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Closeup of white-and-black terrier, licking its lips.

Ready for more candy. (Photo: Flickr/Alex Gorzen)

What to do if your dog eats Halloween candy

October 18, 2012

Q: My dog Sasha, a 13-pound terrier, just ate about 7 peanut M&Ms and one "fun size" Twix bar from my stock of Halloween candies. Should I induce vomiting? This occurred about 1/2 hour ago.

A: This is a common situation with dogs. While chocolate can be toxic to dogs...

Baby finch with few feathers, sitting in a human hand.

This baby finch still needs its parents. (Photo: Flickr/Audrey)

When to separate baby finches from their parents

October 16, 2012

Q: I have 5 new baby finches. They have left the nest and seem to be feeding themselves, however they aren't flying. Should I move them to a separate cage?

A: Baby finches go through several stages of development. They are fledglings when they come out of the nest. At...

White and gray cat with plentiful, soft fur.

No sticky gunk in this coat. (Photo: Flickr/Maria Morri)

Ways to remove glue from your cat's fur

October 10, 2012

Q: My cat got tangled up with an adhesive bug strip and now her belly fur is all gunky and stuck together. I tried soap and water, but it made the situation worse and now she's hiding under the bed. How can I safely remove the adhesive?

A: If the adhesive is not very...

Closeup on the brown face of a Chiweenie puppy.

(Photo: Flickr/Tony A)

Is it OK for a puppy to have swelling after vaccines?

October 03, 2012

Q: My 10-week-old Chiweenie puppy was given a second set of puppy shots today in the hip area. About 3 hours later, swelling has developed to about the size of a grape, and he cries when touched. Is this normal?

A: Yes, this is common. The lump you are feeling is likely...

Wood turtle hunts for a winter hideaway. (Photo: Flickr/Richard Bonnett)

Can I hibernate my box turtles outside in winter?

October 02, 2012

Q: I live in Iowa -- can I still hibernate my turtles and tortoises outside? I can keep them dry, but I worry about below zero temperatures. I have box and wood turtles, desert tortoises, and a few yellow-bellied cooters.

A: It sounds like you have quite a collection....

Closeup of a miniature poodle on a coach

A poodle in pain has better options. (Photo: Flickr/Yuko Hara)

Is children's ibuprofen OK for my poodle?

September 20, 2012

Q: Is it OK to give my 18-year-old mini poodle children's liquid ibuprofen? She has genetic spine problems and it's been hard to crunch up baby aspirin and get her to take it.

A: Please do not give her ibuprofen; it's very dangerous for dogs and can cause ulcers of the...

Baby cottontail rabbit in a woman's hand.

Very cute but high-maintenance. (Photo: Flickr/Susan Adams)

What to feed a baby cottontail rabbit

September 18, 2012

Q: My friend has a baby cottontail bunny that she is trying to raise. The baby is 10 days old. What should she feed this rabbit and when is a good time to wean it to solid foods?

A: It's very kind of your friend to care about this bunny. It's very difficult to raise...

Cat touching an electrical cord, looking guilty.

Caught in the act? (Photo: Flickr/eefeewahfah)

How to stop a cat from chewing electric cords

September 12, 2012

Q: Is there anything I can do to prevent my cat from chewing on my electric cords?

A: Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon problem. This condition is called pica, which means eating non-food items, and cords are the most common things we see cats interested in. See...

Closeup on faces of two Shih Tzu puppies. (Photo: Flickr/mick124)

Shih Tzu puppies (Photo: Flickr/mick124)

Facts to know about hernias in puppies

September 05, 2012

Q: Are hernias common in puppies? Our two little 7-week-olds (Shih Tzu) each have a hernia.

A: Umbilical hernias are not rare, but not extremely common, either. They are believed to be congenital (inherited) in about 90% of cases, so dogs that produce puppies with hernias...

Closeup on a siamese cat's face, with very blue eyes.

Does he look aggressive? (Photo: Flickr/Robert Couse-Baker)

What to do if one male cat bullies another

August 29, 2012

Q: My male Siamese cat ("Mitzu") has started preening, entire body, excessively since we adopted another, younger male cat 6 months ago. Both have been spayed. It appears the younger, larger cat is attempting domination and my Siamese is staying in one part of the house, hiding. I don't...