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My Pet World: A sweet dog shows leash reactivity when around other dogs

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Dear Cathy,

I have a seven-year-old female golden retriever. She is great with other dogs when loose, but when I walk her on a leash, she barks aggressively at them. She used to be fine, but her behavior changed when she turned four. I had her on a leash, and a stranger let their loose dog run up to her, raising its hackles, which she didn't ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog is anxious around the swimming pool, but seems 'ok' once in the water

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Dear Cathy,

We have an inground pool in our backyard. Our daughter and her family live two hours away, so they are not here often. She has a sweet, well-behaved Goldendoodle. When they visit during the summer, the dog gets very agitated/excited when people are swimming. She runs around, barking, and tries to jump in the pool on top of the kids....Read more

My Pet World: A traumatized dog finds walks on a leash challenging

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Dear Cathy,

Three months ago, we rescued a two-year-old German Shepherd mix from Pima Animal Care Center. She was a stray, so we had no history on her. She was found hanging upside down on a fence. She was skinny and had lost two or three toes, part of the footpad, and a piece of her right ear, all of which had healed. The poor thing was ...Read more

My Pet World: What to do with a biting, reluctant feline

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Dear Cathy,

I can relate to the story of Nancy in Queens Village, New York, who couldn't pick up or touch her cats. Two years ago, we adopted two Siamese cats that were more than two years old. A year and a half later, they still hid from us and wouldn't let us pick them up. Charlie died around that time, but we still have Annie. Shortly after,...Read more

My Pet World: When dogs bark aggressively at the fence, they can strain neighborly relations

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Dear Cathy,

I have three rescue dogs. I am respectful of the neighborhood and have trained my dogs not to bark when they are out in our large, fenced yard. My neighbor adopted a lab, who barks aggressively through the slats in our shared fence. I spoke to her about synching our "out" times since one of my dogs is highly dog-aggressive. She didn...Read more

My Pet World: Traveling with birds whether by car or plane

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Dear Cathy,

We have four birds – two cockatiels, and two domestic doves. We are snowbirds with a summer house in the north and a winter place in the south, so these little guys go everywhere with us. The birds travel very well with us in the car, but it's a long two-day trip both coming and going. We are both licensed pilots and recently ...Read more

My Pet World: What does my dog’s morning routine signal?

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Dear Cathy,

My 13-year-old standard poodle, Mazie, has had the same morning routine for years. She grabs one of her stuffed toys, runs upstairs, jumps onto my bed, whimpers, runs back downstairs, makes a big circle through the living room and kitchen, whimpers, runs back upstairs, and repeats this routine three or four times before abruptly ...Read more

My Pet World: Cats are more sensitive to sound than humans

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Dear Cathy,

My cat has a sensitivity to two specific sounds. One is the sound of packing tape being ripped from the roll. The other is the ratcheting noise made by a plastic wind-up cat toy. He hunkers down when he hears these noises and retches like he needs to throw up (but he has never actually vomited). None of my other cats have ever had ...Read more

My Pet World: Options for transporting pets during a move

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Dear Cathy,

I am desperately hoping you can provide some guidance on how to get two cats transported over 600 miles away from our current home. We are seniors moving to a retirement community. The drive will be too long for us, so we are trying to figure out how to transport our two scaredy cats. Our vet was not able to provide us with options ...Read more

My Pet World: Helping a dog from a hoarding background learn to trust his world

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Dear Cathy,

In November, we adopted an eight-year-old chihuahua. He was from a hoarding situation and had spent the previous two months with a foster family. He is a nervous and reserved dog though. He is slowly making progress and will allow us to put a leash on him, but will cower when we remove it. If we try to get near him, he runs away. He...Read more

My Pet World: How to select quality pet food that your pet likes and fits your budget

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Dear Cathy,

I have two cats that are four years old. I recently had them in for what I thought was going to be a simple (teeth) cleaning, but both had several extractions, the result of genetic issues. As I am on disability that was a heavy bill to pay. When I tried the food additives and kibble changes they recommended to help their teeth, my ...Read more

My Pet World: Woman gives good life to community cats, but wishes for more

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Dear Cathy,

About three years ago, two black-and-white cats sneaked into my house when a door was open. After all this time, they still are terrified of me. I have three other cats that they get along with, but despite my welcoming them in, giving them all the space they want, providing them with food, fresh water, soft places to sleep, and ...Read more

My Pet World: Achoo! Should I be worried about my cat’s sneezes?

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Our cat, Ms. Annie, usually sleeps at our feet each night. But sometimes in the wee early hours, she will crawl up, get right in our face, and then shake her head and sneeze, which sprays us. Is this normal? It's almost (but not quite) akin to getting a Papal blessing.

– John, Ivins, Utah

Dear John,

Normal? No. Normal for Ms. Annie? Perhaps...Read more

My Pet World: Adopting two siblings? Readers ask why not?

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Dear Cathy,

I read your comment that you would not adopt two puppies from the same litter. You did not explain why. I’m curious as I have done this three times throughout my life without any problems.

— Bud, East Hampton, New York

Dear Bud,

I received many letters asking me why I wouldn’t adopt two puppies from the same litter. As you ...Read more

My Pet World: Should you discourage a friend from adopting a pet?

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Dear Cathy,

I have an older friend of many years who lives alone after becoming widowed in 2020. She is currently having major health issues, which puts her in the hospital several times a year. She also uses oxygen tanks with tubes running throughout the house and is not very steady on her feet. She has two middle-aged cats and now wants a dog...Read more

My Pet World: No bed privileges for a dog that growls at its owner

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Dear Cathy,

Our twelve-year-old, 13-pound, male Schnoodle has always slept in bed with us. Last year, during the pandemic shutdown, my wife was home 24-7. The dog became very attached to her during those months. As they often go to bed before I do, he now growls viciously at me when I enter the bedroom and approach the bed. What can you suggest...Read more

 

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