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Cats can get sunburn, too… so follow the Pet Vet’s advice to keep your moggie safe in the sun

HE is on a mission to help our pets  . . . and is here to answer YOUR questions. Sean, who is the head vet at tailored pet food firm, has helped with owners’ queries for ten years.

He says: “If your pet is acting funny or is under the weather, or you want to know about nutrition or exercise, just ask. I can help keep pets happy and healthy.”

Q) MY Devon Rex Perrie, who is four, loves to go out but I’m worried about her getting burned in this scorching weather.

Can I put normal sunscreen on her or should I get a little shirt?

BONNIE PEARSON, 41, hairdresser Exeter, Devon

Sean says: People are always surprised our pets — including those with fur, although Devon Rexes are a hairless breed — can get sunburn.

It is a serious concern. This is especially so in white cats or those with a thin hair coat. It can even lead to skin cancer so you’re right to consider this.

The best thing to use is a pet-safe sun cream on days when it’s very hot. A T-shirt will just make Perrie overheat.

It needs to be pet-safe as cats in particular will groom it off by licking and some ingredients in human sunscreen can harm our pets.

Q) WHEN I go to work my four-year-old Chihuahua Delcie barks and gets really upset.

I am at my wits’ end about what to do. Please can you give me advice?

JULIE DOWLING, 68, cleaning company manager, Crayford, Kent

Sean says: Separation anxiety can be distressing, for dog and owner.

Help Delcie learn that you may go away, but nothing bad happens and you do come back.

You’ll have to set up lots of false departures and returns acting very casual, and most importantly not make a fuss of her on your return.

A behaviourist is useful and a worthwhile investment to help initially.

OUR rescue Yorkie has got a terrible hacking cough.

He’s eight and when he started to have a harsh, unproductive cough last October we took him to the vets. He’s gone on to have five courses of antibiotics, steroids and a lungworm treatment. Nothing has worked. I’m desperate to help him.

LYNNE BUREY, 75, retired oncology deputy sister, Feltwell, Norfolk

Sean says: It’s guesswork, I’m afraid, if I don’t have his records but have they checked his heart?

Eight is young to have heart problems but it could happen and lead to a progressive cough.

Yorkies are also prone to a condition called collapsing trachea, where their windpipe becomes floppy.

Another cause for a cough in pets is a smoking household — although you haven’t said if anyone is a smoker.

I RECENTLY bought a six-week-old small breed puppy. Everything is great but he will not eat pellets of dry food that are made for him to get all the nutrients he needs.

We have bought him Pedigree pouches with chicken, beef and rice which he loves and he also likes dog biscuits. Please can you give me some advice.

GARY POTIPHAR, 48, Brighton

Sean says: Six weeks is too young to take a pup from mum.

In my opinion, eight weeks is much better. But you have him now so I’d advise providing softer foods at first.

Small breeds can be fussy eaters. Sometimes we make this worse by caving in to them with something tastier when they turn their nose up at food. It’s important not to do that.

We also often worry too much at just how little food they need to maintain a healthy weight.

You could try mixing the dry kibble with wet food or mix it with some warm water which will release more scent and make it softer.

But do try to feed a complete and balanced puppy food. There are also ones that are breed specific which I’d recommend.

Do you need the Pet Vet’s help? Email [email protected] and you and your pet could feature in The Sun on Sunday.

LANDLORDS should ditch no-pet clauses to prevent animals being dumped in rescue centres, says dog-lover Gabby Kuehn.

The 49-year-old from Bermondsey, South London, is calling for more pet-friendly rentals after the boom in people adopting dogs and cats in lockdown.

Only seven per cent of rented properties are currently advertised as animal-friendly. Gabby says: “Many people have adopted pets for company but latest research shows that not everyone has permission from their landlords.

“Certainly during lockdown when people were isolated, pets have been a lifeline for many.

“But those who aren’t allowed to keep pets because of the terms of their lease are now facing the heartache of having to give them up or move. I’m campaigning for change.”

Gabby, who has an eight-year-old Morkie – a Maltese and Yorkshire terrier cross – called Vinnie runs a support community for pets and their owners called Paws Are Always Welcome.

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