When I’m out at the dog park, I see so many people who are almost totally ignored by their dogs. No matter how much they scream or shout, their pets just do whatever they want.
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My 9-year-old Shih Tzu “Mitzi” developed a hip problem due to an injury she suffered when much younger (she was a rescue). It’s become almost impossible for her to walk, and her veterinarian recommended she start using a “wheelie” harness to get around.
ou’ve written often about cooking fresh, healthy (and safe) meals for pets, referencing cookbooks as guides for your readers to use. Those are great but now that so many of us are online, don’t forget that a lot of good videos are available for free that show how to cook for pets!
You recently addressed someone leaving a dog out in the cold weather. Your answer was great, except I wonder about the wisdom of putting a warm vest on the dog. It is my understanding that dogs have two layers of skin with air in between, which helps heat their body and keep them warm.
This is my first pet, and I’m looking forward to caring for it. The local shelter gave me a few instructions to follow, pre-adoption, including making an appointment for a veterinary checkup. Is there anything I should know about my cat’s first vet visit?
My mixed-breed dog “Artie” was recently diagnosed with age-related arthritis. He has to take a pain pill every day, but he still walks stiffly. Is there any other way I can help him?
Seems like everyone is hopping on the gluten free bandwagon these days, including my friend, who has put her entire family on a gluten-free diet–including her two dogs! Is such a strict diet healthy for pets?
My mom says she will let me keep a kitten that is from one of my friends’ cats, as soon as the kitten is old enough. I can’t wait, but I wonder if it will be hard to house train the kitten?
What are the preferred actions to take where a hound is in a state park and leaves “deposits” somewhere? Is it the owner’s responsibility to collect said deposit and carry it to wherever the nearest refuse container may be found?
Dear Paws: I read your recent column on caring for feral cats, and I disagree that such animals can ever be tamed. I used to believe that as well, until seven years ago when a skin-and-bones tiger cat showed up on my patio.
Dear Paws: I’m trying to train my six-month-old Lab, “Pepper,” to be well-behaved on our walks around the neighborhood, especially when she meets other dogs. She’s very excited and tugs at her leash and barks; many of the other dogs do the same, but they’re not always friendly – there’s a lot of growling sometimes.
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Two years ago, my husband and I took in a beautiful orange cat, “Tiger,” when a friend of ours became too ill to care for him. We weren’t sure we wanted a pet—I suffer from dander and dust allergies—but we decided to give it a try.
I’ve tried to work in obedience training with my puppy, “Spaetzle,” during her morning and evening walks, because I read somewhere that this is the most efficient way to do it. But she doesn’t seem to pay attention and I feel like we’re not getting very far. Am I doing something wrong?
My year-old dog “Clemente” gets extremely anxious whenever I leave home and barks nonstop. My neighbor has mentioned it to me repeatedly. I put him in his crate whenever I leave, but it doesn’t matter if I’m gone for 20 minutes or all day – he will not stop barking until I get home.
A friend of ours recently passed away and left two dogs that need someone to care for them. We’re happy to take them in, but I know we’ll need to adjust our budget to cover their needs. How much does it cost to care for two healthy adult dogs?
We rented a private house through Airbnb, and it was a really nice place. It even came with a cat! While caring for the owners’ cat wasn’t a problem–they left food and water, and the cat did his business outside–it left me wondering. Would I be so comfortable leaving my pets with strangers for several days at a time?
Dear Paws: I live in a part of the country that rarely sees extreme weather events like tornadoes, hurricanes, floods or blizzards. So I never gave much thought to having a disaster preparedness kit. However, a couple of weeks ago my neighbor’s house caught fire and burned down.
Dear Paws: Tonight our dear guinea pig “Sparks” had a heart attack and left us within a couple of hours. There was no chance to take her to an emergency vet. Is tension in the house a cause of heart attack in guinea pigs? What can we do to prevent this from occurring? — Yamile, via email
The ongoing problem of undertrained or untrained animals being passed off as service dogs is being addressed in some states by legislation, but new laws won’t necessarily solve the problem.