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Q. When traveling with our 13-year-old male tabby, we normally seclude him in the rear bath of our motorhome with litter box, water and food. He also has a hammock bed but no windows, just a skylight. Bottom line – would he be better off in a carrier up forward with us? — William C., Winston, GA
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Q. I have a 4 week old long hair Chihuahua, and she has what I think may be a umbilical hernia. I think it’d growing; what should I do? Please help! — desiree d.
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Q. My Pomeranian dog, 8 years old, is not properly opening his right eye for the last 2-3 weeks. it appears as if there is a transparent layer over his eye and little swelling over his lower eyelid! he keeps on rubbing his paws over the eye! slight watering eyes too occurs! please help fast. — nikita g.

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Q. We are taking our 5 yr old jack Russell on a ferry to Ireland she is very nervous of noises and shakes and pants, we have to leave her in the car on the ferry can we give her something like portion or what can you recommend? We don’t want her to be stressed. — Nora R.
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Q. I am going on a 6 hour flight with my 13 week old 5 pound puppy. Is it safe to give them a mild sedative to keep them calm for the duration of the flight? — Lucy M.

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Q. My 7 lb yorkie gets very nervous while traveling. Can I give him something to help him in the car? — peggy m., salem, OR
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Q. I am relocating from Ontario to Alberta and I will be driving to get there. I have an African Grey Parrot, and would like to know the best way to take her with me. A lot of people I talk to tell me that they don’t travel well, and she could die. I don’t want to have to give her up if I don’t have to, but given the choice of giving her away, or having her die on the road, I will obviously choose to give her away. Do you know if there’s a good way to take her with me? The drive is going to take approximately 3 or 4 days, with motel stops along the way. Please help. — Kevin F., Shelburne, ON Canada
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Q. My poor Schnauzer has what we have been told are allergies but he is not getting any better. He is on allergy shots and has been for over 6 months and he is worse now than when he started. I feel so sorry for him – he has scratched his hair off all down his back and above his ears. Any suggestions? — Mary G, Tennessee
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Q. My 12 year old cat is on daily medication (Fortekor & Hyper-Y Earspot) for hyperthyroidism & renal failure. I’m hoping to transport her home to the UK from NZ but this is approx 30 hours boarding to final destination, via Singapore. I’ve heard that animal cages are locked on departure & not opened until final destination; if this is correct, would my cat be given her medication during the journey ie on the stopover? If not, what would the effect be of her missing 2 days’ worth of these drugs? Currently she is 6kg, playful & not showing signs of illlness. Thank you so much for your response. This is a brilliant website! — Sahrah M, New Zealand

