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The Vet Set Attending AKC Meet The Breeds on February 13th, Booth #139

The Vet Set, New York City’s In Home Veterinary Care Concierge Service, is attending the AKC Meet The Breeds event on Saturday, February 13th at Piers 92/94 in NYC – Booth #139

New York, NY – February 4, 2016 –The Vet Set is excited to announce they will be in attendance for the highly anticipated AKC Meet The Breeds event on Saturday, February 13th at Piers 92/94 in New York City. Participants are encouraged to stop by The Vet Set Booth #139 for an opportunity to ask pet healthy questions, get involved in the #WinterBestiesNYC photo contest, and check out must-have pet products! 

The Vet Set’s in-home/office pet care service has had great success since launching in October 2015. Going to the vet can be quite a scary experience for our furry friends. There are many factors that trigger this anxiety during a vet visit; unfamiliar smells, sounds, sick animals, and often, the anxious energy both pets and owners bring to the facility. Overall, stress in pets is unhealthy and should be avoided at all costs. 

Now there is no longer a need to transport our pets to and from the vet. Doctors of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Taylor Truitt and Dr. Eva Radke created The Vet Set; a concierge service which allows both owner and pet to enjoy their time at home while their team of trained veterinarians make sure all animals are in tip top shape! Learn more at: http://vetset.net/.

The seventh annual AKC Meet The Breeds event gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 100 different breeds, all while learning about responsible dog ownership and which breeds may be right for them. Learn more about AKC Meet The Breeds: http://www.akc.org/meet-the-breeds/

February marks two special pet celebrations: Responsible Pet Owners Month and Pet Dental Health Month. Now is the perfect time for owners to brush up on pet health responsibilities. Join The Vet Set team at the AKC Meet the Breeds show for a unique opportunity to ask pet health questions to their veterinarian experts. Attendees can also check out the recently launched AKC Paw Tech Dog Boot line. Paw Tech Dog Boots are a simple, stylish and effective solution for protecting paws and conquering the harsh winter months and beyond! Learn more about AKC Paw Tech: http://pawtech.com/

The Vet Set wants to see your furry friend in their happiest state of mind this winter, and what better place to find happiness than at the AKC Meet The Breeds? Pet owners who drop by The Vet Set booth can get involved in photo contest fun for a chance to win over $1,000 in prizes! The Vet Set’s #WinterBestiesNYC Photo Contest begins on Thursday, January 14th at noon and will end on Sunday, February 21st at midnight. Owners are encouraged to capture their pet’s best indoor or outdoor winter look by simply submitting to social media pages. 

The Vet Set will be snapping photos of four-legged friends at their Booth #139 as a way to kick-off the contest. Official entry is through The Vet Set Facebook page; however submissions can also be uploaded to The Vet Set Facebook or Instagram pages using hashtag#WinterBestiesNYC.

Learn more about the contest: https://www.prlog.org/12526053-the-vet-set-launches-winterbestiesnyc-photo-contest.html

About The Vet Set: The Vet Set was founded by Dr. Taylor Truitt and Dr. Eva Radke to bring the best veterinary care to your home, office, or hotel in Manhattan and Brooklyn 7 days a week. Stress interferes with your pet's health, so you can now eliminate the anxiety of an office visit and let The Vet Set come to you. We offer preventative medicine, vaccines, diagnostic testing, health certificates, acupuncture, and hospice care. With an easy to use app and also telemedicine we make it easier than ever to keep in touch with your vet! Learn more about The Vet Set Here: http://vetset.net/.   

Connect Socially:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VetSetNYC/

Twitter: @TheVetSetNYC

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thevetset/.

About AKC Paw Tech: AKC Paw Tech protects paws from harsh elements and external irritants such as salt, sand, rough terrain, and hot pavements. These flexible and easy to fit boots come in a variety of sporty colors to match your style for every season throughout the year. 

AKC Paw Tech consists of a lightweight outer nylon that easily fits your pet's foot, and a reflective velcro strap to hold it all in place. A soft, breathable, lightweight poly lining keeps paws feeling cozy and comfortable. The rubber soles underneath provide traction and help protect your canine from slipping and skidding. Paw print motif decorates the sole. Available in various styles to fit your pup’s lifestyle best: The All-Weather Dog Boot, Neoprene Dog Boot, Camo Neoprene Dog Boot and the Extreme Dog Boot.  Learn more at: http://pawtech.com/.

Purchase AKC Paw Tech Weather Boots Today: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011Q2VIC4?m=A1LF42PCC38QSE&....

