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Thunderstorm and fireworks fears

It has been a beautiful spring and we are heading towards summer. For many, this time of year can be hard due to the thunderstorms that we experience in this region. For anyone who has a pet with a fear

World Animal Day 2017

So today, 4th October 2017 is World Animal Day. Perhaps it is a good day to consider the animals in our care, those that we directly care for, as well as those around us upon whom we impact with our

Pebbles in a can???!!!

So yet again, I have seen a dog with a clinical mental health disorder who has been subjected to this bizarre training technique. Many people assume that a dog that is not behaving in a way the client wishes simply

Licking behaviour

Although not a recent study, this study is important for all veterinarians to know about. If a person contacts me about their dog who is excessively licking surfaces other than their own body parts, it is likely that I will

Horse ear twitching shown to increase stress

At university I remember being taught that a nose twitch is a great way of subduing a horse for treatments such as stomach tubing. Also taught was the possibility of using an ear twitch or a skin pinch. They were

Cat’s behavioural needs – Study shows more education is needed

Comparison of interpretation of cat’s behavioral needs between veterinarians, veterinary nurses, and cat owners Since environmental factors can play a large role in anxiety in cats, this is a very relevant study. Anxiety negatively affects health and welfare. The five

Studies show that positive reinforcement should be used to train dogs

A review on previous studies shows the harmful effects of punishment and negative reinforcement when training dogs: The effects of using aversive training methods in dogs—A review

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The puppy farm effect…

The full text of this article goes into the scientific detail behind the high risk of behavioural problems that develop in dogs coming from puppy farming situations. The Victorian government instituted laws in 2015-2016 that greatly improve dog welfare by

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Postoperative pain in dogs undergoing hemilaminectomy: Comparison of the analgesic activity of buprenorphine and tramadol

Using behavioural signs is the best way to measure acute pain. This recent study comparing the analgesic properties of buprenorphine and tramadol utilises the short form of the Glasgow Composite Measure Pain Scale. Postoperative pain in dogs undergoing hemilaminectomy: Comparison

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Reducing fear responses in cattle shows evidence for improved health

It is great to see that there is becoming more recognition of the role of anxiety and fear in the health of our farmed animals. This is a good article showing the importance of reducing fear in future situations by

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