Best Holiday Wishes from Dr Yin

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It’s one of the busiest times of year for most people. Everyone is running from store to store trying to find that perfect gift, hanging up lights, decorating the tree, and baking all sorts of yummy treats. With all that chaos going on, don’t forget about you four-legged loved ones. And no, I don’t mean to remember to wrap up a new bone for Rover or buy Kitty some catnip. The holidays bring a handful of hazards for your pets. Please take the time to read my previous blog Holiday Hazards that Can Ambush Your Pet and have a happy and safe holiday season.


Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS

R.I.P. 1966-2014

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3 responses to “Best Holiday Wishes from Dr Yin

  1. I have three dogs that love to attack the door when the doorbell rings. I am considering buying a Manners Minder but am wondering how effective it would be for three dogs to respond at one time, since only one piece of kibble is released at a time. I’m afraid that the most assertive of the three will hog all the rewards. Any thoughts?

  2. I totally agree with your article about holiday hazards for your pet. People get all wrapped up in holiday decorating and totally forget about their pets safety. My mother wrapped a whole bunch of chocolate as a gift and put it under the tree. When we left to run errands and came back the dog ate the 1 1/2 pounds of chocolate that was wrapped. Luckily our dog weighs 155 pounds and just had a rough couple days but if he was a regular dog he probably would have died.

  3. My partner and I have a year-old border collie mix named Rory. This is our second dog and we have trained her pretty well.

    Our biggest challenge has been leaving Rory alone, at home, something our previous dog eased into quickly and without problems. While on occassion, Rory has gone as long as two hours alone in her crate, or in the car, and stayed calm, more often we find that she whines and yelps when she is alone.

    We have read some about separation anxiety and have tried some step by step approaches, but still are not where we want to be with Rory being able to stay alone at home. How would you guide us to work with this challenge?

    Thank you!

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