Our last column was about our new kitten, Frida Kahlo, and we promised to tell you how we met the challenge of feeding different foods to our two pets. Max, at 3 years of age, eats Hill's Prescription Diet t/d for good dental health, and Frida eats Hill's Healthy Advantage kitten formula.
Andrea from Allentown, Pa., has a Queensland heeler named Jake. Jake is 8 years old and in very good condition, according to Andrea. Recently, he has developed a lump on the underside of his neck and she has noticed it getting a bit larger in the last few weeks. Andrea points out that this lump does not appear painful or to affect Jake in any way. She wants to know what she should do.
Q: I do a lot of traveling for work and usually bring my dog with me. She's an 11-year-old Yorkie, and in pretty good health, but I worry about finding a vet while I'm away. Do you have any suggestions for locating one if you're in an unfamiliar city? I do not trust Yelp reviews.
We're beginning to see lots of new puppies, no doubt the result of Santa granting the wishes of many children at Christmas. Along with all the fun that raising a puppy can bring, it is also a lot of work, and dealing with a puppy's super-sharp baby teeth can be a struggle if you're not armed with information on how to deal with them effectively.
Q: We have a great new pet, a 12-week-old female standard poodle. She loves to walk and run - just not on the road and blacktop. Once we leave the backyard she gets very skittish. I can clearly see she is afraid of cars but even on a quiet street she basically refuses to move and just sits. I don't want to be too pushy with her at this point because she is only a puppy. Or should I be?