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Diseases that affect Beagles
Diseases that affect Beagles

Our question this week was: What diseases should I look for in Beagle? Emily Miller Answer Hi - thanks for your email and question. Are you having a problem with your Beagle? If you are, you can try going to site and search for the symptom or problem that he is having. To answer your question about what diseases should you look for in Beagles, they can get just about any disease that dogs can get (as can all dogs) but diseases more common in Beagles include: Intervertebral disk disease is a painful condition that can develop when the disk material between the vertebra of the spine moves out of place.

What are your thoughts on IMHA in dogs?
What are your thoughts on IMHA in dogs?

Our question this week was: Hello Doctor, I have a 6-year-old Toy Pomeranian. The other day I noticed that she was lethargic and not her usual self. When we have dinner she is usually around the dinner table but I guess she was so weak and unable to get herself up off the couch that she decided to stay there while we ate.

My vet says my dog has a knee luxation. What does that mean?
My vet says my dog has a knee luxation. What does that mean?

Our question this week was: My vet says my dog has a knee luxation. What does that mean? Answer Hi - thanks for your email. A knee luxation is a condition in which the patella (knee-cap) no longer glides within its natural groove (sulcus) in the femur, the upper bone of the knee joint. It becomes displaced to the inside or outside of the joint and can be partial or complete, intermittent or permanent.

Male or Female Puppy?
Male or Female Puppy?

Our question this week was: HI there, I have a puppy and we are unsure of the gender (we are first time puppy owners), how can we distinguish between and male and female? and can you predict how big a puppy will get by the size of their paws? we have a mutt that comes from a mother that is small, the father is unknown.

How to prevent jumping in dogs?
How to prevent jumping in dogs?

Our question this week was: What is the best way to get my puppy not to jump up on guests? This is a common problem. You basically need to teach a new behavior, that is "NOT" to jump. The first step is to make sure everyone in your house is involved in the plan and that the "training" is consistent. The only reaction to your dog's jumping should be no reaction.

Should senior dogs get shots and can they cause breathing problems?
Should senior dogs get shots and can they cause breathing problems?

Our question this week was: Doctor - I have a question. Two of my elderly dogs suffered from respiratory problem after receiving shots after the age of seven, and within a week of the shots they had to be put down. The first dog, Christy was seven years and had no signs of health problems but a week after the shots, rabies and others, she couldn't breathe, It was in July, it was hot, but they couldn't save her.

Do you have any tips for dealing with cats with megacolon?
Do you have any tips for dealing with cats with megacolon?

Our question this week was: Hi Doctor: Could you give to us some "management" possible solutions about this problem "Mega Colon". I think many cats are suffering with this problem. One of them is my "baby" almost 7-years-old and I am trying Metamucil (1 teaspoon with 2 of water). I make little balls in I introduce in his mouth.

Are Self-cleaning Oven Fumes Toxic to Dogs?
Are Self-cleaning Oven Fumes Toxic to Dogs?

Our question this week was: Are the fumes from self-cleaning ovens toxic to dogs? Sandra Schreiber Answer Hi - thanks for your email. Some of the fumes are toxic to birds but there have been no studies shown that they are toxic to dogs. That being said, I'd minimize his exposure to the fumes just as you minimize your own exposure.

Sick Persian cat
Sick Persian cat

Our question this week was: Hello, I hope you can help me. I have an 8-month-old Persian cat who suddenly got very weak, had a fever, and now can't move her front paws. She looks healthy, has an appetite when I feed her does involuntary twitching from time to time. I took her to the vet and she did blood work showing that the liver enzymes are little below normal and the gluton?

Vets Advice - How do I brush my cat's teeth
Vets Advice - How do I brush my cat's teeth

Our question this week was: In one of your articles, you mention brushing your cat's teeth. My question is this: How? And do you use a special toothpaste or something for them? I ask because at least one of my cats would probably love it…he's constantly stealing my toothbrush and getting in my face while I'm brushing MY teeth.