Connect Socially:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/akcpawtech/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paw.tech/

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Bringing the Best Veterinary Medicine When You Need It, Where You Need It

Stay. Heal. Chill.

Dr. Taylor says, “Veterinary medicine hasn’t changed in decades, it’s time to bring it up to speed in the same way human medicine is being delivered - and we are literally delivering it to your home.” She adds, “We all want the same care for our pets as we do for our kids because for many of us, they are our kids and we care for them in exactly the same way.”

Dr. Taylor Truitt, DVM

Dr. Taylor Truitt knew since she was four years old that she wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up.  She started working in veterinary practices when she was 18. Her lifelong passion and adoration of dogs and cats transitioned into her professional commitment to their physical and mental well-being when she graduated from veterinary school. She went on to complete a rigorous internship in Los Angeles, CA focusing on cardiology, internal medicine, and emergency medicine.

Dr. Truitt then went into private practice and started her study of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Florida. She believes that a foundation of preventative medicine combined with solid mental stimulation and good nutrition leads to a long and fun life for our furry friends.  Dr. Truitt has a
strong interest in internal medicine, dermatology and allergy
management, care of our senior and geriatric friends, dental care, and
pain management.

Dr. Truitt graduated from Kansas State University School of Veterinary
Medicine in 2006 and became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist from
the Chi Institute in 2008. In 2014, she earned her MBA from the
University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business.  In her
spare time she’s an avid skier, scuba diver, and waxes poetically over
California wines. Dr. Taylor Truitt is owned by a French Bulldog Noah,
and she loves taking care of all the brachycephalic or “smoosh faced”
breeds.  She also has two very demanding cats Linus and Pia.


Why does my dog bark?

1) To get your attention – she may want to eat, go outside, play or simply get attention from you

2) Because she is frustrated – she may be bored or was left outside/inside for too long

3) Because she is scared – some dogs will bark out of fear of people, other dogs, new experiences, loud noises, new objects in the house

4) To protect you and the home – she may bark if she feels there is a potential intruder outside (human or other dog/animal)

5) Because she is excited – many dogs will bark out of excitement when friends come to visit or they go for a ride in the car, to a new dog park, etc.

6) Because of health issues – some older dogs with deafness or Canine Cognitive Dysfuntion(dementia) will bark because they can’t hear themselves or are confused

What to do about the barking?

Training a dog not to bark can be difficult and often takes a lot of time and consistency. Don’t give up!! If you feel that your methods are not working or your dog is particularly difficult, you may want to consult with a trainer or veterinary behaviorist.

In general I have found that many unwanted behaviors occur in dogs because they are bored or frustrated. This is certainly true for barking. I am always telling my clients that a tired dog is a good dog! Be sure to give your dog plenty of physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis – this will vary for each dog depending on their age, energy level and overall health. Young active dogs should get a good amount of exercise before you leave them at home for an extended period of time. You can also leave them with toys that offer distraction or mental stimulation while they are home alone. 

Most of the time a dog will bark for attention and/or because they receive a reward when they bark. The best thing you can do in this case is ignore her while she is barking. Believe it or not, yelling at her to stop barking IS giving her attention and she will continue to bark for this perceived “reward”. I always tell people to ignore their dog completely until they stop barking – literally turn away from them, don’t talk to them, touch them or even look at them! Any attention positive or negative can be perceived as a reward for their unwanted behavior. Once the dog stops barking, then pay attention to her and praise her for being quite. Positive reinforcement and consistency with this method is best!

Another similar method is to ask your dog to do another task while she is barking to distract her. Praise her for completing this task, but not for barking. Keep things positive! One example is to tell her to sit, lie down or shake and reward her with a treat for doing so (and being quiet!). The key is to find a task that your dog will stop barking to complete.

If your dog barks in response to a stimulus (i.e. another dog passing by), you can desensitize her to this stimulus with more positive reinforcement. Start when the stimulus is far away before your dog has noticed it – tell her to sit and give her a treat. As the stimulus gets closer continue to give your dog treats and tell her she is a good girl as long as she is paying attention to you and not barking. Once the stimulus is gone, stop giving treats and praise. Eventually she will learn that the presence of the stimulus is positive and means that she gets rewarded. This process will need to be repeated many times until your dog will actually pay attention to you instead of barking at the stimulus. 

If your dog is barking because of suspected deafness or dementia, you can try a hand signal instead of telling her “quiet” or “no barking”. You should also speak to your veterinarian about medications that can help with dementia. I always recommend that people try to keep their dog’s environment and routine as consistent as possible. Any changes in routine for a dog already experiencing cognitive dysfunction can make things much more confusing.

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