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November 12, 2012 - 7:00pm

As dogs age, we generally see changes in their behavior. The playful ball-chasing and constant running around that we associate with puppies gives way to adult dogs napping in the sun and lounging during evening TV time. And with senior dogs, we accept even more slowing down. It is important to remember, however, that old age is not a disease. We need to differentiate between normal behavior changes of aging dogs and abnormal behaviors that can be important signals of pain.

What kind of behavior changes might I see in my dog that could signal pain?


September 12, 2012 - 1:26pm

As cats age, we generally see changes in their behavior. The wild and crazy playful activities we associate with kittens gives way to adult cats sleeping in the sun and prowling around the house. We commonly presume senior cats will take even longer naps in the sun or on our beds. It is important, however, to differentiate normal feline behaviors from abnormal ones, as some behavior changes in aging cats arise from pain and are definitely not normal.

What kind of behavior changes might I see in my cat that could signal pain?

One of the most common pain-associated behavior...

August 7, 2012 - 1:47pm

Many of our clients have called us to ask for help with their dog's thunderstorm fears. Here are some quick tips that may help alleviate, or lessen, your pet's thunderstorm fear:

Develop a retraining program with your veterinarian at Animal Hospital of North Asheville to desensitize your dog to storms. This can include playing a soft tape with recorded thunder and rewarding your dog with treats when he/she exhibits no anxiety. Over time, the intensity of the storm music may be increased and only calm behavior rewarded. Use caution – introducing stimuli too quickly can actually...

February 28, 2012 - 10:10am

The information in this article was taken from the Humane Society of the United States website, and the AAHA Healthy Pet Website.

Body language, behavior, and vocalizations are keys to understanding the feline mind. You and your cat might speak different languages, but you can still communicate with each other.

Indicators such as the look in your cat's eyes, the tone of her voice, the position of her ears, and the motion of her tail can provide important clues that...

February 10, 2012 - 4:50pm

This article is from the ASPCA website. http://www.aspcabehavior.org

Dogs are very expressive animals. They communicate when they’re feeling happy, sad, nervous, fearful and angry, and they use their faces and bodies to convey much of this information. Dog body language is an elaborate and sophisticated system of nonverbal communication that, fortunately, we can learn to recognize and interpret. Once you learn how to “read” a dog’s postures and signals, you’ll better understand his feelings and motivations and be better able to...

November 5, 2011 - 9:21am

Cats are wonderful to share our homes with, unless they start treating our homes as their bathroom. While most cats are very content to use the litter box for their eliminations, there are a variety of reasons why a cat may stop using the litter pan.

November 22, 2010 - 12:28pm

The Physics of Feline Drinking

This article is from The New York Times

Published: November 11, 2010

Video of how cats lap water, Click Here!

It has taken four highly qualified engineers and a bunch of integral equations to figure it out,...

August 23, 2010 - 3:34pm

Why do animals yawn? Why do cats eat grass? These and other pressing questions were explored in an entertaining animal behavior session at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual convention in Atlanta, GA.

Benjamin Hart, DVM, PhD, DACVB, distinguished professor emeritus at the University of California –Davis, spoke about some of the more inexplicable behaviors of companion animals in his talk: “Why do they do that? Purring, yawning, flipping out on catnip, and eating poop.” Read on if you really want to know.



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