By: Cheryl Kolus, MS, DVM In many ways, our pet cats today are not that different from their wild ancestor, the African wildcat. They even look similar. According to Wild Cats Magazine, the African wildcat is mostly nocturnal, hides during the day, tries to intimidate opponents by making itself look larger, and females defend … Continued
As a veterinarian I am often surprised by how infrequently clients will ask about their cat who is not depositing their stool or urine in the litter box. I have learned over the many years I have been in practice to ask specifically if the cat is getting all the waste in the box. … Continued
As I have lectured about less stressful veterinary care, and participated in various Facebook groups and forums, I often hear opinions that only serve to keep discussions about Low Stress Handling® polarized within the veterinary and animal behavior industries. Some believe that Low Stress Handling® techniques take too long to be usable in an … Continued
Dr. Sophia Yin’s pet-friendly animal handling techniques are shaping the new standard of care for petcare professionals. Low Stress Handling leads to safer and more satisfied staff, efficient workplaces, lowered liability, loyal clients, and of course, happy animals. Download your own copy of the Low Stress Handling Certification Guide now!! About this Program: Veterinary hospitals … Continued
One of the leading complaints from cat owners is elimination outside of the litter box. Dr. Nicholas Dodman DVM, ACVB, of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University, reports up to 4% of cats in United States Households (3 million out of 75 million) urinate outside of the litter box weekly, with 1% urinating … Continued
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
In 2009, Dr. Yin produced the first and only textbook and DVD on Low Stress Handling of dogs and cats in the hospital or shelter setting. Since then the methods and philosophy have spread around the world. In this article, Dr. Yin’s colleague in the Netherlands, Dr. Valerie Jonckheer –Sheehy details how she used desensitization and counterconditioning to give a cat a pleasant toenail trim.
During busy seasons some shelters are filled beyond capacity and the best way to remedy this is to get pets adopted out quickly. Besides ensuring that pets are healthy and the environment low stress so that the animals will be comfortable and engaged, what else can shelters do to get these pets adopted out quickly? The following are six marketing tips for increasing adoption rates.
Frequently in our jobs at veterinary hospitals, shelters or even boarding facilities, we’re so used to dealing with animals and trying to get our jobs done quickly that we forget how our actions can affect the animal or look to the clients. Here are 5 tips for handling dogs and cats in a caring manner.