Animal Emotions and That Icky Sticky Fear

 “Lacking a shared language, emotions are perhaps our most effective means of cross-species communication. We can share our emotions, we can understand the language of feelings, and that's why we form deep and enduring social bonds with many other beings. Emotions are the glue that binds.” ― Bekoff   Ants teach.  Earthworms make decisions.  Rats …

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Looking at Fear

Note: This was written four years ago, but the wonderful thing about overcoming our fears is this:  Practicing self empowerment is still relevant for global and personal circumstances we encounter today.  One person's empowerment leads to world empowerment; We are One. May 2016 The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is …

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Stimulate Them!

Animal enrichment promotes naturalistic behaviors that stimulate the mind and increases physical activity.  It reduces stress and therefore promotes overall health by increasing an animal's perception of control over their environment and by occupying their time.  While working for a decade as an Enrichment Coordinator for various animal sections at the Audubon Zoo, I learned that …

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Holy Moly Hormones!

“Why is patience so important?""Because it makes us pay attention.” ― Paulo Coelho It's that time of year again! ... Spring is here. The hormones have kicked in. Get Ready. Many of you know the scenario: One day your affectionate parrot is a content, happy member of your family, and the next minute he or she is …

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The Far Reaching Effects of Pain and Discomfort

Look beneath the surface; let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee. ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Pain is a very common medical issue that can create or exacerbate behavior problems in our animal companions.  We must be aware of this.  Labeling behavior as "acting out" or "misbehaving" is not going to …

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Animal Ages, Birthdays and Hatchdays!

Recently we celebrated two of our animals' birthdays.  One turned two years of age and the other turned somewhere between 14 and 16 years of age.  I wish I knew his exact age, but he was a rescue from the streets.  All we can do is guess. It's pretty common to not know the exact …

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Five Fall Toxins!

5 Toxins to be Aware of This Fall Reminder: If your animal eats something poisonous, call your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline immediately. The sooner an animal poisoning is diagnosed, the easier, less expensive, and safer it is to treat your animal family member! Pet Poison Helpline: 1-800-213-6680 Email: info@petpoisonhelpline.com Fax: (952) 852-4601

Chubby, Tubby, Plump and Pudgy

Jelly-Belly, butterball, husky, portly.  We jokingly refer to chunky animals as this, but it's no laughing matter.  Experts estimate that nearly 55% of companion animals are overweight. This directly increases their risk for many serious conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, breathing problems, and heart disease.  They blame the pudgy pet problem on too many treats …

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