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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Mar 01, 2006
By dvm360.com staff
I always try to have dry kibble immediately available when examining a pet to reward its good behavior and, perhaps, to teach the animal a new behavior while the owner and I are talking.
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DVM360 MAGAZINE: Feb 01, 2006
The third column in this continuing series on feline communication will focus on overall body posturing and the behavioral information it provides. Because no signaling system can be removed from the context of the entire animal, using what we have learned from observation of behavioral cues from felines' faces and tails can be extremely useful when we look at the cat in its relevant social context.
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DVM360 MAGAZINE: Nov 01, 2005
The second column in this series on feline communication will focus on the information provided by cat tails. While no signaling system can be removed from the context of the entire animal and correctly interpreted, it can be very useful to look at what information can be communicated by each body part involved in signaling. Then, we can take these observations and look for congruence or lack of it between other signaling systems (e.g., the eyes, voice, body, etc.) The only system closed to our understanding, for now, is the olfactory.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Oct 01, 2005
Cat owners can have a lot of questions: "Should I get a second cat as a playmate?" "How can I stop my cat from scratching the furniture?" "Why doesn't he use the litter box?" So in the spirit of David Letterman, I compiled this top 10 list of cat behavior tips.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Oct 01, 2005
Like food and shelter, animals need play. When taking histories from clients during routine examinations or visits regarding their pets’ behavior problems, remember to ask clients whether they play with their pets.
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DVM360 MAGAZINE: Sep 01, 2005
We must remember that interactions are a dance with roles for both partners, who each give and request information.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Mar 01, 2005
Although the prevalence of self-directed behaviors is not well-documented in dogs or cats, it is likely underappreciated because animals are not typically presented for evaluation of such behaviors unless the clients think their pets are manifesting a behavior problem or some degree of injury as a consequence of the behavior.
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DVM360 MAGAZINE: Feb 01, 2005
In the clinical research on human patient populations, the data suggest that the fastest way to induce and reinforce pathological panic is to remove any opportunity for self-control.
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DVM360 MAGAZINE: Jan 01, 2005
Body posture in dogs is an easy factor to assess in the signaling repertoire, but we too often ignore it. This quick tour through some common postures involving stance will help you understand what dogs are communicating and what their next movement might be.
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DVM360 MAGAZINE: Sep 01, 2004
So, for all the pets who suffer, here's the take home message: Storm and noise phobias are emergencies.
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DVM360 MAGAZINE: May 01, 2004
No signaling or communication system in social animals is simple. The main reason this is so involves context.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: May 01, 2004
If a cat is housesoiling and the owner is finding large pools of urine in a discreet area or small amounts on vertical surfaces, the animal is not incontinent.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Apr 01, 2004
By dvm360.com staff
We've discovered a way to calm fractious cats while muzzling them.
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DVM360 MAGAZINE: Mar 01, 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.
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DVM360 MAGAZINE: Nov 01, 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.