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December 12, 2013

Terrier needs self-control training



As for the submissive urination, you may be confusing this (since it is a frequent event) with urinary incontinence. This often develops in dogs after spaying, and periodic hormone replacement medication with DES (diethylstilbestrol) can often solve the problem.

Dear Dr. Fox: My cat, Andy, who I got in April, has AIDS. He has vomited a few times. He eats well, both canned and dry food. I feed him four or five times a day. The problem is that he won’t drink water, so I mix his canned food with water.

I worry about him not drinking water or milk. There is always a cup of water by his food bowls. I’m afraid he will develop a kidney problem. We have had cats for more than 40 years. My last one had kidney failure, but he always drank a lot of water. Please help me find a way to get Andy to drink.

I don’t know what kind of life he had before I got him. Once, he tried to drink from the bathroom sink. The next time, he fell off and never tried again.

— B.L.N., West Springfield, Mass.

Dear B.L.N.: Some cats are not good drinkers of water, and this can create problems, especially when they eat little or no canned, raw or home-prepared moist food.

Mash up and stew some canned clams or cooked chicken wings for a few minutes. Cool, strain and offer this flavored, watery gravy for your cat to drink. Offer a few tablespoons daily, and store the rest in the fridge. You also may want to soak some of the dry food in this gravy to increase your cat’s water intake.

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

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