ASK THE VET June 3
Melanie Roy asked four questions for Dr. Juanita last month. She answered two in our column posted on May 25 on our website. Here are the two remaining questions:
Melanie asked: Why does my dog chew/eat sticks? he destroys them as if they were food. (Might be why he has broken teeth)
Dr. Juanita answered: “Some dogs will chew different toys or objects. Every dog is an individual this way. It does not mean they are lacking anything in their diet, it is usually just a preference.
“So, if your dog likes stick, see if you could try to switch him to chewing on rope toys. Soaking one in a broth or soup stock may help start him on chewing it.
“Again, there maybe some dental disease present which your vet is best equipped to assess”
Melanie asks: Why does my dog automatically start drooling when I arrive at the dog park?
Dr. Juanita said: “Drooling whenever a pet is about to do something exciting can indicate happiness. Cats do this a lot when they find a nice lap to cuddle on or dogs when they are going somewhere exciting.
“Drooling in other contexts can mean different things, but I believe you dog is truly excited.”