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Q. How can I relax my dog when we have to leave him in his inside pen (4×4)? He licks at his paws and the floor until the floor is completely wet and slimey. I hate to leave him, but sometimes we have to. I am home every day with him, so is it just being mad? Is there anything I can give him to relax? — Pam D.
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Q. Is it safe to use skin-eze tablets while cat is on d/d can food? — Christine M., Brantford, ON
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Q. Is it safe to travel in the winter with a new shelter dog I have rescued on 11-10-12 or should I wait until after an amount of time…what should I bring for him besides food and water? Any suggestions.. thank you. – Diane K., Ishpeming, MI
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Q. What can I give my 2 month old Chihuahua for congestion? — Chandra S., East Point, GA
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Q. 3 weeks ago I adopted a 4 yr old English Setter. She is from ALabama (not abuse case). I currently have a 9 yr old eng. setter and a cat living with me as well. New dog is very sweet but very itchy, constantly scratching and chewing on herself. She has no fleas or ticks.I’ve bathed her in oatmeal shampoo, hydrocortisone shampoo. still scratching, I have her on salmon/ sweet potatoe food and 1/2 benedryl BID. (1 full tablet made her anxious) Still she scratchs. Stress?? or what else might I try? I had her to the vet for a check up. He said the itch was prob from prior flea allergy, which she does NOT have.(has been on frontline) Thanks. — Kit A., Norwood, NJ
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Q. We have a 4lb 3 years old. She scratches her self continually. Brought her to the vet and they said to give her Benadryl. Did not work. Tried shampoo for dogs with oatmeal, did not work. She will only eat can food made by pet smart co. I mix cooked hamburger with it some time and she loves it. What else can I do about her scratching. — Carla D., Palm Harbor, FL
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Q. I have a chihuahua and for the last month she has starting biting bald spots in her hair, and catching and eating flies. Can this hurt her? –Jeannieq A., Houston, TX
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Q. I think that my dog may have mites. He had them when we first got him. How do you know if it’s mites or not, and how expensive is it to treat mites? – Sarah P.
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Q. Our pug has been licking her paws and hind legs constantly. Took her to the vet and she was prescribed dry duck and potato food. Hasn’t helped, she still licks constantly. We purchased a collar which has prevented her licking but can’t wear it all the time. With a $72 vet bill and $38-$39 for food, we don’t want to go back. What should we do? — MaryAnn S., Foster City, CA
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Q. We live in our RV fultime. We just took our first trip, 8 hrs to AL, 8 hrs back. Our cat, who is 13, was fine before we left. She hid under the bed the entire trip and seemed sick when we arrived in AL. We were there only two days and traveled home. She again hid under the bed for the entire 8 hrs and now has been sick since. She vomits and will not eat. She drinks very little water. Will she recover on her own or do i need to take her to the vet?? — Frances D., Navarre, FL
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Q. I am flying from SLC to LIT and its going to be about a 6 hr trip. i have a Schnauzer that will be traveling with me but he gets very nervous and barks at strangers i was wanting to know if there is anything i can give him to calm him down… he has something wrong with him were he gets very sick if he get stressed that is why i cannot leave him with my husband. Please help… — Vanessa N., Cove , AR
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Q. I am adopting a 6yr old female, English cream golden retriever, as owner moving away. how do I deal with shock caused by a new owner,house,surroundings etc & how long approx before dog adjusts? — Darryl H., Niagara Falls, ON Canada
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Q. Have a 14 yr old Persian .It has been her and I only. Have done energy work with dogs before in kennels at SPCA. About 3 mos ago started volunteering with dogs at a rescue group and recently did a whirlwind trip from Vancouver, BC Canada to a couple of shelters in California.On the road trip home bonded with a 5 mos chihuahua/terrier mix. Should I even think about bringing this puppy into my home? Foster first. Could it bring about too much stress for my cat? Thank you for your thoughts. — J.Capella
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Q. Hi – I have an 7-8 yr old lop bunny that I want to relocate to Europe from Vancouver with us this year. She doesn’t travel very well in the car and I am worried about her being alone in the cargo section of an airplane for a long time. She is not allowed in the cabin. Is there anything I can give her to make the journey (probably around 13hrs in total) easier for her? She’s in very good health and is very active. Thank you. — Jeni B., Vancouver, BC Canada
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Q. Hi there. I have 2 cats, one that’s just about 9 and the other is 5. The one that’s 9 is as spry as she can be and healthy as far as the our vet is concerned. I’m a student and i’m looking to relocate to Ottawa from British Columbia for school. I want to take them with me, but they’ve never been on a plane before. I would like to know what would be the best way to prepair them for such a trip (about a 6 hour flight). I found some websites helpful, but not completely. Is there a certain age that makes a cat not so healthy to travel by plane? what exactly deems a cat “healthy” for plane travel? will the pressure cabin hurt them in any way? would a tranquillizer be helpful (or harmful)? would should they eat or drink (or not eat/drink) the night before the flight? Thank you very much in advance for taking the time to answer my questions. — Alisha E.

