Ask Dr. Anna: How to recognize and treat diabetes in cats

Ask Dr. Anna: How to recognize and treat diabetes in cats

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. The signs and treatment are very similar in dogs and cats, but this week Dr. Anna Coffin will concentrate on diabetes in cats. The major difference between dog and cat diabetes is that cat diabetes if treated properly and quickly; cats can go into remission. Read more: Diabetes In Cats: How To […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Managing cat hair in your home

Ask Dr. Anna: Managing cat hair in your home

All cats shed. All of them. Even the “hairless” variety, which has a barely-there downy fuzz. Shedding is part of a healthy coat in any cat. The hair grows to a certain length, dies, then falls out.  Long haired cats shed longer hairs, which makes it seem like a LOT more hair, short-haired cats shed […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Getting The Right Response

Ask Dr. Anna: Getting The Right Response

How to use a simple cue to elevate your dogs’ level of understanding and decision-making. The wrong answer can be a step toward the right answer.  In this article, Stefani Fortney will show you how to use the no reward marker to get the right response from your dog. When I was a kid, I […]

Rep. Murphey: The last straw

Rep. Murphey: The last straw

It was the last straw. For years, an area-based business owner had managed to deal with the stressful and potentially punitive sales tax collection requirements of the state, but a fiscally foolish decision by the governor and this year’s state legislature finally pushed him into a decision that will prove very costly to the state.

Ask Dr. Anna: Reward making for better obedience

Ask Dr. Anna: Reward making for better obedience

Starting obedience training with our pets is a lot like teaching someone a new language. In the past, it was common for trainers to use physical correction, coercion, and punishment to force animals to perform behaviors. Recently, with the help of psychological research, we’ve learned that animals can be taught in a more efficient and […]

Rep. Murphey: “This has to be a mistake!”

Rep. Murphey: “This has to be a mistake!”

That was my first thought as I stared up at the monitor in the Appropriations Committee hearing room. The committee was just starting to consider the 2018 appropriations bill — a bill that was supposed to be House Bill 2401; however, the screen informed those of us on the committee that Senate Bill 860 was […]