Alan has a 9-year-old Basset hound named Hank who seems to be having trouble seeing. Over the past three months or so Hank seems tentative when walking, especially in unfamiliar areas. The problem seems worse at night. When Alan has looked at Hank’s eyes, he has noticed a blue color and wondered if this might be a cataract.
Amanda is the proud caretaker of Ollie, a 5-month-old blue and gold macaw that she has raised from the egg. Ollie is doing very well with free range of Amanda’s home, though I suspect Ollie would refer to it as his home.
Today we are going to return to a subject we have discussed here in the past, spawned by a question from Kevin. Even though the question is the same as one answered before, perhaps, that answer might have changed.
ST. CHARLES, Ill. - A stallion twitches his nose and bats his long eyelashes for a visitor who has apples in her pockets. Four yearlings play tag to expend their adolescent energy. A pair of brood mares stretch while enjoying a nap in dewy grass. Lisa Diersen can't finish a sentence without being upstaged by the horses in her paddocks.
CHICAGO - Citing concern for the welfare of animals, a suburban Chicago county board member is calling for the end of a popular county fair event that features capuchin monkeys dressed as horse jockeys that ride atop dogs in a Banana Derby race.
Alan has a 9-year-old Basset hound named Hank who seems to be having trouble seeing. Over the past three months or so Hank seems tentative when walking, especially in unfamiliar areas. The problem seems worse at night. When Alan has looked at Hank's eyes, he has noticed a blue color and wondered if this might be a cataract.
Ah, spring is in the air. The flowers are blooming and the air is warming. The sights and sounds and smells of this great time of year are all around and one of those sounds is buzzing. Apparently, Woody is quite attracted to that buzzing sound and that attraction proved to be a bit of a problem.
Recently, I took a trip with my son. As we stepped into the check-in line at the airport, a child bolted away from his parents and accosted my son, who was calmly standing by my side, yelling and screaming at him, creating a huge scene. The parent’s response? “Just ignore her, she’s harmless.”
Erin from Modesto has a question about drinking water for her dog, Lacey. Lacey is 9 months old and of mixed breed descent. Erin knows of caretakers who only use bottled water for their companions, fearing potential problems from tap water. Is tap water safe for Lacey? If not, what makes it unsafe?
Allison from Modesto has been recently saddened by the loss of her dog, Fanny, a 12-year-old golden retriever. Fanny had a form of cancer called lymphosarcoma and after eight months of treatment and a good quality of life, Fanny had a recurrence of her cancer and Allison elected to let her go.
An essential part of any dog training program is a solid reward system. The learning process is accelerated when there is an element of fun or enjoyment for both the teacher and the learner. Rewards can come in many forms – treats, physical interaction or petting, toy play, hand play, access to something interesting in the environment, etc.
When last we “spoke,” our subject was Annie, a 9-year-old yellow Labrador retriever who had presented to our veterinary hospital for an annual physical examination. She was her normal happy self, always wanting to please as we went through the examination.
Annie walked into the exam room just like she had been doing for the past nine years, rear end wagging back and forth with her tail keeping time. She had a big smile on her face and lowered her head as always to make it as easy as possible to pet her head. It was time for her annual physical examination.
Paula has noticed swelling on her bunny Timothy's left lower jaw. It does not seem to have changed his attitude about life, though recently he acted like the area was painful when touched by Paula. This increased Paula's concern as a result.
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