Dear Vicki, I recently bought a puppy, but it died just a few weeks later and my family were devastated. Even though I thought I was careful, it turned out to be from a puppy farm and had loads of health issues. I am sorry to hear about your puppy. It must have been heart-breaking. One of the most important things to do before you buy a dog is download the free Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (puppycontract.rspca. org.uk). Dear Vicki, My cat Margo is six and only seems to be able to keep small amounts of food down. If he eats too much he’s sick, but this happens regularly. There are many possible causes of repeated vomiting, including an infection, worms, a tumour or an over-active thyroid gland. Your cat may even have swallowed a foreign body, which could also cause these symptoms. It’s important to take your cat to see a vet so they can get to the bottom of what’s making him unwell. Dear Vicki, I have a baby map turtle Attie but she’s not eating or behaving normally, and her eyes look sore and inflamed. I’d recommend taking Attie to see a vet as soon as you can, preferably one with a special interest in reptiles. She may have conjunctivitis, or possibly other health problems causing her to go off her food. To find a vet with an interest in exotic species you could ask your local veterinary practice to recommend someone nearby, or alternatively visit the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons website www.rcvs.org. uk and use their online ‘Find a Vet’ facility.