Weekly article archive

The following questions and answers have appeared in my weekly column in the Albuquerque Journal since July, 1996. Each week a new one is added. You'll find information on the physical and behavioral maladies of dogs and cats and a few other species too. I invite you to use the search feature to find the specific answer that you and your pet need.

Media – Surgery by Dog

golden retriever

Amputations are unfortunate but sometimes necessary. The anatomy is complicated; a good doctor follows established procedure. “Blue” the blue heeler didn’t benefit from any of that until he landed on…

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Media – Hyperbole? Or “Did that really happen?


First in a 3 part series Back in the day, before the advent of computers, I was writing notes in a medical record when Martha, our unflappable receptionist, appeared at…

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Media – The Occult of the Itch


Diagnose first; treat second Question: I have a 7 month old puppy who itches and scratches herself constantly anywhere she can reach. I have taken her to my veterinarian twice…

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Media – Shy Dog Embarrasses Herself


Calm; Don’t Punish Question: My 6-month-old corgi knows that she’s supposed to pee outside and does a really good job most of the time. But when she’s inside, every once…

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Media – Faith Wins


This is the last in the series on Faith Doing the right thing for our injured stray cat would take courage-and faith. She needed a name and I really needed…

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Media – Fear and pain are real, but are not a reason to quit

cat mouth

This is the second of a 3 part series Without warning our homeless cat went crashing, mouth wide open, into the cage door. She clamped her freshly operated jaws around…

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Media – Faith


For help with behavior problems, you can sign-up for a Zoom Group Conference on my website, drjeffnichol.com. This is the first part in a series Faith was important not just…

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Media – Dumpster Dog Cherishes Memory of his Best Friend

Blanket dog

Their Shared Blanket Question: My Honey, who passed Christmas Eve 2019, found a litter of puppies in the dumpster. We kept the big boy. She named him DD (Dumpster Dog).…

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Media – A Cat who Licks Off her Hair

Grooming cat

Itching & Anxiety Question: I adopted an anxious 3 year old cat 3 years ago. Recently I’ve noticed Bella appears more anxious when I’m away from our home. She has…

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