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My Pet World: Your smelly dog could actually be something medical

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Q: Our 2-year-old American Bulldog is a great dog, but he has always has a bad odor and his fur feels greasy. We give him a bath as often as we can but the nice smell only lasts a day or so. What can we do to keep her odor down? -- Dale Jones, Las Vegas, NV

A: I really do think that this is a medical issue. In such situations a dog like yours ...Read more

My Pet World: Getting your cat comfortable with its carrier

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Q: I adopted a 3-year-old cat from a local shelter. I have been unsuccessful with transporting her to a veterinarian. She refuses to be coaxed into a pet carrier. An at home visit by a veterinarian was also futile. After each prospective attempt she becomes terrified and will hide for a few days. I think her early experiences of life developed ...Read more

How to tame an excited cat in the evening hours

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Q: My girlfriend and I got a kitten over Christmas. He is now 6 months old but we cannot sleep anymore. He tears all over our apartment all night long and bounces on our bed as we are sleeping. We put him on the floor as soon as he does and scold him, but he is right back again five minutes later. We are going to neuter him next month and we ...Read more

Picking the right collar for your dog

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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

How to get a dog to like all family members

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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

My Pet World: How to travel safely with your cat

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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

How to introduce a new dog to established pet cats

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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

My Pet World: How to handle a pet with diabetes

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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

My Pet World: How to prevent back problems in small dogs

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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

My Pet World: No pet is guaranteed allergy free

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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

My Pet World: Choosing the right pet for a child

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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

My Pet World: A few tricks to stop your dog from crying at night

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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

No 2/24 or 2/25 'My Pet World' columns

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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.

No 2/17 or 2/18 'My Pet World' columns

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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.

My Pet World: Turtles can be safe pets, depending on what type

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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

My Pet World: Westminster Dog Show celebrates its 140th year

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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

Don't limit your dog's thirst, even if it seems like there's something wrong

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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

My Pet World: Domestic abuse victim shares her story on how a New York program saved her and her dogs' lives

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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

My Pet World: Be cautious when purchasing your dog from a store, breeder

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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

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