How do I control fleas on my pet?
There are two kinds of readily available and effective flea control products:
1) Topical products, such as Advantage and Frontline administered once per month
2) Oral products, which are new, appear to be very safe, and are available in a number of combinations that will control fleas, ticks, and heart-worms. Oral products are easy to give and appear to kill parasites faster than the topical products
*Never give a cat any product labeled for dogs only!
Why does my dog eat grass?
Probably because it tastes good! However, if your dog has a tummy ache he/she may try to eat a large amount of grass to purge themselves. A bland diet will probably do a better job curing their tummy ache. The only real danger of eating grass in San Francisco is that with so many dogs visiting our parks, the grass is contaminated with bacteria and viruses that can make your dog sick.
How can I get my kitten to use a litter box?
Cats instinctively want to bury their feces and urine. To train a new kitten to use a litter box it is best to confine the kitten to a small place and put a small, disposable, shallow litter box in with the kitten. You can easily make such a litter box with a section of the local paper. Lay it flat, pinch up the corners and staple them, add a little litter and voila you’re done. I have seen many cats that apparently do not wish to pee and poo in the same box. Adding second box next to the first usually solves this problem.