Albuquerque Journal Articles

Cat Vocalizations

By drjeffnichol | September 6, 2012 | Comments Off on Cat Vocalizations

Question: Now that you let the cat out of the bag and described one cat noise and listed a slew of others, what do the others mean?   Dr. Nichol: You mean the cat has been let out of the mailbag. We cat people want definitions, pronunciations and, most important, appropriate responses. Well, of course, I am Dr. Doolittle and I do talk to the animals.   Here is the hard data based on real research (funded, I am sure, by your tax dollars). The “purr” can mean contentment, but in a nervous cat it may signal anxiety. “Meow” is…

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Unruly, Destructive & Aggressive Behavior In Puppies & Dogs

By drjeffnichol | April 22, 2012 | Comments Off on Unruly, Destructive & Aggressive Behavior In Puppies & Dogs

Dogs are man’s and woman’s best friends but some have really bad habits. Take a step back. Many out-of-control dogs can learn to abandon unhealthy behaviors and follow their leaders. Sadly, frustration can drive some pet parents to relinquish a pet they truly love. “Rehoming”, whether to a new family, a shelter, or a foster home is usually a bad idea because it triggers worsening anxiety, ultimately making many of these dogs unadoptable. Dogs who jump on people, chew things up, or bolt out the door can be hard to manage. Obedience training and lots of exercise can help but…

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