Tag Archives: Q & A

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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Q&A: How do I keep my pet calm from loud storms and fireworks?

Q. The holiday season sees an increase in storms and the use of fireworks. How do I keep my pet calm? A. Startling at loud noises is a normal survival mechanism for animals, because loud noises are often associated with danger. ...

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Q & A: Do hamsters get fleas?

Q. Do hamsters get fleas? My hamster is constantly scratching, but I’m not sure if it’s fleas or an allergy, but if it is fleas, can I use a dog or cat product on my hamster?

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Q&A: What can we do to discourage excessive barking?

Q. Meeko, one of our three Dachshunds, always barks at our domestic worker who has been with us for five years. What can we do to discourage this excessive barking? Is there something we can do to make him more comfortable around her?

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Can parrots be infected by viruses, bacteria or parasites affecting wild birds?

My parrot enjoys spending time in the garden (I place his cage in a nice shady spot), but I’m worried about diseases he could pick up from wild birds. Can parrots be infected by viruses, bacteria or parasites affecting wild birds and is there anything I can do to protect him?

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Q & A: My dog becomes very anxious every time I leave him alone at home. I think he suffers from separation anxiety.

Q. My dog becomes very anxious every time I leave him alone at home. I think he suffers from separation anxiety. Please give me advice on how to best deal with the situation, as I need to go to work every weekday and cannot take him along.

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Q & A: Why does your dog eat soil?

Q. Why does your dog eat soil? A. There are several possibilities why a dog would suddenly start to eat soil. One is that the soil eating is due to a deficiency of a mineral substance in his diet. Any diet that ...

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