My rescue rabbit Tigger won’t eat hay. He eats plenty of grass, plus fresh greens twice a day and rabbit nuggets. His droppings seem normal - is it a problem that he won’t eat hay?

Fibre is the most important part of a rabbit’s diet; remember this is in both grass and hay so it sounds like Tigger’s diet is very well balanced.

Hay is available in various types, such as grass hay, timothy hay etc. so perhaps try a few different types to see which he prefers them.

Remember that your rabbit should eat outdoor growing grass, not clippings taken from the lawn mower, as this type can ferment and cause intestinal problems.

My dog sadly passed away recently, and I’m left with quite a few packets of tablets of the various medications he was on. Can I donate these to an animal charity?

In general, prescription medications should only be used by the animal they were prescribed for, but there are some veterinary charities who collect medications for use by veterinarians in overseas campaigns.

I’d suggest calling the vet practice who prescribed them, as they will be able to either dispose of them safely, or will know of a veterinary charity collecting medication.

I have recently noticed that my dog has become overweight. How can I help him lose this without him getting hungry?

Now so many of us are isolating at home, it’s all too easy for the weight to gradually pile on, and the same is true for our pets. Treats and scraps often play a major part in weight gain and can add surprising numbers of calories, so you will need to make sure he isn’t getting extra tit-bits! Use kitchen scales to weigh out daily portions of food, as it’s easy to accidentally overfeed. Many veterinary practices offer free weight-loss clinics, so it’s well worth taking advantage of these when they resume their normal service. You can also check your dog’s body condition score, which is a useful technique for size monitoring at home. PDSA also provides a free diet pack from our website

My daughter recently adopted a cat. He’s a bit nervous but loves being stroked if we allow him to approach us. However he’s recently started fouling beds and chairs, which might be because of stress. Can you help?

There is always a reason for a change in behaviour like this, so the first step is to find out the cause. Sometimes, going to the toilet in unusual places can be caused by stress which is particularly important to note now given there is so much disruption to our normal lives.

Cats usually enjoy a routine and sometimes even minor changes, such as having guests to stay round, changing where the feeding bowl is or even re-decorating your home, can cause them anxiety.

If there is another cat in the house this could also be a factor. Cats are solitary animals and don’t always like the company of other felines, particularly if they are unrelated.