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Brown-and-white tabby cat perched above a bathtub next to the faucet.

Kitty inspects the bathtub. (Photo: Flickr/Tina Li)

How can I help my cat who licked bleach cleanser?

April 11, 2013

Q: My cat just jumped into my bathtub while I was cleaning it with a foaming bleach cleanser. I immediately got her out, but before I could wash her paws off she started licking them. I don't think she could licked very much, but I'm panicking. I washed her paws with a wet rag almost...

2 young yellow canaries sitting together in a bowl.

These canaries are 3 weeks old. (Photo: Flickr/godhead22)

When should I move baby canaries to their own cage?

April 08, 2013

Q: I have a pair of canaries with four 3-week-old babies in a nest. The male and female are mating again and making another nest. Is this all right, or should I break up the new nest?

A: Leave things alone for now. It will take about 3 weeks (or a little less) for the new...

Front view of a golden-colored dog lying on its belly.

That tablet was not a treat. (Photo: Flickr/Matthew Rutledge)

My dog ate ibuprofen; should I be concerned?

April 04, 2013

Q: We suspect our dog, Buddy, ate ibuprofen. He is a 3-year-old mixed breed at about 40 lbs. He ate 200 mg dosage. He has thrown up but seems to be fine now. Do we need to be concerned?

A: Buddy may experience a bit of GI upset but not toxicity. It takes 50 mg/lb -- or...

Closeup on the face of a young white-and-gold short-haired cat.

(Photo: Flickr/Joel Olives)

Why are my young cats losing hair near their tails?

Q: I have two female short-haired cats, 6 months old, and they are both losing hair on their back ends (from mid-back, around the tail, down the legs). I don't see any fleas, scabbing, or scaling. What can I do to help them?

A: This is the typical area for flea allergy...

Gray and white Alaskan dog sitting at attention on a green lawn.

Ways to curb your dog's aggression toward visitors

Q: My dog Tubby (a Shar-Pei/border collie mix) is great with the family, but when someone comes to our house he seems to be in attack mode. His hair stands up, teeth come out, and he scares people. He had a sister we had to put down because of aggression. How do we break this behavior?...

Front view of a boa constrictor's head.

This one looks like it might be hungry.

Why has my boa constrictor refused food for weeks?

Q: I own a Hog Island boa constrictor. She is refusing food and shedding. It has been 5 or 6 weeks since she last ate a rat. What should I do? I don’t want her to die!

A: Habitat, temperatures, and shedding all have to do with whether a snake will not eat. Make sure that...

Closeup of Basset Hound looking hopefully upward.

Just a little chocolate cake... (Photo: Flickr/Dan Bennett)

What should I do if my dog ate chocolate cake?

Q: My Basset Hound, Ross, ate some chocolate cake. He seems to be doing OK and has been playing with our other dog. What do I need to do?

A: Ross would had to have eaten an ounce of milk chocolate (or 1/3 of an ounce of dark chocolate) per pound of body weight to...

Black-and-white cat lounging sleepily, with front paws facing forward to camera.

It's easier to clip nails if the cat is sleepy. (Photo: Flickr/Elisabeth r)

Tips for cutting ingrown nails on your cat

Q: I have a 9-year-old cat and just noticed that his claws are so long they are starting to grow into the pads of his front paws. One or two may have broken through the skin. The rest are touching or about the touch the pads. What can I do?

A: If they have actually grown...

Two greenish lizards facing opposity ways, one is partly on top of the other.

Baby Chinese water dragons. Where is the love? (Photo: Flickr/Deborah Austin)

Do any reptiles show affection for their babies?

Q: Do reptiles display any affection for their young?

A: That's an interesting question. The answer in most cases is "no." Almost all reptiles lay their eggs, then leave, and never show interest in the eggs or young again. Certain snakes give birth to live babies instead...

White and brown spaniel pup staring out a window.

Somebody really wants to go outside. (Photo: Flickr/Ralph Daily)

How soon can my puppy go outdoors after her shots?

February 27, 2013

Q: I have a 17-week-old puppy that has all of her shots. She finished her last round last week. Is it too soon to take hour out on walks? Or are the vaccines she got a week ago -- Lepto and rabies -- now effective, like the rest of her vaccines? She is so full of energy and really needs...