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Importance and Understanding of Proper Puppy Socialization

Published by VCA Inc. in Behavior, Behavior Blog, Dogs, Pets, Puppy, Tips, Veterinary Staff January 29, 2017

What is socialization? The Merriam Webster Human Medical Dictionary states: “the process by which a human being beginning at infancy acquires the habits, beliefs, and accumulated knowledge of society through education and training for adult status” Animal Socialization This definition is a great way of looking at animal socialization; the process of preparing a young animal to be...

Introducing Kittens to an Older Cat – Behavior Blog

Published by VCA Inc. in Behavior, Behavior Blog, Cats, Tips November 12, 2016

The Techniques I Used to Introduce Two Kittens to My Older Cat By: Amy Sturlini BS, RVT When I was seven years old my father took me to get a new kitten; I can still remember how excited I was when I first brought tiny Miss Frisky into the house and set her down for the first time. ...

Behavior Blog – What is a Veterinary Behaviorist?

Published by VCA Inc. in Behavior, Behavior Blog October 24, 2016

by: Dr. Julie Cho, DVM A Veterinary behaviorist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of behavior problems in dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and other species. Similar to human psychiatrists, veterinary behaviorists have a medical degree, complete at least 3 years of specialized education in veterinary behavior, and pass a rigorous two-day examination to achieve board certification. How are...

Porta-Potty or Powder Room? 6 Signs Your Cat Hates His Litterbox

Published by VCA Inc. in Behavior, Behavior Blog, Cats, Litterbox, Pets October 18, 2016

Behavior Blog By: Dr. Karen Sueda, DVM, DACVB   Most people are very particular about where they go #1 and #2, and the same may be said of our feline friends.  However, unlike people who can search for a cleaner restroom or decide to “hold it” until they go home, cats, particularly if they do not have access...