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February 16 2018

What Is Being a Responsible Pet Owner?

February is Responsible Pet Owner Month. I stop people on the street and ask, “What does it mean to be a responsible pet owner?” Some of the answers were really good. I also wore a unique time transport device to reach out to Dr. Natalie Marks to ask her what it means to be a responsible…

February 13 2018

Does Your Pet Love You?

How do I know my pet loves me? I get asked this question so often. I suppose first I need to address whether or not pets can love. They certainly do have the emotional capacity, as author Dr. Temple Grandin pointed out in her book, Animals in Translation. Others have demonstrated the same regarding the…

February 13 2018

Pet Dentistry Can Be Fear Free

February is Pet Dental Health Month. Dr. Jan Bellows announces HERE on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show that some veterinary dentists are now on board with the Fear Free initiative. Fear Free began as a means to lower pets’ fear, anxiety, and stress at the veterinary clinic. And now, the Fear Free program…

February 4 2018

Treatment and Care of Veterinary Geriatric Patient

Dr. Mary Gardner has a love affair with old dogs and skinny old cats, and she is the co-editor of Treatment and Care of the Veterinary Geriatric Patient, an extraordinarily helpful book, because at some point we are all caring for an older pet. On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, Dr. Gardner…

January 2 2018

8 Resolutions for Pets

Here are eight messages I resolve to attempt to communicate in 2018: Fear Free:  There’s an initiative, called Fear Free, which began among veterinary professionals with the intent to lower the fear, anxiety, and stress of veterinary visits. And, that fear, anxiety, and stress is real. Most cats and many dogs are so terrified of…

November 12 2017

Fear Free: Transforming Veterinary Medicine and Pet Ownership

Fear Free is an initiative applicable not only for veterinary professionals, but also for anyone who has a pet. Listen HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio as I talk about this transformational way of thinking, which treats pets differently than we ever have, with Drs. Marty Becker and Michele Forbes. Fear is the worst thing…

October 1 2017

Teaching Our Old Cat New Tricks

I am a huge fan of enriching environments for our pets. I do believe zoos do a better job than we do. And who says you can’t teach an old cat new tricks? This is Roxy, who is nearly 15. She never before saw the Friskies Pull ‘n Play toy – but she managed (with…

September 15 2017

Teaching a Dog a New Trick with Positive Reinforcement

Anna and Hazel help me to demonstrate how the use of positive reinforcement dog training (with Vita Bone® Lil’ Trainers tasty treats), and that can be a ton of fun for the entire family. Positive reinforcement training, and teaching tricks: further bonds family members with the dog enhances communication on both ends of the leash…

April 18 2017

Fear Free and Cat Friendly Practices Save Lives

Have you ever felt so terrified that you were going to die? I mean like hanging outside a window 30 stories high or held up at gun point. I suggest this is how a surprising number of our beloved pets feel when visiting the veterinarian. If your pet is perceived as uncomfortable, you will be too,…

March 7 2017

Parrot in Need of Fear Free

Fear Free pets isn’t only about dogs and cats, but IS about preventing this sort of thing from happening. At times, yes, amusing to watch – with nearly 13 million views – but the bird is VERY frightened. And dogs and cats often feel the same way about visiting the veterinarian. They don’t NEED to…

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