Feline (and Canine)

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4th of July Fireworks

With the Fourth of July upon us, what is your recommendation for managing my anxious dog while the fireworks are going off? The noise pollution…

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Are Feline/Canine Worms Transmittable?

QUESTION: I have heard that my dog and cat can give worms to my child.  Is this true?  If so, should I be worried and what can I do to avoid…

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Are Human Foods Safe for Kittens?

QUESTION:  I have 2 kittens, they are about 6 months old. My husband gives them human food (behind my back). Is it ok to do…

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Bloody Stool – Feline

QUESTION: Every once in a while my cat has fresh blood in his stools.  Is this normal?  What do you recommend?  He is otherwise active, eats…

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Canine Poison Control

QUESTION: My dog ate some of my ibuprofen.  Do I need to worry about it? ANSWER: This is a loaded question.  I would need to know the…

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Canine Teeth Cleaning

QUESTION: Will feeding my dog dry food help keep her teeth clean?  My vet recommended a dental cleaning for my dog.  Is there a cheaper natural…

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Canines and Trash Cans

QUESTION: My dog often gets into the garbage.  Are there any easy ways to deter him?  Is this dangerous to his health? ANSWER: If I could…

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Change in Behavior – Hiding, Flinching, Difficulty Chewing

QUESTION: My cat has always been one to hide a lot, but I noticed that this has become worse over the last few months.  Recently I noticed that…

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Feline Constipation

QUESTION: My cat keeps going back and forth to the litter box.  Is he constipated?  What should I do? ANSWER: Although constipation does…

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Feline Dental Sensitivity (FORL)

Question: My cat is reluctant to chew hard food and I noticed that some of her teeth are partly pink in color.  She seems uncomfortable.  What…

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Feline Dewormer Treatments

QUESTION: My cat has worms.  Can I use an over-the-counter dewormer to treat it? How can I prevent them? ANSWER: There are several types of…

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Feline Shedding/Fur Balls

QUESTION: My cat is shedding like crazy and I have been seeing a lot more fur-balls.  Is there anything I can do to help my cat? ANSWER: I…

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Feline Teeth Cleaning

QUESTION: My vet suggested I have my cat’s teeth cleaned.  They don’t look too dirty to me.  Is this really necessary?  Can I do anything…

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Feline Urination Problems

QUESTION: My cat is urinating all over the house.  What should I do? ANSWER: Far too often cats are abandoned or given up to local humane…

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Grass… Good or Bad for Cats?

QUESTION: My cat loves to eat grass.  Is there any dietary deficiency that would cause this?  Is it good for her?  She usually vomits shortly…

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Holiday De-Stress Tips for Cats

The holiday season can be a stressful time for a cat.  Here are some tips to keep your feline friend(s) safe and happy: Provide solitude. …

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How to Get Rid of Fleas

QUESTION: My cat has fleas and I have tried a bunch of products to try to get rid of the problem.  Any suggestions? ANSWER: First, let’s…

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Kitten Vaccinations Pros & Cons

QUESTION: I have heard that vaccines can have serious side effects and I am not sure if I should have my kitten vaccinated?  What are the pros…

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Puppy Vaccinations

QUESTION: I just got a new miniature schnauzer puppy that is 10 weeks old.  The breeder said that he is at risk for infectious diseases until his…

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Recent Increase in Thirst

QUESTION: My cat is 17 years old.  Just recently she seems to be drinking a lot more water. She seems healthy otherwise with no other changes. …

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Tips for Air Travel with Cats and Dogs

QUESTION: I need to fly with my pets (a dog and 2 cats).  What should I do to prepare? ANSWER: Over the years it has become progressively…

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What are Foxtails?

QUESTION: I recently moved to the area and have a dog and a cat.  I have heard a lot of people talking about foxtails.  What are they, and do I…

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