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From old cats to the best place to house mice – 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 tails.com, has been helping owner queries for ten years.

Sean helps readers about pet rodents

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Sean helps readers about pet rodentsCredit: Getty
Sean McCormack, chief veterinarian at tails.com, promises he can 'keep pets happy and healthy'

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

“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 vet@the-sun.co.uk

Q) MY son bought a new cage for his rats but he is too big to fit in his bedroom.

Now he is worrying about the best place for them.

He said the kitchen floor would be too cold and the rats needed peace and quiet during the day.

Do you think he’s being overly cautious?

Kate Summers, Melrose, Roxburghshire

ONE) It is true that they need some peace and quiet throughout the day, but rats are also very intelligent and highly social and will take care of household chores.

Would the living room be an option? Need a warm, draft-free place.

I think your son is like an excellent pet owner.

Tell him I spoke well!

Do you have a question for Sean?

SEND your query to vet@the-sun.co.uk.

Q) PEANUT, my three-year-old rabbit, has developed a habit of tilting his head to the side over the past few weeks.

I want to know what causes it.

Please can you help?

Matt Stevens, Yeovil, Somerset

ONE) Head tilt in rabbits can be caused by many factors and is rarely good news.

Dental disease, ear infections, nerve problems, a parasite called E. cuniculi. . . The list goes on and on.

I will take Peanut to a rabbit-savvy veterinarian as soon as possible for a complete health check.

Always remember that rabbits are predators in the wild, so they hide their illnesses very well, often until the disease is quite severe

Early treatment is key.

Q) Is it safe for my ten year old cat to have general anesthesia or is he too old?

Our vet said it would be fine, but what do you think?

Mandy Richardson, Sunderland

ONE) In theory, yes it is safe. There is no cut-off point after which the pet is not anesthetized.

As veterinarians, we just need to take extra precautions with older pets that may be at a slightly higher risk.

For example, we may recommend blood tests to make sure her kidneys and liver are working properly and can handle the medications she takes.

We will probably give her fluids so we can control her blood pressure during the procedure and have access to her veins if we need any emergency medication during the procedure. surgical process.

Trust your vet and talk to them about the pros and cons.

For me, a 20-year-old cat is a scary prospect for a general esthetician.

A ten-year-old cat quite often.

Q) We were taking care of a friend’s guinea pig, it’s called Marmite, and I noticed discharge from its eyes and nose.

He eats less than last time when we took care of him, but otherwise seems quite healthy.

Is there something we should do urgently or just wait until the owners return from their vacation?

Alice Waller, Kent

ONE) I want Marmite to be safe by the vet, just in case anything goes wrong.

The last thing you want is something to happen to him while your friends are away.

Small, furry pets are good predators and hiders of disease.

If they don’t do this in the wild, they will be caught by predators.

Discharge from the eyes and nose indicates an infection or dental problems, and not eating much is also quite worrisome.

Make sure your vet examines Marmite’s teeth.

Star of the week

LITTLE Frank helped his owner Kerry Albrighton cope with the pain of her father’s death – and now the dog is raising money to help the NHS.

Brian Langley died of Covid at the age of 76 just 19 days after he bought Dachshund for his daughter in November 2020.

Frank helped his owner Kerry Albrighton deal with grief after her father passed away - and now the dog is raising funds to help the NHS

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Frank helped his owner Kerry Albrighton deal with grief after her father passed away – and now the dog is raising funds to help the NHSCredit: John Cooper

Kerry, 34, of Polesworth, Warwicks, a senior buyer for a construction company, said: “Dad is short and short-tempered and Frank is just like that. He was my light during very dark times and made me smile every day. ”

Frank joins 11 dogs in the Covid Companion Calendar, £19.99.

Photographer John Cooper said: ‘It honors the service dogs have given their owners during the pandemic.

All profits will help restart the Pets In Hospital project.

See johncooperpetphotography.co.uk.

Winner: Fence Cat Fence

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, and one lucky cat lover could win a 20m ProtectaPet fence set, worth £350, that will keep their cats safe inside garden boundaries.

To participate, send an email with the subject PROTECTAPET to sundaypets@the-sun. co.uk before February 6.

See Protectapet.com/.

T&C is applicable.

Double Animal Attack Gun

THE RSPCA is calling for stricter regulation of air guns after shocking new figures show attacks on domestic cats and wildlife doubled last year.

The charity received 454 calls involving animals being shot, injured or killed with an air gun – up from 265 in 2020.

The RSPCA is calling for stricter regulation of air guns after shocking new figures show attacks on domestic cats and wildlife doubled last year.

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The RSPCA is calling for stricter regulation of air guns after shocking new figures show attacks on domestic cats and wildlife doubled last year.

But these numbers are the tip of the iceberg as not all cases are reported.

David Bowles, head of public affairs at the RSPCA, said: “These are deliberate and brutal acts.

“Cats and wild animals are often the animals that are more susceptible to disease because they are outdoors.

“These weapons cause terrible pain and suffering and it is illegal.

“We are calling for stricter control of airborne weapons.

“This, coupled with better education when it comes to buying an air gun, and the requirement that people get basic safety training can help alleviate the problem.”

Margo Ayres, of Telford, Shrops, found her 10-month-old cat Marley dead in her garden in October.

She discovered a wound from a bullet and the vet confirmed he had been shot.

“He’s a big part of our family,” Margo said.

“I struggle to understand how anyone could think of harming an animal in this way.”

Holly Willoughby yawns on her cat Bluebell to see if she loves her back

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