Dr. Nichol's Blog

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There are many kinds of concerns about the well-being of pets that need attention. With my specialty training in veterinary behavior medicine, along with over 40 years of general practice and emergency work, I'm equipped to address a multitude of issues. Sometimes I get slammed, so please don’t feel bad if I can't provide a direct response.

Dr. Nichol’s Blog – Fear and Anxiety

Oct 2, 2018

I was just 8 years old when I made my first trip to the animal hospital with my new puppy. I felt inspired by the doctor who examined him. He…

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cat bites when petted

Dr. Nichol’s Blog – Cat Bites when Petted

Sep 11, 2018

Lily had just finished putting away her groceries when she walked past Omar, her 2 year old Ragdoll cat. This good lady relied on her fuzzy house mate for more…

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Dr. Nichol’s Blog – Why are Dogs such Animals? I’ve tried Everything!

Aug 14, 2018

Over my career there has been a person as an essential component of every pet I’ve treated. It has been a rare four-legged creature who has walked into my office…

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puppy panic

Dr. Nichol’s Blog – Puppy Planning: Preventing Panic

Jul 24, 2018

Reactive Adult Dogs can still Learn Luna’s life with Hope and Brian began with great promise. This busy couple wasn’t ready to start a human family but they loved pets.…

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Cats fighting

Dr. Nichol’s Blog – Considering a Second Cat? Think Twice

Jul 3, 2018

Cats are a unique species. They’re not 10# people in furry suits and they’re certainly not dogs with short ears. Despite those differences, or maybe because of them, their presence…

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Boston Terrier

Dr. Nichol’s Blog – Canine misbehavior is all around us. Everybody needs relief.

Jun 12, 2018

Visiting the Grahams was always exciting although, in retrospect, it was usually pretty ordinary. Kenny Graham was a very funny kid, about the same age as my big sister Martha…

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Dr. Nichol’s Blog – AVSAB Position Statement on the Use of Dominance Theory in Behavior Modification of Animals

May 29, 2018

This concept would seem to make sense in driving down behaviors we don’t want but it is a truly rare dog who tries to dominate its human leader. In our…

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Dr. Nichol’s Blog – Living Gracefully, Together in a Crowd

Apr 24, 2018

A peaceful existence is difficult for a lot of us in today’s world. There is so much conflict, office politics, lack of acceptance, isolation. It’s almost everywhere you look. Aren’t…

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Dr. Nichol’s Blog – Stranded and Alone in the Night

Apr 3, 2018

Lifelines come when they are needed the most Gaston had already been watching us when he called out for help. Rather than panicking and running toward us with abandon he…

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