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Diagnose First, then Decide if Treatment is Necessary Question: I have a cock-a-poo with several warts. Our veterinarian said to use antibiotic cream but that didn’t help. He did not want to remove them because she is 14. What about using thuja or multi vitamins? Dr. Nichol: It’s no surprise that your canine senior has skin masses; everybody seems to get lumpy and bumpy with age. Miss America, the Nichol family dog, has a few beauty accents. We don’t mention […]

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Weaned too Young, Cats need Healthy Alternatives Question: We have a problem with 6 month old male and female feline litter mates. They were rescued quite young and hand fed and the male has groomed his sister from the start, but has started biting off her whiskers. Dr. Nichol: Mutual grooming is a natural feline social behavior. Excessive sucking and chewing, while abnormal, is common in kittens who were weaned too young. Depending on your personal hair style you may […]

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Romance, Predation, or Play? Observe Preliminary Behavior Question: Stinky, my 4 month old neutered male kitten frequently jumps on the back of Snow, my 17 year old spayed female cat and tries to bite her neck. This is causing Snow a lot of stress. Why is Stinky doing this, and is there some way to make him stop? Dr. Nichol: Stinky and Snow? Seriously, are those their real names? And who wrote this question? Did Snow have something to do […]

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Fear is Easy to Manage with Oral Sileo Gel About this time next week many of us will be treated to (or cursed by) fireworks and even a few skyward gunshots, all to improve our outlook for a new year.  Oh sure, these immature and potentially dangerous antics fall into the category of irresponsible human behavior but I write the Pet Care column. I’ll leave the commentary for the editorial page. Beyond the risk from fires, injuries, and bullets obeying […]

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