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.

Dr. Nichol’s Video – Cats who Play Rough & Bite

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Kitties are so sweet and gentle. Well, most are. But some bite and scratch when you thought you were just having fun. Don’t swat or spray or yell. Bring out…

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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…

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Spank him? Send Him Packing?

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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 @#%&…

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Wigged-Out in the Veterinary Clinic

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This poor dog is a nervous wreck, scanning back and forth, waiting for the proverbial shoe to fall. Will a homicidal (canine-icidal) maniac blast onto the scene? Will I, the…

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Stop, sniff, stop, pee, repeat

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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…

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A Predictor of an Excellent Walk

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Mick is learning to earn the privilege of a walk. He wants to wear his new Gentle Leader head halter because he knows he’ll have a good time. He’s not…

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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…

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Poop Eating – Always in Bad Taste


Do you have a 4-legged pooper scooper? Get the lowdown on why some dogs eat stool and what you can do about this most odious habit.

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Cat pee – Where do you want it?


Shouldn’t a cat, who’s livin’ the feline dream at your house, crave the answer to this age-old question? They do, sort of. It matters what the person wants but it’s…

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