Is This Normal?: Pet Edition
Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber is back with more answers to viewers who are worried, "Is my pet normal?"
"My dog's a cottonmouth!"
Brenda from Tennessee says her dog Darby loves to eat anything made out of cotton -- whether he's outside eating it straight out of her cotton fields, or in the house chowing down on cotton balls or cotton swabs. "I'm afraid he's going to turn into a stuffed dog one day!" Brenda cries.
"Cotton is really a plant," Dr. Jeff explains, "and our dogs' forefathers used to eat plants. So to Darby, this is just another thing to eat. Unfortunately, the processed cotton is not as good for them as the natural stuff may be." He suggests limiting Darby's access to the cotton, such as installing an invisible fence to the area outside. Plus, Dr. Jeff instructs Brenda to get Darby to play with something that's even more fun and tastier than cotton.
"My cat wants to be a lingerie model!"
Shannon says that it's bad enough that her cat Booboo Kitty steals her bras from the hamper every night, but it's worse when they have people over. "She's even brought out my unmentionables in front of company!" Shannon says.
"Our pets love us," Dr. Jeff says, "and sometimes they even like to share us. Now what is more us than our intimate undergarments?" And, it's a further sign of endearment for pets like Booboo Kitty to trot out their owners' undergarments for company. "They love company, so why not bring mom's underwear out because everyone can share!" The doc explains that chasing your pet after they've stolen your 'unmentionables' could have an adverse affect -- they learn to think of it as a game. Rachael offers her own solution for Shannon: "Maybe you should get her some cheapy underwear from the dollar store and start putting that on top of your laundry!"
"My dog attacks the TV!"
Hope and Rebecca from New Jersey say that they're pooch Maggie May jumps up and down wildly whenever there's an animal on the television. Nicholas from Oregon says the same thing happens when his dog Angel sees another dog on the screen - she tries to attack it!
"Only 5-10% of dogs will respond to just the shapes of animals. They don't see clear, they don't see depth, but it's the movement they see. And once it barks, they can see it." Rachael admits that her dog, Isaboo, also freaks out when she sees animals on TV. "So it's fairly normal," she says, "and maybe our dogs are a little slower, so we should just change the channel!"
"My dog pees funny!"
Cindy from Illinois says that her dog Bella is unlike most females when it comes to doing their business. While most female dogs squat when they need to pee, Bella balances on her two front paws with her hind legs up in the air! (Watch the video to see this unusual balancing act.)
"It's not normal," Dr. Jeff jokes, "but the doggie Olympics definitely have their eyes on Bella!" The doc says that Bella considers herself a princess, and she's probably learned to keep that urine away from that beautiful coat of hers. "What better way to do it than to lift herself all the way up, and that way the backs of her legs stay clean," Dr. Jeff says. "She's smart!"
"Why won't the other animals play with Dyce the rooster?"
Cyndi lives on a farm in New Jersey and is worried that none of the animals will play with Dyce the rooster. "All the other roosters and hens pick on him!" she says, and shares that Dyce's only friend is a pig named Chester.
Dr. Jeff advises, "Start including Dyce in some of the more fun things with the other roosters, like feeding. Have Dyce play more of a roll when the animals eat." Rachael suggests maybe feeding the other roosters around Dyce and Chester so they will grow accustomed to one another. Dr. Jeff agrees: "They have to realize that their food is going to be part of the package with Dyce and Chester."
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