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When discussing pet behavior, I often use the phrase “It works far better to teach an animal what to do, than what not to do”.
In light of that, I would like to share this fun article about a reindeer who was being a pest at feeding time at the zoo. The trainer gave him something better to do.
Please enjoy “Reinder Games” from Karen Pryor’s clicker training website:
We have received word that a new product has been approved for noise aversion in dogs; SILEO is expected to be available within a few weeks.
Having a label for “noise aversion” is new. This is a distinction from some sedatives which can actually increase noise sensitivity.
I’m currently taking courses in holistic medicine and herbal use in pets. I’m fully committed to always use treatments that are scientifically validated, not using guesswork. I think herbs may have a place in supplemental treatment. Please share your thoughts regarding using herbal medicine as treatment or supplements in your own pets, or what questions you have on certain uses.
As most of you are aware, there has been a severe canine influenza outbreak occurring sporadically in the US in 2015. I have promised you that I would notify my clients if I became aware of a confirmed case in Indianapolis.
I am not aware of a confirmed case. However, we are aware of a suspicious case in the area. This may turn out just to be an upper respiratory infection, which are always present. The cough is more severe than usual, but it is too soon to know the cause.
If you do not have a need to take your dog around other dogs this weekend, it may be a good time to leave them home. Also, if your dog or cat shows upper respiratory symptoms, please let us know.
We will follow up as soon as we have a better idea if this is actually a case of influenza or turns out to be a more mild (and less contagious) respiratory infection.
I found this app from the CDC. It’s directed at healthcare workers, and discusses tickborne disease. But it also looks to be a decent tick identification app.