Drooling cat

Q: I have a five-year-old cat. Recently, she started drooling while playing and sleeping. Why is this happening and how can I stop it?

Feather plucking

Q: My five-year-old African Grey started plucking his feathers recently. It has resulted to a bald patch on his chest. What should I do?

My puppy is not putting on weight

Q: I brought home a female mongrel puppy a few months ago. Despite feeding her puppy kibbles twice a day, she is still very skinny and does not appear to have gained any weight. What can I do to help her?

Managing fido’s dental health

Q: I just adopted a seven-year-old Shetland Sheepdog. As his previous owner did not bother to manage his dental health, he has bad breath, horrible plaque and tartar buildup on the surfaces of his teeth. What can I do to improve his condition?

Acupuncture for pets?

Q: I am keen to try acupuncture for my pet. When should I explore this treatment option?

Black spot on kitty’s tongue

Q: While feeding my eight-year-old orange tabby cat, I noticed a black spot on his tongue that was not there previously. Is this something that I should be concerned about?

Shaving off a matted coat

Q: I sent my seven-year-old Shih Tzu for a groom recently and was told that her fur was heavily matted. As a result, she had to be shaved down. Why can’t the groomer just brush the tangles out?

My toy poodle suffers from luxating patella

Q: My nine-month-old Toy Poodle was recently diagnosed with grade one luxating patella on her left hind knee. There wasn’t much the vet could do except to prescribe some supplements. However, I am concerned that the condition might deteriorate over time as she is relatively young and extremely hyper. What are some of the holistic treatments I can explore to prevent her condition from worsening?

Itchy dog

Q: My six-year-old Shih Tzu cross has been experiencing serious skin problems for the past nine months. We have visited several vets but his condition has yet to improve. While he does not lick or scratch when he is out on walks, he does so relentlessly at home. Could his condition be due to boredom or is it medically related?

Puss keeps bringing me her dead prey!

Q: I am terrified of lizards but my three-year-old female Calico cat brings me dead ones and it is freaking me out. What can I do to stop her behaviour?

My cat has struvite stones

Q: My three-year-old male Maine Coon suffered from urolithiasis and had to undergo a procedure to have the struvite stones flushed out. Although he has fully recovered from this episode, I understand that there is a high recurrence of the condition. What can I do to prevent this from happening again?

Brushing fido’s teeth is an ordeal!

Q: My newly adopted four-year-old Terrier mix does not let me brush his teeth. What can I do to improve his dental health?

Help! My cats don't get along!

Q: I have a seven-year-old Ragdoll named Cuddles. I recently adopted a year-old local cat, Dimples, from a shelter. Unfortunately, Cuddles did not take to the new feline well and the two sometimes get into aggressive fights. Is there anything I can do to help both of them live peaceably?

My rabbit has wet eyes!

Q: George, my rabbit, seems to have wet eyes. It’s been going on for about a week and despite my flushing it with water and drying it as often as I can, the wetness still persists. He doesn’t seem to be suffering or experiencing any changes in appetite and behaviour. Could it be something in his cage that is causing the eye irritation?