Canine Misunderstandings

Canine Misunderstandings

Feb 24

dog-reading-the-newspaper-and-wearing-glasses-tony-garciaDogs are such wonderfully complex creatures. Like humans, we know that dogs can experience anxiety, fear, and joy. What dogs are not, however, are small people with exactly the same gamut of emotions, intentions and deliberations as their owners. Many of us inappropriately attribute complicated human emotions to our canine companions (called anthropomorphism), and this can result in a misinterpretation of Fido’s signals.

Below are some of the canine misunderstandings I regularly hear from clients. By understanding the true motivation for Fido’s behaviors, it may help us address the issue more effectively and safely!

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Food Fads

Feb 17

Dog grassSo many trends in human nutrition have come and gone (think about low fat, low carb, “Atkins”, grapefruit-only, and cabbage soup diets). Unfortunately, some of these trends trickle down to our canine friends, with absolutely no scientific evidence to support their safety and efficacy. With limited oversight of the pet food industry, manufacturers can make a variety of claims on dog food labels that do not have to be supported by research. This is a common issue in the pet food industry, and often leads well-meaning pet owners astray when contemplating the bewildering away of food choices available for Fido and Fluffy.

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Brusha, Brusha, Brusha: Five Essentials of Dental Care

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Feb 04
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Pet Dental MonthFebruary is National Pet Dental Health Month. Yay for oral hygiene! As I previously discussed, dental disease is the most prevalent illness in our domestic dogs and cats, but the good news is that it can be prevented more readily than many diseases we see. There are so many misconceptions about pet dental health, treatment and prevention. What are the top five things you need to know about Fluffy and Fido’s teeth?

 

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