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Front view of German Shepherd running on a sandy beach.

(Photo: Flickr/Harold Meerveld)

Why does my German Shepherd run in circles?

Q: For the last few weeks my 6-year-old German Shepherd has run in circles as if trying to catch his tail. He does it almost to exhaustion. What could this be?

A: There are a couple of things that I can think of. The first would be to check his anus for anal gland...

Face of Siamese cat, looking alert with eyes wide open.

(Photo: Flickr/Appie Verschoor)

What are these new white spots on my cat's gums?

Q: My Siamese cat, Gabby, is 16 years old and has developed white spots in her mouth. They occur on the lower gums, about half-inch in size. The spots are flat, and she's eating and drinking normally.

A: I am sorry to hear that Gabby is getting white spots on her gums....

Poodle trotting outdoors on a sunny, windy day.

Acting like a diva? (Photo: Flickr/Krysta)

The best diet for a picky, pregnant poodle

Q: My toy poodle, Diva, is about 39 days pregnant. The X-ray shows three puppies. But she is not eating much puppy food (which the vet said I should put her on). What can I do to make sure she is well fed?

A: Most vets don't X-ray until about 45 days. So, just in case, it...

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...