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HOW WILL PETS HANDLE SEPARATION AS FAMILIES
GO BACK TO WORK & SCHOOL?
 
Pet Behavior Scientist Offers Tips on How to Address Separation Anxiety and Create a Smooth Transition into the Post-Pandemic World
DR. RAGEN MCGOWAN, Pet Behavior Scientist at Purina
BACKGROUND:
It’s estimated that of the nearly 90 million dogs in the U.S., 20 to 40 percent taken to veterinary behavioral specialists are affected by separation anxiety. Luckily for our furry friends, the pandemic has kept many of us at home, making them some of the happiest members in the household. On the flip side, some of our pets are counting down the days until kids go back to school and offices reopen so they can have the house to themselves again. Either way, as we look to leave the house more, it’s important for families to start preparing their pets for this transition period.
 
Dr. Ragen McGowan has been involved in animal behavior research for more than 20 years and is available to share best practices on how to help your pets handle the transition.
 
·         MONITOR YOUR PET’S BEHAVIOR: Transitioning back to in-person school and work will be a big change that may bring out anxious behaviors in some pets like increased vocalization, unusual behavior or even depression. It’s important to monitor your pet’s behavior to see if they’re struggling emotionally.
·         PETS THRIVE ON ROUTINE: There are a few ways we can help pets get reacclimated to their new schedule before the time comes, including scheduling their morning and evening walks at the same time each day.
·         EASE INTO THE TRANSITION: For some pets, a closed door can send a message of separation, while others may need to be reintroduced to their crates or encouraged to spend time in a calm, quiet part of the house for part of the day.
 
For tips on everything from separation anxiety to nutrition and training, please visit www.purina.com/expertise.

 

MORE ABOUT DR. RAGEN MCGOWAN:

Dr. Ragen McGowan is a Pet Behavior Scientist who has been with Purina for more than 10 years. Dr. McGowan has been involved in animal behavior research for over 20 years, using a holistic approach that incorporates behavior, physiology and endocrinology. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Zoology and Foreign Language and a PhD in Applied Ethology from Washington State University. Her post-doctoral research focused on emotionality in dogs and explored new methodology to objectively evaluate positive emotions, including studying the “Eureka Effect” (emotional reactions to learning). Through her research, Dr. McGowan aims to create products that cater to pets’ behavioral and emotional needs, and to better understand the human-animal bond from the pet’s perspective. Dr. McGowan has a passion for sharing her vast knowledge of pet behavior and the human-animal bond. In addition to speaking at a variety of events for Purina, she is a contributing scientific expert for the Collegiate Animal Welfare Competition, Companion Animal Nutrition Summit, Gut Microbiome Roundtable and Dognition podcast.  

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CAN YOUR CAT AND YOUR CAT ALLERGEN SENSITIVITIES LIVE IN HARMONY WHILE SPENDING SO MUCH TIME AT HOME?

VETERINARIAN REVEALS BREAKTHROUGH APPROACH TO MANAGING

CAT ALLERGENS WHILE HOME

 

DR. KURT VENATOR, DVM – Chief Veterinary Officer, Purina

BACKGROUND:

As millions of Americans continue to spend unprecedented amounts of time at home, it also means spending unprecedented amounts of time with their pets – including cat owners with cat allergen sensitivities.  Perhaps dealing with cat allergens wasn’t a big problem when they were only home a few hours a day. But now, being in close proximity 24/7 is creating challenges. Luckily, a team of innovative scientists at Purina have developed a new way to manage allergens through cat food! When combined with other allergen management strategies, this new approach can help cat owners better handle their current situations and be closer together with the cats they love.

Purina’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Kurt Venator is available on Wednesday, June 24th to share the science behind this breakthrough as well as offer tips for bonding with your cat while managing cat allergens at home.

TIPS FOR MANAGING CAT ALLERGENS AT HOME:

●        If you have cat allergen sensitivities, there are ways to help manage cat allergens indoors such as using HEPA air purifiers throughout the home to help catch dander and filter the air you’re breathing in.

●        Clean more frequently than you might usually do to remove dust, dander and cat hair, and wash any furnishings or home decor frequented by your cat like couch covers, pillows and bedding. Soft upholstery can make for a comfortable resting place for cats and the softness can trap dander.

●        While these methods help manage allergens in the environment, there is a new option that helps manage cat allergens at the source. Purina Pro Plan LiveClear is the first and only cat food that has been shown to reduce allergens in cat hair and dander. Many people think that cat hair is the problem, but it’s actually what’s on it – the major cat allergen called Fel d 1, which cats produce naturally in their saliva. When cats eat this new formula, it neutralizes the Fel d 1 in their mouth. By reducing active Fel d 1 in the cat’s saliva, it reduces the allergen that is transferred to the cat’s hair and dander when they groom, ultimately reducing the allergen in the environment.

TIPS FOR BONDING WITH YOUR CAT AT HOME:

●        Try to keep your cat’s routine as normal as possible. While you both are experiencing a new living dynamic, food and play times should stay as normal as possible.

●        Cats can also get a little stir-crazy when stuck inside with their owners – given it’s a big change from the routine they’re used to – and may be susceptible to stress. It’s important to keep an eye on them in case they start exhibiting destructive and/or anxious behavior. Increasing enriching activities and play time will help combat this.

 

For more information, please visit –www.proplanliveclear.com

 

MORE ABOUT DR. KURT VENATOR:

Kurt Venator is Purina’s Chief Veterinary Officer and directs the Purina Advisory Council, a 19-member group of world-renowned veterinarians from various medical specialties who help advance pet nutrition, health and wellness around the globe. Dr. Venator is an esteemed speaker across North America on the topics of small animal nutrition and veterinary medicine. He works closely with U.S. Veterinary Schools to provide nutrition education and professional development for the veterinarians of tomorrow. His team also works actively with veterinary clinics across the country to advance the role of nutrition in clinical practice and help pets live long, healthy lives.

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  • Due to post production delays, the 2020 “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina,” which was taped Feb. 29 and scheduled to air Sunday, April 5 on NBC, will now air at a later date to be announced. 
  • In its original April 5 timeslot, (12:30-2:30 p.m. ET / 9:30-11:30 a.m. PT), NBC will broadcast the 2019 Beverly Hills Dog Show, featuring Best in Show winner Bono.
  • Last year, a 3-year-old Havanese named Bono was crowned Best in Show. The little canine from the Toy group is the most-winning Havanese in the breed’s history with over 90 Best in Show titles. Previous Beverly Hills Dog Show winners include 2018’s King, a Wire Fox Terrier, and 2017’s Ripcord, a Doberman Pinscher.
  • In celebration of man’s best friend and with the glamour only Beverly Hills can provide, the star-studded competition is co-hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway actor John O’Hurley and American Kennel Club-licensed judge and expert analyst David Frei.
  • Hosted by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills and produced by NBC Sports, “The Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina” is a new breed of dog show and must-see viewing for the whole family. Before more than 1,500 dogs representing 200 eligible breeds and varieties face off for the coveted Best in Show title, the canine competitors will mingle with celebrity guests and strut their stuff on the red carpet. For the main event, each group winner will walk the show’s unique runway for the Best in Show judge to determine which dog has what it takes to be champion.