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My Pet World: How to decide if you should trim your pet bird's feathers

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Q: Our sun conure is now one-year-old. When we bought him as a baby his wing feathers were trimmed so he would not fly, but now they have grown back and he is flying all over the house. He leaves a mess everywhere and I want to get his wings trimmed, but my husband and son say he will be happier and healthier if we allow him to fly. What are ...Read more

My Pet World: How do breeders control the color of quaker parrots?

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Q: In the park not far from me lives a large flock of those noisy green quaker parrots. My nephew has one as a pet for a few years and he just bought a mutation blue color quaker parrot as a friend for his green one. He says he is saving his money to buy a mutation yellow colored one next year. I was curious what the breeders of these birds have...Read more

My Pet World: Should you make your dog a vegetarian?

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Q: I am a vegan who has lots of pets but it seems like every pet I have, except for my bunny, needs to eat meat. I know you can feed a dog a vegetarian diet but my vet advised me that it was not a good idea. I feel sad when I read the ingredients on the dog food and see chicken as the first one. I know you love animals and I was wondering how ...Read more

My Pet World: Is it all right to give a dog fruit?

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Q: My dachshund loves fruit! She will beg for just about any fruit that we have in the fridge -- her favorite is apples and melon and bananas. I thought that since dogs were carnivores they did not like fruit and I was worried that giving it to her would be harmful in some manner? -- Bob Nolan, Las Vegas, NV

A: The ancestor of the dog is the ...Read more

My Pet World: Positive reinforcement can help with a dog that bites

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Q: We have a 5-year-old male cockapoo dog that bites. We do not hit him. We got him at 8 weeks from a family breeder. We can't remove anything from his mouth or groom him without concern. If we pet him he can snap. He growls and attacks at times. He also barks in an attack stance at any dogs and people walking by. I think it is the breed mixture...Read more

My Pet World: Why a male cat may become attached to an inanimate object

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Q: My girlfriend's family has a cat who almost every night will grab a wash cloth or dish towel in its mouth and carry it through the house crying as it does so. It usually tries to make it up to the second floor where they live but mostly drops it before the steps or on them. It's a male, so I don't think it does so because of some maternal ...Read more

My Pet World: How dog food has evolved over the years

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Q: When I was a child it seems that we were able to feed our dogs any food my mother bought at the supermarket that week and they all lived long lives. Now both my dogs -- a poodle mix and a yellow lab -- have food allergies. Other friends of mine that have dogs seem to have many of these same issues and I wondered why things have changed so ...Read more

My Pet World: How to build an efficient dog pen

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Q: My son recently got a Labradoodle puppy. She is now 4 months old. He has had her since August. He just finished building a dog pen. It is large about 20 feet long. The problem is she won't poop or pee in the pen, which is on a cement slab. She holds it till she is on the lawn. My son puts her poop in the pen to show her, no luck. Any advice ...Read more

My Pet World: Adding pumpkin to a dog's diet may help with weight-loss

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Q: We were watching some of your hilarious YouTube videos and caught one where you were talking about adding pumpkin to a dog's food so that it would lose weight. Could you please explain in more detail why a dog would like pumpkin? My Boxer is very overweight and we have tried everything else and nothing has worked so we are willing to try ...Read more

My Pet World: At what point do you say goodbye to a pet?

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Q: My Chihuahua is 16 years old and my family members are putting pressure on me to put her to sleep. They say it is a pity to see her bump into walls as she cannot see very well and that I am only keeping her alive to satisfy my own needs and not hers. She seems happy enough to me -- she still eats and goes to the bathroom on her own. She does ...Read more

My Pet World: A fence may help stop your dog from barking at others

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Q: My husband and I very recently adopted an eight-year-old rescued golden lab mix. He was in foster care for six months where he lived with two dogs and a cat. He is a mellow, sweet and adores humans. But when I have him in the backyard and dogs walk past the street, he goes into attack-mode, snarls and barks. It takes all of my strength to ...Read more

Help migrating birds by putting out bird feeder

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Q: Now that it is September, I want to put my bird feeder back up in the yard, but I was told that if I do then it will prevent some birds from migrating south for the winter. I need your opinion on this please? -- Fay Brooks, Manorville, N.Y.

A: Well my opinion does not mean anything here as it is a scientific fact that it is the change in ...Read more

My Pet World: Helping a cat understand both uses for a litter box

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Q: I saw your article regarding cats not urinating in the litter box. My 13-year-old female cat has gradually stopped using the litter box to poop. I have three litter boxes that are kept in the garage that I clean out daily. She poops on the garage floor. This has been going on for two years. Initially, she used the floor once or twice a week, ...Read more

My Pet World: How to keep turtles happy, healthy and clean

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Q: I have two red eared slider turtles. I got them last year when they were the size of half-dollars. Now in a 75-gallon tank with a sunning rock and two different lights, they are 5- and 6-inches, each. But I can't keep the tank clean for more than four days even with a filter. I've heard that some people feed their turtles in a separate tank, ...Read more

My Pet World: How to help a cat go back to using the litter box

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Q: I have had two female cats, sisters, for 8 years. Two weeks ago I smelled cat urine on my couch and then a day later I caught one cat in the act of urinating on the couch. I quickly scolded her and thought that was the end of it. Then I saw her doing it the next day and the day after it I saw her sister do it. A friend told me it may be that ...Read more

My Pet World: Dealing with a cat's nighttime antics

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Q: We adopted an adult cat from the shelter two years ago. She is a wonderful and sweet kitty. She used to sleep in bed with us but would run downstairs right as we fell asleep and would meow until my husband would carry her back up like a baby. Now she wants to sleep downstairs but often meows at around 3 a.m. Why is she doing ...Read more

My Pet World: A look at the dry food versus canned food debate

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Q: A recent column of yours said canned cat food is preferable to dry cat food. My vet asks what I feed my cats at each visit but has never said to switch to canned cat food even when one of them had "issues" with vomiting. He recommended several things to try until finally, I found a dry food for sensitive stomachs that has helped. What are the...Read more

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