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Q My springer spaniel puppy, Derrick, is three months old and is constantly ravenous and hyper. We feed him the recommended four times a day but he eats it in seconds. Am I feeding him enough? How can I calm him down a bit?

A It is best to feed dogs according to “lifestage”. You should be feeding Derrick a puppy food as these contain higher levels of calories and protein to support activity and growth. Springer spaniels are very energetic so you need to make sure he gets plenty of exercise and opportunities to play. I also recommend taking Derrick to training classes.

Q My hamster, Nancy, tips her head to the side and wobbles when she walks. What is wrong with her?

A Nancy is most likely suffering from a disease of the middle ear, such as an infection or tumour. The middle ear is linked to balance, which would explain her wobbling. You need to take Nancy to see your vet, who may prescribe a course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.

• Stuart McMorrow is based at Edinburgh’s PDSA PetAid Hospital, Hutchison Crossway, 0131-443 6178