My 13-year-old black labrador seems to have convulsions while sound asleep. Her back legs gallop wildly. Is this cause for concern? MM, East Ord
If these are genuine seizures, then investigation and appropriate treatment is important. But many dogs have limb and facial twitching during sleep, sometimes whining. Do a simple test: wake her up. If the episodes are seizures, she will seem confused and disoriented. If she wakes up and behaves normally at once, there’s nothing to worry about.
My rabbit, Angel, recently stopped eating and drinking. The vet says it’s constipation and gave her an antibiotic and liquid paraffin. After a week, she’s still picking at her food. What should I do?
Constipation is common in rabbits, linked to obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise, so changing her lifestyle is important long-term. But there are other possible causes. If she isn’t doing well, return to the vet for a review, and perhaps a referral to a specialist rabbit vet (see rabbitwelfare.co.uk for a list).
A safer and happier cat?
Indoor cats live longer than outdoor cats, but are more affected by stress. A compromise is a “cat containment system” (protectapet.com), with fencing to keep your cat in your garden. iCatCare.org found 90 per cent of owners who installed such systems believed that they achieved the ideal balance.
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