My six-year-old male working cocker spaniel smells cheesy around his snout. My vet has been unable to fix it. What can I do?
Pinpoint the epicentre by sniffing all around his head: possible sources are the ears (infection), the lips (lip fold infection), the teeth (dental abscess) and the breath (from throat or stomach). Once clear about the precise location, go back to your vet.
A friendly cat has turned up in our garden. I have fed him. What else do I do? Is there a protocol?
If he has no ID collar, use a cat carrier to take him to your local vet to get him scanned for a microchip. Ask your neighbours if they recognise him, and check local papers and social media. Unfortunately, fewer than a third of all pet cats are microchipped and a quarter carry no identification at all. For further advice on how to help a wandering cat like this, visit cats.org.uk/microchipping
Disney’s movie Patrick features a pug. In response to welfare concerns, Disney has added this to the credits: “Pugs can suffer from serious health problems. If you are thinking of getting a dog, please think twice before getting a pug and speak to your local vet first.”
Socks is a fantastic 18-year-old cat. For more information, contact Wood Green on 0300 303 9333 or visit woodgreen.org.uk
To view outcomes of rescued pets, see Pete’s website at petethevet.com