Mixing Children and Pets: When Social Media ‘Cuteness’ Goes Wrong

Ilana Reisner, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVB 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? Photos and videos are often shared to my …

On Your Best Behavior: How to Help Dogs That Are Aggressive During Leash Walking

Debra F. Horwitz, DVM, Diplomate ACVB, Veterinary Behavior Consultations, St. Louis, Missouri Walking dogs can be one of the joys of pet ownership, with benefits for both people and dogs. It can increase owner—pet bonding through engagement in an activity together. Unfortunately, too many dog owners are unable to take their dogs for walks due …

NAVC Conference 2014 Small Animal Speaker of the Year: An Interview with Debra F. Horwitz

Debra F. Horwitz, DVM, Diplomate ACVB—the NAVC Conference 2014 Small Animal Speaker of the Year—has worked for over 30 years to help pet owners with their animals’ behavioral problems. As an American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) board-certified behavioral specialist, she is passionate about her calling as well as sharing her knowledge with others. In …


The 10 Commandments of Cat Management

Terry Marie Curtis, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVB The management of multi-cat households requires attention to the art of feline care. The considerations are organized into 10 Commandments that cover space layout, intra-cat behavioral considerations, food distribution, water sources, play opportunities, litter boxes, resting places, scratching opportunities, urine marking, and outside areas. When managing multicat households, …


Dog as a Second Language: A Primer for Humans

Ilana Reisner, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVB While humans recognize overt happiness or fear in their canine companions, dogs use a more subtle language to communicate with other dogs and us. By watching, we can become more fluent in their rich vocabulary. Taboo is a small, male Chihuahua mix, with an unknown background, recently adopted from …


Canine Separation Anxiety

Ilana Reisner, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVB Maya is a young adult German shepherd mix with a fulfilling life. Along with Sally, her single and self-employed “parent,” Maya hikes daily and spends much of her time resting on the couch while Sally works at the computer. When Maya is left alone, however, the situation shifts from … Protection Status