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Veterinarian Kate An Hunter answers listener questions about dogs and cats and other small animals. She is a veterinarian at Carver Lake Veterinary Center. Program contains pledge drive segments.

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Hunter hear about Petcare give us a call or regular phone in numbers to 276 thousand to 276 thousand in the Twin Cities outside the Twin Cities one 802-422-8282 course keep the judge lines going at the same time to 276 thousand or one 800-242-2828. If you've got a question for veterinarian k'tan Hunter and we got a number of callers on the line including some folks have been hanging on since the last hour or so. Let's get to some college right away Nancy. Go ahead Place. Hi. I have a question. I we have two smaller dogs that have always have been in a fenced yard, but now we've moved to a new house. It doesn't have a fence. No, I were considering different fence Alternatives and could you discuss the pros and cons of the electric fans defense that is buried under the ground and then I guess the pet wears a collar invisible fence and that one in particular is my favorite of those alternative fences people like them because they don't look like anything. It's completely invisible. It can be put in such a way that you can not only restrict your pet to stay in the yard, but also keep him out of flower beds in certain parts of your yard. So you've got a lot of flexibility there. I particularly like The Invisible Fence because the mechanical components of that fence system I think is a higher-quality they come out and install a wire boundary around your yard and whatever configuration you want and then they actually would send out a trainer who works with your dog to teach them. Not only where is the boundary There's a free boundary tone that the caller makes to say now you're getting close and what they teach the dog out when you hear that tone. What you should do is run to the house. So it's a wonderful Training Method. It doesn't cause any pain if the dogs do get too close to the boundary. They do get a little zap that wouldn't be any worse than than a static that and certainly the dogs are going to find that unpleasant. But what I like about that particular system that they teach the dog not to get hurt and and be scared but to learn that that when you hear that tone, it's time to go home and they take the time to train them. We have seen some problems with some to do it yourself kids because it's hard for people to find the time or have they the expertise to do the training and sometimes the dogs will get hurt on. Worst case scenario is a dog that doesn't isn't trained to the situation perhaps runs through that boundary because there was something just too attractive like a squirrel that ran across and if somebody isn't there to deal with the situation the dog Casey come home and now can't get to his own home pest that Bounder without getting hurt in that certainly not the message. We want to send the dogs reliably though dogs on a leash for dogs in a in a physical fence are going to be pretty reliable to on the collars and The Invisible Fence are going to work only with the training and when the dogs wearing that collar you have much of a problem. If you have like a one of these electric fences with other dogs coming into your yard from dogs kid's bicycles wild animals coming through so depends on what your situation is where we live. We have quite a few deer that that go through our yard and I wouldn't want to restrict them with a physical fence. So we would use an invisible fence there, but you're right if Edgar is out in the yard, then he's he's open to everybody else that comes through Laurie your next good place. And I've had them his anal glands expressed twice and now they say they are fine, but he still continuing to do what? Knowing why? Tell me the problem with that sounds pretty frustrating and often times. We find out if a cat's defecating outside of the box and it may be something some type of a text or preference cats are really particular about what they go to the bathroom in and some cats will prefer one texture for urinating and one texture for defecating. The first thing I would want to do for your cat is to offer them four or five different types of litters in separate litter box is all in that same area and you make it some hints from where the cats referring to go to the bathroom as far as what kind of textures the cat would prefer and see if we can do something there on a 10 year old cat. I wouldn't expect to see a lot of incontinence problems. Although you certainly could have have some early geriatric problems where you're getting into incontinence where the cat doesn't really mean to go to the bathroom outside the box but it can't help it. The thing we find to is that if a cat in particular is having some difficulty with elimination they may associate pain or discomfort with the Box itself. And then we have to start over with a new box in a new location another a question from a staff member here there cat hats. I guess it was seemed to get angry when they left they went on vacation and the cats who are otherwise apparently well-behaved using the litter box and sew onto side of that wasn't good enough anymore and thought pillows in the house would be a much better alternative. I've heard of dogs doing this haven't heard of cats doing I did do animals get mad at you when you leave them have a capacity for anger, but they certainly can become confused uncomfortable not know what to do. Not like their situation with cabs in particular we get concerned with any type of a a stressor on them, whether it's a psychological or physical stressor can reduce their water and taking it and actually lead to some urinary tract problem. So what appears to be a behavioral problem when we look at a urinalysis may actually started Medical problem. So we need to check that out but there certainly are things that I think you are. I look like some retribution, but I think we're anthropomorphizing a little bit too much there. Should that people feel kind of guilty when they leave their animals alone depending on the situation if an animal is used to being left