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Q. What do you feel is the best type of food for cats — canned or dry and why? — Shelly P., Clearlake, CA
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Q. I noticed today that my cat had a film (I believe it is the inner eyelid, only she’s not blinking it back like they normally do) over her eyes just like her two deceased sisters had before they died. But I can’t really describe that film over her eyes, it’s only part way. But it grows to the point where they cross the road at the wrong time or they don’t see a predator at night. There is no redness or white, everything is its normal colour. What’s going on and how can I help her? — Christine M., Innisfail, AB Canada

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Q. Which is best for identification purposes, pet tattooing or pet microchipping? What happens if a location does not have the same ID system to read your pet’s microchip? — Jaylynn H.
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Q. Hi there, I adopted my male cat at 7 months from a shelter. He’s turned into such a loving and playful boy! Since we live on the second floor in a complex, we let him play outside during the day but on weekends when we visit our parents, we leave him inside with enough food and toys (His litter tray is on the balcony so at least he can go outside when we’re not there). We’re going on holiday for 2 weeks and we don’t know what would be the best option for our cat. I don’t want to put him in a kennel because I got him from a cage, and I don’t want him to think I’m deserting him. So, I can either leave him at home and have someone look in on him every 2nd/3rd day, but he’s never been alone for that long and he needs a lot of attention. Otherwise, my parents have offered to take care of him (they have a friendly Yorkshire terrier), and I’m liking the idea, but what would be the best option and how would I integrate him into my parents’ place without freaking him out to much? — Marianka E., ZA
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Q. What can I do for my 2 year old chihuahua having bad breath? I give her a treat to help with her teeth. It is unbearable some days. — Pam S.
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Q. My 13 yr. old indoor Persian has been treated for months for a uri with no success – clavamox, orbax, and interferon. Symptoms: multiple sneezing, & a staggered breathing sound through her nose, not mouth. She eats fine & feels fine. She has occasional small scabs around her neck/head area. (use revolution for fleas.) My other cat has none of these symptoms. What else could it be? Vet mentioned allergies (food, litter, dust) but since no recent changes, seems that wouldn’t just start suddenly. Can you suggest steps to take, & anything to clear her sinuses, prescribed or herbal/natural? I am not working now so can’t continue spending $100’s at vet with no resolve. Thanks so much. — Virginia J., Newnan, GA
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Q. Hello, My little shih-tzu is 9 months old. He has a terrible problem with eating poop. I have wormed him, tried to spank him, and tried to explain it is not good. I can see that he struggles with his desire to eat poop and in the end he loses his battle and eats poop. What can I do? Will this stop? — Natalia L., PA
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Q. I have a goldfish with swimbladder disease. I have tried peas and antibiotics but she has been at the top upside down for 6 weeks. Otherwise she is fine. I have to put her in a bowl to feed her otherwise she can’t get the food before it sinks. I think she needs to have air extracted from her swimbladder with a syringe, but I can’t find an aquatic veterinarian. What should I do to help her? — Deborah R., Bristol, DK
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Q. We are moving from Bensalem, PA to Boynton Beach, FL in October. We will be driving with our 24# dog & not only need pet-friendly hotels along the I-95 corridor, but an accommodation when we get there until our furniture arrives for our new home. Foxy is 5 yrs old, a rescue dog from the Humane Society & has had some obedience training. We’ve had her for 4 yrs. She is part pomeranian & part husky. Should we keep her shaved? She is very fluffy when not trimmed. What should we know or do for this journey & new surroundings? Should she have some sedation? Any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated. — Meyers M.
