In the winter 2024 edition, we unveiled our new website packed with services, products, information, and soon online courses too! We’re celebrating February’s National Dog Training Month with group classes starting in March.
The significance of a holistic approach in treating these issues cannot be overstated. It is crucial to understand that pet behavior is not just a matter of training or discipline but is often deeply intertwined with their physical health. Recognizing this connection is the first step toward effective treatment.
The importance of thorough diagnostic approaches, including physical examinations, blood tests, imaging, and behavioral assessments, has been highlighted as key to uncovering the root causes of behavioral issues. These diagnostic tools are essential in differentiating between medical and purely behavioral problems and form the basis for a targeted treatment plan.
I’m writing on a gorgeous fall day and planning multiple outdoor adventures with my dogs. Our Dog Walk Club is back in action after a HOT HUMID summer- it’s much nicer out now. Come join us for a Sunday afternoon walk and hang out with fellow dog lovers.
Reminder that our Professional Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Service is up and running! You’ll need to book soon for the holidays- reservations are filling up fast. Marie, our Pet Sitting Manager, also reminds everyone that part time Professional Pet Sitter positions are open in Sanford.
Mistakes feeding cats are generally due to a lack of knowledge about how our feline friends evolved and became domesticated. Feeding cats in an evolutionarily, biologically, and behaviorally appropriate way improves their health and well-being. An added bonus is that they are less likely to develop behavior problems that are annoying, dangerous, or can even lead to the cat’s euthanasia.
Unwanted behavior is a top cause for pets to be relinquished, rehomed, or euthanized. Dealing with a pet that has a behavior problem can be frustrating or even unsafe. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about approaching the treatment of behavior problems in pets. Some of this misinformation can cause the behavior problem to worsen.
In this post, you will learn how to use science to make dog training easy. There are lots of theories about dog training, but only one method has been scientifically proven to work the best- positive reinforcement. I use dogs as examples in this blog but the truth is that positive reinforcement works for any species- even humans. You’ll learn the basic principles of dog training and how to get your dog, cat, or even child to do what you want. You can even improve yourself with positive reinforcement.
What does over-vaccination even mean? Surprisingly, I’m not talking about the number of vaccines given during one visit. Because sometimes your pet really needs all of the vaccines! It is not ideal to administer too many vaccines in one visit. Nobody likes that many jabs. However, that doesn’t count as over-vaccination. Over-vaccination occurs in 2 situations: your pet receives unnecessary vaccines, or your pet receives necessary vaccines too often. Unfortunately, many veterinarians don’t understand the duration of immunity (DOI) or risk-benefit analysis. Don’t let your vet over-vaccinate your pet due to your lack of education on the matter.
*Vaccines protect against disease by fooling the immune system into thinking the pet has been infected.
*Maternal antibodies destroy vaccines just as effectively as they destroy real pathogens.
*Vaccine titers don’t tell you if your pet is protected against disease, and therefore are a waste of money in all but very specific circumstances (ones that have never come up in my career).
*Adjuvants can kill cats, but there are non-adjuvanted cat vaccines available.
*Modified Live Vaccines last a REALLY long time because they stimulate cell-mediated immunity, but killed and recombinant vaccines do not.