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5 Tips for New Pet Owners

November 12, 2013

You’re excited about getting a new puppy -- but you’re a little anxious, too. As a first time pet owner you may have several questions. What type of pet should I choose? How do I pick a breed that fits my lifestyle? Will my pet need health insurance? If you’re...

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What should I do if my dog eats Halloween candy?

October 24, 2013

Q: Help! I returned home to discover my 60-pound dog had eaten close to 50 ounces of Halloween candy (a combination of Twix, Butterfinger, Almond Joy and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups). It’s been about 3 hours since she’s eaten the candy, but I’m wondering if there is anything I should do...

Mother and daughter laugh while bathing a tan pug.

(Photo: Flickr/devra)

What's the best odor-reducing shampoo for dogs?

September 24, 2013

Q: What is the strongest odor reduction shampoo for a dog?

A: I would get a medicated shampoo from your vet. Perhaps something with benzoyl peroxide, which is a good degreasing type of shampoo and deep follicular flushing action.

I would also consider a shampoo...

Beagle puppy sitting on a fluffy white bedspread.

Liking a soft surface for now. (Photo: Flickr/Thomas McMahon)

How can I treat the sores under my puppy's paws?

September 24, 2013

Q: My beagle puppy has sores on the bottom of her toes and is limping around. The sores are on the bottom of her toes that touch as she walks. It began last night with one sore on her left paw, and now there are 2 on her right paw. I do not know of anything she might have gotten into....

Calico cat sitting in a stone courtyard next to a step.

(Photo: Flickr/pelican)

Is blood in the urine a fatal sign for cats?

September 23, 2013

Q: My cat, Carla, is 18 years old and she has had a thyroid problem along with kidney problems. She has been on K/D food and taking Methimazole (0.5 ml) every 12 hours. I live 2 1/2 hours from the doctor and am unsure what to do after she has started passing blood in her urine? Is it...

A brown-and-white Springer Spaniel standing in a shallow end of a lake, looking down.

(Photo: Flickr/Bernt Rostad)

Can we limit water (like food) for our dog?

September 23, 2013

Q: We ration food for our 6-month-old Springer Spaniel. She eats twice a day. May (or should) we do the same with her water? We live in an apartment and follow a regular potty-break routine, taking her outside every 2 hours when she is not in the crate and up to 4 hours when she is...

Front view of a mottled (black-brown-white) ferret in a cage.

(Photo: Flickr/boscosami)

Why is my ferret restless and breathing heavily?

Q: My female ferret (Shadow) is about 4 years old. She was fine yesterday but today is breathing heavily and acting restless. Otherwise eating, drinking, and eliminating properly. She's restless like she can't get comfortable and her nose is a little runny. What could be wrong?...

Closeup on a beige-colored cat's face with big, staring eyes.

(Photo: Flickr/John Morton)

My cat just stares; is he having a seizure?

Q: My 11-year-old cat (indoor/outdoor) just suddenly started looking off into nowhere, like a stare, with his eyes dilated and meowing like he is scared. The episodes are short, and he won't respond to his name (or any noise) during the episode. He's always been fairly healthy and is up...

Closeup of a white-and-gray face of a Shih Tzu puppy.

(Photo: Flickr/cheriejoyful)

How to help a dog that's ingested anti-flea chemicals

September 09, 2013

Q: My puppy (Romeo) is a 9-month-old Shih Tzu. Two days ago I applied Advantage 2 for fleas. Now he is lethargic, not eating or drinking. I believe he may have ingested some of the chemical off my other dog. I cannot afford a vet at this time; what can I do?

A: There is...

White chicken perched atop a wooden box of hay, with some eggs in the hay.

(Photo: Flickr/foundanimals.org)

5 tips for getting chickens to lay eggs in a box

September 04, 2013

Q: How do we make sure our chickens lay their eggs in the box? We just bought them as 18-month-olds and moved them from another town.

A: Getting chickens to lay eggs in the box can sometimes be quite frustrating. Here are some tips to try:

1) Have enough nest...

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