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Q. Our female 1 1/2 yr old German Shepherd is very protective and we would like to take her camping but are afraid of any incidents. Help with any suggestions. — Jo H.
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Q. My dear black lab, Louie (14 yrs old), can no longer walk well, hasn’t been able to climb nor desend stairs for a couple yrs, falls frequently, eats very little, and incontinent now. At what point am I prolonging his misery and not his life? He has been such a great companion, loves to travel, and has brought our family such gratitude and happiness. We don’t want him to suffer but are so sad for his condition. He looks at US like he is worried for US. We tell him it’s ok to go – but we are wondering if it’s more humane to ‘put him down’. — Mary C., Roanoke, VA
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Q. I adopted a 6 yr old chihuahua 2 yrs ago May from the animal shelter (so she is approx. 8 yrs old). She was a stray so they knew nothing about her. She is a very sweet timid dog and doesn’t bark at all (she can I’ve heard her). Question is, when I’m home and awake she will go outside to potty (has a doggie door), but if I’m gone or asleep she will pee just inside the door on the floor. I put a pad down and she will go on that, but since I don’t see her do it, do you have any suggestions how I can help to change that behavior? Thanks! — Lara L.,Garden Grove, CA
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Q. Is it normal for my 3 month old puppy to be sensitive towards light? He prefers to be in dark places. Is that normal, or should I take him to see his vet? — Elva Q., Modesto, CA
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Q. We bought a 6 month-old Jack Russel (male) doggie at the SPCA. His backlegs were a little paralyzed although he can walk on them – sometimes they just fold under him. They said he was born like that. What can we do to improve the muscles? — Annelize C., Sabie, ZA
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Q. I have a female bunny that is about 7 months old. As I was playing with her yesterday, I noticed she has a red blot in her back. A small amount of hair in this area is very short and looks as if it’s shaved and the skin looks like she has scurf. I visited a vet today after work and showed him some photos I took of the area since I couldn’t take her with me at the time. He told me it’s a mycosis and gave me an ointment to apply twice a day. However, since I live in a village here in Greece and the vet I visited is the only one to be found here (who by the way I don’t think knows that much about bunnies), I am worried maybe it’s something more serious. I examined her fur thoroughly for fleas but found nothing. I don’t see her scratching more than usually and her ears are clean. Do you think it could be something more serious? — Karola G.
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Q. We will be traveling in our RV for a 10 day trip this weekend. We have pair of Maltese who we intend to breed one day but did not plan on it during our trip. Yet the bitch has come into heat. We have a good boarder to leave them with but I will miss them so much. Any suggestions? — Debbie P.
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Q. My cat has CRF and receives Sub Q fluids every other day. However, ten minutes after I administer the fluid, she vomits. Is that common? And if not, what can I do to stop that from happening? — Juju N.
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Q. My cat is almost 11 years old & until recently has been very active. Lately he seems to be moving slow & sleeping a lot. He doesn’t seem to be eating as much as he used to. He also doesn’t want to jump up like he used to. Is this just age? He’s an indoor cat. — Pam B., Lower Sackville, NS Canada
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Q. My mouse had an abcess in his eye; it was stuck out and the eyelid didn’t close over it. I took it to the vet and they gave him some respitory track medicine (didn’t even treat the eye) but I suppose all antibiotics are the same for mice. Anyways, two weeks later, the mouse is blind I believe from that side. The eye is back in the eye socket from what I can see, but there is a clear discharge all the time. The eyeball is not clear; in fact it looks deflated if that is possible? The antibiotics are done in two days; what do I do? Will he be ok or do I need to give him more antibiotics? Enrofloxacin was given, and vitamino, nothing topical. Enucleation obviously is not an option since a mouse may not live the anesthetic. Please help! — Chrissy A., Orleans, ON Canada

