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Puppy Socialization Risks and Rewards

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Puppyhood is a crucial time for physical and emotional development. However, the critical socialization window, when puppies form important impressions about their surrounding world, coincides with their vaccination schedule. You may have received conflicting recommendations about keeping unvaccinated or partially vaccinated puppies away from other dogs while their immune systems develop, and providing safe socialization […]

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Solving the Mystery: How Pheromones Work to Calm Pets

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Pheromones play a significant role in the social behavior of many species, including dogs, cats, and possibly humans. Although our pets cannot consciously control pheromone secretion, the chemicals can influence how they feel in certain situations and with whom they form social bonds. Dogs and cats rely heavily on pheromone communication, using their refined sense […]

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Sedation for Your Pet is Safer Than You Think

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Have you ever felt embarrassed or concerned about your pet’s behavior at the veterinary clinic? Many pets feel fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) at the vet because of past stressful experiences or unfamiliarity with clinic staff and routine veterinary procedures. Although it may seem obvious to you that the veterinary staff is there to help, […]

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Want to Communicate Better with Your Dog? Understand How They Learn

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Pet caretakers often relate to their dogs in a manner that’s most closely akin to a parent-child relationship. However, while we may view our dogs as our “fur kids,” in day-to-day living it’s likely we’ll encounter ongoing reminders of just how much “dog” they actually are. It’s there, in the contrast of who we expect […]

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Dog Bite Insurance Claims: Why Are They Rising?

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Something’s going down with our relationship with “man’s best friend,” and it’s not the number of dog bites. According to an article in the April 12, 2023, Insurance Journal, the number of dog bite claims since 2003 has gone from 7,359 to 17,597: a whopping increase of 139 percent. That number far exceeds the corresponding […]

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Innovative Shelter Program Saves Parvo Puppies and FeLV Cats – and Helps Others Do It, Too

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Innovative Shelter Program Saves Parvo Puppies and FeLV Cats – and Helps Others Do It, Too Jen Reeder A shelter’s groundbreaking initiative to save dogs and cats with dreaded viruses – canine parvovirus and feline leukemia – all started in a veterinarian’s bathroom. Back in 2008, Ellen Jefferson, DVM, president and CEO of the Texas […]

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Help Cats Battle Carsickness

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Does your cat hate riding in the car? It might be because they get carsick. I’ve never had a cat who got carsick, so I was surprised when a friend mentioned that her cat had awful carsickness, manifesting in a terrible case of diarrhea every time the cat had to ride in a vehicle. It […]

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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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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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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 […]