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PET MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS:
SIMPLE STEPS TO BOOST YOUR PET’S MENTAL WELL-BEING  

VETERINARIAN ADDRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF PET MENTAL HEALTH, INCLUDING SEPARATION ANXIETY   

 

Sharon L. Campbell, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Medical Lead & Behavior at Zoetis Petcare 

BACKGROUND: 

Most pet parents are aware that ‘the pet effect’ is real and that pets contribute to our emotional, social, and physical wellbeing. But, do many pet parents think about their pet’s mental health?  May is Mental Health Awareness Month and while our pet’s mental state isn’t as complex as our own, they do experience a wide range of emotions: from love and joy to anxiety and fear. And while they can’t tell us how they’re feeling, they do show us through behaviors and cues we can learn to tune-in to. Over this past year, many pet owners have grown accustomed to spending most of their time with their pet at home. As pandemic restrictions start to ease and we begin returning to life outside the home, it is important to keep our pet’s mental health in mind as well as our own wellness – so taking a proactive approach to your furry friend’s mental health is more important than ever.  

On May 25th, Veterinarian Dr. Sharon L. Campbell of animal health company Zoetis will be available to discuss the bond between pets and pet parents as well as how to recognize signs of your pet's mental health issues early. She can also share vet-approved pet care guidance and at-home tips - all to help you be the best pet parent ever.  

Dr. Campbell’s Tips Include 7 Key Topics to Address Pet Mental Health: 

·         Training: Pets love being good at things! And they also love knowing that they're making you proud. By keeping your pet on their toes with consistent training, you can keep their brain health engaged and in great shape.

·         Routine: Even though they can’t tell time, pets love having a routine. Whether it’s sleeping, eating, potty time, or exercising – establishing a routine around their day helps them feel comfortable and safe.

·         Positive experiences: Shielding your pet from something might seem like the natural response. But did you know you can help them get accustomed to things like noise by combining different activities (and treats!) with these types of triggers? Confidence also plays a big role here and different types of training can help with that.

·         Health: Because pets can't speak, you're their most important advocate. Whether they are subtle or more meaningful signs, your pet's behavior can give you clues about their physical health. That’s also why it’s important to schedule regular check-ups with your vet – they can help you identify things that are not immediately obvious to you.

·         Data: New survey findings from Zoetis about pet parents and their views on pet wellness to be available in advance of interview 

For more information, visit: www.ZoetisPetcare.com   

MORE ABOUT DR. SHARON L. CAMPBELL:  

Dr. Campbell received her DVM degree from University of Wisconsin and completed a residency in internal medicine and a master’s degree at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She was a Clinical Instructor at the University of Tennessee for 2 years, then worked at a private referral hospital for many years before joining Zoetis, where she is a Medical Lead for the pain management, anesthesia, sedation, behavior and anti-infectives portfolio of medications.  Dr. Campbell is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She is Fear Free Certified and is on the Fear Free Advisory Board. 

 

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios present a PG, 94 minute, 3D, Animation, Comedy, Drama, directed and written by Peter Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen with a theater release date of June 19, 2015.

ANXIETY WRAP® PUTS STRESSED PETS AT EASE

Reading Your Dog’s Body Language

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Pet parents would love to know what their pets are thinking, but since our pets can’t verbally tell us it’s important to understand what their body language is saying. Here are a few ways to read your dog’s body language, and how to interpret what they are trying to tell you.

A dog’s tail - A dog’s tail is used to communicate strong emotions, including happiness, as well as anger and agitation. To accurately get the bigger picture the dog’s wagging or tucked tail is trying to tell you, look at the rest of his body language. If his ears are pinned forward or back, or has stiffened muscles and dilated pupils, these are all signs your dog needs some space.

A dog’s ears - A dog will hold his ears naturally when he is relaxed and comfortable. When he’s alert, he’ll raise them higher on his head and direct them toward whatever is holding his interest. If his ears are pulled back slightly, it’s a signal his intention is friendly. And if your dog’s ears are completely flattened or stuck out to the sides of his head, he’s signaling that he’s frightened or feeling submissive.

 

A dog’s body - When your dog is scared, he does his best to look small. Often, his body looks hunched, with his tail held low or tucked between his rear legs and his ears flattened back on his skull. His muscles of his body and face will be tense and rigid. He might even cower close to the ground or try to escape.

