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How to keep your dog's ears healthy

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Q: Some days we can hear the liquid in the ear canal of our four-year-old Labrador. Our vet says that she suffers from overproduction of earwax but doesn't have an infection. Can we do anything to help her?A: Labradors are commonly seen in veterinary clinics for ear problems, which usually begin with excessive wax build-up in the

How to teach your dog to sit

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Ever wondered how to get your dog to sit? Here, trainer Colin Tennant shows us how. From the PetPeople magazine archiveStep 1: Start in an enclosed room so there are few distractions. Hide some treats (Fish4Dogs or tiny pieces of cheese, sausage or chicken) in a pocket or bag on your person. Call the dog's name and put the treat near his nose to immediately get his attention. If your dog is too energetic, tie him with a lead and

Jay the dog and Petplan - a long-term relationship

Jay the dog and Petplan - a long-term relationship
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Dog Jay's long-term health conditions meant he was always at the vets. Fortunately owner Catherine Humphreys' Petplan policy made things that bit easierPetplan has helped out my 11-year-old rescue dog Jay on numerous occasions during his life. His problems started when he was only one; his mouth was itchy all the time and, although he never broke the skin, he would scratch it all the time.

Overcoming fear in an adopted dog

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Q: Last year, I adopted a young male Border Collie. Though generally friendly, he was aggressive to other dogs and, sometimes, people. Following training classes, he's fine around other dogs and I take him to my local pub to get him used to strangers. Is this an appropriate socialising method for him? A: You sound as if you are doing the right things. In many cases of aggression, the behaviour is fear-based and

Problems with your rabbit's teeth?

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Q: Our vet has had to trim and file our rabbit's teeth a couple of times now, and I'm worried that we're not feeding her the right things to keep them healthy. We do give her hay as well as fresh food, but she doesn't seem keen on it. A: I suspect it is the front teeth your vet has filed, as you wouldn't easily notice re-growth of the back teeth (a rabbit's mouth doesn't open wide like a cat or dog's). Overgrown incisors can be a sign of problems with the molars. A balanced diet is key to the correct growth of rabbits' teeth. I use the analogy of a cake to describe
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