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The Link is Strong but it can be Broken Garfield the comic strip cat, famous for his obsessive eating, is not alone. Just this morning our cat Tony, having ripped a hole in an unopened dog food bag, was caught happily gorging. Jokes abound but an expanding feline girth can be lead to heartache. Obesity in cats is a big problem that is difficult to shake. Well, actually, everything shakes on these little porkers. Tony, that little pig, now wears […]

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Early Extraction is Safest Question: I discovered that Rocky (5 month old Jack Russell) is growing his adult canine teeth however his baby teeth are not coming out. Will they come out on their own later? Dr. Nichol: Retained baby (deciduous) teeth is a common bump in the road of adolescence for small dogs. Have reached 5 months those little choppers will not fall out on their own. When baby teeth are allowed to stay beyond the toddler phase, the […]

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Heal well with Careful Treatment Question: We have a Rhodesian ridgeback, chow, Sheppard mix. I made the error of shaving his coat. Now these red bloody abrasions keep appearing. Dr. Nichol: As with any medical problem, attempting to diagnose a skin disorder without a physical exam would be a serious gamble. But – I suspect clipper burns. Without frequent lubrication the friction between those rapidly moving blades generates serious heat. Clipper burns are seldom severe but they are miserable and […]

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Punished for Normal Behavior Indoors, He needs to go Outside Question: Our 1 year old neutered male cat he has become the bane of our existence. He consistently chases and attacks our other cat, a female who is allowed outside, but the male isn’t. He displays this aggressive behavior especially after she has been outside. He goes places he isn’t supposed to, such as the table top. When we squirt him with water, he jumps off, then takes out his […]

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