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July 3, 2014

Senior citizen adopting a pet

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— J.F., Winston-Salem, N.C.

Dear J.F.: Is this lamb graded for human consumption? If it is lamb byproduct, it could contain sulfate preservatives, which are not good for dogs or cats.

I advise rotating the kind of primary protein in your dog’s diet every five to seven days and see how the dog does appetite- and weight-wise, as well as in terms of preference or having digestive problems. These alternatives include organic, free-range turkey, chicken, duck, lamb, pork and beef; eggs, cottage cheese, peas and lentils; and white fish and wild salmon.

Be sure to feed your dog three small meals a day after some exercise and outdoor activity. If his appetite remains poor and he continues to throw up, waste no time and consult with a veterinarian because he could have a health issue such as kidney or pancreatic disease.

Flea and tick disease lookout: Three dogs and one cat have tested positive for plague in New Mexico, according to state health officials. Humans generally contract plague from infected fleas, but direct transmission from pets can occur. Last year, four people in New Mexico were diagnosed with plague, and one died from the infection.

Five people of the 50 diagnosed with Powassan virus infection have died. Deer ticks transmit this disease; unlike Lyme disease, which takes several hours to infect the body after the tick becomes attached and starts feeding, the virus transmission is immediate.

For safe and effective methods of tick and flea control, check my special reports at DrFoxVet.com.

Send all mail to animaldocfox@gmail.com or to Dr. Michael Fox in care of Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106. Visit Dr. Fox’s website at DrFoxVet.com.

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