DEAR Elaine, I rescued a Bichon Frise 18 months ago. She was in a terrible state but with help from my vet she is now back to full health. The last problem to sort out is her teeth. I’m saving up for the £200 I need, but on a pension it’s hard. I give her half a dental stick a day, but is there anything else I can do to help this problem while I raise the money? It’s wonderful to hear that your dog is doing so well now. If you haven’t checked already, it’s worth giving PDSA a call on 0800 731 2502 – we may be able to help with the cost of any future dental treatment that your dog needs. There are definitely things you can do at home to help improve your dog’s dental health too, such as brushing her teeth. We have a video showing how to do this – visit www.pdsa.org.uk/pethealth videos.
DEAR Elaine, I’ve recently noticed a slight change in the colour of my gecko’s skin. He seems fine otherwise but is this something I should be worried about?
When geckos are about to shed skin, they can become a bit ‘drabber’, but a more noticeable change in skin colour can be due to different factors, such as environmental humidity. In addition, some types of gecko can change colour to blend into their environment if they feel in danger or stressed. Other conditions, like hormonal changes, can also cause colour alterations. I’d suggest you take your gecko to a vet with a special interest in reptiles for a health check, to be on the safe side.
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