Posts Categorized: Pet Care Advice

A Life and Death Matter

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by Dr. Nicholas Dodman As Chief Scientific Officer for the Center for Canine Behavior Studies along with Dr. James Serpell PhD of the University of Pennsylvania, we propose an Animal Ownership Interaction Study designed to determine the precise impact dog owners have on their pets’ behavior. The Halo Pet Foundation has generously helped fund this […]

Sexual Aggression in Cats

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by Dr. Nicholas DodmanContributor: Ms. Margot Raicek (a DVM/MPH Candidate 2016) Background and Description Feline aggression is a significant problem reported to behaviorists, second only to inappropriate elimination in its frequency. A wide variety of motivators for feline aggression exist and distinguishing between them is critical to resolution of the problem. One particular subset of […]

Seizure-based aggression in cats

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by Dr. Nicholas Dodman Rarely, a cat will develop a focal seizure in a part of its brain that oversees the function of aggression. The clinical picture is that of a cat which, for no apparent reason, suddenly starts to launch savage attacks toward its owner(s). Following an attack, cats remain in a heightened state […]

Feline Non-Recognition Aggression

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by Dr. Nicholas Dodman I have already addressed inter-cat territorial aggression and feline redirected aggression in earlier blogs. Another type of aggression that cats can express is referred to as non-recognition aggression. What happens in non-recognition aggression (so-called) is that a cat returning from a veterinarian’s office is attacked by another resident cat with whom […]

Feline Redirected Aggression

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by Dr. Nicholas Dodman Sometimes cats who have cohabited peacefully for years – perhaps ones cats who were formerly mutually bonded – suddenly break into fights, with chasing, biting, fur flying and horrendous blood-curdling yowls and screaming. Sudden onset aggression of this type is almost always a result of redirected aggression. The scenario usually goes […]

Inter-Cat Territorial Aggression

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by Dr. Nicholas Dodman Aggression is one of the most common feline behavior problems reported to behaviorists. Cats may exhibit several different types of aggression including territorial aggression, non-recognition aggression, status-related aggression, fear aggression, redirected aggression and medically-induced aggression. Here I will address territorial aggression – one of the most common expressions of feline aggression. […]

Feline House Soiling

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by Dr. Nicholas Dodman Nothing is quite as distressing for an owner as having a cat that urinates or defecates around the house instead of in its litterbox. As long suffering as some owners are, there’s a limit to the amount of time some of them can, or will, put up with living in a […]

Whole Food Supplements

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What are pet supplements? Pet supplements are food or food nutrients which are taken orally in order to provide a health benefit, either for prevention or treatment of disease. My pet’s food is supplemented with vitamins and minerals. Is there benefit from additional supplementation? During the normal processing of pet foods, many natural vital nutrients […]

Halo Helps With Dental Health

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Dental disease is one of the most common conditions affecting both dogs and cats. Many pet owners question when or if their pet should be fed a special dental diet. While approved dental diets can help with plaque, it is the added chemicals in these foods which are binding to and facilitating the breakdown of […]