From a scaredy-cat to a hungry hamster


HE is on a mission to assist our pets  . . . and is right here to reply YOUR questions.

Sean, who’s the top vet at tailor-made pet meals agency, has helped with homeowners’ queries for ten years.


Sean helps a reader whose cat is afraid of their two-year-old daughterCredit score: Getty
Sean McCormack wants to help keep pets happy and healthy


Sean McCormack needs to assist preserve pets comfortable and wholesomeCredit score: Doug Seeburg – The Solar

Q) FOR the previous week, my cat Ned has been hiding beneath the mattress.

He appears afraid of our two-year-old daughter, who retains choosing him up by the neck pondering he’s Simba from the Lion King.

Ought to I be fearful he may maintain an harm by being picked up by the neck?

I don’t know if he’s beneath there as a result of he has been damage or he’s fearful of our daughter.

Ned is three and normally fairly sociable.

Paula Elphick, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

A) I don’t assume I want a vet diploma to say this, however sure in fact he may maintain a neck harm.

It is a actually essential time – it’s essential to show kiddo that they need to be mild and sort to Ned, and different animals.

In case you are involved he’s in ache or shifting unusually then I’d suggest a vet go to.

It’s additionally essential to say that Ned could lash out and damage your daughter subsequent time, which wouldn’t be his fault.

Q) MY insurance coverage prices a fortune.

My supplier Pet Emporium stated I can go down from gold to silver membership, that means I’d solely be lined for a certain quantity in any given month.

What may the utmost charges be for a mean dog?

I’m scared if I’m going down a stage I won’t be lined.

My dog is a beautiful Boxer known as Humphrey. He’s two and has barely been to a vet.

Toby Wiley, Boston, Lincs

That is crystal ball stuff. I can’t offer you a determine.

Some dogs will go all their lives with no massive vet invoice, whereas others are accident-prone or get sick.

Boxers are susceptible to a couple well being points as a breed. It could be you get a greater stage of canopy and worth for cash with one other insurer.

Some folks select to have a pet financial savings account and put within the quantity they might have paid an insurer every month.

Lifetime cowl is healthier than per 12 months or per sickness cowl however will likely be costlier.

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Q) I LOVE operating and just lately acquired a Cocker spaniel pet, Charlie.

He has a lot vitality and is 16 weeks previous.

I’d like to take him operating with me. How previous ought to he be for that

Anna Cooper, Gateshead, Tyne and Put on

A) He’s not fairly prepared for operating but, as his bones and joints are nonetheless very a lot in improvement and an excessive amount of high-impact train may trigger points.

When to run with him shouldn’t be a precise science and causes a whole lot of debate.

Some say solely train a pet for as many minutes as they’re in weeks of age.

So for Charlie you may be capable to do three or 4 low-intensity classes of 16 minutes a day — akin to strolling and play.

Keep away from hitting the pavements and trails arduous with him till he’s absolutely grown and his skeletal improvement is full.

For Cockers, that’s 15 to 18 months, when you can begin to construct up operating step by step.

Q) OUR hamster Scampi ate the images of bushes and wooded areas we put round his cage to provide him a view.

Do I want to fret about how this can have an effect on him?

Bella Thomas, Norwich

A) I assume Scampi continues to be alive on the time of writing. In that case, there isn’t a want to fret.

However greatest keep away from him consuming stuff like this in future.

Rodents have an insatiable have to chew and so they actually like paper or wooden.

Ink in colored paper might be dangerous and in the event that they eat an excessive amount of fibrous materials there may be the prospect of a blockage.

Present them with wood blocks and hamster-safe toys to gnaw on.

Star of the week

WIDGET the Labrador loves doing his bit for the surroundings by choosing up litter on walks.

The four-year-old lives with Sarah Wolf in Frome, Somerset, and carries junk in his mouth to the closest bin.

Widget the Labrador loves doing his bit for the environment by picking up litter on walks


Widget the Labrador loves doing his bit for the surroundings by choosing up litter on walks

Proud Sarah, 47, a media officer, stated: “We realised his litter-picking expertise when he jumped in a river and swam out carrying a beer can.

“He’ll make a beeline for plastic bottles, previous cans or different items of litter he can retrieve.

“Widget is especially good at fishing them out of rivers and lakes. Then he will get a dog biscuit as a reward. Older folks name him a Womble after the TV present.

“We’ve even been instructed to contact Blue Peter to see in the event that they’d give him a Local weather Hero badge.”

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November 5 places hedgehogs in danger

NATURE lovers need us to place off constructing bonfires till November 5 to guard hedgehogs.

Final 12 months’s second lockdown halted bonfire bashes however the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) fears many will endure as celebrations resume subsequent month.

Fay Vass of the BHPS says: 'A bonfire pile looks like a 5H hotel to a hedgehog, seeking a safe and cosy winter home to hibernate in'


Fay Vass of the BHPS says: ‘A bonfire pile appears to be like like a 5H lodge to a hedgehog, in search of a protected and cosy winter dwelling to hibernate in’

Bonfires make inviting nests for hedgehogs – placing them vulnerable to harm or loss of life when they’re lit.

Fay Vass of the BHPS says: “A bonfire pile appears to be like like a 5H lodge to a hedgehog, in search of a protected and cosy winter dwelling to hibernate in.

“They aren’t to know we plan to set mild to it.

“We’d ask that bonfires aren’t constructed till the day they’re going to be lit.

“If materials is saved on open floor upfront, dismantle it and transfer it to a different spot simply earlier than lighting.

“Be sure the bottom is totally clear – by no means on prime of a pile of leaves, as there may very well be a hedgehog beneath.”

Gently verify your bonfire with a torch, not a spade or fork.

Should you discover a hedgehog, use gardening gloves to select it up, with a few of its “nest”, and put it in a high-sided cardboard field with newspaper or towelling inside till it’s protected to launch it. See

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