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Fears & Anxieties Veterinary Care

Why Fear Free Care Is the Right Choice for Your Pet

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Many pet owners have experienced the heart-rending sight of their beloved furry friend trembling, hiding, or acting out of character due to the fear and anxiety of a trip to the veterinarian. These reactions can be distressing for both the pet and the owner. Thankfully, there’s a revolutionary approach reshaping the veterinary landscape: Fear Free […]

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Dogs Veterinary Care

Can My Dog Catch a Cold?

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes One of the most common questions that we hear here at Fear Free is, “can my dog catch a cold?” This handout courtesy of Elanco will show help you learn the truth about canine colds and how a Bordetella vaccine can help protect your pup.

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Cats Dogs Veterinary Care

Why to DNA Test Your Pet

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Have you ever wondered what breeds came together to make the unique cocktail that is your pet? What health hazards might we encounter in the future? A DNA test can answer those questions and more. Download this PDF to help you learn more about what DNA testing can do for you.

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Dogs Shelters & Fostering

Deprived Backgrounds Alter Dog Behavior and Cortisol Levels

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Shelter dogs often come from a variety of backgrounds, some of which may include impoverished early life conditions. These adverse experiences can have lasting effects on their physiological and behavioral condition, according to a recent study investigating the impact of adverse early-life environments on the hormonal and social behavior of domestic dogs. The researchers compared […]

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Cats Dogs Travel & Safety

This Major Airport Plays Music to Soothe Traveling Pets

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Earlier this year, travel got a lot more relaxing for animals in transit through New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) thanks to a simple pleasure: music. At The ARK at JFK, dogs and cats can de-stress while listening to music specifically designed for animals by Zoundz Music for Pets, which plays in the kennels, […]

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Dogs Veterinary Care

 FAQs for Pet Parents: Canine Influenza

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Canine Influenza, also known as “dog flu” or CIV, is a viral disease caused by two major strains within the United States. The original H3N8 strain was first reported in 2004 in racing greyhounds, but the more recent H3N2 strain was responsible for the 2015 epidemic that spread rapidly to over half the country and […]

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Dogs Life at Home Other

Study Finds Dogs Judge Human Competence

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Reading Time: 3 minutes For 13 years, my dog Rio has loved catching treats I toss him. That food-motivated Lab mix excels at watching a piece of kibble fly through the air toward his face and snatching it with his mouth mid-flight. Occasionally my throw is off, and the treat will hit the top of his head or land […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Life at Home New Pets

Create a Fear Free Environment by “Catifying” Your Home

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Reading Time: 3 minutes When I first became aware of the concept of “catifying” a house, I fell in love with the idea of my cats having a place to not only live, but to thrive. I asked two experts in cats and design for their tips on making a house that’s comfortable for and welcoming to cats. “Catification […]

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Cats Dogs Fears & Anxieties Other Veterinary Care

Fear Free Injection Training for Your Diabetic Pet

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Reading Time: 5 minutes When you’re the pet parent of a diabetic pet, the last thing you want is to have them associate their insulin injections with something scary. Some diabetic pets will need insulin every 12 hours for the rest of their lives, and if they don’t get their injections regularly because they’re hiding or trying to bite, […]

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Dogs New Pets

Helping Your Newly Adopted Pet Adjust

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Bringing a new pet home is exciting, but can also be a little overwhelming for both of you! We’ve put together some tips to help those important first few weeks together go as smoothly as possible.