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Rubber mat keeps pet from slipping in bath

Dear Readers: Bathing your dog can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if your pet is afraid of slipping and sliding.

Here's a pet hint both of you will love: Keep a rubber bathmat on the floor so your dog doesn't slide around.

This also works well for bathing dogs in a bathtub. It's less frightening, especially for first-time bathers. After a while, some dogs look forward to bath time. My dog Savvi marches right into the shower when she's ready for her bath. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: My cousin Daniel Bench lives in Boulder, Colo., and often has deer in his back yard.

He sent me this picture of his kitty, Harry, checking out a little fawn who was resting there. Such sweeties. — Jean Blatter, Blair, Neb.

They certainly are sweeties! Thanks for sending it. We would love to receive other unusual pet photos. Please send them to: Heloise/Pet Photo, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: I read with interest the question about how to de-chlorinate water for aquariums, and your response is good unless that area has changed to a new water-purifying technique called chloramination, as our area here in Omaha, Neb., did last mon th.

This water must be filtered through a carbon filter, or it will remain toxic to fish and pet reptiles, as allowing the water to stand does not get rid of the chemical treatments.

To get more information, call your local water board or type "chloramination" into your Internet search engine. — Nancy Fuhr, Omaha, Neb.

Thanks so much for this valuable information and to all the readers who wrote, too.

Before writing that column, we researched (as we always do) by calling several pet stores that specialize in fish. They said to keep water in a large bowl for 24 hours for the chlorine to dissipate before introducing the fish.

After receiving your letter, we checked with our water board here in San Antonio, and officials there said they don't use chloramine, but other states vary.

Call your water board to find out what's in your water first. — Heloise

Dear Readers: If you just started raising birds and introduce a nest into the cage, don't use cotton balls to line it! We've received some mail suggesting cotton balls can be used.

After talking to my friend, veterinarian and avian specialist Dr. Tom Vice (who treats our military macaw, Rocky), he said cotton balls can be quite dangerous because fibers can wrap around a bird's feet.

It's best to buy material from a pet store or to use natural items, such as short pieces of straw. — Heloise

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