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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...

White mini lop bunny with light-brown ears, peeking out of its cage.

Seeing clearly now. (Photo: Flickr/Amanda Warren)

Ways to help a young rabbit that can't open its eye

August 12, 2013

Q: I have a 5-week-old mini lop bunny. Some mornings her eye is closed over, but after bathing in warm salty water the eye is fine for a couple of days. Later, it happens again. There is no discharge from the eye; otherwise the rabbit is in excellent health. What's wrong?

Gray schnauzer sitting in a green, grassy lawn.

(Photo: Flickr/Theodore Scott)

What can I do for my dog that has oxalate stones?

Q: My 10-year-old male schnauzer, Rudy, has been diagnosed with oxalate crystals. (He had bladder surgery 4 weeks ago.) We have started to feed him raw food with added fruits and vegetables. Is this the best diet for him? Is it necessary for him to have additional potassium in his diet...

Beige-and-white kitten peeking from behind a door frame.

Bashful kitty. (Photo: Flickr/Nick Perla)

How can I help my kitten who swallowed gasoline?

Q: My 7-month-old kitten, Meow Meow, drank gasoline (licking it off her coat). I tried bathing her in baby shampoo. What else should I do?

A: If she had it on her coat, you may want to try washing her with Dawn dishwashing soap, which does a very good job.


Young beagle standing on a sandy beach, near the water's edge with small waves in background.

Beagle on the beach. (Photo: Flickr/Don Burkett)

My dog ate toothpaste. How harmful is that?

Q: My dog Rosey bit into a small sample of toothpaste and also a half tube of small hemorrhoid suppositories (Tucks). She is a small (25 pounds) beagle, about 3 years old. She is breathing fine but lethargic. Do I need to take her to a vet in the morning (7 hours) or sooner?...

Closeup of a red-eared slider turtle raising its head, basking in warm sunlight.

(Photo: Flickr/Brent Myers)

Signs your slider turtle may have pneumonia

Q: How long does it take for a 3-month-old red-eared slider turtle to show signs of pneumonia? How long would it take to show the little signs and how long would it take to show a serious infection?

A: When we see the bubbles from the mouth and nose and the yawning, that...

Black-and-white cat curled up in a fetal position, with three paws visible.

(Photo: Flickr/Quinn Dombrowski)

Why won't my cat's claws extend for trimming?

July 17, 2013

Q: I went to trim my cat's nails, but one claw seems stuck in the paw (i.e., could not be extended). What would cause this?

A: Honestly, this happens to me sometimes, and the claws just won't pop out. I have to keep trying and manipulate the nail a little differently to...

White and light brown Chihuahua sitting on a light gray couch.

Someone likes cherry tomatoes... (Photo: Flickr/TheDeliciousLife)

Are grilled tomatoes harmful for my dog to eat?

Q: My 12-year-old Chihuahua just age four grilled cherry tomatoes. Should I take her to the vet?

A: No, cherry tomatoes -- or tomatoes in general -- are not toxic to dogs.

Ripe tomatoes are not toxic. The vines and green foliage do contain the alkaloid solanine,...