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My Pet World: Don't believe it; dogs can get fleas at a kennel

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We boarded our 115-pound white German shepherd, for 10 days. A few hours after picking him up from the kennel, we discovered he had fleas. The kennel owner said the flea life cycle was 14 days and therefore, my dog could not have gotten fleas during his stay. She said that the fleas couldn't have jumped from another dog or from the surroundings ...Read more

My Pet World: Why dogs greet you with toys in their mouths

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Dear Cathy,

I have a two-year-old spayed female cocker spaniel named Roxy. She is a wonderful dog. Whenever anyone comes to the house, including myself, she picks up one of her stuffed toys and runs over to whoever came in with it in her mouth. She gets very excited and her tail wags. I think that she wants to play or is just showing she is ...Read more

My Pet World: How foster families help pets and their families after disasters

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Dear Cathy,

We live in Wisconsin, but would love to care for someone's dog from Hurricane Harvey until they get back on their feet. We have a two-year-old white German Shephard who is great with kids and other dogs. Please let us know how we can do this. -- Paul and DeAnne O., Wisconsin

Dear Paul and DeAnne,

It's very nice of you to want to ...Read more

Separating bonded pair of cats easier while still young

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Dear Cathy,

My son, a second-year veterinary student, and I adopted two cats. They are brothers about 13 weeks now. We adopted them three weeks ago. My son is returning to school with one of the cats. I work full time. Will the cats be OK once separated? Is there anything we can do to make the separation easier? -- Donna G., Oceanside, NY

Dear...Read more

My Pet World: How to handle approaching dogs on a walk

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Dear Cathy,

I have a 16-pound Havashu. We do not have a fenced yard, so she is walked several times a day. There are quite a few large dogs that we encounter on our walks through the neighborhood. Some are being walked and are leashed, and some are allowed loose. Sometimes, the people with the leashed dogs want our dogs to meet. If they are ...Read more

My Pet World: It's best to wait until after the baby is born to adopt a pet

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Dear Cathy,

My son and daughter-in-law are having their first baby in October. They have informed us that they plan on adopting a pit bull from a rescue. My wife and I are against it. We will fear not only for them but the baby. I know people say it's how the dog is raised. How do you know how a dog is raised if it's a rescue? There must be a ...Read more

My Pet World: Socialize your dog before visiting the dog park

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Dear Cathy,

I'm having a problem with my rescue dog, Bella, who is a 3-1/2-year-old pitbull and shar-pei mix. When I take Bella and her two other furry friends to the dog park, she gets very aggressive with other dogs. Suddenly, out of nowhere, Bella will pounce, growl and snap at another dog who is not even paying attention to her. I can ...Read more

My Pet World: Keeping your birds safe while painting home

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Dear Cathy,

We would love to have the interior of our home painted professionally, but we have two birds. One is a Cockatoo that we've had for 32 years, and the other is a parrot that we've had for three years. I've done research on using low VOC paint, but I still don't trust what I've read. We love our birds, but haven't painted in the 18 ...Read more

My Pet World: You can help your dog cope with separation anxiety

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Dear Cathy,

We recently adopted a 2-year-old male dog from a rescue shelter. He is a Pomeranian/Fox Terrier mix and was neutered and housebroken when we got him. Five people live in our home and he has become a very loving, happy and content member of the family. The problem is, when left home alone, he barks, howls, damages shoes left on the ...Read more

My Pet World: How to train a sensitive dog that barks at movement, things on TV

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I adopted BeBe two years ago. She is a mixed breed terrier about 8 years old. She is very devoted to me. She follows me when I leave the room and hides under the bed when I leave the house. She has two issues I hope you can help me with.

First, she barks at windshield wipers or anything that moves up and down. If she sees anything that looks ...Read more

My Pet World: People and pets should stay together during euthanasia

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Dear Cathy,

I have a sad question. Since 2011, I have had to euthanize three dogs. My dachshund Troy, almost 18 years of age, went peacefully. He went to sleep after the initial shot, and died after the second shot. My Maltese, Star, 13 years old, did not respond to either shot. They had to take her into the back room. My girl Penny, a Jack ...Read more

My Pet World: How to help a shy dog gain confidence in you

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Dear Cathy,

My adult daughter and her family have a female lab mix named Scooby. Despite my seeing her three to four times a year (they live in Atlanta), she is always afraid of me and will sometimes bark and growl at me. Eventually she calms down and I can pet her. Even though she jumps on our bed and seems glad to see us, she avoids me later....Read more

My Pet World: When dogs stick their noses where they don't belong

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Dear Cathy,

Our grand dog is one-year-old and not yet neutered. He has a habit of sticking his nose in people's behinds. We've had success with eliminating his jumping up on people by using a spray bottle. But for this behavior, it is very difficult to spray when it could be effective. Do you have ideas for what we can do to eliminate this very...Read more

My Pet World: What to do when your dog eats dog poop

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Dear Cathy,

Sometimes it is difficult during heavy rains and really cold weather to stand outside in the backyard when our dog poops so we can make sure he doesn't eat it. Is there any way to stop him from this habit except to stand outside and grab it before he eats it? -- Virginia Salow, Bellerose, NY

Dear Virginia,

Coprophagia (cop-row-...Read more

My Pet World: Keeping your birds safe while painting home

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Dear Cathy,

We would love to have the interior of our home painted professionally, but we have two birds. One is a Cockatoo that we've had for 32 years, and the other is a parrot that we've had for three years. I've done research on using low VOC paint, but I still don't trust what I've read. We love our birds, but haven't painted in the 18 ...Read more

You can change a dog's diet if you transition slowly

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Dear Cathy,

When my mother passed away, I inherited her cocker spaniel. He ate dog food as a puppy, but as an adult, she fed him table scraps. He eats green beans, baked chicken and turkey jerky, among his favorites. He is 8 years old, and I was wondering if it is too late to try to get him back on dog food? I have tried all the different ...Read more

My Pet World: If you feed feral cats, please sterilize them too

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Dear Cathy,

I started feeding a few stray/feral cats in my backyard last year, and now they're reproducing, including a litter of four in my shed. The other house tenants are angry and don't want any cats around at all. I know there are TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs, and it is illegal to abandon them elsewhere. I pet two of them daily. What...Read more

My Pet World: Finding relief for why your dog is itching

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Dear Cathy,

My 10-year-old dog gnaws occasionally on his front legs, which end up red, inflamed and bare of hair. What might be causing this and how do I treat it? -- Mel Davenport, Longview, Texas

Dear Mel,

Dogs itch for a variety of reasons, ranging from boredom and anxiety to fleas, food allergies and environmental triggers, like grass and...Read more

My Pet World: To drive or fly pets on a long-distance move

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Dear Cathy,

I was reading your column regarding preparing a pup for long-distance car rides, and I have a similar question regarding cats. We may be relocating to Florida from New York, and my wife is extremely hesitant to give our cats (two to three) to anyone like an airline or service that would relocate the cats for us. In my opinion, the ...Read more

 

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