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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,...

Brown thoroughbred filly being led out by a girl.

(Photo: Flickr/Carine06)

What is the best treatment for equine warts?

Q: What is the best treatment for equine warts? My 2-year-old thoroughbred first showed signs of warts at the end of last year, and I was told to leave them alone and they would disappear in 3-6 months. However, they are multiplying. Is there anything I could treat them with to speed up...

Very young, gray kitten held in a human hand.

(Photo: Flickr/Jennifer Pountney)

What can I do to care for a newly orphaned kitten?

Q: I have a kitten I just found outside that the mother left. I do not have mother's milk, but I do have bottles. The kitten still has the sack with a cord. What should I do?

A: We see this a lot in the spring and summer. Usually we'll recommend leaving the kitten where...

Closeup of bulldog's face (brown and white) in what looks like a scowl.

This isn't his happy face. (Photo: Flickr/sabianmaggy)

What to do if your dog swallows too much salt water

Q: My bulldog spent a lot of time at the beach yesterday and swallowed some sea water. Today he had some diarrhea and is a bit tired (although he usually sleeps a lot after he goes swimming in the ocean). He ate dinner and breakfast just fine and has been drinking a normal amount of...