Which is better - Urine-OFF or Nature's Miracle for Removing Cat Urine Odor
Which is better - Urine-OFF or Nature's Miracle for Removing Cat Urine Odor

Our question this week was: I just read your article about the product Urine Off for Dogs. I've been using Nature's Miracle for years. How do you think these 2 products compare? Which do you think works better? P.S. I love getting your newsletter every day! Very informative! Answer Hi - thanks for your email and your kind comments about our newsletter.

What is the difference between kidney and renal failure?
What is the difference between kidney and renal failure?

Our question this week was: I hear that the food recall is causing kidney failure and others say renal failure. What is the difference? Pamela Brown Answer Hi - thanks for your email. Kidney failure and renal failure is the same thing. Medical terminology can be complicated. Sorry for the confusion. I'll tell you a little about kidney failure then give you the link if you want more information.

Ask Doctor - Answers to Previous Dog Questions
Ask Doctor - Answers to Previous Dog Questions

Here are answers from our previous “Ask Doctor” Questions. We hope they help you find the answer you need. Doctor will choose ten questions a week. Food Questions When should I change from puppy food to adult food? What should I feed my puppy? How much to feed a puppy? Can I give beer to my dog?

A dog treat killed my dog - please be careful!
A dog treat killed my dog - please be careful!

Our question this week was: I am writing you about the tragic death of my daughter's 18-month-old Pomeranian this past Friday. Little Lola died when a treat became lodged in her throat. The treat is triangular in shape and has only been on the market since January of this year. Please! Perhaps an article on the hidden dangers of pet treats will help save other pets' lives.

Frontline Cat Flea Control - Vet's Advice On Frontline Cat Flea Control
Frontline Cat Flea Control - Vet's Advice On Frontline Cat Flea Control

What is Frontline cat flea control medication? Frontline cat flea control is a type of medication manufactured by Merial. Frontline® and Frontline Plus® are popular cat flea control products that are available from your veterinarian. Frontline® contains a medication that kills adult fleas within 24 hours and also kills juvenile fleas and eggs.

Stumbling Puppy
Stumbling Puppy

Our question this week was: I have a 15-week-old puppy. She is a mix between a Peekapoo/Lhasa Apso. All of a sudden she seems to stumble when she walks, or walk sideways and will sometimes just fall down or loose her balance when standing still. To me it seems like her equilibrium is off. What could cause this?

Cat Urine Odors In Wood - Vet's Advice On Cat Urine Odors In Wood
Cat Urine Odors In Wood - Vet's Advice On Cat Urine Odors In Wood

How do you remove cat urine odors in wood? How do you remove cat urine odor and specifically cat urine odors in wood? This is a common question. And…just so you know right now, there is no easy perfect and effortless answer for removing cat urine odors in wood. Sometimes you need to remove cat urine odor from one specific area which is easier and other times it is multiple areas.

Help for housetraining problems
Help for housetraining problems

Our question this week was: I am having trouble housetraining my puppy - what should I do? This is a very common problem with puppy owners. You should read this article (House Training Schedules) about puppy training. It is important to know how long your puppy can "hold it". For example, a 3-month old puppy can only "hold" it for 3 to 4 hours.

Dog ate tainted food - how long to be worried?
Dog ate tainted food - how long to be worried?

Our question this week was: Hi Doctor, Since the recall started I have been so afraid. My dog will be 1-year-old this Saturday and I am overdue getting her spayed because she has ingested 2 or 3 cans of tainted food and I don't want her going under anesthetic. I had a previous cat die getting neutered at the vet a few years ago, so I'm already afraid, but now with this going on I don't know what to do!

Why do my cats shed and have white flakes all around the area?
Why do my cats shed and have white flakes all around the area?

Our question this week was: I've noticed that two of my three cats are shedding excessively and have little white flakes all around the area near and on their tails. Is this just dry skin or something I should be concerned about? What can I do? Diana Poliquin Answer Hi - thanks for your email. You wrote that two of your three cats shed a lot and have white flakes near their rear areas and on their tails.