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Q. What sedative (non-script) could I give my 8 pound Yorkie for a 3 hour airplane trip? I tried Benadryl. It didn’t work. — Patrick I., Holmdel, NJ
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Q. I would like to ask what to do because my dog ate a bone of chicken. Please give me a piece of advice. Please reply ASAP. Thank you! My dog is a Beagle. — Che G.
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Q. What would be a good over-the-counter cat sedative for an 8 hour drive? — Cindy P., Waltham, MA
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Q. I have a chubby dog, and I’ve tried and tried to get the weight off her. Our best guess (combined between my vet and me) is that she’s a beagle/border collie/Australian shepherd mix. She’ll be 6 in January and has been overweight since she was about 18 or 24 months. I’ve tried diet foods with very little success, and any weight she does lose, she manages to pile back on. I’m stingy with treats — only give little pieces at a time, and they’re low cal. She’s about 60 lbs., and the vet would like to see her between 50 to 55 lbs. She was 45 lbs. at about 9 or 10 months old (spayed at 6 months). She gets 2 cups a day of vegetarian kibble (she’s developed food allergies and there’s no weight loss low allergen food) and limited treats. We walk for 40 minutes twice a day. We’ve never missed a check-up and besides environmental and food allergies, she’s in perfect health. Thyroid was tested just over a year ago and it’s fine. My vet keeps telling me to cut back on her food. But, if I cut her food back any lower than 2 cups a day (1 cup twice a day), she’s insanely hungry and won’t settle. She’ll “surf” the counter, help herself to the garbage, anything to get a morsel of food if I cut her back any further. I don’t know what else to do to get (and keep) the weight off of her. Can you help? — Deborah C., Toronto, ON Canada
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Q. My 3 month old Shih Tzu will eat his feces if I do not remove it right away. Is this common, and how can I get him to stop? — A. Brown
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Q. We will be leaving for Canada by land soon, and I would like current information on what documentation we need for our dog to enter Canada and also return to the United States. Thank you for your quick response. — Dianne M.
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Q. Hi, my 18 1/2 yo female spayed, dachshund who up until April 08 had no medical problems or history. First growth came up on ridge of snoot, between ridge but lower than the eyes. This resolved to smaller but is still present. In June, a larger growth began to grow above the right eye and measures approximately one inch + more vertical than horizontal. There is a nasal congestion, appearing as there is a communicating problem with swallowing and breathing. Incessant sneezing, wheezing, snorting. The initial laboratory reports were suggesting cushing syndrome, but for the most part not treated on that. The lab panel was within normal or high out of range for the normal Glu, alk pho, K, Na, etc. However, she still manages to eat one meal a day, she goes outside to eliminate and seems to enjoy her surroundings; she is responsive, knows her surroundings. Local vet says MRI, followed by invasive workup, chemo and radiation. Not looking for a cure for cancer (if that is what is most probably is) but asking if anyone shares this and if so, any suggestions for what could be done. I thank you, in advance, for any suggestions or comments you might be so inclined to give. Thank you. — Anne S.
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Q. We want to RV with our Amazon and African grey parrots. Are there any states that won’t let us bring in our parrots? I have current avian vet checkup records, and they are microchipped. — Barb V., Lebanon, OH
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Q. My 50 lb. beagle does not travel in the car very well. He paces back and forth on long trips. We stop a lot but he doesn’t calm down. Is there anything we can give him to calm him down for a 6 hr. trip? — Janice W., Stacyville, ME
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Q. I have a small mixed breed dog that I picked up about 4 yrs. ago. Recently I noticed blood in her urine. What kind of tests are available to determine what is causing the problem? I don’t just want antibiotics. I want to find out what this problem is. Have any idea what this might be besides a urinary infection? — Carmela T., Angleton, TX
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Q. We are preparing to travel to a beach location time share that doesn’t allow pets. Since the dogs will have to be boarded somewhere, I am wondering if it would be better to leave them at boarding services at home; or if they could travel with us and be boarded close to where we would be staying so that we could pick them up and have them with us during the day? One way we leave them once and are gone for an extended period of time; the other way, we leave them often for shorter periods of time. — Laurie M.

