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Scent Glands, Diet, and Environmental Enrichment Question: This x-ray is of my pet skunk. He is a neutered male, 10 months old. He has gone off his back legs. Dr. Nichol: Your skunk’s x-ray (posted on facebook.com/drjeffnichol) shows a couple of bright ovals near his rear end, suggestive of impacted anal (scent) glands. They are large enough to interfere with normal movement and may be causing significant pain. It’s time to have them removed.  The ambience of your home is [...]

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Life is Short; Do Whatever it Takes Question: I have an 8 year old mixed breed (old yeller, lab looking beauty) with arthritis in her right ankle. It swells up with a knot on it and causes her a lot of pain. Our veterinarian recommended Rimadyl, but we want to treat with natural products if possible to avoid long term complications. Dr. Nichol: Dietary supplements can help but they are seldom potent enough to control serious joint pain and inflammation. [...]

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Protect Cat’s Security at All Costs Question: As mature adults growing closer, my girlfriend and I want to bring our pets together. Chewie is an eight year old dog, sweet, sensitive, and friendly, but inclined to chase small furry creatures. My girlfriend has a five year old reclusive and somewhat scaredy-cat, Roo, who is deathly afraid of Chewie, a logical response to Chewie’s vibrating response to Roo. We would like them to become comfortable together, to develop an ease and [...]

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Observant Owners & Thorough Medical Care Saves Lives Cats are America’s favorite pet, yet they are seen less often than dogs in veterinary clinics. Why? I thought you’d never ask. It’s because of the widely held belief that cats are lower maintenance pets. They can stay indoors, munch as-needed from a brimming bowl of non-stinky dry food, and then poop in a box. They pretty much take care of themselves-right? Sadly, this hands-off attitude has led to needless suffering and [...]

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