Its mission is to help our pets. . . and is here to answer YOUR questions.
Sean, who is the chief veterinarian of tails.com, a custom-made pet food company, has been answering owners’ questions for a decade. He says, “If your pet is acting fun or is in the bad weather, or if you want to learn more about nutrition or exercise, just ask. I can help keep pets healthy and happy.
Q) I AM concerned about my Maltese dog Poppy, who is almost eight years old and seems to have more frequent seizures.
She had four this year until August, spaced a few months apart. But in November alone, she had three, just after recovering from kennel cough.
Seizures usually occur while she is sleeping or resting. But on two occasions, they took a walk in the park. She just collapsed and became rigid on all four limbs, arched her head back and let out loud cries.
Another time it was after I got excited when I got home from a short period of absence.
All incidents follow the same pattern, which lasts between 20 and 30 seconds. She then recovers in a minute. My vet told me to watch for seizures. Can you give more advice.
DAVE WILLIAMS Grantham, Linc
Sean says: Sorry to hear that Dave. Poor Poppy’s seizures have been getting more frequent lately, which is always a cause for concern.
You don’t mention whether or not she has ever taken anti-epileptic drugs or not, but one of the criteria for starting a trial would be multiple seizures within a week or so, certainly if she has had more than one per day. or if they last longer than about a minute at a time too.
Return to your vet and he can discuss options for further testing or a drug trial.
Q) MY six year old son wants a gerbil for Christmas.
Are they the best option for a first pet? We live in an apartment so I don’t think a dog or a cat would be a good idea. But I’m afraid the gerbil will be hard work.
SARAH FOSTER Archway, North London
Sean says: Gerbils are acceptable pets for children, but they are rather easy to handle for small children as they are very quick and also a bit tricky to handle. They’re social too, so you need to keep them in pairs or same-sex groups. And they need a complex environment, preferably in a large tank where they can dig like they do in the wild.
Perhaps a better option for a six-year-old would be a pair of guinea pigs. They need more space because they’re taller, but they tolerate handling very well, are more interactive, and make cute little screams and calls for food. Whichever animal you choose, of course you will have to work largely.
Q) WE moved eight weeks ago and our ex-adoptive worker Herbie started screaming every time we left the house.
We used a pet camera to monitor him. In some videos he just lies down screaming and in others he moves around screaming.
It stresses me out and I even stopped working. He rules my life. He even moans in the car so that I don’t get him out.
I am at a loss. He is very attached to me suddenly. He lived in a barn on a farm with 22 other cocker spaniel.
SUE DAVIS Chester
Sean says: Looks like Herbie has a complicated past and developed separation anxiety in a bad way.
The best approach is to bring in a trained animal behaviorist to get to know you and Herbie, and observe you both in action. They will be able to give you specific advice and identify subtle factors that may make the problem worse.
Find APBC or ASAB accredited behaviorists in your area.
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Star of the week
NYGMA is named after one of Batman’s villainous enemies, but the adorable tabby is a hero for owner Billy Lauper.
The three-year-old helped Billy cope with the loss of his old cat Freddie, who was unfortunately hit by a car.
Billy, 39, who works in a record store, says: “Nygma is such a funny cat and has a lot of peculiar behaviors.
“He will only eat his food if it is delivered to him on my bed and insists on sleeping on my bed.” He loves other animals and is the neighborhood fox’s best friend. Even if he catches a mouse, he carries it alive.
“Nygma was the only kitten left when I bought him and was told he was the runt of the litter but now he’s full of life.”
Win a basket
The Claws of Santa Claus are coming. . . and five lucky puppies can get their paw on a festive dog-friendly basket worth £ 50.
Each basket is full of toys and treats from pet brand Webbox to keep the tail wagging throughout the holiday season.
Giveaways include long legged animal toys, cute sprout stuffed animals, thin pie squeakers, festive tug toys, and delicious treats. See more at webbox.co.uk.
To participate, email us with HAMPER in the title to email@example.com by December 19th. General conditions apply.
Help hyperactive puppies sleep easy
Sleepless nights because of a restless puppy? The Our Family Dog pet owner group found that 50% of new puppy owners wondered if they were getting enough sleep.
Founder Justine Williams, 51, former RSPCA campaign manager, said other areas people need help with include puppy nibbling, toilet training and separation anxiety .
Justine, from Worthing, West Sussex, says: ‘When people contact us half the questions are about sleep – where is it best, why they aren’t sleeping, what to do when they cry and if they should be. in bed.
“A lot of people try to let their puppies sleep alone, which can make them anxious and cry at night. It is best to have the puppy sleep in its owners room or set up a temporary bed where the puppy sleeps.
As Christmas approaches, she adds, “It can be stressful for puppies and young dogs, so make sure they have a quiet place to escape and stick to their usual routine. . Let your dog meet visitors at their own pace. If you are traveling, take their toys and bed to make them feel safe.
Get more tips at ourfamilydog.org.uk.
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