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Black kitten with food puzzle
December 10, 2018

AAFP Provides Consensus Statement On Feeding Cats

The American Association of Feline Practitioners has just released a consensus statement (not evidence-based guidelines) entitled, “Feline Feeding Programs: Addressing Behavioral Needs to Improve Feline Health and Wellbeing,” and an accompanying client brochure entitled “How to feed a Cat – Addressing Behavioral Needs.”
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dog being examined by vet
December 10, 2018

Pain Scales: Choosing The Best One For You And Your Patients

One of the tenets of Fear Free is that pets should also be as pain free as possible. A pet in pain will be fearful, potentially defensively aggressive, and clearly not happy. Before pain can be treated, however, it must be identified and, to a certain extent, quantified.
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December 3, 2018

How 3 Practices Remade Themselves With Fear Free

These vet pros have done more than just add Fear Free protocols to their practice; they’ve trashed the traditional approach to vet care and are remaking the veterinary business model for a new age of extra-caring pet parents.
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December 3, 2018

How To Communicate Calm To Your Canine

Are you helping or hurting your pet by providing comfort? You may have heard that comforting a pet when he’s frightened is the wrong thing to do because it “reinforces” that he’s right to be fearful. I’m here to share the good news with you that this concept isn’t correct. Here’s what to know about calming your pet.
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two happy healthy cute dogs pug puppy dog and pit bull terrier swimming and playing outside at beach in park
November 27, 2018

Webinar: From Pit Bulls To Pugs, State Farm Is A Good Neighbor

There are many things that cause pet owners anxiety and stress, but insurance shouldn’t be one of them.
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November 26, 2018

When Pets Hurt: How To Help Owners Break The Pain Chain

Do you talk to your clients about whether their pets are in pain? It can be a difficult subject to discuss, in many instances because it just doesn’t come up. Sometimes pet owners overlook subtle changes in behavior that can indicate pain or assume that those changes are a normal by-product of aging. You may need to bring up the subject yourself, especially if you are seeing a senior pet or one who resists examination.
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November 26, 2018

Study Shows Cat Carrier Training Reduces Stress

Cats see the veterinarian far less often than dogs. There are multiple reasons for this, but a primary one is that owners find it harder to get them there. Cats who see the carrier come out only once a year to take them to a strange and stressful place are likely to be uncooperative at best--and who can blame them?
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November 19, 2018

Medication, Weight Loss, And Other Therapies For Cats In Pain

Once the cause or source of pain is determined, the goal is to help cats without creating disharmony between them and their owners, said Carolina Medina, DVM, at last week’s VMX presentation Purrfect Rehab: Mobility and Pain Management Techniques for Cats. That starts with medication and nutraceuticals.
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