Training Your Cat to Use the Carrier

0 | Posted:

  By Katharine Schwarz, RVT, KPA CTP, Elite Fear Free Certified Professional Since indoor cats rarely leave the house, they often become stressed or anxious when they are taken to the veterinary hospital once a year. Since cats learn by association, the sudden appearance of the carrier tends to signal that something scary is happening. … Continued

Boom, Bang, and Clang: Storm and Other Noise Phobias

1 | Posted:

By Christine D. Calder, DVM, DACVB Storm phobia, or fear of storms, is a common behavior in dogs. Many dogs are terrified of the noise and react by hiding, pacing, panting, trembling, peeing, pooping, excessive salivation, and destroying things. Some dogs even take it to the extreme of hurting themselves by jumping through windows and … Continued

Training Series: Teaching Eye Contact to a Dog

0 | Posted:

By Pat Koven LVT, KPA-CTP, Sandra Robins, BS, CVT, VTS (anesthesia & analgesia), CPDT-KSA, KPA-CTP, and Katharine Schwarz, RVT, KPA-CTP Eye contact teaches your pet to focus attention on you and check in with you regularly.  By reinforcing this behavior, you are making yourself more exciting than the environment around you. A strong Look on … Continued

Leash Reactivity in Dogs

0 | Posted:

By Melissa Spooner-Raymond, LVT, VTS (Behavior), BS, KPA-CTP, TAGteach Level One What is Leash Reactivity? Reactivity is a dog’s response to something in their environment which is triggered by anxiety, fear, or frustration. Though it is not limited to these behaviors, the dog may express their concerns by barking, growling, lunging, jumping up, and pulling. … Continued

Behavior Supplements in Dogs and Cats

1 | Posted:

By Christine Calder, DVM, DACVB Many colleagues and pet owners ask about the use of supplements in the treatment of behavioral issues. There is limited documented evidence on the use of these supplements, but to address this demand for information, here is what we know is being used and impressions from what experience and data … Continued

Cats and High Places: Keeping them off counters and tables

0 | Posted:

Written by: Christine Calder, DVM, DACVB Last week, I had an inquiry from a recent shelter cat adopter. This new adopter wanted to know how she can keep her new cat, Chowder, off counter tops and the table. It seems whenever they prepare food or eat, Chowder is right there waiting for his fair share. … Continued

Human Directed Aggression in Cats

0 | Posted:

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

Fear and Fear-related Aggression in Dogs

0 | Posted:

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™

0 | Posted:

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

0 | Posted:

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