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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...

White and brown cat hanging on to a woman's hand close to its nose.

"Do I smell roast beef on your hand?" (Photo: Flickr/Remy Sharp)

The case of the kitty who eats only roast beef

Q: We just brought home a rescue kitty (15 months old) who refuses to eat any type of dry or wet cat food. He will drink some water, but will drink a lot of milk. The only thing he will eat is cooked roast beef, which we have in the refrigerator. He eats that with gusto! Can you help me...

Light blue budgie (type of parakeet) perched on two black piano keys.

This budgie likes minor chords. (Photo: Flickr/amyramoon)

My budgie is struggling to lay an egg. Can I help her?

February 05, 2013

Q: My budgie appears to be having great difficulty in trying to lay an egg, but has never had a mate. What should I do?

A: Female birds lay eggs without mating. The eggs are, of course, infertile but still can cause a lot of trouble. This is an emergency. A bird...

Groundhog taking a step on a green lawn near the side of a house.

Doesn't play well with dogs. (Photo: Flickr/Cathy Gayle)

How to treat a dog wound inflicted by a groundhog

Q: My Jack Russell terrier got in a tussle with a groundhog and has a 3/4" cut on his upper mouth. (About 2 inches from his nose on the upper lip.) We got the wound cleaned out at the vet hospital and he now has antibiotics and a rabies shot. There has been very little bleeding. At the...

Tonkinese cat sitting between a window and a curtain.

"Excuse me!" (Photo: Flickr/Preconscious Eye)

What to do if your cat frequently burps

January 29, 2013

Q: My 4-year-old Tonkinese cat is burping with increased frequency, quite loudly and after every feeding. I feed him Taste of the Wild kibble (one can a day in two feedings), which he loves, and add water to soften his food. Should I be worried?

A: Burping is not a common...

Alert Yorkie dog in front of a toy "emergency" police vehicle.

The lump may not be an emergency, but it should be tested.(Photo: Flickr/Paul J Everett)

Could the lump on my dog's back be a tumor?

January 22, 2013

Q: My 5-year-old Yorkie has a hard bump on his back. When I took him to the vet last month, she said that I shouldn't worry about it. Now it feels like it's getting bigger. He isn't acting any differently than normal. The bump is under the skin, but hair is growing on it and it just...

Closeup of black cat with tongue reaching up to its nose.

Kitty caught licking (Photo: Flickr/Chun Kit To)

My cat licks my gold jewelry. Is it a sign of pica?

Q: Why does my cat like to lick gold jewelry that we wear? Is this pica?

A: While I cannot diagnose your cat's problem here I can make the following general comments based on my experience of such cases over the years:

1. I would very much doubt if this is a sign...

Young pot-bellied pig (black-and-white) standing on hay

(Photo: Flickr/ellenm1)

Can I give ibuprofen or aspirin to a pig in pain?

Q: Can I give a pot-bellied pig ibuprofen, or is a buffered aspirin better?

A: I am sorry to tell you that human NSAID medications like ibuprofen, Tylenol and even aspirin can be toxic to your young pig.  The ibuprofen can cause liver and kidney issues as well as cause...