                                                                                                                                                         

Some pets fear certain sounds (like thunderstorms or fireworks), being in crowds, or even being left alone. To help ease their various fears, the original, patented Anxiety Wrap gives a calming, hug-like sensation – activating and maintaining key pressure points that better enable pets to relax. Helping your dog keep calm can even prevent behavioral issues. (For additional notes on how the one-of-a-kind product works, click here to see helpful Anxiety Wrap graph and notes.)

According to Dr. Roger Mugford, Pet Psychologist and Founder of The Company of Animals, “Fear and anxiety are at the root of many canine behavioral problems.” Unaddressed, these fears can result in aggressiveness, leash pulling, separation anxiety, excessive barking, and hyperactivity. We’ve been using and recommending the Anxiety Wrap in The Company of Animals’ own British Behaviour Centre for years,” continues Mugford.

A recently published Tufts University Clinical Research Study, titled “The Effectiveness of Anxiety Wrap in the Treatment of Canine Thunderstom Phobia: An Open-Label Trial,” even deemed the product 89 percent effective! The Anxiety Wrap was especially called out as "safe and effective treatment for canine thunderstorm phobia." The study has since been published, and the Anxiety Wrap cited, in such respected journals and resources as The Journal of Veterinary Behavior and ScienceDirect.

The Anxiety Wrap starts at $39.95 and comes in 11 canine sizes – to properly fit each age and breed. There are even calming face wraps for dogs, called Quite Dog®, and specialty made feline Anxiety Wraps, available too.For the full product selection by The Company of Animals, visit www.CompanyofAnimals.us.

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ABOUT THE COMPANY OF ANIMALS

Founded by pet behaviorist Dr. Roger Mugford, The Company of Animals is celebrating 35 years as a leading provider of innovative training products designed to achieve a positive relationship between pets and their parents. The Company of Animals designs and manufactures a wide range of acclaimed products, including the original HALTI®, Pet CorrectorTM and CLIXTM training range. The latest additions to the famed family of enrichment products are the line of GREEN Feeders for dogs and cats by NORTHMATE, the Anxiety Wrap® and the new HALTI® OPTIFIT. For more information, visit www.CompanyofAnimals.us.

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New Book Links Hadron Collider to Mega-Tsunami and Yellowstone Caldera Eruption

Palm Beach, FL, October 25, 2012 – For 2,000 years, the Mayan Calendar has predicted the end of humanity on a date equating to December 21, 2012. Now a new book, PHOBOS: Mayan Fear, by NY Times best-selling author Steve Alten describes two very real ticking time bombs of Mother Nature that could be triggered by the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, either one of which would fulfill the prophesy.

The first threat comes from a volcano on La Palma, one of the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, the eruption of which would cause a massive landslide into the Atlantic that would unleash a 3,000-foot-high mega-tsunami. Scientists state such a wave would travel across the Atlantic at the speed of an airliner before decimating the east coast of the United States, leveling New York, Boston, and Miami.

The second major event described in the book is far more devastating -- the long overdue eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera, a super-volcano packing the equivalent of ten thousand Mt. Saint Helens. Besides the widespread devastation and destruction, the eruption would blanket the Earth's atmosphere, cutting off the sun's rays and leading to a 100,000-year Ice Age.

PHOBOS: Mayan Fear links these events with seismic disturbances caused by the release of a stranglet – a miniature black hole created by the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. While CERN physicists contend that these black holes are too small to threaten the Earth, others disagree, including one physicist who concurred with the catastrophic threats described in Alten’s book.

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Alliance Films, BH Productions and Automatik Entertainment present a 110 minute, r rated, horror, thriller, directed by Scott Derrickson, written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill with a theater release on October 12, 2012.

Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, AFX Studios and Mutant Enemy Productions present an R rated, 95 minute horror, thriller, comedy directed by Drew Goddard, written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard with a theatre release date of April 13, 2012.

Paramount Pictures and Blumhouse Productions present an R rated, 85 minute horror film directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, written by Christopher B. Landon and Oren Peli with a theatrical release of October 21, 2011.

Screen Gems and BattlePlan Productions present an R rated, 110 minute thriller directed and screenplay by Rod Lurie from an earlier screenplay by David Zelag Goodman with a release date of September 16, 2011.