From cat in Halloween costume to Staffie suffering from wind – your pet queries answered

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Can I dress up my cat for Halloween?

Many cats don't enjoy being dressed up, so it's important to respect their preferences. If your cat objects to wearing a costume, use it as an opportunity to teach your niece and nephews that not all pets enjoy playing dress-up.

Should I be worried about Brucella Canis?

Brucella Canis is a disease that can be transmitted from dogs to humans, but mainly through contact with birthing secretions. If your dog is not involved in breeding or giving birth, the chances of contracting the disease are low. It may be worth checking your dog's health records if it was an imported rescue.

What should I look out for regarding algae in water?

Not all algae is harmful to dogs, but blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, can be toxic. It forms in clumps or a scum on the surface of the water and is bright green or blue in color. Keep your dog on a lead and seek vet advice immediately if you suspect your dog has swallowed water containing blue-green algae.

Can probiotics help with a gassy Staffie?

Some dog breeds, like Staffies, are prone to flatulence. Adjusting their diet and supplementing their gut flora with probiotics can help alleviate digestive issues. Contact our customer experience team at [email protected] for more information.

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Pain may be the reason for bad pet behavior

A new study has found that "unwanted behaviors" are the leading cause of death in dogs under three years old. These behaviors include biting, aggression, and accidents due to poor training. However, it's important for owners to consider pain as a possible cause of bad behavior. If your dog is behaving badly, it's advised to consult with a vet to rule out any underlying pain.

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