VETS Q&A

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE - VICKI LARKHAM

Dear Vicki, I took on a Staffie ear­lier this year as his owner couldn’t keep him any­more. He’s usu­ally a softy, but re­cently he bit a puppy af­ter I’d stroked it. What can I do to stop this from hap­pen­ing again? As a short-term so­lu­tion you should use a muz­zle and never leave your dog un­su­per­vised. Take him to your vet as soon as pos­si­ble to check there are no un­der­ly­ing ill­nesses. If he shows no signs of un­der­ly­ing health con­cerns, your vet will be able to ad­vise on how to ad­dress this is­sue. For ex­am­ple, if he isn’t neutered, get­ting this done may re­duce ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour. Train­ing classes might help, and your vet may rec­om­mend re­fer­ring your dog to an ac­cred­ited pet be­haviourist, such as a mem­ber of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Pet Be­hav­iour Coun­sel­lors www.apbc.org.uk. Dear Vicki, My cat, Fanta sits on his lit­ter tray but hardly pro­duces any­thing, and some­times there is a lit­tle blood. Those can be signs of cys­ti­tis. How­ever, there are also other pos­si­ble causes, such as blad­der stones. Take Fanta to your vet so the cause can be di­ag­nosed and any nec­es­sary treat­ment can start. Cys­ti­tis in cats is of­ten trig­gered by stress, such as re­cent changes in the house­hold (e.g. a new pet or a new baby), or liv­ing with other un­re­lated cats. If you have more than one cat in the house, make sure they have enough of their own re­sources (e.g. lit­ter trays, beds, feed­ing bowls). There should be one of each for ev­ery cat in the house­hold, plus one spare, in dif­fer­ent places around the house so the cats can avoid each other if they want to. WWW.PDSA.ORG.UK

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