DEAR Vicki, My dog Arthur has a fatty lump on his leg and keeps bit­ing it. I can’t af­ford to have it re­moved right now, is there any­thing I can do to stop him bit­ing it?

You will need to take Arthur to your vet to have the lump checked. They can ex­am­ine it and ask any rel­e­vant ques­tions and may rec­om­mend fur­ther tests. Your vet may con­clude that the lump is noth­ing to worry about, but it’s best to be on the safe side. What­ever hap­pens, it would be a good idea to keep a log of any changes you no­tice in the lump and tak­ing a photo now will help you to com­pare it over time. If you’re strug­gling to af­ford vet­eri­nary fees, you can check if you’re el­i­gi­ble to get PDSA help by call­ing 0800 731 2502. DEAR Vicki, My long-haired cat Glo­ria gets very grumpy when I try to groom her. What can I do to make the process a bit eas­ier?

Long-haired cats should be groomed daily and it is best to be­gin when they are a kit­ten. Adult cats may dis­like be­ing groomed be­cause they have found it painful in the past. Start groom­ing grad­u­ally and give her healthy treats and praise while you do it. Be­gin by just touch­ing her for a few days and leav­ing the groom­ing brush nearby but not be­ing used. Then touch her with the brush, re­ward­ing her when she is calm and re­laxed. Slowly start mov­ing the brush across her for a few days, again re­ward­ing calm be­hav­iour. By build­ing up slowly like this over a pe­riod of a few weeks, you should even­tu­ally be able to groom Glo­ria nor­mally. If Glo­ria’s fur is al­ready very mat­ted, she may need to be se­dated at your lo­cal vets so it can be clipped and groomed.

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