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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...

Black-and-white border collie mix named Oreo.

No cookie danger here, just a dog named Oreo. (Photo: Flickr/Dana Franks)

How harmful is an Oreo for my dog to eat?

Q: My dog (a 65-lb. Border Collie mix) just ate an Oreo cookie that dropped on the floor about 5 minutes ago. Should I try to induce vomiting?

A: Since your dog ate only one cookie, the good news is that Oreo cookies have very little chocolate in them.  At 65 pounds, she...

Small, furry lionhed rabbit sitting amid green, orange, and yellow leaves.

This lionhead rabbit has a fine outdoor roost. (Photo: Flickr/Fantasya72)

How to keep an outdoor pet rabbit warm in winter

January 03, 2013

Q: It's getting really cold in Western Colorado, and I'm worried about my lionhead bunny. She has never had a winter outside, but she has plenty of fur, shavings, fluffy bedding, and a blanket over the hutch. Is this enough to keep her safe? Should I relocate her until it warms back up...

Closeup on face of a grayish kitten with blue eyes.

No worms here. (Photo: Flickr/Nicolas Suzor)

Top symptoms you'll find in a kitten with worms

Q: My kittens are 5 weeks old. A few of them have loose stools, and one just vomited foam. What can I do for them? (They are eating kitten chow and have not been dewormed.)

A: The most common cause for diarrhea and vomiting in young kittens is worms. Kittens are born with...

Closeup of a Yorkie's face.

(Photo: Flickr/Andrew Petersen)

My dog's cough is lasting weeks. What could it be?

Q: My Yorkie keeps coughing like he has something in his throat. What could it be? He is 6 months old and has been doing this for a couple of weeks.

A: Dogs can develop upper respiratory illnesses such kennel cough and canine influenza as well as bronchitis...

White cockatiel on a perch with wings spread.

(Photo: Flickr/Blair Gannon)

My cockatiel laid an egg. What should I do?

December 14, 2012

Q: I have a 2-year-old cockatiel female and a 1-year-old male. This morning I noticed the female was puffed up and shivering, and now she has laid an egg. The egg is lying at the bottom of the cage. Do I put a small box in the cage and put the egg in it?

A: The best thing...

Gray cat with tongue curled, licking its face.

Floor-licking good? (Photo: Flickr/Melissa Wiese)

My cat licked a just-bleached floor. Is she in danger?

December 11, 2012

Q: Today my 6-week-old cat licked the floor that I had just mopped with bleach and water. She has since had something to eat and slept, but I'm worried. What should I watch for?

A: If the bleach had done any damage you would see a burn in her mouth, plus she would not be...

Fluffy Shih Tzu looking up at the camera.

Who's biting air? (Photo: Flickr/Robert Nunnally)

How can I help treat my dog's air-biting tic?

December 04, 2012

Q: My recently adopted Shih Tzu has an unusual tic. He looks up and bites into the air as if catching a flying bug several times a day.  How can I help him?

A: This is a known behavior. It is either neurologic or behavioral. To decide between the two it is suggested to...

4 hamster babies, 2 golden and 2 calico, on fluffy white shavings.

(Photo: Flickr/L. Bird)

Why is my hamster attacking her young?

November 29, 2012

Q: My daughter's hamster ("Sweetie") had babies two months ago. When they were 4 weeks old, we removed the males and put them in a cage of their own. The mother is in the cage with her daughters, and she has begun to attack them. Is there a reason? They were fine together until a few...