alone is is cared for there's adequate Food Water Shelter litter boxes on one of the things we like for tickly about cats has the ability to come and go as you please but but it's important that an animal be at least checked in on once a day. I recommend that even if you're going on a weekend trip that somebody stopped in at the house not only for the cat's sake but for your house security to just stop in and make sure that everything's okay. Is it alright to leave a dog in one of those crates and a big fan of crates for so many reasons. I think it's it's the most natural thing for a dog to have a sense of a damn. They have their own room to have some private space where they can get away from whoever they need to get away from its the best way to housebreak a dog. And I find that now that I've got a crate trained dog. I no longer come home to a disaster. I don't have a dog that's gotten hurt that's gotten into anything that's destroyed anything that's gotten loose. I've been through a lot of disasters with my dogs that were not crate trained. I also find that with the crate train dog. This dog is much more portable because regardless of the situation whether we're traveling for fun, or or should there be some sense of emergency that crate can go with him. So he's comfortable and feeling much more at home wherever he goes one other question from a staff member regarding crates. This has to do with cats and those little carrier deals. Apparently this particular cat is terrified. Anyway, hates hates getting in the thing to the point where the staff member wonders whether it's even worth trying to take the animal in for maintenance to the vet because the cat wants no part of that care. And apparently no other way to transport a neuron and I agree with cats in particular. That's the safest way to travel. Should there be some reason you need to jump out of the car that the cat is safe and cats like to get in little tiny places and we've spent more than an hour extracting cats from under car seats. Once they get to the clinic as far as is it worth it for maintenance stuff. I I believe it is. I think that in terms of your preventive care you'd much rather know that the animals been vaccinated and that everything's okay. But we made do is try and make that create a more cat friendly thing. Perhaps it that crate is is just the first step to the veterinarian which isn't going to be the cat's favorite thing and we need to try and turn the cats ID around about what the crate means the crate may be the place where the best treats are leaving the crate out all the time too. So that it's not just out on the day that we go to the vet makes a big difference and I think that cats can learn to appreciate the crate to Sandy's on the line with a question for dr. Katie and Hunter go ahead place. I'm thinking of adopting an adult dog, and I'm wondering if there anything that I should look for while I'm at the shelter kennel that would indicate its personality or temperament one of the simplest ways to get an idea of what a dog's going to be like it's to consider the breed and what that breed was was domesticated for although most of the dogs that we have these days were using as pets and and we're not working with them so much all the breeds that exist today were bred for a particular job and it's going to tell you a little bit about their energy level their need for exercise and the amount of personal interaction that they need and there's several good books are your veterinarian as well as a shelter can be helpful there. I always look for a dog at the shelter. That's friendly without being overbearing even a dog. That's a little bit shy because of the situation. I might be wary of And the most important thing and I believe that all the shelters are involved in this you can get a free veterinary exam for this animal so that you can have some professional evaluation of the pets Health certainly a pet. That's not healthy is not going to be a happy pet either. It's always a difficult transition for these pets coming from the shelter because we don't know what their previous life has been like but I think we can give them every benefit of the doubt and dogs in particular extremely malleable. That's one of my favorite things about them is this you can start fresh not only end in the attention and love that you give them but also in the dogs in particular need rules to need some boundaries and can learn new ways of doing things and and fit into a new family quite easily should say in terms of a dog's age. You say wow Gina he really is too old. I don't think so. I've I've never seen that become an issue and certainly some dogs seem to find the transition more difficult than others, but I've never seen a dog regardless of Gauge that didn't eventually settle in just fine George your question place. He was diagnosed with with renal failure and he had lost about a pound and a half up to that time. And since then he's lost probably another pound and he was only about a 10 lb cat his behavior is very normal right now. There isn't anything strange said it's doing except maybe chewing up a little more paper than normal what I'd like to know. Is there any reason or having further Veterinary Care concerning this matter is because I feel that he's feeling kind of fast and very very skinny because he's lost a fourth of his weight and I was just wondering what would you suggest? That's a good question George typically in your older cats that have chronic renal failure. There's a couple things that we want to monitor on a regular basis to things that the kidney was doing for. Your cat one was was eliminating toxins, which when kidneys fail are going to build up in the cat and can cause quite a bit of discomfort as well as reduce appetite if we can get those toxins down we may be able to improve your cat's appetite. The other thing is maintaining hydration and when the kidneys no longer work the cats are not able to stay hydrated everything that they taken orally just goes out the other end and we can can supplement that hydration by giving fluid under the skin which we do on a regular basis either in the clinic or owners can learn to do this at home using a balanced electrolyte electrolyte solution. This