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· Spraying diluted cider vinegar on his paws after going outside, then wiping them off, stopped my dog from licking his paws raw. I think he had a grass allergy. -- H.M, Hendersonville, N.C.

· Solution to ants in patio dog dish: Keep water in a large bowl or pen, and place a smaller bowl with dog food in the water. -- D.J., Miami

· My cat had feline acne (black spots on chin) that went away when her plastic bowls were replaced with glass ones. It returned quickly when I used the plastic again. -- K.M.T., Sterling

(confirmed by J.S., Alexandria)

·Giving my Weimaraner a 1/4 teaspoon of local raw honey (that contains pollen), twice daily after meals, stopped him from developing the usual seasonal allergy (swollen/itchy paws and ears).

-- M.S., Vienna

Michael Fox, author of many books on animal care, welfare and rights, is a veterinarian with doctoral degrees in medicine and animal behavior. Write to him in care of United Feature Syndicate, 200 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016. The volume of mail received prohibits personal replies, but questions and comments of general interest will be discussed in future columns.

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