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Aggression Between Familiar Dogs

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By Christine Calder, DVM, DACVB Aggression between familiar dogs in the same household is a common occurrence and is one of the most common reasons that dogs are surrendered, rehomed, or euthanized. This aggression can be secondary to high arousal or excitement levels. When a fight occurs, damage to the relationship between the dogs can … Continued

Applying A Muzzle 101

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Written and Photos by  Colleen S. Koch, DVM, DACVB Disclaimer: if a dog needs to be muzzled, it should be sedated. Just because we can do something does not mean we should; it is important to consider the long-term impact of the interaction on the pet. The owner should be encouraged to desensitize their dog … Continued

Human Directed Aggression in Cats

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By Jillian M. Orlando, DVM, DACVB Photo courtesy of the Dr. Sophia Yin Collection If you have ever had your cat snuggle up to you on the couch then nip at your hand when you try to pet them, you are not alone. This is just one scenario in which some cats have shown aggression … Continued

Three Tips To Reduce Barking In Your Dog

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By Christine D. Calder, DVM, DACVB TIP 1: Block the view but not the light. Photo courtesy of Pat Koven “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” There are many different sights and sounds that stimulate barking out the window. Your dog is less likely to bark at what she can’t see. Window film is easy … Continued

Fear and Fear-related Aggression in Dogs

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By Christine Calder, DVM, DACVB (Photo courtesy of Dr. Christine Calder) What is Fear? Fear is a natural emotion that causes an animal to avoid situations and activities that may be dangerous. What or who the pet perceives to be dangerous may not be the same as the person’s perception, and can be independent of … Continued

Applying Eye Drops with Low Stress Handling™

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By M. Leanne Lilly, DVM,DACVB At some point in many dogs’ lives, they will require eye drops. This might be a one-time event to examine the eye or it may be multiple times per day to treat chronic disease. Regardless of the cause, applying eyedrops need not be a struggle for you or the pet, … Continued

The Eating of Feces (Poop): Coprophagia

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By Christine D. Calder, DVM, DACVB Many see their dogs as part of the family, their “fur babies.” Our dogs eat from our plates, sleep in our beds, and even lick the baby’s face — which is why we get concerned when these same dogs go out and eat their own or another animal’s feces … Continued

Litter Box Basic: How to Choose the Best Box for Your Cat

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By Christine D. Calder DVM DACVB #1: It is all about the size: The bigger the box the better. Ideal size is big enough for the cat to turn around in the box without touching the sides of the box (1 ½ times the length of your cat from nose to base of the tail). … Continued

What to Do When Your Cat Thinks Outside of the Box

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Written by Karen Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, Laurie Bergman, VMD, DACVB, and Christine Calder, DVM, DACVB The most common behavioral concerns reported by clients about their cats involve litter box use.  Complaints about litter box use can often be prevented and usually be successfully treated if the client becomes good at observing their cat’s … Continued

How to Apply Flea & Tick Prevention To Even The Most Wiggly Dogs

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By Laurie Bergman, VMD, DACVB Many dogs don’t enjoy having topical parasite (flea and tick) control medications applied. Even though these medications aren’t painful, like an injection, the dogs may not like the feeling of something wet on their skin or the smell. Some dogs just don’t like having to stay still. The easiest way … Continued