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Brown and white whippet, side view (Photo: Flickr/Seongbin Im)

Can he hold still long enough? (Photo: Flickr/Seongbin Im)

Which type of teeth cleaning is best for my dog?

Q: Would anesthesia-free teeth cleaning be a better option for a 9-year-old whippet? He hasn't had a cleaning for about 4 or 5 years. Last time was with anesthesia and he tolerated it, but the breed has such high metabolism that I heard it is risky.

A: Anesthesia-free...

Wet cat perched on a bathroom sink. (Photo: Flickr/Amanda Smith)

The best solution is a bath. (Photo: Flickr/Amanda Smith)

Why is my cat twitching after anti-flea treatment?

Q: I applied Vectra for Cats on the base of my cat's neck, and he's been twitching from it. It seems to be keeping him from getting comfortable. What should I do?

A: I would first recommend that you bathe the cat with a dish detergent, especially in the place where you...

Redfoot tortoise, front view, on a bed of wood shavings.

Looking for something tasty. (Photo: Flickr/The Reptilarium)

How to care for a vomiting tortoise, correct its diet

August 14, 2012

Q: We just fed our baby 8-month-old redfoot tortoise a hard-boiled egg (many books and forums suggest it as a good source of occasional protein). He is vomiting and has loose stool (white, like egg). The egg clearly didn't sit well with the little guy. What can we do now?

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Bassett hound near bowl. (Photo: Flickr/Dennis Hill)

She looks guilty. (Photo: Flickr/Dennis Hill)

Is it bad that my dog ate red velvet cake?

Q: My dog -- a female Bassett hound -- ate an entire red velvet cake 8 or 9 hours ago. She seems no worse for the wear. Should I be worried?

A: While I cannot diagnose the problem over the Internet, I can make the following comments:

1- The situation here is that...

Cat napping on a bench near its bowl of food. (Photo: Flickr/Rick Kimpel)

Napping near the food saves energy. (Photo: Flickr/Rick Kimpel)

Signs your pregnant cat is ready to give birth

August 01, 2012

Q: My 9-year-old cat is pregnant. How will I know she is about to give birth?

A: When she starts to get ready to give birth, you will notice that she'll start acting restless and trying to nest. It will be pretty distinctive behavior: She may pace, dig at blankets, and...

Is the panting excessive? (Photo: Flickr/Michael Gil)

The heat is harming my dog. What can I do?

July 23, 2012

Daily Answer is excerpted from the JustAnswer archives and features information provided by a Expert on JustAnswer:

Q: I had to leave my dog (pit bull mix) outside today. We don't have air conditioning and it's very hot. I left plenty of water, but she is lethargic and...

No crusty problem here. (Photo: Flickr/Tomi Tapio)

My rabbit has a crusty nose. What's wrong?

Daily Answer is excerpted from the JustAnswer archives and features information provided by a Expert on JustAnswer:

Q: My rabbit has a crusty nose. I thought it was blood, but when I wiped her nose the substance was yellow. She seems a little stuffed up -- I would call it...

A distinguished touch of gray. (Photo: Flickr/evoo73)

At what age do dogs get gray hairs?

July 06, 2012

Daily Answer is excerpted from the JustAnswer archives and features information provided from an Expert on JustAnswer:

Q: At what age do dogs start to get gray hairs on their muzzle? I'm trying to guess the age of my cross-breed rescue dog. He hasn't grown since we found...

Patriotic and stress-free. (Photo: Flickr/Mark Herpel)

4 ways to calm your dog's anxiety over fireworks

By Tom Musbach on July 02, 2012

Your dog probably isn't excited to celebrate the Fourth of July or New Year's Eve.

The loud noises of fireworks that explode at random intervals -- sometimes over multiple days -- can cause anxiety for many dogs. To calm your dog during this holiday, many veterinary Experts on JustAnswer...

Hungry birds. (Photo: Flickr/Rich Young)

Natural treats you can feed to a parakeet

July 02, 2012

Daily Answer is excerpted from the JustAnswer archives and features information provided from a Expert on JustAnswer.

Q: We have two parakeets that are on a parakeet diet, and we give them some commercial treats. Is there any natural treat that would be good for them?...

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