STUART McMorrow answers your pet queries
Q: How can I teach my two-year-old Chihuahua not to poo in the house? Whatever I do it just seems to get worse. She is also gaining weight and I’ve tried putting her on a diet, but she keeps getting fatter.
A: You need to take your dog to your vet for a check-up to find out if there is an underlying medical condition causing these problems. They can also check if she is overweight and advise on how to help her lose weight safely if necessary. Being overweight can lead to serious health problems for your dod. Regarding her house training, if the vet finds no medical cause for her continued accidents, then you need to just persevere.
Q: One of my two budgies died recently and I’m worried that Trudy, my remaining budgie, is lonely. I can’t really afford to get another budgie at the moment but I am worried about her.
A: Budgies are very social birds and can get lonely if kept on their own. However, your decision not to get another budgie because you couldn’t afford to care for one is very sensible. Having company from a person is better than having no company, so spend as much time with and near her as you can. Keeping her routine the same as it has always been will also help. You might want to consider rehoming Trudy with someone you trust who would be able to provide care for two budgies. If she is to be introduced to a new budgie, you should get advice on this from your vet.