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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...

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?...