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Archive for the General Behavior Category

Lapse It app review

Videotaping is a great way to identify if a patient is responding to treatment, especially with separation anxiety and storm/noise phobias. Unfortunately many people do not have a video camera or the ability to convert the video to send to their veterinarian. There is an inexpensive application

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Facing fear head on: Tips for veterinarians to create a more behavior-centered practice

In part 2 of this series, we equip veterinary teams to assess and alleviate fear during veterinary visits to build a more positive patient experience and stronger pet-owner relationships. If you’re not conducting routine evaluations for common behavior problems, you’re not alone. Taking a proactive approach to

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Understanding rabbit behavior and preventing and treating behavior problems

Most behaviors exhibited by pet rabbits can be linked back to their ancestors’ lifestyles. Understanding how to manage these natural behaviors in a home environment as well as knowing how to prevent and treat problem behaviors will help rabbits and owners coexist peacefully. Link to article by

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Using clonidine and trazodone for anxiety-based behavior disorders in dogs

“The use of psychoactive pharmaceuticals in veterinary behavior medicine has proved invaluable in managing anxiety-based disorders. Without the appropriate and judicious use of these medications, many dogs would be much less likely to respond to behavior modification therapy. Medications such as fluoxetine and sertraline (selective serotonin reuptake

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Slo-Bowl by Kyjen Product Review

I had the opportunity recently to try out a new product, the Slo-Bowl, for my 11-year-old, 60-lb golden retriever. The Slo-Bowl is a dog food bowl designed to slow the dog’s eating, and it truly works! The Slo-Bowl is made by Kyjen, a company based in Colorado.

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Dr. Sophia Yin’s interview with Dr. Susan Schneider

In this blog by Dr. Sophia Yin, she interviews Dr. Susan Schneider about her new book called “The Science of Consequences: How they affect genes, change the brain and affect our world. How Consequences Affect Our Body, Brain, and Behavior: A New Book Reveals All  Link to

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The Dominance Controversy

This is an excellent compilation of information by Dr. Sophia YIn.

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Training for the Chiropractic Care

Being proactive in our training goes a long way towards making veterinary visits enjoyable for all.  Here is another video from Laura Torelli with her dog Santino.

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Fear factor: Is routine veterinary care contributing to lifelong patient anxiety?

Article written by Dr. Karen Overall  DACVB   “As clients have come to identify and treat their pets as family members, sophisticated specialty and diagnostic care has blossomed. Yet in one sector—veterinary behavior medicine—routine evaluation for prevention of and early intervention for common problems is often nonexistent.

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Myth: Anxiety Medication Should Only be used as a Last Resort

This interesting blog on the use of anxiety medicine can be found at this link.

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