Your pet ques­tions an­swered

The People's Friend - - Your Pets - by PDSA Se­nior Vet Sean Wens­ley.

Q IS it dan­ger­ous for my dog to eat the conkers he picks up on a walk?

A conkers can be poi­sonous to dogs, but se­ri­ous cases are rare. They can cause harm if eaten in large quan­ti­ties and can also block a pet’s in­testines. Horse ch­est­nut trees have many poi­sonous parts, such as the bark, leaves and flow­ers, so be care­ful when out walk­ing. If your dog eats conkers and shows signs like drool­ing and retch­ing, you should make sure you con­tact your vet for advice im­me­di­ately.

Q I think our new white kit­ten might be deaf. How can we check?

A deaf­ness can be in­her­ited, es­pe­cially in white cats.

You may sus­pect that your cat is deaf be­cause it doesn’t re­spond to sounds as you’d ex­pect, or seems star­tled when things ap­pear.

If so, take it to your vet to be checked. They can do some ba­sic checks and in some cases may sug­gest fur­ther test­ing at spe­cial­ist cen­tres.

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