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Category Archives: Animal Behavior

Breaking Up is Hard to Do:  Preventing and Dealing with Dog Fights

It is a scary experience that, unfortunately, many pet owners have experienced first-hand: Dog fights. Be it between your own pets, at the dog park, or with a stray animal coming into your yard, dog fights are one of the … Continue reading

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Do Animals Dream?

Ask most observant pet owners whether animals, such as cats and dogs, dream and you are likely to get a lot of anecdotal (and endearing) stories. From the soft yips of a snoozing puppy to the whisker twitches of a … Continue reading

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Snooze Fest: Stimulation For A Bored Pet

Veterinary medicine and nutrition are good for your pet, but pet owners shouldn’t overlook environmental enrichment and stimulation as important components of an animal’s overall health and wellbeing. Even the most dedicated or involved pet owner may start to notice … Continue reading

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How to Handle a Pet Escape Artist

You turn your back for a minute, and he’s off! A pet escape artist can maneuver through the narrowest of passages, wiggle under any fence, or slip through an open door with the stealth of a ninja – or at … Continue reading

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Dog Bite Prevention and Education

Have you or a loved one ever experienced or witnessed a dog bite? It’s likely you have. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Unfortunately, many of these … Continue reading

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Cat Conflict? Consider Our Clinical Trial

This spring, OVRS’ veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Theresa DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DECAWBM, DACVB, will be spearheading a clinical trial of a new pheromone aimed at alleviating aggression and tension between cats in a multi-cat household. If your cats are prone to fighting … Continue reading

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Clinical Trial for Cat Behavioral Problems: Now Enrolling!

Do your cats fight like cats and dogs? Dr. DePorter is currently enrolling fractious felines in a clinical trial testing the effects of a new pheromone treatment on fighting amongst kitty housemates.

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Bringing Home Baby

  A little bit of planning can make a big difference when bringing home your new baby to live with your existing four legged family members. At the very least our pets thrive on routine and a new baby shakes … Continue reading

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Trick-or-Treating Safety for Your Pet

Is your pet trick-or-treating this year?  If Fido does come along, be sure that you are keeping him or her safe. Halloween can be a stressful!  Crowds of excited children wearing unfamiliar clothing and masks can be downright terrifying for … Continue reading

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It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week

This week, May 20-26, is National Dog Bite Prevention week, an event hosted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to help educate the public about the nearly 5 million dog bites that occur every year and how they can be … Continue reading

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