From a dog injured by fireworks to a vegan diet – your pet questions answered

HE has a duty to help our pets. . . and here to answer YOUR question.

Sean, head of veterinarians at a tailor-made pet food company, has been helping owner queries for ten years. “If your pet is acting funny or because of the weather, or you want to know about nutrition or exercise, just ask,” he says. I can help keep pets happy and healthy.” If you want him to answer a question for YOU, just email him at

Sean helps a pet owner whose dog was injured by fireworks


Sean helps a pet owner whose dog was injured by fireworks
Sean McCormack, chief veterinarian at, promises he can'keep pets happy and healthy'


Sean McCormack, chief veterinarian at, promises he can ‘keep pets happy and healthy’Credit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun

Q) My Border Collie Susie was hit hard by Fireworks Night last month.

This time it was especially noisy and since then she’s been a bit shy. If she hears a loud bang, she will cower and not run to the door like before.

It’s been a good couple of weeks now and she’s still doing it. Could it be something post-traumatic?

Emma King, Walsall

A) Sean says: It could be an association-based fear, yes. She remembers being really scared and any reminders brought those worries back up again.

Fortunately, there is a behavioral technique that really works to address noise phobia in dogs.

It’s called desensitization and involves slowly exposing them to the type of sound they’re afraid of, gradually increasing the volume until it becomes background noise and they’re no longer bothered by it. again.

It takes time and patience but will really help. There are tutorials online that show how to do it.

Q) I HAVE a black labrador named Mollie. She always eats Wainwrights food and is happy with the turkey.

But I’m vegan and want her to be vegan too. Is it possible to feed dogs without any animal products?

Bethany Poole, Glasgow

ONESean says: Using parts of farm animals that we as humans choose not to include in our pet’s diets is a really sustainable way to feed our furry friends.

Plant-based diets for pets can actually use more resources or emit more greenhouse gases than using up all the natural, delicious and nutritious animal parts from the human food chain. who would otherwise be buried in a landfill. They’re called “animal by-products” but that doesn’t mean they’re inferior ingredients.

Dogs and cats are natural carnivores, so depriving them of it for our moral values ​​doesn’t do me well. If you want a vegan pet, a rabbit is a great choice.

H) I HAVE a Cockapoo, Toffee, one year old, who has been clingy since I returned to work.

She has a dog walker who takes her out every day and she leaves for two hours on each side.

At night she cried and I left her on my bed. Am I making a stick for my back or is it right to comfort her? We trained her in the barrel but now all that is gone.

Adam Cox, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

A) Sean says: This depends on what you want, Adam. You’re really creating a stick for your own back by rewarding her attention-seeking behavior and letting her lie in your bed when she cries.

You can’t train a dog not to worry – it’s an emotional response. But you can train them to get their confidence and satisfaction back in the crate. Some people think of crates as a cage, or punishment. It is to put human feelings into things.

I would say they are the dog’s own bedroom and should be used as an active or neutral space for your dog to sleep and relax.

So it’s up to you to start back to basic training in the cage or enjoy your furry mate.

Q) My cat Sophie likes to lie on top of the radiator.

I worry that when winter comes, she will burn herself or overheat. Should I try to stop her?


A) Sean says: She is unlikely to set herself on fire, but never say never. You can get nice cat beds that fit well with radiators. Maybe it’s a good compromise and a great gift idea for your cat.

If not, you may be fighting a losing battle. We all know cats always win.

Star of the week

BELLA the Cocker Spaniel is making the lives of anxious dogs less stressful.

The nine-year-old girl lived with owner Sarah Jones, 54, in Binfield, Berks, and was attacked by another dog when she was a puppy.

Bella the Cocker Spaniel is making life less stressful for anxious dogs


Bella the Cocker Spaniel is making life less stressful for anxious dogs

She became afraid of animals and people, so Sarah created My Anxious Dog collars, leashes, and harnesses that are worn by thousands of pets around the world.

Sarah said: ‘I’ve been told you can put a yellow ribbon on your dog to warn other people that they’re worried. But it’s still not enough. So I made her a harness with “Keep Away” and “Anxious” turned on.

“It leads to other people asking for them. The fact that Bella inspired me to help her has made it possible for other dogs to enjoy life.”


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Indulge them with Busy Bees pedicure oil, Herbal Dog Co shampoo and conditioner and Woof & Brew herbal tea.

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Don’t leave the guinea pig

GUINEA pig owners are being urged not to give up their pets, as rescuers report an increase in the number of small hairs being abandoned.

There have been reports of an increase in abandoned pet guinea pigs


There have been reports of an increase in abandoned pet guinea pigs

Like most livestock, guinea pigs are in great demand during captivity. But now they are sadly abandoned and neglected.

According to the Pet Food Manufacturers Association, there are 800,000 guinea pigs here – 1.2% of the total number of households. Lucy Meadway, author of The Healthy Guinea Pig Guide, says: “The most common reasons (for abandonment) are that the kids are bored with them, someone in the house has allergies or the owner simply is There’s no time for them.”

Lucy, 30, from Sevenoaks in Kent, adds: “Guinea pigs can be as affectionate as dogs.

“They love to be petted and will squeal to welcome you home. It’s important to make sure they have a coop with enough space, plenty of hay, and additional toys that they can use for food – cardboard tubes work well.

“Consider getting them a life partner – and please don’t give them up. They can make great pets. ”

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