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Q. Hi! We have one cat, Dani, who is just over a year old, and a kitten, Maia, who is about 7 months old. Maia and Dani get along great, are always cuddling, etc. Dani is very sweet to us, cuddly, and loving. Maia, however, is terrified of us. She won’t come out from under the bed if we’re within 5 feet of her. She has always been skittish, but it’s getting to the point where it feels like we only have one cat, since we never see Maia. When we do get close enough to pick her up, despite our efforts to hold her close, keep her feeling safe, etc., she begins to breathe very fast and make tiny mewing noises. Is there anything we can do? We also have two dogs, and they all get along great. Help is appreciated! Thanks. — Nora P., FL
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Q. I am living in Egypt and rescued 3 abandoned feral kittens at about 3 weeks old that are now about 3 months old and I have another rescue feral kitten I rescued at about 2 weeks old and is about 4 weeks old now. The problem is that access to pet foods here is limited and also extremly expensive when it can be found. (Read more) — Lisa A., Egypt
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Q. How do you groom a small animal that does not hold still and that will bite you? — Sara G., Indianapolis, IN

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Q. I’m going to be traveling from state to state next year. What documents/shots are required? Do I need a health certificate to travel by car within the US? That is the big question. Thanks. — Hualapai, AZ
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Q. We have been trying to get our cat used to travelling by car for our upcoming move to Spain. She will have to travel by ferry, 10 hours flight (in the cabin) and five-hour bus or car ride. It doesn’t seem to be making any difference; she still cries in the car. She obviously just doesn’t like the motion, but she’s fine when just in her carrier walking around. We`ve heard it is very ill-advised to give her a sedative. Do you have any tips? Would be much appreciated! — Deborah W., USA
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Q. This winter I’ll be taking my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on American Airlines from Chicago O’Hare to Skyharbor Phoenix AZ airport in the cabin in a pet carrier. I’ve read all that AA has to say about it. My question is what does AZ and IL require upon entry? Thanks! — Jeanette, Haineville, IL
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Q. We recently had to put our 15-year-old dog to sleep. Will we have a problem introducing another dog to her 14-year-old housemate? Any rules? — Rhodanne A., Lake Havasu City, AZ
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Q. My dog has a small umbilical hernia. Barley is small, one-year-old Shi Tzu. How common are these? Is it dangerous to let it go, watch it to make sure it doesn’t get bigger, or is this something that needs attention right away? — Tracy K., Shepherd, MT
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Q. I was wondering, how many cups of food should I feed my 50 lb. two-year old dog? Thanks so much! –Laura A., USA

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Q. I had an interesting situation happen over the weekend that I thought maybe you or
one of your cat experts can shed some light on.
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Q. I feed my two-month-old puppy adult Purina dog food and the third bowel movement it had, there was blood in the stool. It was bright blood, and it looked like drops of blood, not just mixed with the feces. Could it have to do with the food or something else? Puppy very active. — Yesenia H., Modesto, CA

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Q. I have a five-month, three-week old Yorkie. She has not been eating as much as before, and she is still as active. Should I be worried, and why is she doing it? — Emanuel V., New Bedford, MA
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Q. What type documentation do we need to take our Yorkie to Canada and return? — Gene D., Springtown, TX

