We recently bought a four-year-old Norfolk terrier from a breeder where the dogs were housed separately from humans, and were never part of a “family”. We are having to train him from the beginning, and
My French bulldog pup is nine months old and messes his bedding every morning – and then makes a bigger mess by walking in it. How can I make him understand that this is wrong? We need to teach dogs what
We recently had to take a neighbour’s cat to the vet at 10.30pm because it had collapsed. It had been ill for some time, but its owner had declined to have it treated. What could we have done differently?
My seven-year-old cocker spaniel, Bonzo, suffers from ear infections and the itchiness drives him berserk. His ears get worse as soon as the antibiotic ointment from the vet finishes. A hypoallergenic
We’ve recently taken on a rescued four-year-old male neutered Staffie. He has an odd habit of regurgitating food, usually after drinking water. He does this around once a week, but he’s very well otherwise.
Since Purdey, our much-loved 12-year-old German pointer, died, we've been thinking about getting another dog. However, our two 14-year-old cats seem much more relaxed and confident in Purdey's absence.
There are three long-established charities that seem to comprehensively encompass animal welfare in the UK: the RSPCA, caring for all species of animals, Dogs Trust (formerly the Canine Defence League)
I have a long-haired female black cat who regularly washes herself and her self-licking has caused a bald patch on her abdomen. There is no redness or soreness, and there are signs of hair regrowth, but
My gentle, three-year-old, male neutered cat JD keeps being attacked by our neighbour’s huge ginger cat, which has caused injuries that require visits to the vet. His owners won’t take any responsibility.
In spring a groomer sheared my 15-year-old golden retriever’s coat off. Five months later, there’s still very little hair back. What can I do? Winter’s coming and he looks terrible. Deep-coated dogs like
Traditional collars are not the best way to control your dog, however, there is a place for them, says the Telegraph Vet. It’s difficult to change traditional behaviour. People get used to doing things
I visit my elderly mother frequently and like to take my five-year-old terrier Maisie along. My mum now has a kitten and we have to keep Maisie on a lead to stop her charging at the cat. Will Maisie ever
Over the past six months, I’ve noticed a change in my two 15-year-old cats. One is constantly wanting food but is still skinny. The other spends more time sleeping, then walks around miaowing as if he
Our nine-year-old westie, having had one or two confrontations with a local German shepherd, now seems to sense when it passes our house, even though she can neither see, smell nor hear it. She goes crazy,
Why does my fit 16-year-old cat regurgitate its breakfast (and a little grass) after a few minutes outside? Many elderly cats have undiagnosed illnesses that cause nausea. Affected cats may feel an urge
I witnessed an attack by a bull terrier-type dog on a husky puppy. The dog bit and we could not get him off until he eventually let go, having caused major damage. What can be done to make a dog like let
Our four-year-old black labrador, Parker, regularly sings or rather, he howls. It started with the national anthem as a puppy, but his tastes have changed. Now we get the Poldark theme and Billy Joel.
My five-year-old Pomeranian-Jack Russell cross cut his pad and snarled at the vet when he squeezed the sore area. The vet hit him over the head with his knuckles and bit his leg, saying, “That’s how it
My 17-month-old miniature schnauzer barks loudly and jumps at other dogs (on his lead) when out walking. He is neutered and not at all aggressive. Any advice? Just like an unruly human teenager, your needs
I once caught sarcoptic mange from a golden retriever I found on the street. Easy to cure, but my dermatologist had never seen this. Is it common? Sarcoptic mange, or “canine scabies” is an important often