Q&A


My tabby cat, Trigger, is 12 years old and has gingivitis. I know this could be from an underlying cause, such as Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) but, thankfully in his case, he isn’t positive for these. ...read more
 

Our new Labrador puppy, Aslan, chews stones almost continuously – actually, he chews just about everything his mouth touches, but mostly stones. Is this because he’s lacking something in his diet? ...read more
 

We adopted a puppy from a rescue organisation earlier this year and although she is due for her last puppy vaccination soon, we would like to know more about the vaccination regime going forwards. ...read more
 

Please help! I really love my rescue dog, Roger, an Africanis-mix. As an adopted adult dog, he has settled down wonderfully and I can’t fault him on anything. Our challenge, however, is that when I come home from work, he is so excited that he jumps up – and doesn’t stop. ...read more
 

My 11-year-old German Shepherd-Canadian Wolf Dog, Balto, has been struggling with bouts of runny tummy, and there have been traces of blood in his stool. He is prone to eating sticks and pine cones from the garden, which also can’t be helping matters. He has been diagnosed as suffering from Colitis... ...read more
 

My 6-month-old Beagle puppy, Boots, eats his own poop – and any other that he finds on walks. It’s really unpleasant as his breath stinks, and I’d love to have cuddle kisses with him but that’s obviously a no-no. What can I do to help him? ...read more
 

I’d like to adopt a puppy, but apparently she has mange, which is being treated at the shelter. They say there will be some after-care required. I would like to give her the best possible care but am uncertain what this involves. What causes mange, and is it contagious to my other animals? And could the mange return? ...read more
 

We recently adopted a young adult Yorkie; she has settled in well and we love her dearly. However, the problem with her is that she fiercely guards her food and becomes quite aggressive if any of our other animals or my husband and I go anywhere near while she’s eating. We’re not sure what the best way is to handle this behaviour and really need your advice. Please help. ...read more
 

I recently adopted four little rescued feral kittens who were posted on Facebook as looking for Forever Homes – possibly to be homed together. Having been saved from a shopping centre roof, my heart just melted and I immediately offered them a home. While travel arrangements were kindly being made to get them to me, they developed snuffles, but were fortunately successfully treated by their vet. ...read more
 

I’m afraid of dogs but would like to get one for my kids, who adore animals – how do I get over this? ...read more
 

I recently adopted a Terrier-cross from our local animal shelter. She promptly stole my heart and settled in wonderfully. She’s an independent little dog with lots of confidence. Although she was a little dominant in her previous home, which I was worried about, she quickly found a balance with my two other rescues with whom she now shares her life with. The only problem is that she cries terribly every morning when I leave for work ...read more
 

We noticed recently that our adopted 10-year-old Border Collie limps if she plays too hard or goes on long walks. After a thorough vet check, she has been diagnosed with arthritis; fortunately, her health is otherwise excellent – it seems this is due to her age. As advised by our vet, she takes arthritis supplements, and we’re looking into moving her onto a joint-specific dog food which our vet recommended. She really loves her walks and playtime,... ...read more