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Hi there Alex. We live in Wanganui Ave, Herne Bay and are a bit concerned about the change in the timbre of our 13 year old Min Pin's (Miniature Doberman Pinscher) bark. He is otherwise well although has a couple of fatty lumps, and the beginnings of cloudy cataracts can be seen in certain light when you look into the centre of his pupils. Our biggest worry is that his bark seems to be higher pitched than it used to be. He is fed once daily on biscuits and meat and is on Vivitonin for brain function, fish oil capsules for his skin and joints and a multivitamin tablet. My partner and I are very concerned about him and anything you could tell us would be will be much appreciated. Sue B.

Blindness

Hi Alex. I have recently adopted an adult cat from the SPCA and think she is going blind. She only has one eye due to the other being amputated when she was a kitten. “Winks” adapted really well to our home but her eye is cloudy now and it seems like see can’t see at all. When she gets a fright I have noticed she runs into things a lot more. I am worried because I don’t want to let her outside because she might not find her way home or run onto the road and get hit. The SPCA said she will adapt to one eye but I’m not sure she will be able to see properly again with the changes in her “good” eye. If you have any ideas I would love to hear from you. Daniel.

Cataract Surgery

Hi Alex, just wanted to touch base as when I saw the vet this morning she talked about Roger, my Yorkshire Terriers cataracts and whether he needs surgery or should have surgery. Given his health history of diabetes I am very keen to get an understanding of whether or not this is worth doing for him, what the positives and minuses of it might be and how much it is likely to cost.

Cherry Eye

I have a wee question for you regarding cherry eye. We bought a French bulldog ten days ago and three days after we had him his cherry eye popped up. We have read everything on the internet (probably the worst thing we could do!), telling us that it’s a genetical weakness, and all we were told by his breeder was they could fix it with surgery, but I’m not sure what the procedure is.

Conjunctivitis in Cats

Hi Virginia, this “weepy eye” syndrome is a really common problem with young cats. Cats have a number of viral organisms which can get into the conjunctival tissue around their eyes at a young age, often while still with their queen.

Dog's Bark Goes Missing

Hi there Alex. We live in Wanganui Ave, Herne Bay and are a bit concerned about the change in the timbre of our 13 year old Min Pin's (Miniature Doberman Pinscher) bark. He is otherwise well although has a couple of fatty lumps, and the beginnings of cloudy cataracts can be seen in certain light when you look into the centre of his pupils.

Dental Care

Dental Advice Dental disease is a common health problem in dogs and cats. It can lead to bad breath; swollen, bleeding gums; loose teeth; salivation; mouth rubbing; difficulty eating; and even more severe problems.

Tooth Pain

Dear Sonia, I trust your wounds are healing well. Obviously Barney shouldn’t be nipping you like that, but if he has significant pain in his mouth then dogs can understandably behave out of character.

Normally I would encourage all pet owners to regularly examine their pet’s mouth so you were trying to do the right thing, starting this daily when they are young puppies is smart move. There are a few tell – tale signs of dental disease you can spot.

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