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Dr. Lee Pickett

Author: Dr. Lee Pickett

Lee Pickett, VMD, practices companion animal medicine in North Carolina. Contact her at Copyright 2023 Dr. Lee Pickett and distributed by

laundry pod

Laundry pods toxic to pets

Q: My cat Milo is a "dog cat": He comes when I call, fetches small balls and loves to play with toys. Last week, I caught him batting around a laundry detergent pod. Should I let him play with those...
cat and dog playing outside in the grass

No Lyme disease vaccine for cats

Q: My veterinarian doesn't offer Lyme vaccination for my cats, who spend more time outside than my dogs. Is a vaccine available for felines?  A: A vaccine to prevent Lyme disease in cats is not available because it's not clear...
cat scratching fleas on fur

Does my cat have fleas?

Q: My cat, Purrsephone, is scratching and has tiny black specks throughout her fur. What's causing this, and what should I do about it?  A: It sounds like Purrsephone has fleas. Those black specks that resemble finely ground pepper are...
Black cat eyes beginning to glow

Why do cat eyes glow in the dark?

Q: I recently adopted a handsome orange male tabby cat named Henry. At night, his eyes are luminescent, reflecting a variety of bright colors. Is he unusual, or do all cats' eyes shine in the dark? What causes this magic? ...
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Carnivorous cats require meat-based diets

Q: I am a vegan, and I want to feed my cats a vegan or vegetarian diet. What's your advice?  A: Veterinarians who specialize in nutrition recommend against feeding vegan or vegetarian diets to cats because research has shown that...

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