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My Pet World: Resident upset when people don't pick up after their dogs

By Cathy M. Rosenthal, Tribune Content Agency on

Cats also get into different positions when they are peeing or pooping. If she is arthritic, the position for pooping may be causing her some discomfort, and so it may be easier for her to go outside the box. Health problems can be treated, so take her to the veterinarian -- and take a sample of the poop with you.

Dear Cathy,

My older cat, Sonney, has a bump or nodule above his left eye. I have attached a photo. I don't know how he got it; it could have started from a scratch from one of our other cats. He did have a small scratch close to the bump that healed before I noticed the bump, which seemed to grow since I first noticed it. It is not getting any bigger, and it has been about three months since it started. It does not seem to bother him. Is there some kind of cream I could put on it? -- Bob, Las Vegas, NV

Dear Bob,

I don't think there is any cream to fix that nodule. Generally, veterinarians say if a nodule moves freely, it could be a benign cyst; if is it attached it could be cancer. There is only one way to know for sure though, and that is to take Sonney to a veterinarian to have the nodule examined and biopsied. Let me know what the vet says.

Dear Cathy,

I have a friend who received a dog from a shelter. This dog was previously with a breeder. Whenever the dog rides in my car, he usually poops (ugh!). I don't know if he was crate trained or not, but in such a confined space of the back seat, you would think he wouldn't go, even if he gets walked before. He's a young adult, not a senior dog. Most dogs love rides; this one gets car sick. -- Tim, Chesterton, Indiana

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Dear Tim,

Just like people, dogs can get car sick. Most of the time, they feel nauseous, which results in vomiting or drooling. But sometimes, their queasiness may result in an unexpected defecation in the car. Your dog doesn't mean to poop in the car; it just happens.

There are over-the-counter and prescription medications that can reduce the car sickness symptoms, which may reduce this involuntary reflex and make car trips more pleasant for the both of you.

Also, put down a blanket in the car that can easily be washed, and open the window a crack, since fresh air sometimes helps.


(Cathy M. Rosenthal is a longtime animal advocate, author, columnist and pet expert who has more than 25 years in the animal welfare field. Send your pet questions, stories and tips to Please include your name, city, and state. You can follow her @cathymrosenthal.)



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