The importance of spaying a cat

Dear Critter Corner: My 11-month-old cat Skylar has been mewing a lot lately, rolling herself all over the carpet, and rubbing against me. I think she may be in heat, will getting her spayed help with this behavior?  It does sound like Skylar might be exhibiting the...

Muzzle training a dog

Dear Critter Corner: We just had a visit with our vet and they recommended that we should muzzle train our dog.  I am not sure where to start or how to do this, do you have any suggestions? It is great to be proactive when working with our dogs and potential problem...

Cat experiencing separation anxiety

Dear Critter Corner: I went on vacation for 3 days and left my cat Dallas at a friend’s apartment. Now at home she seems to be having separation anxiety, scratching at the door and meowing when I leave. I have another trip coming up and am worried I won’t be able to...

Resource guarding

Dear Critter Corner: I have noticed that when I give my pup a chew stick or other high-value item, he tends to go and hide from me while chewing on it.  The other night, I got close to where he was chewing on the stick and he growled at me.  I am not sure what to do,...

Introducing new cat to the resident cat

Dear Critter Corner: I recently adopted Peanut, a 1-year-old cat, and would like to introduce her to my senior cat Mama, but am worried about them getting into a scuffle. How should I introduce them to each other?  It’s a good idea to introduce them as slowly and...

Barking dog

Dear Critter Corner: We feel that our once quiet pup has found his voice and is doing a lot of barking at home lately.  We have told him ‘no’ and ‘quiet’ but these do not seem to do the trick.  Is there anything we can do to get our quiet pup back?  This is a great...

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