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Thunderstorm Anxiety

Thunderstorm anxiety affects between 15 and 30 percent of all dogs. Some dogs cry, pant, whine or pace. Others seem to be glued to their owners. Some dogs panic so much they may injure themselves by jumping through windows or claw up doors in an effort to get out and find somewhere safe. No one […]

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Taking Your Pet on the Road

Everybody loves a trip in the car! Roadtripping is fun especially when it’s to get away for the weekend, a vacation, or going to the local dog park. We like taking our pets with us. The fun starts as soon as we leave the driveway and hit the pavement. Unfortunately, many pet owners don’t think about […]

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Dealing with an Aggressive Pet

Aggressive behavior in pets often stems from a variety of underlying sources. From anxiety to a biological response to the environment. Aggression is classified and has been described as the following: lack of socialization; play, fear, or pain; predatory; territorial; and idiopathic meaning a source cannot be identified. Whatever the source aggression in pets can […]

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Anxiety Related Behaviors in Pets

Stress and anxiety can affect pets as well as people. Many pets experience anxiety related behaviors such as separation anxiety, noise phobia, anxiety with car rides, and stress associated with new situations or even strangers. The symptoms may lead to undesirable behaviors such as inappropriate vocalization, destructive chewing or eliminating in inappropriate locations. Conventional veterinary […]

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Is Your Pet Stressed?

Adrenal glands have traditionally been thought of as the body’s organ system responsible for the “fight or flight” response of our pets. During stress conditions they pump out epinephrine which is used in metabolizing glucose to give the body energy for it’s response. The adrenal gland has many other important functions besides releasing epinephrine during […]

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Fireworks….fun for us…torture for dogs and cats :(

Long Holiday weekends are a time of relaxation, entertainment, travel and celebration with family and friends. Most of our national holidays include fireworks, either put on in people’s backyards, or as part of civic celebrations. While they are awe inspiring and exhilarating for us, for a lot of pets, they are a nightmare. There are […]

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Pets Do Not = Children: The Cons Of Treating Pets Like Kids

We love you, humans. We, the family pet, are just that: family. We are one of your own, one of the children. And you sometimes treat us as such, too. Of course you do! While we are a different species, from a developmental perspective we pets are very similar to children. So it makes sense […]

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Zen And The Art Of Hyper-Pet Maintenance

Holy Cows, did I make my human crazy today! I was ruffing yapping all over the place one minute, then licking the walls the next. Koo-koo! I could not – absolutely not – hear a word she said. I refused to sit, even for treats. I didn`t have to, I was busy inhaling crumbs the […]

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Taming The Shrew – When Good Pets Go Bad

Downward facing dog is a great pose. I know, I do it all the time – it`s kind of my signature asana, if you will. Ahem. But when your doggie, kitty, or any other kind of pet, is posing to be a downer at home (translation: they`re no Mr. Or Miss Behavin`s), you know you […]

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Kitten Classes

When you think of pet training, you instantly think about your dog attending obedience school. But what about your cat? Kersti Seksel, a veterinary behaviorist from Australia, opened her first “Kitty Kindy” nearly a decade ago to accommodate kittens aged between 7 and 14 weeks. Since then, such kitten classes have slowly spread across the […]

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