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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...

Calico cat rubbing against legs of a jeans-wearing person.

Maybe the cat likes denim? (Photo: Flickr/Dotan Dimet)

Why does my cat keep rubbing against my legs?

November 27, 2012

Q: Why does my cat keep rubbing up against my legs as I walk? She also keeps rubbing up against me when sitting next to me. She's an older cat and new to me -- I've only had her for a week.

A: Your cat is rubbing up against your legs as a sign of affection and is also "...

Brown Dachshund sitting on a carpeted staircase.

(Photo: Flickr/Howard Young)

I think my dog has kennel cough. What can I do?

November 15, 2012

Q: I believe my dog (Dachshund) has kennel cough, and it doesn't seem very serious. Do I need to take him to the vet right away, or should I wait to see if it goes away?

A: I'm assuming that your Dachshund was at a kennel or around other dogs, which is why you think he...

Brown puppy lying on corner of pillow, with black cat perched in center.

This pup is lucky to get a corner of the bed. (Photo: Flickr/Petteri Sulonen)

How can I get my cat to adjust to my new puppy?

November 13, 2012

Q: My 6-year-old cat ("Bangles") is not adjusting to our puppy. It's been 6 weeks, and the cat hides under the bed is now peeing on things. I've tried to slowly introduce them, but she scratches and hisses -- even when the puppy is asleep. I bought her a calming diffuser and that's been...

Black rabbit sitting in front of leafy shrub.

Bunny with a full black coat. (Photo: Flickr/Jean)

How serious are bald spots on my rabbit's back?

November 08, 2012

Q: I noticed yesterday that my rabbit (Tilly) has several bald spots on her back. She is about 2, otherwise in good health, and the skin is not broken and looks healthy. She is a black furred rabbit, and some of the exposed skin seems to have black pigment. The two main bald spots are 1-...

Young Yellow Labrador lying on its stomach, eyes slightly closed.

Yellow Lab not feeling 100%. (Photo: Flickr/Kevin Rodriguez Ortiz)

What could my dog's recurring skin infection be?

November 06, 2012

Q: My 11-month-old Lab is on her fourth skin infection. She gets them on her abdomen and takes antibiotics each time. (I can't remember the name.) She takes a twice a day pill, and she averages 1 week to 1 month between infections. Should I take her to a dermatologist to get to the...