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

Successful brain aging in dogs

Contributions, causes of age-related cognitive changes in dogs.
Jul 1, 2010

Contributions, causes of age-related cognitive changes in dogs.

Combination SSRIs/TCAs: Your guide to treating behavioral disorders

Mar 1, 2007

These steps teach the troubled pet that you are reliable and trustworthy...

Your guide to understanding how behavior medications work

Feb 1, 2007

This column is the first in a series addressing the most-common questions that veterinarians ask me about behavioral medicine.

Feline communication: Integrate the sign into a strategy

May 1, 2006

The final column in this series on feline communication focuses on integrating all the signals we have discussed and in reviewing their roles given the context of the specific behavioral environment.

Watching the cues will help unlock clues to feline communication

Feb 1, 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.

Feline communication: Listen to the tail's tale

Nov 1, 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.

Cat signaling: Learn the behavior dance to help patients

Sep 1, 2005

We must remember that interactions are a dance with roles for both partners, who each give and request information.

Are you encountering problematic behavior?

Feb 1, 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.

Are you fluent in Dog?

Jan 1, 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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