Albuquerque Journal Articles

Feeling Better Through Artistic Expression

By drjeffnichol | June 18, 2024 | Comments Off on Feeling Better Through Artistic Expression

Second in a series Have you noticed how the unhealthy behavior of others can derail an otherwise excellent relationship? My good old friends Tom and Anna love their cats, Elliott and Sophie, but they’re also rather fond of their antique furniture. They know who’s responsible for the desecration of their Queen Anne sofa and chairs because they’ve busted Elliott in the act. And of course, they’ve done their best to convince the little devil to stop. The most common reason for people to surrender their cats to shelters isn’t aggression, internal disease, or expense. It’s house soiling. Cats may void…

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Spank him? Send Him Packing?

By drjeffnichol | June 10, 2024 | Comments Off on Spank him? Send Him Packing?
Elliott amd Sophie

First in a series We love our pets like little people in furry suits but if they bite, chew, bark, or relieve themselves indoors they need to stop that @#%& right now, don’t they? Even if you’re not a violent person you could be tempted, but please don’t spank him. Way back in the day, I was an undergraduate student, a pre-veterinary major, at Michigan State University. Getting accepted to veterinary school, someday, required having math, physics, biology, and inorganic and organic chemistry blasted into my brain by fire hose. We also swallowed livestock sciences plus English and humanities. It…

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Stop, sniff, stop, pee, repeat

By drjeffnichol | June 4, 2024 | Comments Off on Stop, sniff, stop, pee, repeat
dog urinating

Something for Everybody Question: My nephew and I both have large male dogs. I told him that when I take our 100# black Labrador for a walk, he sniffs, browses and ‘marks’ his territory. My nephew indicated that letting males do so ‘shortens’ their lifespan since they are under duress. I would think that fighting the urge to ‘go’ would be more of a negative effect than the natural urge to go, to sniff and mark things. Dr. Nichol: There is plenty of misinformation on canine behavior, in this example, involving the human frustration with our male dogs’ incessant sniffing,…

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Possum Home Invasion

By drjeffnichol | May 28, 2024 | Comments Off on Possum Home Invasion

Question: I have two 15 year old cats who are both well toilet trained. Recently I moved from the city to the country. Since then I have been getting nightly visits from a possum, she is lovely and I hand feed her my excess veggies (avocados are her favourite). She now also brings her baby with her. The cats and the possums get on fine. However, since the baby has been coming around, there has been an ever increasing smell of what I think is possum urine. The urine smell is in the study. I now find the possums in…

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Cat Bullies Puppy – Who’s House is This?

By drjeffnichol | May 20, 2024 | Comments Off on Cat Bullies Puppy – Who’s House is This?

Question: We were heartbroken when Oliver, our black Lab, passed after developing bone cancer. Even our 10 year old kitty Oriole got along with him. We adopted a chocolate Lab female puppy “Tootsie” who is frisky as all get-out. Life would be so peaceful if Oriole accepted her! But no! He brutalizes her, scares the h— out of her. The puppy stays safely in a cage at night but it is a constant vigil to ensure Oriole doesn’t maul Miss T. Our hope is that once Tootsie gets larger than kitty, she will stand up to him. Dr. Nichol: My…

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A Cat of the Cloth can Quit Cold Turkey

By drjeffnichol | May 13, 2024 | Comments Off on A Cat of the Cloth can Quit Cold Turkey

Question: My cat is 17 months old. He is a neutered male named Woody. He is a very nice kitty but not a cuddler. He is obsessed with chewing fabric, especially cotton fabric. We have tried to keep cloth away from him. Our veterinarian has started a fluoxetine trial. What will be the endpoint? Do we try to reintroduce a piece of fabric and see what he does? We already have holes in our clothes. Dr Nichol: You are being socially responsible in getting Woody’s problem under control. Trying to explain to an arresting officer that your cat ate your…

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House Soiling Perp Walk

By drjeffnichol | May 6, 2024 | Comments Off on House Soiling Perp Walk
Yellow Lab

Question: My 1 1/2 year old yellow Lab poops and pees in the house, sometimes after being taken outside multiple times and doing nothing out there. She knows she’s not supposed to potty inside; I can always tell by her “guilt” walk. I’ve never hit her, of course, but she is scolded and clearly knows she’s in trouble. Dr. Nichol: It’s a vicious cycle: crime, punishment, guilt, repeat. Your dog wants to do the right thing but she just isn’t clear on the concept. Many pet parents believe that the guilty look is proof of their dog’s stubbornness. We know…

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Food Fight

By drjeffnichol | April 29, 2024 | Comments Off on Food Fight
king charles

I have a 3 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He has been getting aggressive towards my other two dogs about his food.

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Bird flu for humans, cats, and cows? Parvo cure?

By drjeffnichol | April 22, 2024 | Comments Off on Bird flu for humans, cats, and cows? Parvo cure?
cat and bird

Today, I have good news and bad news. First the bad news. Dr. Samantha Uhrig, DVM, state veterinarian with the New Mexico Livestock Board, explains that “Since March 20, 2024, multiple dairies reporting an acute decrease in milk production in Texas and New Mexico have been diagnosed with highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1).” Should we haired humans be as worried as our feathered and uddered friends? Even if you’re not a dairy farmer you should know that birds and cats who contract avian flu may show neurologic symptoms. Dr. Uhrig added that, “Individuals with exposure to animals with suspected or…

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Can a dog who’s tasted blood ever be trusted?

By drjeffnichol | April 15, 2024 | Comments Off on Can a dog who’s tasted blood ever be trusted?
aggressive dog

Last in a series
Birds are rather different than mammals; it’s more than feathers vs. hair. Like us, it takes a male and a female to reproduce but their sex organs are internal.

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