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My Pet World: How to manage your high-energy dog

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Dear Cathy,

We have a three-year-old Chiweenie (Chihuahua/Dachshund mix). As a puppy, she was abused and kept in a small cage. We brought her home at eight-months-old. When we put her down on the floor, she took off running around the house and was so excited she ran until she collapsed. We are still having trouble keeping her from bolting out ...Read more

Helping your dogs with a cross-country move

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Dear Cathy,

My husband and I are moving to Nevada. We have two dogs who will be making the cross-country trip with us. One will be fine, but our Westie (West Highland Terrier) concerns us. He's not a fan of being in the car. Do you have any advice for how to make this a stress-free experience for him and all of us? -- Diane Rosen, Glenview, IL ...Read more

My Pet World: When licking becomes an obsessive behavior for dogs

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Dear Cathy,

We have a big 14-year-old Silky Yorkie named Howie. In November, my husband got severely sick and was hospitalized for 11 days. He recovered at home for eight weeks. During his hospitalization, I took care of Howie while working and going to the hospital, but he was alone much more than usual. During that time, I noticed Howie ...Read more

My Pet World: Don't get a rabbit just because it's Easter

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Dear Cathy,

I have four pet rabbits of my own and am always looking for ways to spread education about rabbit care, since it's not as simple as people realize. I don't know how familiar you are with rabbits, but I have more of a request than a question: Could you talk about why it's a bad idea to give rabbits as an Easter gift to children? I am...Read more

My Pet World: Dogs can't do two things at the same time, either

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Dear Cathy,

We have a wonderful Beagle/mix who is almost 10 years old. We are constantly amazed by Tanner's intelligence and loving nature, but he has one behavior that we cannot seem to control. He barks at everyone who walks by our house, whether or not they are walking a dog, and everyone who comes to our door. If they come in, he wags his ...Read more

My Pet World: Adding a Puppy to a 2-Cat Home is Easier Than You Think

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Dear Cathy,

We have two cats, and we're thinking about getting a puppy. The cats are two years old. What suggestions do you have for introducing a new pet into a home with other pets? -- Leslie Mallard, Norcross, GA

Dear Leslie,

Introducing a puppy to older cats is often simpler than cat-to-cat and dog-to-dog introductions. That's because ...Read more

My Pet World: 'Leave it' solves a host of doggie transgressions

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Dear Cathy,

I have some new neighbors that moved in with an outdoor cat. The cat uses our yard as her potty box. Our two dogs have found this cat poop delectable and they eat these deposits before I can remove them from the yard. Is there something I can do to dissuade my dogs from eating this poop? Thank you in advance for any insights. -- ...Read more

My Pet World: Use a dog's habits to retrain unwanted behaviors

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Dear Cathy,

I adopted an adult dachshund and an adult dachshund/mix, and neither one is house-trained. I take them out frequently and reward them with treats when they pee outside, and they totally get that part. But when I bring them in one or the other is going to pee in the house within half an hour. It's very frustrating, but they are the ...Read more

My Pet World: How to keep a cat busy during the early morning hours

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Q: My wife and I rescued two small kittens (5-6 weeks old) from a ditch in November of last year. We took them to the vet and got them cleaned up, one kitten died within the week the other is now a very cute, very active 16 to 18 week old kitten. The problem is she is now big enough to jump over or get through the barriers we have set up to ...Read more

My Pet World: How to help a recently injured dog up the stairs

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Q: I have a 2-year-old pit bull mix named Twinkie. Recently she will not go upstairs in my house or outside when she used to have no problem in the past. It's been a problem for almost three months now. She did suffer a mild sprain of her back leg, but there was no fracture as per the veterinarian that I went to. She is back to running around in...Read more

My Pet World: How positive reinforcement and a spray bottle can help train cats, dogs

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Q: We have a male Siamese cat that we got when he was 12 weeks old from a private breeder. He is now almost 2 years old. He seems to be more attached to me than anyone else, following me around the house and often sitting near or on me. He can be very sweet one minute, sitting on my lap as I scratch his head and neck. He'll be purring away and ...Read more

My Pet World: Each dog has a different tail for a reason

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Q: My question is one of tails! We have three dogs -- a Boston terrier, a mini poodle and a golden retriever. The Boston has a teeny-weeny tail, the Poodle has a tail that was obviously cut off and the Golden has a big long tail. All three dogs seem happy with the way things are but we were wondering why there seems to be such a difference in ...Read more

My Pet World: How the dog truly represents the eighth Wonder of the World

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Q: You mentioned in your article about the variety of tail shapes in dogs that this illustrates how you believe that the dog is the eighth Wonder of the World. I was curious on why you feel that way and if you could elaborate a bit on it? -- Sandra Williams, Chicago, IL

A: One of the most amazing facts about the domestic dog that has always ...Read more

My Pet World: Being diligent will only get your cat to stop his annoying behavior

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Q: We have a 5-year-old red and white neutered male indoor cat named Charlie. He is very vocal and cries for something to eat whenever we are in the kitchen. He does not stop until we give him something. This has become very annoying and we have tried to teach him not to do this by squirting him with water from a water pistol when we are in the ...Read more

My Pet World: One way you can create healthy food for your pet bird

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Q: I just returned from a week-long vacation and left my two cockatiels with a friend. She fed the birds well but did not clean the cage out as I do but I really could not fault her for. As soon as I got the birds home I noticed them at the bottom of the cage eating something with gusto and when I looked closely I saw it was seeds that fell to ...Read more

My Pet World: How to treat an old cat that won't eat

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Q: We have a nearly 19-year-old cat in very good condition. Recently she's become a rather fussy eater. It's not her teeth -- they've been checked out by our local vet and she'll still occasionally eat dry cat food. She used to like certain flavors of canned cat food, but lately she wants only Gerber's baby food -- the various meat varieties. ...Read more

My Pet World: How to teach a cat not to use a plant pot as a litter box

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Q: For Christmas I was just given a gift of a 6-foot palm tree that is in a 24-inch wide pot that is sitting in my living room. However, my issue is not with the tree but with my 2-year-old indoor cat who, for whatever reason, likes to use the soil in the pot as a litter box. She jumps up onto the pot and somehow finds the room to dig a hole in ...Read more

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