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Spank him? Send Him Packing?

July 15, 2024

We love our pets like little people in furry suits but if they bite, chew, bark, or relieve themselves indoors they need to stop that @#%& right now, don’t they? Even if you’re not a violent person you could be tempted, but please don’t spank him. Way back in the day, I was an undergraduate student – a pre-veterinary major, at Michigan State University. Getting accepted to veterinary school someday in the future, required having math, physics, biology, and inorganic and organic chemistry blasted into my brain by fire hose. We also swallowed livestock sciences plus English and humanities. It was during this challenging time that I became fast friends with Connie and her significant other Lloyd. Connie and I, each aspiring veterinarians, shared an almost identical class schedule. We often studied together during the week and, well, we were college students, so there was some minor weekend partying which…

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Cat Attack – Swat, Squirt, Declaw, Rehome?

July 15, 2024
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Aggression and destructive behavior are not what we cat lovers have in mind when adopting a pet. Injuries and furniture damage have to stop! Hint: What feels best actually works better.

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Dominance? Who’s Really in Charge?

July 8, 2024
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Do you need to establish dominance over your dog so he’ll know that you’re in charge? Ah, no, you don’t. Dogs are not man’s and woman’s best friends because they fear us. In fact, they love us when our leadership inspires trust and security.

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Fireworks Fun? Not so fast

July 1, 2024
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Jangled by earsplitting blasts, many pets endure almost continual terror. Dogs may hide, tremble, drool, cry, vomit, and urinate or even pass diarrhea. Some will escape their yards. Freaked-out pets need our comfort for sure; shelter from the bombardment and light flashes will also be essential. Allow them to find relief anywhere they’ll feel better: a bathroom, closet, or a crate, covered on top and all 4 sides (door open), nestled away from windows and exterior walls. Close the blinds and turn off the TV. You can mask the racket with white noise or a loud fan. “Through a Dog’s Ear” music promotes canine-specific calming alpha brain waves.  Mutt Muffs, comfy and well tolerated, will dampen the racket. A Zenidog pheromone diffuser can reduce the stress. Scavenging opportunities can make a difference too. With their morning meal delayed a dog or cat can focus on extracting sustenance from a food-dispensing…

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Fireworks Fear & Sweaty Paws

July 1, 2024
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Startled by earsplitting blasts, many otherwise stable pets will endure almost continual panic this weekend. A freaked-out dog or cat needs serious relief from fear. I’ll make it easy for you to help.

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Grooming, nail trims, & ear cleaning – ARRGHH!!!

June 25, 2024
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Some dogs just won’t put up with it. They squirm, struggle, and might even bite. Nobody is having fun. We can get this right without the tears and misery.

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Dr. Nichol’s Video – Cats who Play Rough & Bite

June 18, 2024
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Kitties are so sweet and gentle. Well, most are. But some bite and scratch when you thought you were just having fun. Don’t swat or spray or yell. Bring out their best instead

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Wigged-Out in the Veterinary Clinic

June 10, 2024
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This poor dog is a nervous wreck, scanning back and forth, waiting for the proverbial shoe to fall. Will a homicidal (canine-icidal) maniac blast onto the scene? Will I, the benevolent veterinarian, inflict violence on her? She has no reason to fret but anxiety is not logical. It’s an unfounded worry about what might be lurking around the next corner. If this dog panics when handled she might get defensive and, in her frantic attempts to escape, she may even try to bite. Restraint would only scare her more. An as-needed antianxiety gel, called Sileo, can be administered between her lower lip and gum. In just 20 minutes a scared dog like this can relax and adapt. Don’t let your agitated dog endure this again. Ask your veterinarian for this gentle treatment. Better still, find a veterinary staff that is trained in Fear Free handling methods. Go to Fearfreepets.com.

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A Predictor of an Excellent Walk

June 4, 2024
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Mick is learning to earn the privilege of a walk. He wants to wear his new Gentle Leader head halter because he knows he’ll have a good time. He’s not quite ready to walk long distances with it. He’s still getting used to the feel of it on his face but he doesn’t have to think about it much because he’s busy working to earn reinforcers. We want him to forget it’s there. One step at a time.

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