Cats & Carriers:
Friends not Foes
A helpful video offering 5 simple steps
for cat owners to use cat-friendly carriers.
From the CATalyst Council.org
Why Cats Need Routine Veterinary Checkups
This video discusses what veterinarians do during a yearly veterinary checkup. During physical examinations, veterinarians can often detect conditions that may affect your cat's health long before they become significant so they can be managed or cured before they become painful or more costly. Cat Friendly Practices provide many beneficial services beyond just treating a cat when they are sick or for emergency visits.
From the American Association of Feline Practitioners - Veterinary professionals passionate about the care of cats.
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Dog Aggressive for Toenail Trim
bring you an example of how to train a dog to enjoy having his toenails trimmed. This dog hates having its toenails trimmed. Once we demonstrate that he dislikes having his toenails trimmed, our goal is to fix the behavior while no longer eliciting any more aggression. That is, we are using counterconditioning (which changes his emotional state from fearful or angry to happy because he's thinking about food) and desensitization (starting with the stimulus small and gradually increasing the intensity with a goal of never getting an aggressive response). In a hospital situation you would place a muzzle on this dog for safety; however, you might have to train him to like having a muzzle first!
How to Trim Your Potbellied Pig's Hooves
Hoof trimming is a very important for the pigs. You need to do it as frequently as the pig needs it. If he's walking on a surface that is porous like a driveway, stepping stones outside, that type of thing, you're going to find that your hooves are just fine. If the pig's pasterns go down, if he is not walking like he's walking on high heels and the weight of the pig or the conformation of the pig goes down then those hooves are going to continually grow and you're going to need to keep them trimmed so frequently you'll need to have a hoof trim. Now if you're not close to a veterinarian that can do your hoof trim and you're depending on yourself to do it, you should do it at a quiet time when you and the pig are very relaxed and you can use these two tools. This one is straight nose, very sharp, you actually should wear some gloves on this so you don't cut yourself, and this will do the majority of the work if the hoof isn't too overgrown or too long. If the hoof is way too long you're going to need something like these pony nippers and it puts a lot of pressure on that toe and it's able to cut it off quite easily.