Articles by Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB - Veterinary Healthcare


Articles by Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB

Karen Overall on the effects of fear on veterinary patients

Jul 8, 2014

Once a pet has been frightened, it never forgets the experience.

Resource-guarding: Are veterinarians lost in interspecies translation?

Jul 1, 2014

This catchall phrase used to describe aggressive behavior in dogs can actually do more harm than good.

Do dogs appease each other—or us? Veterinary research focuses on watching and labeling canine interactions

May 1, 2014

Careful observation can provide veterinarians and owners clues about how a dog may react in specific situations.

The gonad chronicles, part 2: Veterinary research explores neutering's elusive impact

Jan 1, 2014

Research suggests that neutering may help modulate unwanted behaviors and eliminate or reduce the risk of some diseases—but exacerbate other health issues. So consider the favorable and adverse effects of neutering to help veterinary clients make informed decisions.

The gonad chronicles part 1: Neutering's newest controversy

Dec 1, 2013

Veterinarians and owners alike are troubled by a new study linking castration and ovariohysterectomy with an increased risk of disease—including some cancers. Should this study change the way we discuss and perform such common, recommended procedures?

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

Oct 1, 2013

In part 2 of this series, we equip veterinary teams to assess and alleviate fear during veterinary visits to build a more behavior-centered practice—and stronger pet-owner relationships.

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

Sep 1, 2013

In part 1 of this two-part series, new research explores the dramatic impact of a single veterinary visit on a pet's long-term behavioral well being.

Dumbed down by dominance, Part 2: Change your dominant thinking

Apr 1, 2012

Embrace deference, not dominance, to ensure healthy and happy human-pet relationships.

Dumbed down by dominance, Part 1

Mar 1, 2012

Exploring our misconceptions and myths about human-pet relationships.



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