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Helping Your Dog or Cat Chill May Add Years to their Lives

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Can fear, anxiety, and stress be stealing precious heartbeats from your beloved pet at home? That’s the theory being studied by Dr. Robert Hamlin, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM. His work is examining the idea that stress, especially when it triggers the body’s fight or flee “sympathetic storm” mechanism, not only affects the quality of your […]

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Why Fear Free? Behavior Expert Steve Dale Shares His Thoughts

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Have you ever felt you are about to die? I mean that literally, like you’ve been held up at gunpoint or held out a window by your suspenders 30 stories up? I’ve suggested for years that too many of our pets at the veterinary clinic feel like they are being held up at gunpoint or are […]

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Fear Free Puppy Visit Tips Lead to Less Anxiety for Family’s Adult Dogs, Too

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Reading Time: 2 minutes When Christie Keith adopted a 12-week-old Greyhound/Scottish Deerhound cross-breed puppy named Gryphon, she wanted him to have something her other adopted dogs didn’t have: a good time at the vet. Keith had adopted two adult Greyhounds who came to her with extreme fear and anxiety when they went to the vet — anxiety so severe […]

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How You Can Treat Your Pet to a Bon Voyage

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Reading Time: 3 minutes For humans and pets, flying is stressful, no doubt about it. But if you are planning to move cross-country this summer or take your pet on vacation with you, flying may be the best way to transport a dog or cat who will fit in a carrier that slides beneath your seat. Here are our […]

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Cat-cophony? Take The Fear Out Of Loud Noises

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Do cats develop fears of loud noises such as fireworks? You bet! Cats have keen hearing that is as sensitive as that of dogs. We don’t always recognize that a cat may be fearful of loud noises because unlike dogs, who may engage in destructive behavior in an attempt to escape, the typical feline response […]

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Take The Scare Out Of Care

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Reading Time: 3 minutes The scare of care begins at home for many cats. Being shoved into a carrier and taken on an unwanted car ride causes stress levels to rise and often become overwhelming before the cat ever sets paw inside the exam room. That cumulative unease and upset have a detrimental effect on the cat’s ability to […]