HE is on a mission to help our pets . . . and is here to answer YOUR questions.
Sean, who is the head vet at tailored pet food firm tails.com, has helped with owners’ queries for ten years.
Today, our pet vet helps an old cat with an overactive thyroid
Sean McCormack, head vet at tails.com, promises he can ‘help keep pets happy and healthy’
He says: “If your pet is acting funny or is under the weather, or you want to know about nutrition or exercise, just ask. I can help keep pets happy and healthy.”
Q) MY 18-year-old cat has an overactive thyroid.
She’s had one kidney since she was a kitten and I’ve read that medication for her hyperthyroidism can damage kidneys.
The cost is worrying — it will mean tests for her thyroid as well as the ones she has for her kidneys currently.
I don’t know what to do for the best for my cat.
Linda Riley, Salford
A) Treatment for hyperthyroidism can have an impact on her kidney function over time.
But not treating hyperthyroidism will damage her remaining kidney far quicker, leading to increased blood pressure and damage within the organ itself.
Not to mention all the other issues this disease causes if left untreated, including weight loss, ravenous appetite, heart problems and so on.
You must treat the hyperthyroidism, and there are several options that don’t involve medications.
Radiotherapy, prescription diet or surgery for example.
Ask your vet to discuss them all with you then together you can arrive at the best option for you and your cat.
Enid’s Cairn Terrier was attacked by a Staffie
Q) SINCE my Cairn Terrier was attacked by a Staffie, her dislike of other dogs has got much worse.
She is 13 and has never really been fond of other dogs, though is friendly with those she knows.
It’s not all dogs but she’s worse when they look at her.
I’ve tried giving her treats when she doesn’t bark and I’ve switched from using a harness to a lead.
Enid Martland, London
A) At 13 you might be up against it to have her change her ways.
But you can teach an old dog new tricks, and it sounds like you are making good progress.
Keep rewarding her calm and positive reactions around other dogs, and give her time off lead with dogs she knows, too, to build up her confidence around other dogs.
If she reacts aggressively to dogs while out and about, just turn and walk the other way but don’t talk to her, reassure her or scold her.
Just completely ignore the situation.
You could try a programme of habitation and response substitution, which can be used to treat behavioural problems.
Google it to find out more. If you take it slowly, she will get better.
Clare wants to know why her two Cockapoos have such different temperaments
Q) I HAVE two Cockapoos, with very different temperaments.
The male is forever preening himself and hates getting dirty.
The female is obsessed with water, mud and rolling in all kinds of horrid stuff like cowpat, fox poo, you name it.
I would love to know why they are so different, even though they’re the same breed.
Clare Holder, Essex
A) Every dog is different, Clare.
They’re animals with complex emotions, and although they are the same breed they will have had different starts in life, different experiences, and different genetics.
Nature and nurture play a role, as does simple personal preference.
I think I prefer the sound of your stinky hound – she seems more fun!
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Star of the week
WHEN cute rescue Chihuahua Neo went to live with Marianne Anderson, he didn’t even know his name.
But now the clever pup can play the keyboard, ride a skateboard, push a mini shopping trolley, play hungry hippos and has even starred at Crufts.
Owner Marianne said pet Neo ‘is so clever and loves to play his piano’
Neo, six, was found by Marianne on a rehoming page on Facebook.
He has lived with her in Cumbria since she adopted him when he was two years old in 2016.
Marianne, 36, a dog trainer, said: “I’m so proud of Neo and all he has achieved.
“He is so clever and loves to play his piano. His favourite is Who Let The Dogs Out.
“He is such a sweet little dog and it is lovely to see how happy he is after his tough start.”