Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Pets & Animals

Visiting Vet: Euthanasia is not the hardest part of the job

“This must be the hardest part of your job.” That’s what people always say when we are about to euthanize an animal. My reply is almost always the same: “No. It’s not.” And in...

Visiting Vet: It showed up in the eyes first

Harmonia, a 60-pound middle-aged dog, has had her share of mishaps and ailments over the years, but over all has been a happy, healthy dog. Then this spring, she developed a bad case of...

Dogcharmer: Housebreaking, the eternal challenge

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I adopted Zeke, a very active poodle mix, in January. He is not my first dog, as I am 73 and have had dogs most of my adult life. I cannot seem to housebreak...

Visiting Vet: Feline asthma

Prince Hal is a handsome middle-aged long-haired cat. Other than recurrent bouts of urinary tract issues in his youth, Hal has not had much occasion to visit me. We recommend annual physical exams, but...

Dogcharmer: Post-Covid separation anxiety

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Dear Tom,  I got my dog, Girlie, from the Susquehanna SPCA last December. She is a Rottweiler/Australian shepherd mix, about 7 years old. She has separation anxiety that has worsened in the past few months....

Visiting Vet: Behavior questions

“Oh, by the way,” the owner said as she was leaving with her cat at the end of their 20-minute annual appointment for physical exam and vaccinations. “Cheshire has been urinating outside her box...

Dogcharmer: Porcupines are too attractive

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Hi Tom, My two mostly Lab rescue dogs, Gus and Gracie, have a great affinity to porcupines. They have been quilled a number of times — most recently a severe quilling. Yet they never seem...

Visiting Vet: An outside cat brings home the bunny

Sylvester is a handsome adult cat who lives in a rural, wooded area of West Tisbury. Like many country cats, Sly goes outside and roams around, and, like many country cats, enjoys exhibiting his...

Dogcharmer: Demanding dogs

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Dear Dogcharmer:  When the phone rings, Coco barks for attention until I play with him. What can I do?  Thanks, Maryanne Dear Maryanne, Having spoken to you earlier when Coco was attacked and traumatized by a much larger dog,...

Visiting Vet: Taking the hunt to your indoor cat

When I was a child, my family had cats. There were Puss, Eloise, Gorilla, and Stinky. There were Pywacket, Farfel, and Nobody, and others whose names elude me at the moment. We lived on...

Dogcharmer: My dog was attacked by another dog

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Hello,   I have a situation my friend said you might be able to help me with. My dog was attacked by a large pit bull. I’m wondering if he’ll ever get over it.  Thank you, Mary Ann Dear...

Visiting Vet: The cat and the carrier

It’s one of life’s little mysteries — the fact that cats love to explore, investigating every tiny hidey-hole they can find, crawling inside paper bags, sleeping in cardboard boxes, but try to put a...

Dogcharmer: A place of her own

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Hi, Tom. SkidHer is making some progress! How do I train SkidHer to go to a place or spot and stay there? I also am wondering how to choose the spot. I am thinking I...

Visiting Vet: Fear-biting and ways to address it

Merlot is a scrappy little dog, born feral on a tropical island. The papers that came with him from the Caribbean animal shelter say “Location Found — Under Shed.” A difficult beginning. But his...

Visiting Vet: Feline chin acne

Minato and Umaki are two sweet but sometimes shy siblings. Born feral, this brother and sister pair were taken in as kittens by a rescue organization, and eventually placed together in a wonderful home...

Dogcharmer: Conquering excitement peeing

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Dear Dogcharmer,  Thank you for taking my question. Please advise how to eliminate the behavior of my new 5-month-old Cane Corso. She pees from the excitement of meeting new people coming to the house. Thank you,  Scott...

Dogcharmer: Nail clipping

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Hello Tom! Our question this time: Our puppy has a fear of getting his nails clipped. We are trying to desensitize him by frequently touching each nail/toe while giving treats, and with the clipper out but...

Visiting Vet: Urinary stones

Early one morning, Balboa, a 5-year-old male shih tzu, was let outside to powder his nose. OK, dogs don’t powder their noses. Even people don’t really powder their noses anymore, but it seemed indelicate...

The Dogcharmer: Hates to eat!

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Good morning, Tom! I have a 10.2-pound rescue pup who does not enjoy eating! I was hoping you could help me out with this problem. I’ve tried all sorts of methods, and each eating...

Dogcharmer: Alex hits the Terrible 14s

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Hey Tom, This is my 14-week-old golden retriever, Alex sitting on my 4 year old, Brady. You could say he's been a bit of a problem child (Alex and Brady). In general he's (Alex now)...