National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day

National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day

National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day​: August 22nd Author- Tori Munguia RVT Pet Emergency Education Instructor Dallas, TX Here are the top 5 reasons routine vet visits are a vital part for your cat to live a long, healthy life. Cats are masters at hiding illness. Cat’s natural behaviors make them excellent at hiding how they feel when they are sick or in pain. Over 50% of cats are overweight or obese. Just a few extra pounds can put cats at risk for diabetes; heart, respiratory, and kidney disease, and more. Preventive care is better than reactive care. Regular exams can help avoid medical emergencies. Kittens have 26 teeth, while adult cats have 30. Periodontal disease is considered the most prevalent disease in cats three years of age and older. Cats age more rapidly than humans. A cat reaches the approximate human age of 15 during its first year, and then 24 at age 2. Each year after, they age approximately four “cat years” for every calendar year. For more information go to: https://www.catvets.com/Cat2VetDay

How to Keep Pets Safe on 4th of July

How to Keep Pets Safe on 4th of July

Americans love Independence Day, and rightly so.  It is the celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the biggest party of the summer.  Along with this celebration comes a number of hazards for your four legged friends including the worst of all, fireworks. Also, pets can get into popular foods available at 4th of July parties and cookouts that can be toxic or cause a number of digestive problems. A 2013 study by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences found fireworks were the most common trigger for fearful behavior in dogs. Responses included: trembling shaking hiding seeking comfort destruction urination salivation Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations. Pets are terrified of fireworks and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce.  Because of this, the American Humane Association reports that July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Here are some helpful tips to keep your pets safe this 4th of July. Keep your pets indoors at all times Do not put insect repellent on your pet that is not formulated for them Do not let them drink alcohol or consume marijuana as many people think these substances will help calm the animal.  Alcohol and recreational drugs are very toxic to pets

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The Behavior-Pain Connection

The Behavior-Pain Connection

by Jaime Kelley, MS- Certified Pet CPR Instructor As a pet owner, it is important to really know your pet and be familiar with its “normal” behaviors, both as a species and as an individual.  Many pet lovers and owners are often fascinated with why cats, dogs and other species of pets act the way they do, from the study of ethology and evolution, to thousands of years of domestication and artificial selection.  But despite all of that, there is still a component of behavior that occurs on the individual level as a result of the environment and learning.  This creates the whole being, i.e., your dog or cat in all of its furry wonderfulness.  And as part of bringing a pet into your home and your life, you should really know your animal and how it behaves on a day-to-day basis.  Why?  Because it just might save their life some day. When a pet comes to a behavior professional for a problem, the first thing that must be asked is whether the animal has been to the vet recently.  The reason for this is to rule out any injury or illness as a potential cause for the behavior change.  Pain can be a very strong motivator for behavior, so if this is not first ruled out as the cause,

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Recognizing Signs of Fear in Your Dog

Recognizing Signs of Fear in Your Dog

by Alex Dundon CVT- Certified Fear Free Professional and Owner of A & R Critter Care Almost 90% of owners will say that their pet has some sort of behavioral problem. This can range from the “reactive”or “cranky” to “dominant” pets. There is a behavior or “personality quirk” that’s not ideal, but it’s something that the pet’s family lives with because…well, why not? It’s not a big deal. He’s just “cranky” or “certain things set him off”. But what if you can notice signs of discomfort before that happens? What if Fido is acting out because he’s scared? Can you recognize the early signs of fear? “Fear is the number one cause of aggression. It’s imperative that you be able to 1) understand the cause and basis behind the fear, 2) recognize the overt as well as subtle signs, and 3) be aware of what people commonly do to that worsens the fear and aggression.” -Dr. Sophia Yin Sophia Yin was a veterinarian and behaviorist who spent years learning, teaching, and applying Low Stress principles as a smarter alternative to force. Her goal was to gain and teach a new understanding of the motivation behind an animal’s response and why fear is such a driving force behind many negative and potentially dangerous behaviors. Essentially, what may be a small and inconsequential behavior now

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Second Dog Syndrome

Second Dog Syndrome

By Katherine Novak, Certified Pet CPR Instructor Are you thinking about getting a second dog?  Let’s go over the reasons for this decision.  Is it because you feel like your dog needs someone to keep him company during the day while you are gone?  Is it because you are gone 8 hours a day, or sometimes more?  Is it because when you get home in the evening you are too tired to give your number one dog the attention that he deserves?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, please rethink your decision to bring another dog into your life. Here is what usually happens. The time that you do have at home with your dog is now shared with a stranger (your new dog). Your dog #1 never has you to himself. Since dog #1 does not pick dog #2, there are often personality clashes. Now we have two dogs that are not getting their needs met. You have two dogs fighting over your attention when you get home. You have double the vet bills. Now… here is a better solution. Use the money that you would have spent on the second dog and hire a dog walker for your dog, and/or send him to doggy daycare one or two days a week. Make sure that you

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