Posted: Feb 5, 2015
Do Dogs Mourn?
Dog lovers consider big, mournful puppy eyes gazing at them to be heartwarming. Those soulful glances melt human hearts. But could those mournful eyes indicate that the dog is actually mourning?Read More »
Posted: Jan 6, 2015
Although cats are predators, in nature larger predators will prey upon them. Since sick or old animals make an easy target, any obvious sign of illness will alert other predators that the animal is ill. Therefore, cats have evolved to hide signs of illness. This means that in the early stages of illness, often the only thing that a cat owner may notice is that the cat has become quiet and withdrawn. Unfortunately, this also means a cat may be very sick before the owner realizes something is wrong.Read More »
Posted: Dec 9, 2014
Posted: Dec 3, 2014
Why is my dog so frightened of loud noises such as thunder, firecrackers, and vehicles?
Fears and phobias can develop from a single experience (one event learning) or from continued exposure to the fearful stimulus. Although some dogs react with a mild fear response of panting and pacing, others get extremely agitated and may panic and/or become destructive. These dogs are experiencing a phobic response to the stimulus. These phobias may develop because of an inherent sensitivity to the stimulus (i.e., a genetic predisposition) or exposure to a highly traumatic experience associated with the stimulus (e.g., a carport collapsing on the dog in a windstorm). With multiple exposures to a fearful event, a dog may become more intensely reactive; receiving attention or affection by well-meaning owners who are trying to calm the dog down may actually intensify the response.
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Posted: Sep 18, 2014
We are not trained to make euthanasia decisions. Most people have little or no experience even thinking about, or discussing the idea of letting an animal die by this process.
When a veterinarian brings up the idea of euthanasia for a very ill, elderly, or injured pet you might find yourself cringing, in an effort to "protect" yourself from even the thought of choosing to say goodbye to your beloved pet. The idea of actually planning a time and place for the death may throw you into a state of confusion, denial, shock, depression, or anger.
Posted: Jul 28, 2014
The birth of a baby or the adoption of a new child is associated with a great deal of anxiety, excitement, and stress for not only the family, but also the family pet. Some dogs and cats can have a difficult time adjusting to these changes, especially if this is your first child, but preparation and planning will help.Read More »
Posted: Jun 13, 2014
Dog communication uses most of the senses, including smells, sounds and visual cues. Pheromones, glandular secretions, barks, whines, yips, growls, body postures, etc., all serve as effective means of communication between dogs. Unlike in people, canine body postures and olfactory (scent) cues are significant components of dog language and vocal communications are less significant. People are listeners; dogs are watchers. Another major difference between human and canine communication is the type of information communicated.Read More »
Posted: Jun 2, 2014
What are oral tumors?
Like us, cats can develop oral masses. Some will grow slowly and won’t spread to other locations (benign), while others will spread to different areas of the body causing great harm (malignant). Benign oral tumors generally start in the periodontal ligament, which is located in the tooth socket. The most common types of oral tumors are called peripheral odontogenic fibromas (POFs). The most commonly diagnosed malignant tumor is called squamous cell carcinoma.Read More »
Posted: Apr 7, 2014
What is cognitive dysfunction, and how is it diagnosed?
It is generally believed that a dog or cat’s cognitive function tends to decline with age, much as it does in people. If your dog or cat has one or more of the signs below and all potential physical or medical causes have been ruled out, it may be due to cognitive dysfunction. Of course, it is also possible that cognitive dysfunction can arise concurrently with other medical problems, so that it might be difficult to determine the exact cause of each sign.Read More »
Posted: Mar 18, 2014
In North America, obesity is the most common preventable disease in dogs. Approximately 25-30% of the general canine population is obese, with 40-45% of dogs aged 5-11 years old weighing in higher than normal.Read More »