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 …

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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 …

Current Thoughts On Pathophysiology & Treatment Of Feline Idiopathic Cystitis

Gregory F. Grauer, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) Feline idiopathic cystitis is the most common form of feline lower urinary tract disease, and is a diagnosis of exclusion. Dr. Grauer approaches this topic by reviewing the pathogenesis of the disease as well as the best approach to diagnosis and treatment. Feline lower …

On Your Best Behavior
Noise & Storm Phobias in Dogs

Terry Curtis, DVM, Diplomate ACVB Anxiety and fearful behavior are common in canine patients, and often manifest as storm and noise phobias. Depending on presentation, treatment can be straightforward or complex and challenging. Fear is a normal and adaptive response. In animals, the subjective states of anxiety and fear (see Differentiating Between Anxiety & Fear) …

On Your Best Behavior
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, …

On Your Best Behavior
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 …

Behavioral Medicine
Top 10 Tools for Success

Ilana Reisner, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVB Behavior problems may seem daunting, but primary care veterinarians can provide critical interventions by diagnosing and managing the behavior problems they frequently face in clinical practice. Implementing behavior-related questions into a routine examination and training team members to note owners’ behavior-related questions opens the door for behavior assessment in …

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