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Q: We have a female that we just haven’t gotten fixed yet. Well, she got out two weeks ago and didn’t come back home for two to three days. She may have been in heat when she got out because she was swollen back there and she may have had some discharge too. How do I know if she is pregnant …

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Q: I love all things Christmas and am looking forward to celebrating more than ever this year. One thing I do love to have in my home is a few poinsettia plants. I have always heard that they are toxic to pets and can kill cats. Is that true?

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Q: I have an 8-year-old female dog named Baby. She is my baby, too. I thought I would breed her — she is a perfect Maltese — but I never found a male to breed her. I noticed the other day that she had a large amount of blood and infected drainage coming from her female area, and it was not t…

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Q: I took my two dogs for a walk yesterday and it was hot outside and humid, but I didn’t think it was too bad. I knew that there would be some shade as we went along, too. They started out great and pulling to go faster. We went about 1½ miles and turned around to come home. On the way home…

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Q: I think my cat is overweight. His stomach hangs down and he sounds like a small dog when he jumps down from the couch. We feed him canned food in the morning and it is only half a can of Fancy Feast. He can eat dry food all day but his bowl is never empty so I don’t think he eats that muc…

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Q: My grandmother feeds several cats on her back porch. My mom, who is not a cat person, is worried about the cats spreading cat scratch fever to my grandmother and making her sick. I have heard of this condition in people but I don’t really know much about it. Is my Grandmother really at ri…