Tag Archives: Q & A

Q & A: Wasp and bee stings

Q: What should an owner do if his dog is stung by a bee or wasp and has an allergic reaction? A: Dogs will respond differently to stings, depending on the type and amount of poison injected by the insect, ...

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Q & A: Pigeon hunter

Q: For some reason my dog catches pigeons (and not other birds). Should I do something to stop him from doing it? Is it bad for him? A: Pigeons are the easier birds to catch, which is probably why your ...

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Q & A: Bones for dogs

Q: A friend said I should not give my young dog any bones to chew. Can bones be harmful, and is there any difference between raw and cooked bones when it comes to a dog’s health? A: Bones can indeed ...

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Q & A: Cat’s toothache

Q: Do animals feel toothache like we do? My cat has to have her teeth cleaned, and some removed, according to my vet. She doesn’t seem to be in pain though. A: It is very likely that your cat feels ...

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Q & A: Sparkly whites

Q: Do I have to brush my bunny’s teeth to keep them clean? A: No, you do not. If rabbits are fed good-quality hay daily, with the addition of limited amounts of extruded pellets and some greens and veggies, then ...

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Q & A: Chewing rocks

Q: My dog chews rocks that he finds in the garden. Is there a reason why I should be worried? A: Yes, you should be worried, as this a very dangerous habit that can potentially lead to the death of ...

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Q & A: Jumping up on guests

Q: What is the correct way to stop my dog’s jumping behaviour? A: This is a very common problem that many people experience. This behaviour is quickly re-enforced in puppyhood when everyone thinks it’s so cute when the puppy runs ...

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Q & A: Food fight

Q: What to do if our older dog takes away our puppy’s treats? A: For dogs food is a ‘primary resource’, which means that food is really important. The ‘better’ the food tastes to the dog, the ‘higher value’ it ...

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Q & A: Tongue talk

Q: What is a healthy colour for a dog’s tongue? A: Most dogs have pink tongues – Chow Chows and Shar Pei being the exceptions with black tongues. Pink tongues make it fairly easy to check for mouth disorder symptoms. ...

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Q & A: Parvovirus in dogs

Q: What is parvovirus and is my dog at risk? A: Canine parvovirus is a life-threatening disease caused by a highly contagious virus. The virus affects the gastrointestinal tract and sometimes the heart. Signs of parvovirus usually include vomiting and ...

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Q & A: What’s that smell?

Q: Should I be concerned about my dog’s bad odour? A: There is a skin condition in dogs that can cause them to smell bad. This skin condition is called seborrhoea. There are two forms of this disease: the oily ...

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Q&A: White dog getting a tan

My dog enjoys lying in the warm sun. I am concerned as he has a white coat. What can I do to keep him safe? The main danger is the harmful ultra-violet (UV) radiation in sunlight. White dogs can go ...

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