will stay in the animal little better and maintain hydration how often that's needed varies with the cat. The other thing I would certainly want to know about your cat is is every other system in good shape and proof. Ocular thyroid, hyperthyroidism is not uncommon in older cats and that can be a contributor to weight loss high blood pressure disorientation and discomfort and if we've got a hyperthyroid situation, then you got a hypermetabolic state where the animal can eat and eat and eat but they just can't maintain it because they're burning it up that certainly is going to affect the heart as well. And so I would I would keep a pretty close eye on a kitty like yours probably checking every two to three months to make sure that that the thyroid is not an issue and that the kidney function or the way that you're you're treating that is staying under control is feline leukemia. It is particularly for the cats that run loose Outdoors. We don't see nearly as much of it as we used to I think people are much more aware of the dangers, but the cats that that do run loose Outdoors, especially the cats that are unspayed and unneutered and so they're having no intimate physical. Interactions with one another whether it's breeding or fighting are still at high risk, or do they are they largely untrainable depend so much on the cat and this is just a theory of mine but it seems that the young cats that grow up in a dog household seem to be a little more dog. Like some cats are very trainable and will pick their old tricks that they want to do my colleague. Dr. Guggisberg has a cat that loves to fetch and he likes the the little plastic ring that you pull off your milk jug, but only the smooth once we only save this mood 14 Roosevelt said he will fetch those until somebody quits but as far as training them anytime you're training an animal there has to be a sense of of trade-off you do this for me and I do this for you. And so for some cats it's hard to find what that trade-off might be in situations where we've got a serious behavioral problem with a K. We may actually withhold food and give that only when the cat's been good. Eleanor your next go ahead ways that you guys are having today. I have two sister cats who are just about four years old and they're wonderful animals very happy with them. However, I cannot buy expensive furniture, but they use it as a bouncing board when they're playing so anything gets completely destroyed. I've tried squirting them with a spray bottle at you know, tried yelling and yelling at him, you know chasing them away and nothing really seems to work. So I'm wondering is there anything that I can do to get them to stop doing this? The tricky thing with training cats to stop doing something is they're awfully smart much smarter than dogs. I think in most cases in so we find that that you may be able to convince a cat to stay off the counter when you're standing in the kitchen. But as soon as you leave the kitchen they may hop right back on if you have a particular piece of furniture, they do make products that you can can set on a couch that when the couch feel some emotions such as a cat jumping on up on them. It makes a loud scary noise and most cases that can only needs to do that a couple of times to get the message. But if you're looking at multiple pieces of furniture that may not be feasible. If the issue is is a toenail question. I think the best thing we can do for our cats is to trim their toenails on a weekly basis. This can sometimes be difficult in cats that aren't used to this. It's a little bit of a training process that to teach them to accept that but it's important not only to keep your furniture safe, but also to give you a chance to look at the toenails cats that live indoors are not going to wear their Toenails down as much and that's certainly the safest thing to do for them. Is it best to have their claws removed do people still do that? People still do that? It certainly declawing is the only the only guaranteed way to make sure that your cat is never going to scratch. It's a difficult surgery. It's not very nice for the cat but in cases where that's the only option we certainly can do that. What's Difficult about it is that were actually removing the last part of the digit. So if you look at your finger or cutting it that that last knuckle and removing that entire piece, so it's at a surgery that you'd want to think about pretty seriously it might be much much easier and nicer for the cat just to teach it to accept nail trim. There is an alternative surgery where we we just cut the ligament that allows the cat to flex those those feet. This is great because then the cat just can't make the motion of scratching. However, it doesn't stop the nails from growing and so toenail clipping becomes even more important because the cat isn't able to to do anything with those nails. So again, we're back to try Nails every week Jerry your question Place quite grief-stricken, we've gotten through the grief process and have decided we like to have another dog and would like your recommendations on on breeds and what has a good temperament and you know, that kind of thing such a big question. I think one of the things you have to start with is is who makes up your household who will be responsible. What kind of space you have what size of a dog you like? What's the look of the dog? I think a lot of people are tempted by a cute face and I hope that you don't make other choices about major lationships based on how cute somebody's face any more than I think you should about Beth because of cute face today may not be a cute face after it's grown up. A lot of the they fuzzy dogs need a lot of Maintenance and Of care not just so that they look nice but so that they're healthy whether it's your care skin care trimming regularly bathing and I think the other issues going to be some of the basic things as far as as toenail trimming and and teeth brushing and vaccinations. I have of course personal favorites when an animal comes to the veterinary and they may feel like they're under dress. So I may see animals when they're at their worst and some of the best temperament that I'm seeing right now are Bichons. Boxers, I think you're