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

Storm Phobias

Sep 1, 2004

So, for all the pets who suffer, here's the take home message: Storm and noise phobias are emergencies.

Behavior signals interpreted with body postures

May 1, 2004

No signaling or communication system in social animals is simple. The main reason this is so involves context.

Are you fluent in dog?

Mar 1, 2004

As practitioners learn how important canine and feline social interactions and cognition are, they ask questions about how they can better understand the interactions and their outcomes. The key to understanding interaction is through signaling.

Suggest temporary boarding first when confronted with behavioral euthanasia

Nov 1, 2003

Last month, we discussed the history and treatment for Hoova, an 18-month-old female Shepherd mix, who was euthanized for her aggressive behaviors.

Of dead dogs and unmet expectations

Oct 1, 2003

This is the story of two very different canine patients who met the same end: their people had them euthanized because of their behaviors.

Separation anxiety: Not all dogs crated or kenneled successfully

Jun 1, 2003

Within a few months, Solo's separation anxiety had decreased and he could be left alone for an hour or so. As often happens with rescued dogs, he had also begun to show some other, less savory behaviors.

FIRST IN A TWO-PART SERIES—Separation anxiety: Early drug intervention can be beneficial

May 1, 2003

This column outlines the course of treatment for a dog who has been a patient for 2.5 years. It demonstrates the complexity of behavioral cases and as well as this client's understanding, tenacity and compassion. It also demonstrates the capacity of these distressed dogs to become more than we could ever have guessed.

Treating anxiety is different than 'managing' the problem

Jan 1, 2003

This column illustrates the importance of addressing anxiety disorders as soon as they appear. Many people choose to "manage", rather than truly treat these conditions in the early stages because it is easier for the clients to live with some aspect of the problem under the new management regime.

Last in a two-part series: Counter-conditioning crucial when dogs fear inappropriately

Sep 1, 2002

Last month (p. 20S) this column introduced the case of a 5-year-old rescued German Shepherd that became fearful.

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