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The Almost Perfect Puppy

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  As we come upon the holidays, people often add a pet to their home. The arrival of a little puppy can be a wonderful gift to a home, but it can also come bundled with a lot of work and difficulties if the first few weeks are not set up to have that puppy … Continued

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Killer Dogs – predation and predatory aggression in pets

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  Patterns of Predation Before dogs became pets, they were wild and lived by preying on animals big and small. Dogs would gather together to chase down an older, younger, or injured animal, grabbing the jugular vein or abdomen, resulting in a kill. All of the dogs would feed in turn, and bring some back to … Continued

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Low Stress Handling™ – From the Veterinary Technicians’ Perspective

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  Every year hundreds of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal behaviorists, and others search for new and better ways to treat and train animals both in the veterinary practice and in the home. A few years ago pioneering animal behaviorist and veterinarian, Dr. Sophia Yin, developed a system for recognizing brewing fear and aggression, while reducing this … Continued

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Halloween Horrors – Barking At The Door

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  Fear of Visitors = Barking at the Door Halloween is a fun holiday – for you humans. But from a dog’s perspective, however, it can be a little scary for us. Not only are our humans dressing strangely, but there are strangers at the door or in the house, and according to dog logic, that’s … Continued

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Veterinarians and Technicians – Partners in Care like Partners in a Dance

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  As the current Executive Director of Dr. Sophia Yin’s (1966 – 2014) company, CattleDog Publishing, I am quickly realizing that I have some pretty incredible shoes to fill. Two of the many things that Dr. Yin was known for, before her passing, was her passion for research and her love for writing in a … Continued

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Sophia Yin, DVM, MS – Her Legacy Lives On

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  I am not usually one to recognize the day of a person’s death – I like to focus more on birthdays, anniversaries, and other milestones of happiness; not grief. It has now been 2 years since Dr. Sophia Yin passed away. Recognizing this loss is important as a way to grieve and to progress … Continued

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Medicating a Grumpy Cat You Love, Part 2

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The 80% Rule: 80% of the success when giving a medication happens before it ever touches your cat. This means that there are specific techniques you must perform before you attempt to give medication or SQ fluids, that greatly increase the chance that your cat will accept the treatment. You must provide these techniques, step-by-step, … Continued

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Medicating A Grumpy Cat You Love, Part 1

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Our cats are tapping into something deep rooted within us. I recently watched this amazing BBC-documentary about cats and their people, and in one of the interviews, a little girl in her cute British accent said that her cat was “the last jigsaw of her family, and she really makes their family be together”. Her mom, … Continued

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When Your Dog’s Itching is Driving You Crazy

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What’s with all the scratching? Is it heat? Summertime can often trigger skin rashes and ear infections in dogs. You may be cleaning your dog’s ears, bathing them, or giving them anti-histamines, yet they continue scratching away. There may be relief for a day or two, but it continues to come back. The foot licking, … Continued

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New Poster! The Body Language of Feline Anxiety

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The first step to keeping animals calm is understanding their way of communicating with us humans. We’ve covered the important cues to dog behavior in our Body Language of Fear in Dogs poster. Now we have those same cues in poster form for cats! This informative tool can now be downloaded as a pdf, which means … Continued