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Is the Cat Warm Enough at Night?

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ November 19th, 2015| Ask the Vet
We put our cat in the basement at night. How do we know if he's warm enough, especially now that winter's coming?

Cats definitely like to be warm. Basically, if it is warm enough for you to sleep in the basement, then it should be warm enough for
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Giving Your Cat Catnip

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ February 4th, 2015| Ask the Vet
Our cat has some catnip toys. Would it be okay to give him plain catnip (not inside a toy)?

Catnip is quite the treat for many cats! It is perfectly fine to use plain catnip. Approximately half of all cats will be genetically predisposed to enjoy this herb. Catnip is
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Leaving Your Dog in a Crate

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ January 21st, 2015| Ask the Vet
We leave our dog in his crate when we are away. He is happy in there; he goes to it when we grab keys.  Is it ok for him to be in there without water for 5 or 6 hours?

It's great that you've made your dog so comfortable in
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Training Cats for Sleeping at Night

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ January 7th, 2015| Ask the Vet
I don’t know if this is fixable, but I thought I’d try. Our cat comes in our room with us at night. At some point in the night, she scratches at the door to leave. We’ve left her out of the room. . . but she scratches to come
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Feeding Times for Kittens

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ December 24th, 2014| Ask the Vet
We are getting a kitten, which is a first for us.  Should I leave a bowl of food out at all times, or should I have set feeding times? (I’ve been a dog owner previously and wanted to make sure I’m caring for my cat correctly.)

The recommendations on the
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Ear Issues in Cats

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ December 10th, 2014| Ask the Vet
My cat’s ears have what appears to be a waxy discharge. Does she need to go to the vet, or can I clean them?

It would be a good idea to have your veterinarian examine your cat's ears and possibly obtain an ear swab of the material to examine under
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Dogs Shaking During Thunderstorms

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ November 26th, 2014| Ask the Vet
My dog shakes violently and tries to hide whenever we have thunderstorms. What can I do to help him cope?

If your dog has noise or storm phobia to the extent where he is visibly anxious, you will need the assistance of your veterinarian to help manage this problem. For
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Carrot Sticks for Dog Treats

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ November 12th, 2014| Ask the Vet
I’ve heard that carrot sticks make good dog greats. I’ve only given my dog regular dog treats. Are carrot sticks a safe treat?

For most dogs, carrot sticks and baby carrots can be great treats. They tend to be lower in calories and have more nutrients than many commercial dog
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Cats Live Longer Indoors

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ October 29th, 2014| Ask the Vet
Based on your experience, do indoor cats really live much longer than outdoor cats?

Yes, most definitely! And there are studies to back that up. Indoor cats are much less prone to trauma and infection, the major killers of outdoor cats. By living indoors, cats avoid predators, cars,
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Before You Head to the Dog Park

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ October 22nd, 2014| Ask the Vet
I've read that puppies should stay away from dog parks because of the risk of parvovirus. Is it good to do this with older dogs just to be on the safe side?

In general, puppies should avoid dog parks until they have completed their immunization series, including those
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Fix the Cat Before She Goes Into Heat?

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ October 8th, 2014| Ask the Vet
Should we let our female kitten go into heat once before we have her spayed? I've heard this recommended.

No, it is definitely not necessary to let a kitten go into heat before having her spayed. Allowing a cat to go into heat can potentially increase her risk
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Dog Wetting on His Own Feet: Why?

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ October 1st, 2014| Ask the Vet
My friends' dog always hits his own feet when he wets. Is this a training issue, or could it be a medical problem?

Fortunately, or unfortunately for your friend, it's most likely not a medical problem or a training issue. It's just a dog problem. Your friend's dog
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