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My Pet World: Distract and treat for timid dogs afraid of cars

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Dear Cathy,

My son, who lives with us, has a three-year-old, 106-pound female German shepherd/boxer mix. She is a very sweet and loving dog, but very timid. We have a large fenced-in yard, which is where she typically goes. But we live at the end of a cul-de-sac and when we take her for a walk, she often gets afraid if a truck passes the cross-...Read more

My Pet World: Oral hygiene options for your dog and cat

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Dear Cathy,

My dog is six and a half years old and had to have her teeth cleaned about a year ago. Since then, I had started brushing her teeth almost every day, as the vet suggested. Now she will not let me get near her mouth to brush her teeth. She doesn't growl or try to bite, but has clearly grown tired of me brushing them. Are there other ...Read more

My Pet World: Feral friend may be happier staying outside

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Dear Cathy,

I have been feeding a very feral cat since last March. Gradually, he has progressed to living on my deck. In July, I trapped him and had him neutered and treated for fleas, worms and mites. He has gained weight, and is extremely charming. He was a skeleton when I first saw him.

He can be very aggressive, however, and I have the ...Read more

My Pet World: Sometimes, cats are 'top dog' in the house

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Dear Cathy,

We recently got a cat from our local Humane Society. He is a three-year-old male. His cage card said he wasn't good with other cats. It wasn't until we got home that we saw the paperwork also said he doesn't like dogs either. We don't have cats, but we do have a five-year-old Shar Pei. He bloodied the dog's nose during the first ...Read more

My Pet World: The right music may soothe dog on car rides

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Dear Cathy,

I dog-sit my daughters lovable Yorkypoo occasionally. He happily jumps into my car, but makes the most horrendous earsplitting noises, barking, howling, all during the drive. Having him strapped in or in his kennel, having my husband hold him in his lap, makes no difference. Could he be car sick? Any idea on how we can make car ...Read more

My Pet World: Reader takes right steps toward dog, cat introductions

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Dear Cathy,

We just took in a five-year-old dog from a family friend who could not keep him anymore. All is going somewhat well, but he does not get along with my three-year-old cat at all. We have tried to introduce them with him being held back on a leash, but he constantly keeps going after the cat. The cat pays the dog no mind. But the dog ...Read more

My Pet World: Give anxious cats more places to hide in the home

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Dear Cathy,

We got our rescue cat October 2015 as a seven-month-old kitten. As soon as she got in the house, she went under the bed and came out only to eat and use the litter box. A year later, she still hid under the bed but came out more often to snoop around the house. As soon as anyone moved though, she raced back under the ...Read more

My Pet World: Books on pet care ideal gift for pet owners

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Dear Cathy,

I read your great pet column in the Las Vegas Review Journal every Sunday. It's always interesting. I am writing because our son has four cats, and seems to be very adept at their overall care. My question is, can you recommend a good cat medical guide, which would be a handy thing for him to use now and then? An A-Z guide covering ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog still eating too fast? Here's one thing to try to slow them down

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Dear Cathy,

We have a black Lab named Deuces who devours her food. We bought her one of those food bowls that have "bumps" in it, so she has to eat more slowly. But after we feed her two servings, she still throws all of it up. What else can we do? -- Sarah, Henderson, NV

Dear Sarah,

Dogs that eat too fast can definitely vomit and belch, but ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog afraid of bath time? There are waterless options

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Dear Cathy,

Our eight-year-old dog, Shea, has never liked getting wet, but has tolerated being bathed and getting wet to "do her business" in the rain. However, when my son tried to bring Shea upstairs to give her a bath the other day (she is 48 pounds), she started growling and snarling and hiding behind the couch. I've never been afraid she ...Read more

My Pet World: Resident upset when people don't pick up after their dogs

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Dear Cathy,

At our condo complex, we have a problem with dog owners who violate the rules relative to walking their pets. Some, very few, allow their pets to defecate or urinate on lawns without picking it up. While our condo is pet-friendly, there are rules about dog walking. Is there an effective and humane deterrent that will prevent a dog ...Read more

My Pet World: Slippery floors can make dogs fearful and anxious

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Dear Cathy,

I need help with a one-year-old beagle mix that has suddenly become afraid to walk on tile. She whines in a room or hallway until you go and get her. I have tried rugs, but that has not worked, and treats, which works fairly well, but I have to go get her. I am buying a pair of shoes for her to try, but I know she won't want to keep...Read more

My Pet World: Reward tricks with treats to help dogs learn new behaviors

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Dear Cathy,

My neighbors moved away and could not take their dog with them. We took Buster in with us. He is a five- or six-year-old lab mix. Buster took to his new surroundings very well. He is housebroken, very gentle and obedient. All in all, he's a very nice dog and we are happy with him, except when it's supper time; he is at the table ...Read more

My Pet World: Teaching a dog-reactive dog to calm down on a walk

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Dear Cathy,

My wife and I rescued an adorable little white munchkin a few years ago. I was going to foster him, but that changed after 10 minutes in our home. Charlie was ours. He's a great companion, but he gets a little whacked out when we are walking and another dog comes into view or barks behind a fence. I'm sure he's just protecting me, ...Read more

My Pet World: Urinary incontinence in dogs can be frustrating to manage

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Dear Cathy,

I have a problem with Buster, my 2-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. Buster loves attention, especially from new people or people he doesn't see often. The problem is, he pees when he gets excited. I'll let him out beforehand if I know someone is coming over. I also have unexpected guests go to the back door when they come in. This has...Read more

My Pet World: When a cat won't poop in the litterbox anymore

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Dear Cathy,

Our six-year-old housecat stopped pooping in the litterbox, but she still urinates in it. We find poop all over the house, but never urine. She doesn't have a favorite place to evacuate; it's on rugs, hardwood floors -- she isn't hiding it. We find it out in the open and it trails off. It seems like she continues to evacuate while ...Read more

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

 

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