The mission of Ask the Vet’s Pets is to help you provide optimal care for your pet, improving your pet’s health and strengthening the bonds with your pet and your veterinarian. We cover a variety of topics, including diseases, surgery, dentistry, behavior problems and toxic substances. Additional resources are available on the Links page.

If you have a question not addressed here, please contact us at If we use your letter in the column, we’ll e-mail our response to you. Because of the volume of mail we receive, we cannot respond to all questions.