Archives: Behavior

  • Tips for Teaching Your Cat Not to Bite

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    Watching a cat play can be very cute and fun. Our feline friends are definitely quite frisky! Fluffy’s idea of play doesn’t always sync up with ours, however. Cats are predators, and play fighting stimulates their natural hunting instincts. This often translates into kitties that equate biting with fun! If your kitty has a habit of chomping on you when she’s feeling frisky, you’ll want to take steps to correct her behavior. After all, those … Read More »

  • How to Soothe a Nervous Dog

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    Is your canine friend prone to nervousness and anxiety? Just like people, dogs all have their own personalities. Some are very calm, while others are more anxious. If you’re trying to help a nervous pup overcome his fears, you’ll need to figure out what he is frightened of, so you can determine the best course of action. That said, there are some things that can be helpful to many timid dogs. Here are a few … Read More »

  • Guide to Puppy Obedience Training

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    Your brand-new puppy Dozer just hit your house like a tiny canine whirlwind. Earlier this week, you adopted this seven-week-old retriever mix through an animal rescue group. When he arrived home, this frenzied little pooch sniffed out every corner before thrashing his toys into submission. Next, he began nipping at your ankles. Although you can dismiss his chewing behavior now, it won’t be so amusing when he’s a full-grown dog with more impressive choppers. Clearly, … Read More »

  • Why Your Cat Keeps Play Fighting

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    Your two male cats look like prize fighters lately. Four-year-old Buster has been battling it out with five-year-old Rocky — and you haven’t seen a clear winner. They regularly thrash on the floor, rolling and spinning until one gets up and walks away. You know many cats engage in this play fighting behavior. You haven’t noticed any real aggression, so you haven’t broken up the warriors. When your scrappy feline housemates get annual physical checkups, … Read More »

  • Your Dog Can Experience Age-Related Behavioral Changes

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    Your golden retriever Rusty has always been a model pooch. Your ten-year-old dog’s easygoing nature simply captivates everyone he meets. During his regular walks and dog park visits, he shows a furiously wagging tail and a happy grin. After an exhausting day of playtime, he sacks out on his bed for some well-deserved sleep. Recently, however, your senior companion has displayed several out-of-character actions. You’d like your veterinarian to determine if an emerging medical problem … Read More »

  • Cats and Leashes – Should You Walk Your Cat?

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    Does your feline friend often scratch or meow at the door? Does she spend hours at the window, watching birds and squirrels? If so, your furry friend may enjoy being walked on a leash. While we normally associate leashes and walks with our canine pals, some of our feline buddies also enjoy a nice stroll. But should you walk your cat? Read on for some tips from a local veterinarian. Why Walk A Cat? Kitties … Read More »

  • 5 Reasons to Get Your Cat a Cat Tower

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    Did you know that cat towers are actually very good for our feline friends? While providing quality food, fresh water, a clean litterbox, lots of love, and a few toys will see to Fluffy’s basic needs, a cat tower will provide several great benefits. In this article, your local vet lists five reasons to get Kitty a tower. Entertainment Setting a cat tower in front of a window with a view is almost guaranteed to … Read More »

  • Why Your Dog Might Be Rejecting His Food

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    Your golden retriever Chaz has been working toward his Canine Chowhound certification. This food-loving three-year-old dog has always had an exemplary appetite, and he usually finishes off the cat’s kibbles for dessert. Recently, however, your normally hungry pooch has been toying with his meals, only finishing a few bites before abandoning his bowl. Although you don’t know why Chaz has almost stopped eating, you’re worried about poor nutrition and a developing medical problem. Tomorrow, your … Read More »

  • Could Your Dog Be Suffering From Stress?

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    Your Labrador retriever Boomer has always been a happy-go-lucky dog who loves his kibbles and energetic playtime sessions. Recently, though, your four-year-old pooch has been acting strangely, making you think something is out of kilter. While a developing medical condition might be the culprit, your buddy Boomer could be affected by stress. Fortunately, your Ceres veterinarian will give your dog a thorough physical exam, plus some helpful behavioral counseling. Noticeably Reduced Appetite Since Labs are … Read More »

  • Getting Your Dog to Stop Begging at the Table

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    Many a dog loves begging at the kitchen table, hoping for a tiny morsel of the night’s dinner. If your dog’s behavior is getting out of hand, use these tips from a Ceres veterinarian to prevent table begging. Ignore Your Dog For some dogs, ignoring their behavior is all it will take to get them to stop begging. It’s easier said than done, but remain persistent—don’t reward your dog’s actions with any kind of attention. … Read More »

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