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Human Stress, Reactive Dogs, and Science

Human Stress, Reactive Dogs, and Science

Behavior, Fears & Anxieties

It’s conventional wisdom among dog trainers that a handler’s anxiety “travels down the leash” to influence the dog. To be honest, this had always sounded like some kind of woo-woo mystical nonsense to me. When I got my current extremely reactive Pug, the trainer I was working with – who I respected for being pretty […]

It’s Not a Hairball: Fear Free Management of Feline Asthma

It’s Not a Hairball: Fear Free Management of Feline Asthma

Health, Vet Visits

Cats can be notorious for hiding illness from their owners, but if your cat is affected with asthma (also known as feline allergic bronchitis), their coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing will soon become apparent. This inflammatory disease of the lungs is thought to arise from an increased sensitivity to inhaled allergens such as dust, pollen, […]

Good Vibrations? Cue Cat Music

Good Vibrations? Cue Cat Music

Exercise & Enrichment

The power of music is as old as the first human heartbeat. Music communicates emotions, inspires creativity, and provides healing. From 1697, literature gives us William Congreve’s play, “The Mourning Bride” with the famous opening line: “Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” Scores of studies […]

How to Become an Exceptional Veterinary Client

How to Become an Exceptional Veterinary Client

Health, Relationships, Vet Visits

Earlier this year, my 15-year-old cat, Ivan, had a behavioral upheaval that required several veterinary visits, tests, medication, and weekly follow-up calls to his veterinary team. Because Ivan’s condition required tweaking until we found just-the-right remedy, I felt like a nuisance until my trusted veterinarian gave me the highest compliment. She said I am a […]

9 Ways to Help Pets With Fireworks Fears

9 Ways to Help Pets With Fireworks Fears

Behavior, Fears & Anxieties

Many pets are petrified of fireworks. And no wonder: no one tells our best friends that these incredibly loud and sudden and unexplained bangs are supposed to be a celebration, not an attack. For dogs and cats, becoming startled at sudden loud sounds can be a protective response. Who knows what could be making that […]

What’s That Smell? Secrets Behind Litter Box Odor

What’s That Smell? Secrets Behind Litter Box Odor

Environment

A commercial airing for a brand of cat litter shows a woman walking into her house and making a great “stank” face. Perhaps a bit exaggerated, but who among us hasn’t entered a room and sniffed suspiciously? According to Cécile Pétel, writing in “Something in the air: why cat pee stinks and how to control […]