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Minimize Cat Stress while Changing Jobs
Minimize Cat Stress while Changing Jobs

Our question this week was: Dear Doc, I just got a new job and will be working an entirely different shift. Will this change affect my cats? Betty Lou Columbus, Ohio Answer Dear Betty Lou, Great question. We forget how many Americans are not typical 9 to 5ers! Any change in your cats schedule can affect them and cause stress.

Dog Ramps Furniture - Vet's Advice On Dog Ramp Furniture
Dog Ramps Furniture - Vet's Advice On Dog Ramp Furniture

What is dog ramps furniture? Dog ramp furniture is a great idea for any family with pets that have trouble getting up stairs or getting on the bed or in the car. This includes pet that are small, elderly or disabled. Dog ramp furniture makes it easy and comfortable for pets to climb into bed at night, to get into the car for family trips and go outside to go the bathroom without having to go up and down many steps.

Dog Eating Clumping Cat Litter - Vet's Advice on Dog Eating Clumping Cat Litter DOGS
Dog Eating Clumping Cat Litter - Vet's Advice on Dog Eating Clumping Cat Litter DOGS

Why does my dog eat clumping cat litter? Many people may think that dogs that eat clumping cat litter have a nutritional deficiency. Since many dogs participate in this unpleasant activity, a nutritional problem is highly unlikely. The reason most dogs eat clumping cat litter is that it tastes good to them.

How Do You Shampoo A Dog - Vet's Advice On How To Shampoo A Dog
How Do You Shampoo A Dog - Vet's Advice On How To Shampoo A Dog

How do you shampoo a dog? It is important to know how to shampoo a dog safely. Here is what you will need to shampoo your dog: Cotton balls Artificial tear eye ointment Shampoo A good place to bathe (bathtub or outdoor tub) A good place to rinse Warm water Clean dry towels Before you shampoo your dog, put cotton balls in your dog's ears to prevent water from going in the ears.

Dry Dog Shampoo - Vet's Advice On Dry Dog Shampoo
Dry Dog Shampoo - Vet's Advice On Dry Dog Shampoo

What is dry dog shampoo and how does it work? Dry dog shampoo is a powdered product that can be sprinkled or sprayed on your pet. It contains ingredients that help to remove oil and dirt in the hair. The dry dog shampoo is sprinkled or sprayed on your dog's haircoat and rubbed in. Next, your dog is brushed.

Puppy Dog Ramps: Vet's Advice On Puppy Dog Ramps
Puppy Dog Ramps: Vet's Advice On Puppy Dog Ramps

Where can I find good puppy dog ramps? Puppy dog ramps are graduated ramps that allow your dog (puppy or adult) to climb in our out of something. That “something” can be a swimming pool, vehicle, bed, or sofa. They may be useful for dogs with injuries, to prevent injuries, or to aid pets with arthritis.

Handmade Dog Shampoo - Vet's Advice On Handmade Dog Shampoo
Handmade Dog Shampoo - Vet's Advice On Handmade Dog Shampoo

How do you make handmade dog shampoo? Making things by hand is fun and making handmade dog shampoo is fun and easy. You can even do this with your kids. It even makes fun gifts for your pet loving friends. To make handmade dog shampoo, simply combine 4 ounces of glycerine (can be found at any pharmacy), 1 pint of liquid dish soap (Ivory, Dawn, Dove), 1 pint of water, and 1 pint of apple cider vinegar.

Dog Muzzle Keep From Barking - Vet's Advice On A Muzzle To Keep A Dog From Barki
Dog Muzzle Keep From Barking - Vet's Advice On A Muzzle To Keep A Dog From Barki

Is there a dog muzzle to keep from barking? Barking is a common problem in many dogs. However it is not recommended to use a dog muzzle to keep a dog from barking. I've seen muzzles damage the dogs skin and they are considered by most to be inhumane. I've actually heard of people who were turned into animal control for dog abuse because they used a muzzle to keep their dog from barking.

Flea and Heartworm Dog Medication - Vet's Advice On Flea And Heartworm Dog Meds
Flea and Heartworm Dog Medication - Vet's Advice On Flea And Heartworm Dog Meds

What is the best flea and heartworm dog medication? There are several different flea and heartworm dog medications. The best flea and heartworm dog medications are ones that are proven to be effective, licensed for that use and are easy to give and to remember to give. Most flea and heartworm dog medications are given on a monthly basis, which makes it easy.

