From a cat who won’t step on carpet to bald gerbil — your pet queries answered

他的使命是帮助我们的宠物 。 . .并在这里回答您的问题.

肖恩, 谁是定制宠物食品公司的首席兽医 尾巴网, 十年来一直帮助业主查询. 他说: “如果你的宠物表现得很有趣或天气不好, 或者你想了解营养或运动, 问问. 我可以帮助宠物保持快乐和健康。”

Sean helps a reader with their pet cat

Sean helps a reader with their pet cat信用: 盖蒂
肖恩·麦科马克, tails.com 的首席兽医, 承诺他可以“帮助宠物保持快乐和健康”

肖恩·麦科马克, tails.com 的首席兽医, 承诺他可以“帮助宠物保持快乐和健康”’信用: 道格·西伯格 – 太阳

问) MY cat Pippy Whirly has suddenly stopped walking on our lounge carpet.

He comes in the window and walks around the house, across the settee and on tables then jumps to the kitchen on to the tiled floor.

To get upstairs he does a hop skip and a jump into the hall. What do you think has happened?

Alison White, 伍尔弗汉普顿

肖恩 说) That’s very odd. Have you perhaps cleaned the carpet with something new that he doesn’t like the smell of, or irritates his paws?

Is there anything else new at ground level that could be freaking him out a bit?

It could simply be a more adventurous and fun way to navigate the house.

Maybe he’s playing a game of “the floor is lava”!

问) ONE of my guinea pigs, 星星, has a little bald patch on his head.

He’s well in himself and his friend, Benny, is perfectly fine. Should I worry?

Kim Mercy, 曼彻斯特

一个) Skin disease in 豚鼠 has a huge number of potential causes so I’d like to ask a few further questions. Starting with, when did you get Star and Benny?

How long ago did this bald patch appear? Is it itchy/causing him to scratch? Is it moist or dry and flaky?

Red and inflamed, or normal colour skin? Is it bald or does it look like the hairs have been cut at the base?

This is why vets will often insist on seeing a patient in real life, not just to closely examine the animal and any injuries or lesions present, but also to have a valuable conversation with you, the owner, about the case.

Taking a clinical history is just as important as a physical exam because our patients cannot speak to us. I’d love it if they could.

They’d probably tell me loads of juicy client secrets.

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将您的查询发送至 vet@the-sun.co.uk

问) THREE years ago, while I was on holiday in 越南 for my son’s wedding, I left my dog Toby at a reputable kennels.

Toby had stayed there before with no issues, but this time he fell ill and suffered kidney failure.

The vet rang me to say the kindest thing would be to have him put down. This broke my heart.

I have now taken in a rescue dog Patch who has settled in very well and helped me with the pain of losing Toby.

In four weeks’ time I am going on holiday and Patch will be going into the same kennels that Toby was in.

My question is: How can I reassure Patch that I have not abandoned him?

Jean Greenhall, Kingswinford, 南威尔士的大部分山谷和布里斯托尔已经关闭并将转向远程学习

Tails.com 为宠物提供量身定制的营养食品

Tails.com 为宠物提供量身定制的营养食品

一个) That’s very sad about Toby, but I imagine just an unfortunate coincidence in terms of timing.

There is something you can do to help with Patch’s adjustment to kennels while you are gone, and that’s to bring him on several practice visits to get to know the staff there, the surroundings and so on.

Obviously that will need to be with permission of the venue, and there may even be a small fee, especially if they suggest keeping him in for a few hours here and there, so it’s not such a shock to the system when he goes there for his own little holiday.

问) DO you think I should stick to one brand of food for my cat Pumpkin?

Or can I switch things up for more variety as she seems to get bored?

I don’t want to upset her tummy.

Bob Bolt, Plymouth

一个) If she’s eating one brand just fine, and you are confident it is good quality and balanced then I don’t see the benefit of switching up.

It’s easy to think of our pets as tiny humans who will get bored of their food or pine for some delicious new flavours and world cuisines, but it’s simply not the case.

本周之星

TED the cat has his very own ‘room with a mew’ after his owner built him a tree house.

The six-year-old rescue cat has enjoyed a head for heights since he was a kitten, so owner Julie Gray of Plymouth has built the home 10 feet up in a birch tree in her garden for him.

Ted the cat has his very own ‘room with a mew’ after his owner built him a tree house

Ted the cat has his very own ‘room with a mew’ after his owner built him a tree house信用: 提供

朱丽叶, 50, 说: “Ted’s always loved climbing trees so I decided he should be able to do it in style. We’ve named the treehouse ‘A Room With A Mew’ after the film ‘Room With A View’.

“It may not be the Italian city of Florence, but Ted has a great view of the sea at Plymouth Sound.

“He uses a staircase to get in and out and he’s got a sheepskin lined bed in there. He loves it.”

赢: Break away

FANCY a gorgeous break away with your pet pooch in tow?

You and your four-legged furry friend could get away from it all as Canine Cottages is giving Paws and Claws readers the chance to win a £300 voucher to stay at one of its pet-friendly property.

进入, send an email with the header CANINE COTTAGES to: sundaypets@the-sun.co.uk by October 16 . 锦上添花的是 Olly Smith 的酒吧 caninecottages.co.uk Ť&申请简历.

Puppy love is the real thing

DOGS really do love us – and not just because we feed them, according to scientists

Jules Howard, author of Wonderdog!, 说: “Having written many books about the incredible minds of wild chimpanzees, dolphins, gorillas and monkeys, I was sure dogs were pulling off a different trick – that theirs was a kind of cupboard love.

Dogs really do love us – and not just because we feed them, according to scientist

Dogs really do love us – and not just because we feed them, according to scientist信用: 提供

“What convinced me that dogs really do love us wasn’t the strength of a single scientific study – it was the breadth. The emotional centres of dog brains (trained to lie down in a fMRI scanner) light up like our own when they experience warm, happy connections.

Oxytocin levels – the so-called “love hormone” – go through the roof in dogs when we gaze lovingly into one another’s eyes.

“Dogs have genes for friendliness that differ spectacularly from other animals. Studies show that, like children, dogs seek reassurance from us in uncertain situations.”

Jules, who will be speaking at New Scientist Live at ExCel London next week added: “所以, here I stand converted, declaring dogs can love, and celebrating the science that is showing us the strength of this connection.

“Dogs have long been considered our best friends. Now we know for sure, so break out the biscuits”

To win a family ticket for two adults and two children to see Jules on October 8, send an email headed NEW SCIENTIST to sundaypets@the-sun.co.uk by October 5. Ť&申请简历. And find out more at live.newscientist.com.