The Importance of Training and Socializing Foster Kittens

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It’s kitty season – meaning, as usual, there are tons of pregnant female cats and young kittens being relinquished to shelters. Most will ultimately be euthanized but some will be fostered and find good homes.

Finding the Perfect Dog Treats

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I love watching your videos. What treats do you use in your veterinary practice? They seem pretty irresistible. They also look like they are something that allows them to nibble off small pieces at a time. We have trouble finding something the fearful or anxious dogs will eat.

Pets Sleep Together: Are They Pals?

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Clients frequently tell me that they think their cat or dogs like each other but they aren’t sure. They sometimes point out that their pets sleep together, but does that mean they’re best friends? It could but it doesn’t necessarily. They could just be sharing beds because it’s comfortable or convenient. True “friends,” actively seek each other and hang out, play together, and perform affiliative gestures such as mutual grooming.

Cat Bites Seemingly Randomly

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We have a 2 year old female cat (Kachina) who is fully declawed and spayed. She will jump on the bed or sofa with my wife (Liz) and want to be scratched behind her ears/head. She purrs while this is happening then all of a sudden she will turn and bite Liz in the arm. This used to happen 1-2 times every month or so and now it is a few times a week.

Dr. Yin’s Answers to Common Dog Training Questions

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I’ve heard that a tired dog is a behaved dog. Will exercise solve most of my dog’s problems?
Do I need to be the boss when training my dog, cat, horse or bird?
If I train my pet how long will the training last?

Dr. Yin’s Answers to Common Dog Training Questions

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I’ve heard that a tired dog is a behaved dog. Will exercise solve most of my dog’s problems?
Do I need to be the boss when training my dog, cat, horse or bird?
If I train my pet how long will the training last?

Sophia Gets Stuck with Some Bengal Cats

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In my entire career as a vet, I’ve only been suckered into adopting two pets. The first was Meggie, a Scottie puppy with a neuromuscular disorder called Scottie cramps. The disorder caused her to randomly walk like a broken down robot. She was probably the easiest pet I’ve trained due to her general good nature and the fact that I got her when she was pretty young. The second was Jonesy, the Jack Russell Terrier, my current dog.

Cats and Dogs in Indonesia

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It’s the first day of my last-minute vacation trip to Indonesia-only the second actual vacation I’ve taken in 15 years. A few weeks ago, out of the blue, my college roommate Asri who had just received her U.S. citizenship emailed me. “Sophia, I’m going to Indonesia to visit my family next month. Do you want to come?”