How To Make A Dog Bed, Sew Dog Bed - Vet's Advice On How To Make A Dog Bed
How To Make A Dog Bed, Sew Dog Bed - Vet's Advice On How To Make A Dog Bed

How do you make a dog bed or sew a dog bed? Do you know how to make a dog bed or sew a dog bed? Making a dog bed can be fun and you have the opportunity to use a variety of fabric patterns. Patterns for beds can be found on the internet and some specialty pet stores. Get a pattern that is large enough for your pet to sleep in comfortably and get fabric that is sturdy and long lasting.

Why is my dog's fur more pigmented around his mouth and on the paws?
Why is my dog's fur more pigmented around his mouth and on the paws?

Our question this week was: Doctor - Why is my dogs fur darker around his mouth and on the paws? It seems as though the hair has more pigment in those areas. My dog is a mixed breed that probably has some yellow Labrador retriever in her mix. She licks her paws a lot as well. Sarah V. - Boston, MA Answer Hi Sarah- thanks for your email.

My neighbors are neglecting /maybe abusing their dog - what can I do?
My neighbors are neglecting /maybe abusing their dog - what can I do?

Our question this week was: Hi Doctor, I am having a problem with my new neighbors next door. They moved in at the beginning of the summer. They are a young couple and seem relatively nice. Being the person that I am, I welcomed them to the neighborhood and made small talk. I allowed them to come into my house and see what I have done with my place as they were trying to see what the possibilities are with their home.

Knitting Dog Clothes - Vet's Advice On Knitting Dog Clothes
Knitting Dog Clothes - Vet's Advice On Knitting Dog Clothes

Do you have any information on knitting clothes for dogs? There are numerous books and patterns on knitting dog clothes. You can find books and patterns to knit blankets, pillows, jackets, sweaters, etc. for dogs on the internet, at yarn shops and in knitting magazines. If you are an accomplished knitter, you can make your own pattern for knitting dog clothes.

Vicious Dog Muzzles - Vet's Advice On Vicious Dog Muzzles
Vicious Dog Muzzles - Vet's Advice On Vicious Dog Muzzles

How can I get a vicious dog muzzle? My first question is….why do you need a vicious dog muzzle? If your dog is so aggressive that you need a dog muzzle, you have big problems. Dog muzzles are devices that cover and close your dog's mouth to prevent him from biting. They come in a variety of styles, sizes and materials.

What can I do about my dog's severe ear infection - I can't clean the ears
What can I do about my dog's severe ear infection - I can't clean the ears

Our question this week was: Hi Doc, My dog is been having an infection in his ears for the last 2 years. We used to put ear drops and the vet used to come to our place since then to treat him. He gets all crazy when we take him out so we used to take him for short walks in the evenings alone. Four days back I noticed there is puss coming from his ear and when I tried to go near it , he freaked out.

How To Make Dog Shampoo - Vet's Advice On How To Make Dog Shampoo
How To Make Dog Shampoo - Vet's Advice On How To Make Dog Shampoo

How do you make dog shampoo at home? Have you ever wanted to know how to make dog shampoo? It's easy and you can make it in only a few minutes. You can make your own dog shampoo at home simply by combining the following ingredients: 1 pint of liquid dish soap (Dawn, Ivory, Dove) 1 pint of water 1 pint of apple cider vinegar 4 ounces of glycerine (can be found at any pharmacy) Mix well and store in an airtight easy-to-pour container.

Retinal Detachment in a Dog Advice for Blind Dogs
Retinal Detachment in a Dog Advice for Blind Dogs

Our question this week was: Dear Doctor, I'm just e-mailing the group in hopes of some MAJOR support. Today my partner and I learned that our 2-year-old Boston terrier has Detached Retina's in both eyes. I can't tell you how, in learning this, overwhelmed and devastated we were. (And still are - utter shock!

Shampoo Bar For Dog - Vet's Advice On Shampoo Bar For Dogs
Shampoo Bar For Dog - Vet's Advice On Shampoo Bar For Dogs

Is there a shampoo bar for dogs? There are several brands of shampoo bars for dogs. It is used in dogs the same way it is used in people, by using water to create a lather. Shampoo bars for dogs are portable, easy to use, and generally create very little waste. They can often last for more washes than the liquid soaps.

Should I breed my cat so my kids will learn about life?
Should I breed my cat so my kids will learn about life?

Our question this week was: Should I breed my cat so my kids will learn about life? Peter R. Tampa, Florida Answer Thanks for your question. The short answer is no. Why not? There are thousands and thousands of unwanted cats put to sleep every year in the United States. In my opinion, there are other ways to help kids learn about life.

Why is my dog's spleen enlarged?
Why is my dog's spleen enlarged?

Our question this week was: Doctor - My pet was just to the vet today to get her teeth cleaned but when her blood was checked the vet noticed that her white blood cell count and platelets are low. Her spleen is also enlarged. The vet completed an x-ray and ultra sound and did not find any signs of cancer.