Katherine Ayres, PhD The work-to-eat movement has grown steadily in zoos and is really starting to take hold for companion animal owners as well. For those who are not familiar with work-to-eat, the theory behind it is that cats and dogs evolved as predators and predator/scavengers respectively and should not eat food in a bowl… [Read More]
Don’t Touch Me There!
Louisa Beal, DVM Mario, a West Highland White Terrier had snapped at a two year old girl. If Mario couldn’t be trusted around children, his owners would have to get rid of him. The knee jerk response to this would be to try to modify the behavior of the dog. Mario’s behavior is definitely unacceptable. … [Read More]
Cat Litter Box Problem Solved: Texture Aversion
Katherine Ayres, PhD Eva came to us at 3 months after being a “stray at large” in Lynnwood, WA. She was sweet, extremely social, fun to play with and of course had a healthy obsession of watching birds out the window making that amusing chatter noise. Her litter box habits for the most part were… [Read More]
Bite for Bite: Examining the Link Between Nutrition & Your Pet’s Behavior
Molly Grim, B.A. We’ve all felt it: The late-afternoon energy crash between lunch and a second cup of coffee, or the on-edge irritability that preceeds that hours-overdue dinner. As humans, we know that food is a vital tool in stabilizing our mood and energy levels, and for maintaining overall health. Providing all the necessary brain… [Read More]