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Better Homes and Gardens offers viewers a practical and easy guide to creating great food, a beautiful garden and a warm and friendly home. Join presenter Johanna Griggs and established team of experts – Graham Ross (Horticulturalist), Dr Harry Cooper (Vet), Rob Palmer (DIY), Ed Halmagyi (Fast Food presenter), Jason Hodges (landscaper), Karen Martini (food presenter) and Tara Dennis (interior expert) – and see the homes and gardens come alive. Each episode is packed full of inspirational ideas and achievable decorating, DIY, craft, food and gardening projects. It’s all about better living.

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Posted by Julie2842 •2d ago • Report
Dear Dr. Harry,
I have a problem with my beautiful ragdoll cat (Ari) who I adopted from the RSPCA. Unfortunately earlier this year she was hit by a car receiving severe facial and a possible head injury which resulted in her becoming totally blind. For many weeks after the accident she did not move about much and I had to feed her through a tube inserted into her neck. During that time her eyes were sown shut with buttons.
Now that she has recovered, she is able to get about my house without trouble. However, more recently she has shown a tendency to walk in circles and meow quite frequently. I do not understand why she is behaving this way and it distresses me to see her doing this. I would be very grateful if you can provide me with some advice on what I can do.
Yours Sincerely
Posted by David2157 •4d ago • Report
Dr Harry, I desperately need help with my Red Collared Lorikeet "MAX". he has a Jekyl and Hyde character. If i have bare hands he attacks with vengence. If I wear my Bee Gloves he is OK. I like him flying about now and again, but the attacks are savage. Trie all sorts of ways to stop him even let him chew me with out a reaction to him, painful and he does not stop. HELP
Posted by Jessica3033 •7d ago • Report
Hi Dr Harry, I'm hoping you can give me some advice on how to manage my dogs currently fighting over who is the "alpha" dog. Both dogs are desexed, the eldest dog Molly is 8yrs and is a bull arab cross pointer and Layla is 3yrs and is a staffy cross pit bull. They currently aren't able to be around each other without Molly being agitated and barking causing Layla to attack and then getting 'lock-jaw' when she does resulting in a vicious fight.
Thank you!
Posted by Sarah4067 •21d ago • Report
Hi Doctor Harry,
After some help with our 10 year old Labrador Chaorcaol, he is pacing his yard around and around like he is on a race course he does this all day if we let him to the point of hurting himself.
We have tried a few different things to stop this behavior such as putting him in a different part of the yard but he just started a new track.
We also tried giving him more attention and exercise thinking he might need more stimulation but as soon as we get him home he jumps straight back on the track and continues going around and around.
We took charcoal to a friends house and he stayed for a week and he didn't show any signs of pacing at their house but once returned home he started his old behavior.
I took him to the vet and they have checked him over and there is nothing wrong with his heath the vet has but him on a behavior modifier medication (prozac) to help thinking it might be anxiety related, but after 4 days of being on it he is still doing it.
Charcoal is perfectly settled and content when he is inside.

We would appreciate any suggestions as we are thinking our next option is to re-home him but really don't want to as he has been part of the family for a long time.

We have two children 3 years and 10 month a cat who is friends with charcoal and 3 chickens.

Thanks Sarah
Posted by Amanda2794 •25d ago • Report
Dr Harry, I would love your advice regarding my two fur kids. Charlie (turning 3 in October) Male desexed Aust Silky Terrier, and Preston (turning 3 in Dec 16) Male desexed rag doll cat. My issue is territorial I think?... Charlie peeing on carpet etc to mark his territory and Preston peeing on mats, beds, pet beds, and in his litter box. I'm at my wits end. They are both outside during the day, and at night Preston goes to "his" room i.e. Garage, and Charlie sleeps with me. I have used sprays to calm cats pheromones and deterrent sprays to eliminate spraying but to no avail. I would really appreciate your help.
Posted by Ellen322 •6w ago • Report

Hi, we have a 7 month older border collie and he simply goes frantic at the vaccum ( can be controlled when outside ) but the lawn mower and wipe snipper is another story. We can not even get it out with Paddy going so nuts I think he will cause himself a heart attack.
We have locked him inside , whilst trying to do the lawns but it's the exact same. He works himself up so much that he can hardly catch his breath. I have tried treats , walking him around it ( not turned on ) etc and nothing is working.

Any suggestions would be appreciated !!
Posted by Kerry1024 •6w ago • Report
Dr Harry, Have a question for my sister... When my sister is away from her house on if her dogs attacks the blinds in rooms if the doors are opened.. this happened last year at New Year with fireworks ,,, but it has happened a couple of times since - wondered if it was separation anxiety .. we believe that there is a young boy around the house that has a cap gun - thanks Dr Harry
Posted by Darcy39 •9w ago • Report
Dr Harry, I have a Jack Russell fox terrier (Pip) who is almost 2 in October and is driving us mad because she is eating socks under the bed, behind the couch and is also eating teddy's. Pip will also eat any toy we give her and will always find a way to tear something to bits.
please come and help.
from Darcy.
Posted by Jordan278 •9w ago • Report
Dr Harry, I have a Cavoodle who is almost 6 years old and he's always been a fussy eater and doesn't drink much water, especially out of his bowl. My girlfriends dog on the other hand constantly drinks and eats almost anything! How do I get my dog to be less fussy, and drink more water?

An answer would be much appreciated! Thanks
Posted by Chloe718 •9w ago • Report
Dr Harry please help me i have a 14 week old seal point ragdoll who sucks his tail everyday, it's always wet.
I got him at 7 weeks as the breeder said it was fine.. And he was okay to go.
But now whenever he sucks his tail his claws come in and out and he enjoys doing it while purring, please help me.. It's breaking my heart and I don't know what to do!!