fabulous hard hard to meet a boxer. That's not a sweetheart. I like Boston Terriers. I like Shelties a lot all though. They they do need a little more work because they can be shy you've got to start with a with a big book or at one of the big dog shows in town. Look at all the dogs talk to the Breeders good get some ideas about what each individual dog is going to need and what they're going to offer you whether you're looking for a companion running partner playmate for the kids or somebody just to snuggle up with General if perhaps not knowing really what you're looking for you end up with some some dog that that I suppose the book say won't do this that and the other thing they're pretty adaptable aren't they? I mean, even if you end up with one that's theoretically wouldn't want to ever want to go run with Figure that's the that's the new routine so that look especially with dogs again. You can train them to do anything. But again, it's important to try and work within the constraints of of what they've been bred to do or or temperament Tendencies. Each dog is going to be an individual but you're still in most cases going to find Tendencies. And if you're working against those Tendencies, you're just going to have a harder job living with that dog. Tom your question Place almost two year old golden retriever that we've had something with a pub as always slept down downstairs in one of those wire cages with the blankets over three sides. So not too and since first few days, we had him. He's been trained great as far as how about halfway through the night. He'll start whimpering down there and then he'll really get into some frantic barking. It seems like he needs to go outside like crazy, but yet he'll go out and do very little elimination and if he's put Back in the cage. He goes wild again. But if you leave them on the main floor, he seems perfectly fine and he'll sleep the rest of the night away. We got him into the vet to make sure everything was okay. That seems to be fine, but nobody can figure out why he sounds like you've done a good job of ruling out a medical concern. And so it sounds like we're left with a behavioral concerned couple of things come to mind. When is that? His kennel is far from where everybody else is sleeping in over his almost two years of being with you. He feels like he's a pretty important part of the pack and you may not like being separated from you at night having a crate upstairs so that he can canned again not have free run of the house but still be a part of of what's going on upstairs when it's bedtime would be nice. The other question is did something frighten him in the middle of the night which would be impossible to find but you may have to go back to your you're very beginning crate training of having him in there and small increments of times making sure that that's a positive experience and I really like particularly with Weight training if I need to make a correction or some sort of a negative reinforcement for naughtiness in the kennel to make sure that the impersonal if I just yelled the dog's name. He's gotten a little bit of what he wants even though. I may not have said his name to very friendly way. He did get to hear my voice and that can be all a dog needed to reinforce that whining. So what I'd like to do is find something that I can safely toss at the crate so that the crate makes the correction for me and I don't want the dog to know that by whining all rushed to his Aid purebred dogs as opposed to a mixed breed as far as temperament and health. We have a Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu and she's wonderful just heard that some of your thoroughbreds are very nervous and What do you think? Or the the purebred. Well, I'm I've always been a mixed breed person just because I like that element of surprise. I don't quite know what I'm getting for people who need to know what their dogs going to look like and a sense of what the Tendencies of behavior going to be a purebred. So way to go I do think that that we we cut mixed breeds a lot more slack in part because we don't know what to expect and so we don't put a lot of preconceived notions on them. We do lose a little bit of that inbreeding with a mixed breed, but we probably don't lose all of it the inbred problems unless we're mixed breeding and truly mixing for at least seven generations. Sounds like you lucked out with just a really great dog and although both losses and Shih Tzus or nice dog. So it might be hard to go wrong. And I think that's so much of what we get in a dog is not just the breed not just exactly that the mom and the dad but also how it's raised. I think with dogs as we Kids, it's so much of what you put in with them. So it's not necessarily true that a purebred is necessarily more hyper sensitive and weird-looking a purebred dog. You're going to want to know something about the parents what kind of experience and they had if they've been strictly show dogs and don't know how to act around people that may be more of an experiential thing that they pass on to their pups do dogs like and caps for that matter today like to be in the show has Edgar is an obedience dog, and he gets pretty excited about going to The Obedience show. I don't know if that's in part because he sees a lot of his friends. They're both canine and human maybe in part because when he does a good job to get some pretty extra treats and lots of praise for Mom. It's his big outing. This is I think it varies from animal to animal and we try as hard as we can to get a sense of whether they like it and what they like to do next. Yes. I have two elderly dog 14 and 12 mixed breed Wirehaired terrier and Sheltie. Can I keep feeding their regular food or do I need to change them to fit the elderly dogs? And if so, what would you recommend? That won't break the bank? That's the first question and secondly I have about a dozen bird feeders out in the backyard to do I need to fear the dogs might catch something from the birds. Good questions, as far as as the age, I think that I don't usually recommend going to a senior food which may be a little lower and protein in a little lower in calories and less we have a specific indication that difference between