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From cats with sneezing problems to aggressive dogs — answer your questions about pets


Its mission is to help our pets. . . and is here to answer YOUR questions.

Sean, who is the chief veterinarian of, a bespoke pet food company, has been answering questions from owners for a decade. He says, “If your pet is acting funny or is in bad weather, or if you want to learn more about nutrition or exercise, just ask. I can help keep pets healthy and happy.


My cat has long sneezes spread throughout the dayCredit: Alamy
Veterinarian Sean McCormack answers your questions


Veterinarian Sean McCormack answers your questionsCredit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun

Q) I HAVE a neutered male cat called Ginger Puss who has been with me for about six years.

He has never had any health problems before, but for the past two months he has had long bouts of sneezing spread throughout the day.

They don’t seem to bother him

He has no discharge anywhere and has a very good appetite

He also seems happy and healthy. How can I help him?

John Lawn – Newport, South Wales

A) This sudden, persistent sneeze in a previously healthy cat reminds me of something mechanical – perhaps a growth, obstruction, or a foreign object lodged in the back of the throat or nasal cavities.

Grass blades or seeds are often found when we investigate these cases, as are benign, harmless growths called polyps.

Since there is no discharge and Ginger Puss seems fine on his own, it is less likely that it is an infection.

An allergy is also less likely, but not impossible. It’s time for a trip to the vet, I think.

Have a question for Sean?

SEND your questions to [email protected].

Q) WE have a seven month old cockapoo called Rolo who keeps digging up flowers and fences around flower beds.

Can you tell us what we can do to stop this.

We had to put netting around the beds to try to stop it.

Garry Whitaker – Bexleyheath, Ken

A) Nets around flower beds seem to be a great temporary fix.

Digging is just a natural puppy and dog behavior.

First, correct Rolo with a firm “No” when he begins to do so.

Do not leave it unattended in the garden because the more it does and enjoys it, the more desirable and entrenched this behavior becomes.

And, most importantly, provide him with a defined area in which he is allowed and encouraged to dig, such as a sandbox.

Give him plenty of reward-based workouts to dig up his toys and perform this fun behavior in the right place. Sorted! Offers Custom Nutritional Foods For Pets Offers Custom Nutritional Foods For Pets

Q) OUR golden retriever Lola just turned two and has always been the sweetest dog.

But recently, if she’s on a leash, she growls, barks and lashes out at other dogs.

She was attacked last year by a collie, and two small dogs also on a leash went to look for her. Could this be related?

What should I do to prevent her from reacting like she’s a mean dog when we walk on a leash, please?

Debbie Finney – Sticks

Sean helps a golden retriever who was attacked last year


Sean helps a golden retriever who was attacked last yearCredit: Alamy

A) These incidents are absolutely why she is reactive on the lead like this.

Basically, she feels worried or insecure that another dog is going to attack her again, and while on a leash, she has nowhere to run and feels trapped.

So she barks or growls to say to the dogs, “Back off, don’t come near. And it works most of the time so it becomes ingrained behavior.

This is a common problem, and there is a lot of great advice online on lead responsiveness and how to improve it.

Take a look and consider a session with a trained animal behaviorist.

Identifying the problem and how to fix it will come from direct observation of Lola and also from how you react when it happens.

Star of the week

SALUKI’s magician almost died on the streets, but after being adopted he helped his new owners cope with lockdown.

Blue Cross picked up the two-year-old after a dog sitter found him on the streets of Swindon in February.

Saluki Wizard almost died on the streets, but after being adopted he helped his new owners deal with foreclosure


Saluki Wizard nearly died on the streets, but after being adopted he helped his new owners deal with foreclosureCredit: BLUE CROSS

Vanessa Margrave of Blue Cross says: “As Wizard was a stray animal, we had no history for him. He was underweight and almost bald in many parts of his body.

After some treatment, he was quickly greeted with Claire Meadows and her husband Keith, whose beloved Susie spaniel had just died.

Claire, 39, says: “He wears casual bandanas that emphasize how handsome he is. We love it in pieces. It’s a great company.

Victory: DNA test of the dog

WHAT makes your puppy unique?

Wisdom Panel ( offers two DNA swab test kits, developed by geneticists so that you can learn more about your pet’s health and history, including genetic conditions related to susceptibility to medications, vision, weight and mobility.

Wisdom Panel offers two DNA swab test kits,


Wisdom Panel offers two DNA swab test kits,Credit: PANEL OF WISDOM

Learn their ideal weight range and trace their ancestors back to their great-grandparents.

To participate, send an email to [email protected] and put WISDOMPANEL in the subject. Registration closes July 5. General conditions apply.

Training boom as puppies venture out

SALES of pet products and training courses are booming after millions of us made new four-legged friends during the pandemic.

There are now 17 million households in the UK with pets – more than three million.

Lizzie Benge said:


Lizzie Benge said: “We have seen a huge increase in demand for our events and our puppy lessons are selling out soon after they go live.”Credit: PAWS OF INTEREST

Lizzie Benge, of Leading Paws in Maidstone, Kent, says: “We have seen a surge in demand for our events and our puppy lessons are selling out soon after they go live.

“We also get a lot of requests to train teenage puppies who might have forgotten skills during the lockdown. We went online during the lockdown, but nothing can match the actual environment, with all of its distractions, to train puppies. “

In April, three times as many animal lovers booked pet events on the Eventbrite ticketing / events platform than in April 2020.

These included dog training and play and socialization sessions for young puppies, dog walks, pet ownership workshops for young people, canine first aid and small animal care lessons. .

Sebastian Boppert of the company adds, “We’ve had online pet events, but now people are booking outdoor events to meet in person.

“It’s good for the welfare of the animals and the mental health of the owners.”

Holly Willoughby enjoys early morning cuddles with her cat


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