Q: My cat had fleas, and although I treated him and sprayed my house twice with Acclaim, it is still infected. What can I do?A: The spray you used should have residual action for six months, so discuss this with whomever you bought it from. Ensure that you're washing your bedding and
Q: My four-month-old Collie-Jack Russell terrier cross keeps digging up the lawn and biting at wood in a particular place. I realise he may be teething. Is there any way we stop this?
A: Puppies will chew and many may continue to do so until they are more than a year old as their new teeth ˜'settle in'. Never tell your puppy off if he is chewing something he shouldn't. Call him to you enthusiastically and give him a chew toy - and praise him for chewing
Q: Our cat had vaccinations as a kitten but we didn't keep them up. The vet told us that he needed his booster vaccinations and suggested starting the course again. Is it necessary for cats to have these injections throughout their lives?A: Feline vaccinations are one of the reasons why our cats live so long today, along with the leaps made in feline medicine. If lots of cat owners decide against vaccinations, the prevalence of these diseases is set to rise.
Tired of chewed furniture, dirty upholstery and discovering little surprises? Here's our quick guide to limiting your pet's impact on your home.
How to stop kittens shredding the curtainsLoop curtains out of leaping range (but avoid tie-back cords, which can pose a risk of pet strangulation). Re-channel their energy with toy mice and ping-pong balls to bat, and a tunnel of cardboard boxes to race through. Fishing-rod cat toys are a great way to play with a kitten without getting scratched.
Pets vs. pot plantsIf you're having problems with your pet leaving little surprises in the compost of your pot plants, place cobbles on the surface. If your pet nibbles leaves, move plants to a higher level. Avoid lilies, poinsettias, azaleas, amaryllis and ivy,
Q: My cat has just been diagnosed with FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus). It came as a huge shock - she only went to the vets to have a dental clean. What can I do for her?A: Feline Aids works in the same way as human Aids, weakening the immune system and exposing the patient to an increased risk of infection. Your cat may have shown signs of gingivitis during the dental procedure, which may have been why your vet tested her for common viruses.
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