From a cat with kidney disease to a dog with fleas, your pet’s questions are answered

HE has a mission to help our pets. . . and he is here to answer YOUR questions.

Sean, who is the chief veterinarian for, a personalized pet food company, has been helping with owner inquiries for ten years. He says, “If your pet is acting weird or unwell, or you want to know about nutrition or exercise, just ask. I can help keep pets happy and healthy.”

Sean helps a cat with kidney disease


Sean helps a cat with kidney diseaseCredit: Getty
Sean McCormack, chief vet at, promises he can


Sean McCormack, chief vet at, promises that it can “help keep pets happy and healthy.”Credit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun

Q) I HAVE an 18 year old Burmese cat named Bella who has stage 3 kidney disease but is not on medication.

During the last few months he has started to be very verbal at night. Is she in pain?

Should I consider putting her to sleep? I’d hate to have her here for selfish reasons if she’s in pain.

But I feel like if I take her to the vet they will suggest putting her to sleep as they said last year that she only had months left and not years.

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A) I’m sorry to hear that Bella is getting on and sounding like she’s agitated for the night.

These could be the first signs that your kidney condition is getting worse.

But believe it or not, it could also be a type of dementia, which cats can also develop in old age.

I understand why this happens, but no one should be afraid to go to their vet for fear of being told to put their pet to sleep.

We will never force you to make such a decision.

Your vet will help you prepare and together you can monitor his quality of life and make that decision when necessary.

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Veterinarians are highly qualified to assess animal welfare and advise what is best, also based on their knowledge of Bella.

Q) OUR nine-year-old cavalier king charles spaniel Poppy has a problem with fleas.

He never had any until he was seven years old, then suddenly there they were.

We have tried all the treatments we can find: spray, shampoo, pump and natural remedy.

We have a monthly flea treatment subscription.

We even bought a heat lamp trap to see if any rooms were hiding them.

We shave her, brush her at least once a week and have even fenced our lawn in case she gets them.

We are running out of ideas.

Emma Davey, Margate, Kent

A) Visible adult fleas on Poppy account for about five percent of the problem.

The other 95 percent is flea eggs, larvae, and pupae in the environment, and until you address that, you’ll have a hard time controlling the problem.

Use a vet-prescribed flea treatment religiously every month and do not allow a break in treatment.

That would only allow a female flea to lay more eggs.

Finally, he bombs the house; vacuuming, cleaning baseboards and cracks and crevices, disposing of vacuum contents immediately, hot washing furniture covers and bedding, then using a vet-approved room spray to kill any remaining eggs or the larval stages.

It will take time, but this approach will make Poppy flea free. offers personalized nutritional foods for pets

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Q) SHOULD I brush my Hammy hamster?

He has long fur and could use a helping hand sometimes.

Jane Dale, Abbot of Newton, Devon

A) Yes, using a soft brush suitable for little furry ones is a great idea.

Not only will it help keep Hammy from getting tangled, but it’s also a great bonding time and will get him used to being touched.

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Find suitable brushes online or at a good pet store.

Q) Tim, my five year old black cat, just ignores me.

He only deigns to acknowledge my existence if I’m feeding him or if he wants me to tickle him.

The rest of the time I don’t exist.

I don’t know whether to laugh or insult myself. Any advice?

Tub Wells, Doncaster

A) That’s why I’m a dog person: I like my pets loyal and sometimes a little needy.

Just kidding, I love cats myself, but there’s no denying that some take on a more “treat ’em mean, keep ’em on the lookout” vibe.

Tim sounds like a strong independent woman!

And maybe she just needs you or wants you to be there to eat and tickle her from time to time.

Or maybe you’re having relationship problems and you’re doing the best you can. Just enjoy Tim for Tim.

If he didn’t like you, he wouldn’t stay, I think.

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AGUA’s baby dog ​​Misty is the ultimate “fitness buddy” for her retired owners who just moved to the country.

The 10-year-old Labrador keeps 72-year-old Liz Hopkins active with Nordic walks and regular dips by the sea.

Misty is the ultimate 'fitness buddy' for her retired owners


Misty is the ultimate ‘fitness buddy’ for her retired ownersCredit: Unknown, clear with images desktop

Liz, from Stickney, Lincs, said: “Misty is the best fitness partner. We recently moved to Lincolnshire and she discovered the sea.

“She is in the water before the car is closed. My partner, Pete, 63, and I recently retired, so she takes us on long, lovely walks in the country.

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“We’ve had dogs our whole lives and loved them all, but none have made us laugh as much as Misty.”

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Expert tips to beat the heat

WITH the risk of more heat waves just around the corner, owners are being warned not to let their pets outside when temperatures soar.

Charities Cats Protection and the RSPCA are urging owners to keep their pets indoors when the sun is hottest.

Owners are warned not to let their pets out when temperatures soar


Owners are warned not to let their pets out when temperatures soarCredit: Unknown, clear with images desktop

An RSPCA spokesperson warned: “Each summer the RSPCA receives hundreds of reports of animals suffering from heat exposure, including dogs left in hot cars, pets with heat burns on their paws on the pavement, dehydrated wild animals, animals grazing without Shade and dogs over exercised in the heat.

“Exercise the dogs in the early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cooler, but don’t be afraid to skip a walk if it’s too hot. If in doubt, don’t go out.

“Watch for signs of heat-related illness in dogs so you can take action and seek urgent veterinary attention as soon as possible if necessary: ​​excessive panting or unusual breathing noise, behavioral changes and lethargy, stumbling, any blue/grey tint to the gums or tongue.”

Sarah Elliott of Cats Protection added: “Keep house cats inside when the sun is hottest, usually between 10am and 3pm.

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“Provide opportunities for outdoor shade, such as cat fur or large cardboard boxes. And provide an outdoor water source.”

Rob Steele of global pet company PetSafe said: “Add a little water to your dog or cat’s food. For more reluctant pets, consider a pet fountain.”