My Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix drinks his water much too quickly. He starts coughing and wheezing as the water goes down the wrong pipe. I hold him on my lap, hold his chest and slap his back. It helps but only after much coughing.
Any suggestions that might help the little guy? He drinks from a raised water bowl alongside his food ...Read more
My 1-year-old cat, Princess, is affectionate and sweet, but when she rolls on her back and wants to be petted, she grabs my hand with her front paws and pulls them in her mouth and then the back claws attack. This is becoming a serious problem.
Is there any way I can break her of this habit? She does not like to be held for more ...Read more
Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, many of our homes are filled with lots of tempting foods, not just for us, but for our pets. While it's best to keep pets on their regular diets, some people want to share some of their human food and figure if given in small amounts, the pets will be fine. But even the smallest changes in ...Read more
I have a 5-year-old mixed breed dog. Most of the time, he's a lovable smooch. When I take him to the dog park, he plays with the other dogs and runs and really has a good time.
But whenever I have him on a leash, if he sees another dog on a leash or a human in our vicinity, he goes nuts with an aggressive stance, barking and ...Read more
I have two Japanese Chin brothers that have just turned 2. I have French doors to my patio that are off my family room, giving full view to the outside, which includes a long driveway to my unattached garage.
The problem starts when I pull into the driveway as I return home. I can see them going crazy jumping on the glass and ...Read more
My dog Buster has a simple daily routine. He gets up and eats, spends 30 minutes outside, sleeps by my desk while I work, plays outside midday, sleeps by my desk again, has dinner, plays fetch, and then goes for a 30- to 60-minute walk with me in the evening. Buster, like most dogs (and cats), likes routine.
So, you can image his consternation ...Read more
Often when I am shopping or visiting a park, I encounter service dogs and pets on leashes. I know I should not engage with a service dog unless the owner encourages contact. Often, though, I come upon pets that want contact and interact with me.
My question is, how should I approach pets and service animals in these situations?
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My son and his 1-year-old dog, a basenji mix, live with us, but he keeps Roxy in his room most of the time when he's not working.
I have a 9-year-old pug who is very meek. We also have a 6-year-old cat that at first ignored Roxy. Roxy wants to play with her, but my cat doesn't want to play with Roxy. She gets mad and chases her and...Read more
I have a 7-year-old male rescue cat who has been my alarm clock. When this ritual started, he would whine and wake me up around 5:30 a.m. Then, it was 5 a.m., then 4:30 a.m., and now 3:30 a.m. He moans until I get up and feed him. He always has access to dry food, so I know...Read more
We have a very smart 8-year-old old pit. She is healthy and has always been playful and well-trained. She was trained to do her business in one area of the backyard.
But suddenly she is skittish when we take her out and she seems to fight doing a bowel movement. Sometimes, she waits so long she can't hold it and goes before going ...Read more
We have a Coton de Tulear (a small breed, white dog) who is almost 10. She is a very sweet, lovable and intelligent dog. Mia loved to go for walks, sometimes two to three times a day. All I had to do is say the word "walk" and she would run to the door and wait for me to put her leash and harness on.
The problem is, she no longer ...Read more
I have a rag doll cat who is 8. It has always been an indoor cat. The cat is active and friendly. The issue is weight loss. It's not much, but every time the cat is taken to the vet, the cat has lost a few ounces in weight. The cat's diet has always been a high-grade dry food.
I have tried many different foods to try to get the cat...Read more
I have three cats. Two cats, a male and female, are 18 months old. One cat is a male who is 6 months old. They are all fixed. The older male cat started pooping in an upstairs unfinished room in my house about two months ago. There were some changes at the time. The male cat couldn't go outside because his flea treatment was on back...Read more
Dear Kathy, Visit this vet locator at https://www.vetlocator.com/housecallvets.php and plug in your ZIP code to find a mobile clinic or house call veterinarian near you. I found several options within a 25-mile radius of your town. Just know, these veterinarians often see fewer patients ...Read more
Dear Cathy, How can I teach my cat to sheath its nails when cuddling around my neck?
--Viv, Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada
Dear Viv, It sounds as though your cat is "kneading" your neck. Kneading is a behavior that involves pushing and pulling the paws back and forth on your body, like kneading dough. Cats always stretch their nails when ...Read more
Dear Cathy, We have a shelter cat named Chechee, now 7, who is very skittish and frightened every moment of the day. It is impossible to cuddle with her and we can barely pet her because she runs away and hides. We would like to have her examined by a veterinarian, but we can't pick her up, let alone put her in a carrier.
All of her needs (...Read more