Low-Stress Pet Handling Techniques at Home

As pet owners, we all want to ensure that our four-legged companions feel safe, secure, and loved—especially at home. One significant aspect of our pets’ well-being is minimizing stress and anxiety during routine care tasks. In this article, the Veterinary Behavior Solutions team will explore some simple, low-stress handling techniques that you can use daily [...]

Training is for Every Pet

Some pets are naturally well-behaved, and they seemingly understand humans’ ways, effortlessly finding their place in our daily rhythms and routines. However, most pets need a little help understanding what’s expected and how to coexist peacefully with humans, other pets, and the world. No matter what you suspect your pet’s outlook is on humans’ behaviors, [...]

5 Fun and Satisfying Indoor Activities for Pets

The great indoors may be the safest place for dogs and cats, but a controlled environment does not provide the mental stimulation and physical exercise that pets experience in their natural (i.e., outdoor) habitat. Inadequate physical activity and mental stimulation can lead to serious health and behavior problems, including obesity, decreased quality of life, boredom, [...]

FAQs: Fears and Phobias in Pets

No one wants to see their beloved pet suffer from fear or anxiety, but if your dog or cat will not calm down, or their fearful and anxious responses are becoming more frequent or intense, despite your consolations, they may require veterinary care. Understanding your pet’s emotional struggle and learning how to support them can [...]

Fur-getful Friends: Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Senior Pets

Age is a blessing and a curse. Although every pet owner hopes their four-legged friend will reach their golden years, this special era is often marred by age-related physical and mental decline. Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) is a common, yet often overlooked, dementia disorder that affects roughly 28% of 11- to 12-year-old dogs, 68% of [...]

Why Cats Need to Scratch

When your feline friend uses your new couch as a scratching post, you may question why your cat even needs those sharp, shredding claws. Your cat’s destructive scratching can seriously frustrate you. However, before you banish your kitty from the living room, remember that scratching is a natural and vital feline behavior. Our Veterinary Behavior [...]

Fear Free Boarding for Pets

Boarding can be stressful for pets and their owners. Fortunately, an increasing number of boarding facilities recognize that a pet’s emotional wellbeing is equally as important as their physical comfort and safety. Fear Free Certified professionals who staff boarding facilities have taken steps to create a positive and calming environment that pets enjoy, rather than [...]

The Mind-Body Connection: How Allergies Affect Behavior in Pets

Your pet’s internal health has a powerful influence on their behavior and personality. Something as seemingly innocuous as an allergy, which causes constant irritation, itching, and an overactive immune system, not only disrupts their skin, but also their way of life. Your pet’s recent moodiness, hyperactivity, or general misbehavior may be caused by an underlying [...]

Help Your Pet Look and Feel Their Best with Fear Free Grooming

If your pet misbehaves during grooming, hates having their nails trimmed, or hides when it’s bath time, it may not be because they’re stubborn—instead, they may be frightened, uncomfortable, or stressed. Fear Free handling and care techniques are a simple and effective way to help your pet feel safe and confident during routine grooming tasks. [...]

Is Your Cat Stressed?

At a glance, your cat may appear quiet and composed, but on the inside, chronic stress may be plaguing them. Despite their cool exterior, our feline friends are highly sensitive to changes in their internal and external environments. When changes occur, stress is an automatic—and unhealthy—response. Unfortunately, cats express stress in peculiar and seemingly unrelated [...]

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