Dear Vicki, My black Labrador Sally has been pulling the fur out on her sides. She’s regularly treated for fleas so it can’t be that, why is she doing this?
There could be many reasons for this so I would advise booking an appointment with your local vet. They can investigate other potential causes. It is still possible that fleas are causing this. If you use an over-the-counter product, it may not be effective. Dear Vicki, Our guinea pigs are kept in a hutch outside in a sheltered corner, but with the weather becoming so cold, I’m worried - do I need to bring them in?
It’s best to house guinea pigs indoors during the coldest winter months. A shed or a garage is ideal, but it must be one that isn’t used by cars as exhaust fumes can be dangerous. You should also provide extra bedding hay to help them keep warm and cover the hutch and run with thick blankets. It is also important to check water bottles every day to make sure they aren’t frozen. If you don’t have a shed or garage, then bring their hutch into the house when the weather gets really cold, but keep it away from radiators, other pets, loud noises and smoky atmospheres. Natural light should be available and constant access to a secure run and toys so they can exercise. Dear Vicki, My cat, Shan, keeps bringing dead birds and mice she’s caught into the house and leaving them at the front door, and it’s not very nice! How can I get her to stop?
Hunting is normal behaviour for cats, even well-fed ones. You could play games that let her carry out her stalking, chasing and pouncing. There is no guarantee of success and it may be better to accept that this is normal cat behaviour.