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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

My Pet World: What to do when a cat stops covering its poop

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Dear Cathy,

My 4-year-old male cat, Max, has developed an unusual habit. While he always uses the litter box, he no longer bothers to cover his poop with litter. Have you heard of this before and do you have any thoughts as to why this might be happening? -- Martha, Long Beach, NY

Dear Martha,

Cats usually cover their waste, and don't need ...Read more

My Pet World: Breaking the habit of a dog growling at visitors at the front door

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Dear Cathy,

My dog, a Yorkie-Pekinese mix, barks at every noise he hears. He goes into a frenzy when someone comes to the door. If I let them in, he is very aggressive and will even bite visitors. If I leash him, he gets worse. He is 4 years old. I adopted him three weeks ago from a shelter. They did not tell me that he bites. Is there ...Read more

My Pet World: Slightly feral cat not adjusting well to new home

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Dear Cathy,

We recently adopted a 2 1/2-year-old orange tabby cat from our local TNR rescue. He was rescued as a feral kitten and neutered at three months of age. Since then he has been at the rescue. Before we brought him home, I spent time with him over a three-week period. Although not overly friendly, I could pick him up, pet him, and play ...Read more

My Pet World: When is the right time to help a pet pass over?

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Dear Cathy,

Our beloved husky Krypto is over 13 years old. He has had Valley Fever for over a year and has been taking compounded meds (Fluconazole) for eight months. He is very thin, although he eats a lot and has a good appetite. He drinks gallons of water every day. In fact, when the vet took a ...Read more

My Pet World: Sweet talk, distractions and other 'magic' tricks for cutting cat's nails

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When I opened my email, I was pleasantly surprised to find a slew of reader tips on how to cut a cat's nails. I am impressed with so many soft-spoken cat parents who have mastered the art of distraction to get their felines to pay attention only to them, and not the approaching nail clippers. In my house, I have to hide the nail clippers behind ...Read more

My Pet World: When people let their dogs run off-leash

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Dear Cathy,

I am getting frustrated with people with unleashed dogs. I have a 6-year-old poodle-bichon, Rosie that we rescued three years ago. She is great with people, especially kids, but is very aggressive whenever we see other small dogs.

As the summer is progressing, I encounter more people out in their yards with small dogs unleashed. I ...Read more

My Pet World: Sleep-deprived mom needs help with wide-awake cat

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Dear Cathy,

I am a cat lover and have had several cats over the years. I have a three-year-old Russian Blue that I adopted from a shelter. She is very sweet and smart. The problem is, she sleeps all day and is up all night. I wouldn't mind it if she would just play, but she cries for me, and I end up getting out of bed.

I have taken her to the...Read more

My Pet World: Helping a small overprotective dog feel at ease

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Dear Cathy,

My Chihuahua is extremely protective of me. No one can touch me or come near me. I want to learn how to teach my dog not to be defensive on my command. -- Rafael, New Castle, DE

Dear Rafael,

With a small dog, overprotectiveness is mostly related to fear. Growling and baring their teeth is an attempt to control everything around ...Read more

My Pet World; Helping dogs and cats survive the Fourth of July

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With the Fourth of July midweek this year, your neighbors are likely to pop off fireworks before, during and after the holiday. That can mean a stressful week for people with noise-phobic pets.

Dogs and cats that are afraid of fireworks will express their fear in different ways. Cats may run and hide under beds or in closets, and...Read more

My Pet World: Dog keeps digging at same spot in carpet

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Dear Cathy,

For the past few weeks, my 10-year-old poodle has been pawing the rug in my living room. As a result, the nape is being pulled up. Please tell me why he is doing this and how I can handle this situation other than correcting him with a no command. -- Evelyn, Massapequa, NY

Dear Evelyn,

I am not sure why you don't want to correct ...Read more

My Pet World: Young reader worries about her lethargic dog

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Dear Cathy,

I am a 13-year-old girl. My parents and I adopted a 3-year-old, mixed lab, female dog last August from a rescue group in South Carolina. At first, Dorie was very timid and thin, but she has gained a lot of weight and is not at all active. She prefers to either lay on her bed or on the back deck in the sun. Although our huge yard is ...Read more

My Pet World: Cats with the gift for gab sometimes drive owners crazy

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Dear Cathy,

My dear friend has a 7-year-old rescue cat that never stops meowing. She tried using a collar for this purpose to no avail. She loves her cat, but the meowing is driving her crazy. Can you offer any advice to stop the constant meowing? -- Marilyn, via email

Dear Marilyn,

Cats use "meow" and its many variations to communicate with ...Read more

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