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Dr Ann ChauvetQ: My cat is losing hair. He has bald spots all over his body. What could be the reason?
A: Bald spots in a cat are common. Most likely your cat is licking his fur off. Sometimes this happens out of boredom, but other times it can be an indicator of stress. Additionally, cats with pain or hyperthyroidism can adopt odd behaviors. Of course we cannot ignore skin problems; so my advise to you is to have your vet check him out to make sure there are no serious reasons to your cat’s new “look”.
Q: I’m a jogger and would like to adopt a jogging-buddy dog. Which breed will withstand Florida’s hot climate?
The best dog breed for jogging is one with a good heart, strong legs and practice. Greyhounds certainly qualify, but you may not keep up. In Florida, however, heat stroke is a constant concern for all joggers, bipeds or quadrupeds. Regardless the breed, it’s best to jog early in the morning or late at night. Make sure to bring water for your pup and try to keep the distance short. Dogs don’t sweat; they only cool down through panting, so allow for frequent stops. If you lived in the north, Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Huskies and more dog breeds would make for an awesome running companion. Steer clear from short-nosed breeds as these have the least predispositions for strenuous exercise.
What are the main benefits of Omega3 oils for pets?
A: Omega3 is an essential fatty acid and an antioxidant, and has amazing effects on preserving and stabilizing cell membranes integrity. The nervous system, the skin and the immune system, not to mention joints, love it. The only time I do not recommend it is during chemotherapy, as it has been shown that fish oil supplementation can interfere to some degree with chemotherapy effects.

Dr. Chauvet earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon,Canada,and is known internationally for her specialized work in the relatively rare field of veterinary neurology speaking to, training, and consulting with veterinary practices and organizations globally.  If you have a question about your pet, please email your question to  Each month, Dr. Chauvet will choose a few questions to share with readers.  She regrets that unpublished questions cannot be answered individually.



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