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

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

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

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

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

Medication Station

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By Christine Calder, DVM, DACVB Over a lifetime, chances are your cat is going to need medication. However, getting a cat to take that medication is a different story. Utilizing a medication station can help you teach cats that taking medication can be a positive and stress free experience. Step 1: Choose a mat. This … Continued

Clear Communication When Leash Walking

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By Ashley Elzerman, DVM, DACVB As we adjust to new COVID-19 procedures in our hospital I find I am moving dogs around the hospital more than ever. Clients watch as we walk their dogs from curb-side check in, through the hospital to our treatment area and then back out to the car. When walking a … Continued

The Bunny Burrito

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By Dr. Sally Foote, DVM   We are grateful to J.C. Burcham, DVM, for her permission to use the following photos and text. Many thanks to our model, Mr. Maple (pictured to the right), for his excellent cooperation in demonstrating towel wrapping.               Maple is placed in the center of … Continued

The Collar Hold

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By Sally J. Foote, DVM, LSHC-Silver This hold controls direction in 6 ways to reduce movement and provide staff safety from head flip or bite attempts. This technique is part of the HMR Lab 3 of the Low Stress Handling® Certification Course – Silver. The handler places forward pressure if the dog moves back; downward … Continued