Understanding the Cat and Creating a Cat-Friendly Practice
Want to be a cat-friendly practice? Measures can be taken to prevent environmental and handling stressors, resulting in improved patient experiences, client acceptance of veterinary services and reduced injury rates to veterinary professionals.
Canine House Soiling: Back to Basics
Despite the general ease of house training, house soiling is a common behavior problem, reported in approximately 20% of pet dogs.
Behavior Medications: Which Medication, Which Patient?
The best treatment approaches in veterinary behavioral medicine are often multimodal. At the core of state-of-the art multimodal treatment is smart, rational, and effective use of behavioral medication…
Separation-Related Disorders and the Differences Between Dogs and Cats
The owner should understand that his or her pet is not acting this way out of spite or anger; that the owner didn’t cause the behavior by loving the pet too much, spoiling it, or not being dominant; and that the pet is not bored and getting another pet will not help.
Onset of clinical signs of separation-related disorders in dogs and cats may occur with life events, lifestyle changes, or development of medical or other behavioral disorders.
Behavior Monitoring: Taking Pet Healthcare to a New Level
For example, clients with an overweight dog on a recommended exercise plan might think that their dog is active, but can they measure how many minutes per day the dog spends resting versus running or walking?
Separation Anxiety: An Interview with Dr. Terry Curtis
In this How I Treat interview, Terry Curtis, DVM, MS, DACVB, answers our questions about key treatment protocols for behavior issues noted when the owner is leaving or not at home, often diagnosed as “separation anxiety.”
Focus on Canine Noise-Induced Fear
Fear of thunderstorms, fireworks, loud noises, gunshots, and vacuum cleaners is a common behavioral problem of companion animals. Between 17% and 49% of dogs experience an aversion to noise,1 and the resulting stress, anxiety, and exhibited behaviors may negatively affect animal health, life span, welfare, and the human–animal bond. Noise fear is manifested in many …
Preventing Dog Bites in Children: Motivations and Myths
The safety of young children with dogs (and dogs with young children) requires an understanding of canine body language and behavior so that unsafe interactions are interrupted or (ideally) avoided completely.
Mixing Children and Pets: When Social Media ‘Cuteness’ Goes Wrong
Many photos and videos posted to social media sites depict babies hobnobbing with dogs and other pets. However, they invariably show the baby in an unsafe situation, all for the sake of “cute.” What can you, as a veterinary professional, do?