The Scruff Substitute

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Dr. Sally J. Foote, DVM, LSHC-Silver This type of restraint is called the “cowl technique.”  A pillowcase, flannel baby blanket, or thin hand towel is rolled into a tube and wrapped quickly around the neck like a doughnut to hold the head.  The point of restraint is like scruffing but does not create the association … Continued

Ask Debbie: Getting Kitty to the Vet

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By Debbie Gass, CVT, LSHC-Silver Send Questions to DGass@cattledogpublishing.com I’m always thankful for the opportunity to be able to help pet owners, and in turn help make things easier for pets that have been entrusted into our care. This month’s topic is one that comes often, and it is frequently asked by clients at the … Continued

“What Did You Say?” – What Your Body Language Says To Your Pet

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By Debbie Gass, CVT, LSHC-S, and Traci Sennesael, LSHC-S   With so many different training resources available throughout the world today, it can be quite overwhelming when deciding which program will best fit the lifestyle of you and your pet. And, like with most things in life, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to training … Continued

Storm Sangria – A Calming Cocktail for Your Storm Fearful Dog

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By Sally J. Foote, DVMCABC-IAABC, LSHC-S Executive Director, CattleDog Publishing It is April, and thunderstorms are upon us here in the Midwest.  Many dogs are fearful of thunderstorms.  It is the most common subtype of noise phobias in dogs.  The behavioral response may vary from mild pacing or panting up to escape behaviors such as … Continued

What is the Low Stress Handling™ Certification?

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  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

Low Stress Handling® – From the Veterinary Technicians’ Perspective

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  Every year hundreds of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal behaviorists, and others search for new and better ways to treat and train animals both in the veterinary practice and in the home. A few years ago pioneering animal behaviorist and veterinarian, Dr. Sophia Yin, developed a system for recognizing brewing fear and aggression, while reducing this … Continued

Halloween Horrors – Barking At The Door

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  Fear of Visitors = Barking at the Door Halloween is a fun holiday – for you humans. But from a dog’s perspective, however, it can be a little scary for us. Not only are our humans dressing strangely, but there are strangers at the door or in the house, and according to dog logic, that’s … Continued

Thundershirt® Allows Cat to have a Positive Veterinary Hospital Visit

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According to the Bayer veterinary care usage study funded by Bayer HealthCare LLC, Animal Health Division, fear and stress prompt 39% of owners to take their cats to the vet hospital only in cases of emergencies, and 37.6% of owners feel stressed just thinking about going to the vet. However, in some cases, the Thundershirt can have a clear positive effect and the effects are quick.