Q: My 5-year-old Maltipoo is sweet and lovable, but when she sees another dog, she starts growling and whining. She barks at all breeds, from Yorkies to Great Danes. I would appreciate your advice on what to do when this happens and why she acts this way.

Skin problems, particularly itchy skin problems, can be quite frustrating to deal with, both as a caretaker trying to help our companion, and as a veterinarian with the same goal.

Question: I have taught my dog Brutus to walk on a leash without pulling, which he does perfectly, but only on the way home from the park where he gets to run every day. On the way to the park, he pulls so hard that he retches, and I can hardly control him. I've put a harness on him so he doesn't choke himself, but it hasn't helped. -Brent

Hurricane season is in full swing, and your dog's survival in a natural disaster, as well as your own, depends largely on whether or not you are prepared. Taking the time to plan now could mean the difference between life and death for your pets. The American Kennel Club offers the following tips to help dog owners prepare for an evacuation in the event of a hurricane or natural disaster.

It's a shame furry friends can't pay for themselves. Though wagging tails after a long day at work may make pet ownership seem worthwhile, a happy pup won't stop those bills from rolling in at the end of the month. Thankfully, quick and easy ways exist for dog owners to cut down on costs.

Andrea writes in concerning her 18-month-old male Netherland Dwarf rabbit that has suddenly become aggressive, especially when approached in his cage. Andrea has heard that neutering him might help this aggressive behavior and wants to know if, at 18 months of age, he might be too old for that procedure.

In a story July 16 about pet suites being offered in some of its new homes, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of home communities being built by Standard Pacific Homes. It is 190, not 27. The story also reported erroneously the starting price of the homes. They start at $1.3 million, not $710,000.

The precarious medical condition of Sheba has improved - along with the finances of a Chicago animal rescue group - thanks to a lot of dog lovers who were captivated by her story.

Humans aren't the only ones that suffer from allergies. Many dog owners don't realize that their four-legged friend can have allergies too. Common allergens that affect dogs are things they inhale (molds, dust mites, pollens), the type of food they're eating and skin irritants. Here are the signs of allergy and how it can be treated so dog owners can provide relief for their pets.

Q: My 14-year-old male cat keeps pulling up threads on new carpet on my previously wood stairs. Please help! What can I do or use to prevent this from continuing? I have been clipping his nails regularly. I have aluminum foil over the first few steps. I have a big piece of cardboard blocking the stair entry. Somehow he gets on them anyway and I will notice a new pull. I am beside myself!

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