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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...

Closeup of gray tabby cat's face; yellow eyes and a blue name medallion on its collar.

(Photo: Flickr/Rebecca Fleming)

Why are my young cat's back legs suddenly weak?

Q: My cat, Leo, is a gray tabby, and for three days he has acted like his back legs are very weak. He is also oozing a very smelly clear liquid from his anus.  He's about 3 years old. He has been lying in one spot and is only eating a little.

A: We should be able to rule...

Two guinea pigs (1 white, 1 brown) facing each other on a grassy lawn inside their playpen.

A pair enjoying their outdoor playpen. (Photo: Flickr/picto:graphic)

Why won't my guinea pig let me put a leash on him?

Q: I've tried several times to put a harness on my guinea pig, Mumford, and he just won't let me. In fact he tries to bite me when I do? I've tried 9 or 10 times. I've purchase a cloth-like harness made for guinea pigs, rabbits, and ferrets. I want to use it so he can walk and I won't...

English Springer Spaniel (brown and white), side profile.

(Photo: Flickr/rodricg)

Will my dog's habit of grinding bones ruin her teeth?

Q: Our four-month old English Springer Spaniel is an avid chewer. Any hard bone that we give her is usually gone within 48 hours. Should we worry about her grinding down, or breaking, her teeth because of all hard chewing?

A: Yes! I just saw two Border Collies yesterday...

Brown-and-white tabby cat's face peeking out between fluffy white bedding.

Hiding in a safe place. (Photo: Flickr/John Morton)

Shadows are scaring my cat; what could be wrong?

August 15, 2013

Q: A week ago my cat became frightened by the shadow of a fan, and since then is scared of everything. I'm worried because it has been a week already.  He is otherwise fine, but I'm worried. Does he need medication or should I wait it out?

A: I think I would take him to a...