CHICAGO _ Steve Heldenbrand stood beside the crime scene in southwest suburban Plainfield, Ill., with a tiny spatula and clear plastic vial in his hand.
Q: I brought in a stray kitten for neutering that my vet thought was female. She made an abdominal incision before realizing it was male and needed its testicles snipped. She felt terrible and didn’t charge me, but my friends say I should find a new vet. What do you think?
The black Labrador retriever knew something was wrong. He refused to leave the side of Sandro Navarro, repeatedly nuzzling the troubled man, trying to comfort him.
Q: My veterinarian chewed me out me for putting lavender oil on my cat’s paws to relax her before our appointment. He told me essential oils are highly toxic to cats. How was I supposed to know?
A 4-year-old was bitten on the neck and ear by a neighbor’s pit bull in an unprovoked attack.
The rules will allow stores to sell pets only from shelters or rescue groups.
Q: We have a 6-month-old kitten and we are keeping him as an indoor cat. We do not want to declaw him if at all possible. However, we got him two scratching posts, and he refuses to use them. Instead, he uses the back of our couch and our carpeted stairs to sharpen his claws. We put catnip on the scratching posts, and we take him and rub his paws on them up and down so he gets the idea, but he just does not seem to understand. How can we get him to use the scratching posts?
Oral papillomatosis is the term for this unsightly viral disease in which young dogs will acquire warts (papillomas) on the mucous membranes of their mouths.
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