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Thursday, December 9, 2010

getting started

I decided to start a blog as a way to reach more readers about pet behavior, especially how pets may differ from each other in their behavior. If you have had more than one dog or cat  in your life, you would certainly agree!Our office cats, Ranger and Mercy are very different in many ways.  My staff often considers how much more play Ranger needs to be happy compared to Mercy who likes more " alone time".  Giving Ranger more active play in an area away from Mercy helps them to get along.  If Ranger does not get his "play with the box "  time, he will pester Mercy like an obnoxious younger brother.  Knowing this helps to keep things more harmonious between the two cats.  You can read about Ranger and Mercy at my clinic website

 Paying attention to what is going on when your pets are happy or upset will help you to begin to know your pets better. Does your cat always run under the bed when someone arrives, or only when children come over?   What to do with this knowledge is where I come in.  Learning about how a pet's nutrition, illnesses, past injuries, and home life can affect thier behavior is one way to learn more about why your pet may be acting a certain way.   A big reason why Mercy does not like active play with Ranger is because she had hip surgery when she was young, and has some arthritis now that she is older ( 14 yrs).  We give her joint supplements and pain medication to help her.  It is not likely she will want to play hard because of her hip, and knowing that helps us to understand her behavior towards a young cat like Ranger.

 Your veterinarian needs to know your pet also.  We can not know them as well as you can since we do not live with them.  We can learn from owners what your pet's likes and dislikes are, how they are behaving and use that information to help diagnose health problems that may be the root of the behavior. So, the better you know your pet, the better veterinarians can help.


Anonymous said...

nice picture of ranger. Looks like he's had too much bubbly at New years!

Anonymous said...

My dog is a terrible at meeting new dogs.It can get pretty scary. We got him from a dog pound as a stray, so there is no history other than the shelter said they preffered he go to a home with NO other dogs. What can we do to ease the tension and axiety of meeting new dogs?

Dr. Sally J. Foote DVM said...

When the shelter said no other dogs, that is because this dog was reactive (hyper, aggressive or timid) around other dogs. Try DAP, and loads of praise for not getting up set even at the sight of another dog. build it up from there. If it is difficult to start, schedule a consult for him.