Q. We will be traveling by motorhome into Canada. Do I need anything other than proof that they have had their shots? — Kathleen M., Bush, LA
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Q. I recently got two kittens and one of them (which I think is a girl but I am not sure) has a reddish-like pimple on her bum. My husband thought it may be a hemorrhoid from straining when going to the litter box, but I do not know for sure if she is straining or not. I had to have my four-year-old cat put to sleep two weeks ago and now I am very nervous and overprotective of my kittens. Thank you. — Maureen S., St. Johns, NL, Canada
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Q. We want to introduce a kitten into our family but we already have a 17-year-old female, Abyssinian cat who has an overactive thyroid and slight renal failure. Would our cat cope with this change? – Bridgette G., Melbourne, Australia
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Q. What basic shots do I need when driving from Arizona to Minnesota via NM, OK, etc.? I had a certificate of health done before and found out they are not required within the U.S. — just out of the country or air travel. Is it true I don’t need it if driving? Do I only need rabies shots? — Ann W., Arizona
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Q. I want to take my puppy to the Ukraine; where can I get a passport, or how do I get one for my pet? — Julia F.
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Q. We have an 8 year old border collie mix with high separation anxiety. She can be left at home without problems but in the trailer it is impossible to leave her alone without damage. We tried the cage but she howled (according to neighbours) for 2 hours. Is there anything natural or medicinal that might work short term? I have tried rescue remedy, gelsemium, and Relax-UM without much success. Any suggestions? She has had training but it goes by the wayside in those circumstances. Thank you. — Jeanne B., Shelburne, ON, Canada
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Q. I have a 1 1/2 yr old boxer (Riley). She has always loved water but has recently become excessively thirsty all the time. Our schnauzer loved water, but grew out of it after 6 months or so. Riley seems as though she is addicted to water. If she could, she would drink all the water in every toilet bowl and then eat every bit of snow outside until she vomits and then do it all over again. She forgets to go to the bathroom because she is too occupied in drinking, so she messes in the house. She doesn’t like to eat, and if she does, it’s maybe one meal every 3-4 days — huge loss of appetite. She has lost 4 lbs in one month. I’m not sure if this is relevant, but approximately 6 months ago Riley was running at the park and fainted. It lasted about 1 minute and she was back to normal. Blood work was taken and everything was normal. This episode repeated about 2 months ago. The vet advised that the dog over worked itself and, as a result, fainted. Her lack of eating, increased drinking of water and weight loss worries me. Please help with any suggestions. Thank you. — Gary G., Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
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Q. My dog gets travel sick, drooling and vomiting on car journeys. This is on journeys that last from 30 minutes up to 2 hours. I’ve tried not feeding her before the journey, and I have tried travel eze tablets and neither of these worked. We don’t bring her in the car very often. Is there anything else I can try? — Tabatha F., Wexford, Ireland
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Q. Our two cats (both three-year olds) travel fine after about the first three hours. They both get motion or anxiety sickness during that time. They get sick, dry heaves go on after their stomach is empty and, after all that, they settle down, find their ‘spots’ and seem to enjoy the trip. The only time they get sick is after a long delay in starting to travel again (day or two). Any ideas?

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Q. I just adopted a 10-month old, 40-pound spayed German shepherd/retriever mix (Lucy) 10 days ago from the Humane Society. She is very sweet and an excellent pet. I am retired and a snowbird driving from CT to FL every year ( I am very mobile). Lucy is not afraid of the truck, and will sit with me comfortably. However, She has severe motionsickness. She will empty her stomach after even 10 minutes of driving. What are my odds of beating this problem?
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Q. Is pet insurance really worth the monthly investment? I would like to know how it really works regarding veterinarian fees and how much the insurance really pays. I know it depends on the insurance but I would like some examples according to insurance you have come across… Thanks! — Carmela T., Angleton, TX
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Q. I may travel frequently with my 5th wheel in and out of Canada. I always have at least 3 dogs with me. What papers do I need for them? Also, does Canada acknowledge 3-year rabies shots? I show my dogs; do I need their AKC papers?

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Q. Our 10-month old puppy does not like to travel — he gets anxious just getting in the car and often gets carsick. We have tried the short trips & trying to make it fun for him, but so far nothing has worked. Do you have any other suggestions?
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Q. I’ve heard different opinions about sedating pets before they travel. We’re planning a trip by car this fall that will take us two full days to get to our destination. Is it advisable to sedate an otherwise healthy dog who has never traveled or take our chances and hope that he doesn’t get sick and ruin it for the rest of us?
Joseph P., Grand Rapids, MI
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Q. We’re getting ready to take a family trip with our dog but concerned about how hot it’s been this summer. Would it be safe to leave him in the car when we stop for lunch if we leave the windows cracked?
– Cambria C., Lewisville, NC
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Mitchell Spindel, DVM, Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Mitch Spindell, Animal Ark Veterinary HospitalDr. Spindel earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. He practiced in Syracuse, New York before he and his wife and children relocated to beautiful North Carolina. Dr. Spindel is a past President of the Forsyth County Veterinary Medical Association. He is the veterinarian for Sci-Works in Winston-Salem, NC and is active with the Forsyth Humane Society, Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation and Greyhound Friends.

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