Ask the vet: woof it down hound

RACQ, in partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland, can help solve your pet problems.

RACQ, in partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland, can help solve your pet problems.

Got a curly problem with your favourite pooch? Is your cat being too catty?

While animals can bring much joy into our lives, they are not always problem free. If there is an animal issue that you need help to solve, send your question to via RACQ to the Animal Welfare League Queensland experts, to find the answer.

Woof it down hound

My beagle Fred does not chew his food enough before swallowing it. I adopted Fred four months ago, but he is seven years old.

AWLQ experts say

Purchase yourself a ‘slow feeder’ or a Kong Wobbler or any type of food enrichment product, they are readily available on-line or in good pet stores. You may try a muffin tin in the interim – spread his allocated food out into each little hole – this should slow him down.

Thunder and lightning very, very frightening

Pepper, my Maltese poodle cross, becomes very anxious when a storm comes. He is 10 years old but has only started doing this in the past year. How can I keep him calm when no one is at home?

AWLQ experts say

It is not abnormal for a dog to randomly become storm phobic. This can be a very difficult behaviour to fix and management may be best. There are several products on the market that may assist you with managing this fear; a Thundershirt, Adaptil, or Bach Rescue Remedy. A visit to veterinary behaviourist may provide further ideas and coping mechanisms.

What’s your question?

Send your pet questions to roadahead@racq.com.au and Animal Welfare League Queensland‘s experts will provide the answers. Letters will not receive an individual reply and should be no more than 120 words.

AWLQ work with local councils, state government, rescue groups and the community to improve the outcomes for stray and surrendered pets.