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My Pet World: What do you do when you find a lost pet?

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Dear Cathy,

I found a cat on the street with a collar, but no tag. I fed her and took her to my vet's office to check for a microchip. Since no microchip was found, I had her blood checked for HIV, etc. and her teeth cleaned before I brought her home. The bill was $450.

This kitty, apparently, was left on the streets; there were no lost signs ...Read more

My Pet World: Should you worry when your cat goes from shy to friendly?

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Dear Cathy,

We have a female cat named Polly who we believe is about 17 years old. She's always been shy; no one has ever been able to pet her or get close to her. We adopted her with her twin sister Molly. Both of them hid under the china cabinet the first year we had them.

Last year, Molly, who became our social, loving girl, died from ...Read more

My Pet World: Good reasons to restrain your dog (and your Christmas tree)

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Dear Cathy,

You really brought up a hot-button issue the other day. While walking on a trail, we came upon a large dog off leash. The owner told us not to worry that her dog was well-trained. I pulled my Shih-Tze close to me. Her dog came over though, and before we knew it, her dog was attacking mine. I was paralyzed and didn't know what to do....Read more

My Pet World: Are pets as gifts a good idea for the holidays?

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It's the time of year for gift-giving and giving pets as gifts is sometimes at the top of that list. Some animal shelters, however, frown on pets as gifts for fear the animals will be "returned" to the shelter after the holidays. But a study conducted by the ASPCA in 2013 seems to indicate animal shelters have nothing to worry about and giving ...Read more

My Pet World: Couple rescues former housecat living on the street

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Dear Cathy,

My wife and I subcontract for several local banks, performing property assessments of foreclosed properties. We recently came to a bank that included an abandoned cat. We needed another (third) cat like a hole in the head, and while we could have dropped her off at the shelter, she ingratiated herself so quickly that it didn't even ...Read more

My Pet World: Mourning dog's behavior tied to loss of loved one

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Dear Cathy,

We are friends with an elderly couple who adopted a young rescue about 10 years ago. The wife passed away about a month ago, and suddenly the dog is peeing on the carpet three times in one day, even though he has a doggie door that he does continue to use regularly. This has been going on for a couple of days, and the housekeeper is...Read more

My Pet World: Obedience training can help with excessive barking

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Dear Cathy,

We have a 10-year-old pit bull who is an excessive barker. People do not visit because the dog never stops barking. The dog is fine with my wife, but if I come into the room where my wife is, the dog barks her head off. We tried giving her commands, but it takes a while before she obeys. Are there any devices that can aid in ...Read more

My Pet World: Walking dogs off-leash can stress other dogs, people

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Dear Cathy,

A few months ago, we moved to a community that requires dogs to be leashed while walking. Leash walking has been clearly stated in our newsletter several times. If someone ignores this community rule, they are fined at some point, but I don't know if that has ever happened.

In our previous home, our dogs had a large dog run for ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog thin despite good appetite and playfulness

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Dear Cathy,

Our daughter brought back a dog from Hong Kong about three years ago. She has become our dog now. She's a lovely "village" dog, looks like a dingo, and is about 6 years old.

About 18 months ago, she developed an odor, and we took her to the vet who said it was her teeth. We spent $500 on teeth cleaning, but she started to lose ...Read more

My Pet World: Mellow black cat enjoys greeting trick-or-treaters

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Sharon Lack of Baltimore sent me an adorable picture of her 6-year-old black cat Mia lounging in a mid-waist Halloween pumpkin costume. "Mia doesn't mind wearing costumes," says Sharon. "She loves meeting the kids that come to the front door and knows not to go outside."

There are many mellow cats who go with the flow and don't ...Read more

My Pet World: Animals associate pain with where they experience it

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Dear Cathy,

We have two 9-year-old cats. Charlie and Stella have been together since kittens and are both fixed. They get along fine. In the last six months, Stella has been going outside the litter box. I took her to the vet, and she checked out fine, just a little constipated. She now eats a prescription diet with fiber and gets a Cat ...Read more

Nighttime vocalizations keep cat owner awake

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Dear Cathy,

Our 6-year-old neutered male cat has a behavior that disturbs our sleep. He will meow, run across the bed, push the rugs around, and jump off the chest of drawers onto the bed. He has gone for periods of time (weeks, even months) sleeping contently at night. We don't understand what brings on this behavior.

We've tried waiting him ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog won't drink water when owner not home

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Dear Cathy,

Whenever I have to go out during the day, I leave my 12-year-old golden retriever in the backyard where she has ample shade, a covered patio and a large bowl of fresh water. She does not drink any water when I am out even if am gone for most of the day and in the heat of the summer. When I return, after excitedly greeting me, she ...Read more

My Pet World: What could cause a dog to go blind so quickly?

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Dear Cathy,

What causes a 6-year-old dog to go blind in less than a week? Is there anything we can do to fix it? The vet says she has SARDS. -- J. Vozzo, Henderson, NV

Dear J,

While several conditions can cause your dog to go blind quickly, if your veterinarian says your dog has Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration (SARDS), then that is the ...Read more

My Pet World: Redirect energy to keep kitten from chasing cats

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Dear Cathy,

I recently adopted a 9-week-old kitten we named Sonny. I have two older female cats, Dolly, who we have had 10 years, and Charlotte, who we have had eight years. My problem is Sonny chases after the female cats, and they run from him. He has tried to jump on their backs, but they are faster and get away. I tried putting them in ...Read more

My Pet World: Woman says condo doesn't allow 'service' dogs

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Dear Cathy,

I live in a condo that doesn't allow certain service dogs. I have a certificate, a vest and badge, and a doctor's letter, but the president of the condo association doesn't want to look at it. I have panic attacks, anxiety and depression. When I have my lab with me, she calms me down until I am totally calmed down. Isn't there a law...Read more

My Pet Wordl: Socializing and training a fearful dog

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Dear Cathy,

My dog, Major, is a rescue who was 18 weeks old when we got him and is almost two years old now. I fell in love with him in his cage huddled against the wall with his head up the wall. He is so sweet and gentle.

I have taken him to dog parks where he is allowed to be with other dogs, and he loves it. He gets so excited when he sees...Read more

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