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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

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

My Pet World: How cat got feline leukemia baffles one family

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Dear Cathy,

My husband and I went to a no-kill shelter to adopt a cat after I became disabled and had to retire early. I adopted a beautiful Lynx point Siamese who had been brought to the shelter 14 months prior as an orphan. He immediately jumped on my lap, rubbed his face all over mine, and didn't mind my mobility scooter one bit. His vet ...Read more

My Pet World: Both male and female dogs hump for different reasons

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Dear Cathy,

Our Katie is a five-year-old Lab mix. She's always been obedient and will lick you to death if you let her. Now suddenly, when little kids come over, she gets super excited and starts humping them. Why now, after all this time, is she doing this? I thought only male dogs hump. Any ideas on why she does this and how to stop her? -- ...Read more

My Pet World: How to correct -- or reward -- a dog's digging habit

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Dear Cathy,

I adopted a lab/pug mix from a local shelter, and we just love her. Unfortunately, she's a digger. She is digging our tree and lilac roots, which she pulls out and chews up. I'm hoping it might be a vitamin deficiency that we can fix with nutrition, otherwise any suggestions? I have put her poop in the holes, filled the holes with ...Read more

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

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