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. www.pdsa.org.uk