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Stopping your dog chewing - what you can do

Stopping your dog chewing - what you can do
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This article contains: dog warts chewing

Q: My dog won't stop chewing a small wart under his tail. He chews it constantly and makes it bleed. He's a grumpy old boy and can get obsessive. How can I stop him doing this?

A: There are some excellent inflatable collars, which will restrict your dog's ability to turn its head, but unlike the old lampshade collars, they won't restrict peripheral vision. Used for a few weeks with a course of antibiotics prescribed by your vet to clear up any infection, this may help to reduce your dog's wart and allow it to heal. However, surgery may be your best bet to remove it once and for all. Get a blood test first though, to check that your old dog is robust enough to undergo the anaesthetic.

Scott Miller, vet

Is your cat urinating on the carpet? Here's how to stop them

Is your cat urinating on the carpet? Here's how to stop them
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Q: My cat has started urinating on my carpets. I use Feliway (a synthetic feline facial pheromone) to discourage scratching, but it doesn't stop her urinating. What can I do?

A: You say that your cat is urinating, but you need to rule out whether it might be spraying. Spraying is a marking behaviour which often occurs when a cat feels insecure and needs to surround itself with its own scent. Feliway would probably have helped if this was a marking behaviour as it reduced the cat scratching (which is another type of marking). This, along with the fact that you say your cat is soiling on the carpet, suggests it is probably urination. Talk to your vet and have a urine sample checked as your cat may be suffering from a urinary tract infection, which can result in a breakdown of toilet training.

Inga MacKellar, animal behaviourist

How cats and dogs can live happily ever after

How cats and dogs can live happily ever after
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This article contains: cat dog pet relationships rescue pets pets
Everyone knows that cats and dogs fight like - well, cats and dogs. But, by following our simple expert advice, you can make sure that they live in harmony together. From the PetPeople magazine archiveOn thousands of sofas across the country you'll find a dog and a cat, sometimes even nuzzled up together. Domesticated animals have adapted over many generations and are able to thrive in circumstances their wild cousins wouldn't recognise. So multi-pet households can be harmonious. However, it will take time and patience, and the first meeting is the key.

How to stop your dog barking at strangers

How to stop your dog barking at strangers
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This article contains: German Shepherd barking
Q: Oscar, our German Shepherd, met lots of people as a puppy, but has started to bark at people wearing coats and hats. Why? A: This is not an uncommon behaviour, particularly with German Shepherds. It sounds as though you obtained Oscar as a puppy in the spring. Although you spent time socialising him

Some cats are just born lucky

Some cats are just born lucky
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This article contains: cat accident
It seems those superstitious types have had it wrong all these years. New research by Petplan shows that black cats are lucky after allInsurance claims reveal that black moggies are the least accident-prone, and 15% less likely to suffer from accident or injury - while their ginger friends are twice as likely.
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