your over-the-counter adult maintenance vs. Senior is not going to be a big difference. And so if you prefer to go to a senior, you're not going to change things a whole lot as far as what they animals eating were you making a big differences is when we have particular medical problems that require a very specific diet and in those cases we use a prescription pet food and those are more expensive because they're they're medically regulated. But at this point unless you got a particular indication, I wouldn't change Foods. I would be a little bit concerned about what the dogs are getting into in the birds, but on the other hand, I don't know how you would control that and you may not have any more risk in your yard with the bird feeders than any yard that doesn't have bird feeders animal examinations blood test for heartworm disease and fecal examinations for for intestinal pain. Sites some of which they might pick up from the birds are the best way to prevent that other staff question. And this one has to do with birds. How can you get a bird to take a bath? Well, there's a couple different ways depending on the bird and then you have to play this by ear anything that you do with it with a bird thats new. Give it more than one try. You know, if you got a little bird bath that you're going to put into a cage with a bird do it several times so that they have time to become accustomed to what it is and decide if they liked it for some birds. They prefer a shower than an actual bath and so just introducing them again gradually and over several episodes to the spray and after while though usually jump right in there making sure that the temperature is comfortable and updating is really important for Birds especially because they're indoors all the time and we need to keep them clean not just for their sake but as well as far as they tend to be pretty dusty realize it supposed to clean up when I usually take to it pretty easily once they get into it. We've got a canary at the clinic that that's in the bath and yet the cockatiels are in two showers and and they take to it right away and I think you get the last question. I just got a 2 year old female Boston Terrier and I just love her to death, but I'm having some problems and housebreaking I take her out. She goes again on I'm keeping her confined to a couple rooms and she goes again. Well, I know quite what to do with her and she stayed no, okay. Well, I'm not sure because I really need to check but I think she may have had a fairly recently on the first thing I'd want to do is is get her spayed they ups and downs of of the canine estrous cycle can cause some problems there. You can also add to some behavioral stress and the other thing we see fairly often are are urinary tract infection. So your analysis would be a really important place to start it was thing you mentioned that concerns me. Is that as you're trying to get her a custom to your house and to not going to the bathroom in your house you're restricting her to a few rooms. That's a lot of space for a dog at space for a bedroom and a bathroom and when we talked about confining a dog to teach housebreaking we need just enough space for bedroom so that because of dog won't naturally soil at bedroom. They'll learn to hold it and the other issue is when the dog is free in the house. Be supervised at all times in most cases of housebreaking problems. The dog is going potty when we're not watching him. Well my question is we better be watching him all the time. So I'll even when Edgar is Ian attached his leash to my belt. He's with me all day long and if I can't be watching him then he was in his crate question for you. But dr. Hunter is there any are there any like one or two things people should should know about in terms of trying to decide whether they even want to Pat and because you end up with so many animals getting taken back to the shelter is or abandoned and so on. Absolutely. I'm glad you brought that up. Because I think we assume that everyone should have a pet a pet is it's it's an animal it's a living being it has a lot of needs is going to require attention relationship training food Medical Care throughout the course of its life and I think it's a pretty major commitment. I like to use the analogy of a marriage this is this is a lifetime, It goes beyond those first few really cute weeks when a puppies 8 weeks old and they are cute as can be and they can do no wrong and you don't mind if they jump on you and nibble on you and pedal all over it's not going to be so cute. When they're two years old. Are you going to be home enough? Do you have the time to invest again? It's a it's a major commitment. And so at so many different levels and I would like to remind people that you know, if you want something cuz it's cute get something that's not going to require you to take care of it for 10 to 20 years is a veterinarian at the Carver Lake Veterinary Center in Woodbury. And thank everybody has been with us this hour, especially those of you who called in and try to call in with your questions and comments Edgar also with us this hour and girl is it just a model of a good behavior Kate Smith. Would that certain other dogs whose names? Will not be mentioned right now would behave that well this thing about dog size and and I think Edgar has proven. Ron I think God Edgar has proven that small and medium-sized dogs have great personality and sometimes dare I say those of us who have larger dogs are better behaved because there's less of them. Cute day before we before we give out about the phone number. If you are ready now to buy calling our pledge line, which is to to 72811. Don't confuse that with the call in line to 272. 811 is the number you need to remember to support midday to support Minnesota Public Radio on NPR is supported by shandwick. Your company's reputation is an asset managing. It is the role of shandwick public relations. You know, it's sometimes I suppose confuses you you hear us reading these what are called underwriting messages and you and then you hear us talking about. Well, you you The Listener or supposed to pay for these programs. What's the deal? Well, here's the deal. 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