. However, when sitting in a packed house at Madison...Read more
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The North American Veterinary Conference may be the largest veterinary conference on the planet with more than 8,000 veterinary professionals receiving continuing education, teaching and learning about new products. The experts, who attended Jan. 16-20 in Orlando, Fla., answered your reader questions.
Q: We took ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Urban Resource Institute (URI) is a New York City nonprofit that provides services, including housing, for people escaping domestic abuse. In 2013, URI began an innovative co-sheltering program called URIPALS, which provides shelter for and their pets. New York resident Jasmine Rivera says URIPALS saved her life.
Rivera spoke last ...Read more
ORLANDO, Fla. -- These reader questions were answered by experts attending the North American Veterinary Conference with more than 8,000 veterinary professionals from around the world from Jan. 16-20 in Orlando, Fla.
Q: Our 11-year-old wants a dog. We've had Golden Retrievers before, and this time stopped at a pet store. What's ...Read more
NEW YORK -- The nonprofit Urban Resource Institute (URI) in New York City initiated a test program in 2013 that offers people and their pets shelter from domestic abuse called URI People and Animals Living Safely (URIPALS).
Based on a study conducted last year, residents fleeing abuse said that URIPALS not only allowed a way out, but the ...Read more
If it's cold enough outside for you to get frostbite, it's cold enough for it to happen to your pets, says Dr. Mark Russak, a Berlin, Conn.-based past president of the American Animal Hospital Association.
Frostbite most likely happens on extremities, the tips of tails and ears. After all there are no "gloves" for dog tails, or canine ear muffs...Read more
Q: I've had three cats in my life that have died at an older age of complications due to kidney disease. This is the fourth cat now I've had diagnosed with kidney disease with some new test, and she's only 7 years old. Why do so many cats die of kidney disease? -- B. S. C., Tacoma, WA
A: "We don't know why so many older cats develop chronic ...Read more
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- On the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, away from the beach sports and tourist hustle and bustle, barking dogs greet visitors to the SPCA Puerto Vallarta.
Dogs and cats are rescued from the streets and sometimes out of abusive conditions. Some are ill and require serious veterinary intervention.
At SPCA Puerto ...Read more