Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 paws
A Quiet Place Part II
Paramount Pictures, Buffalo FilmWorks, Platinum Dunes and Sunday Night present a PG-13, 97-minute, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller directed by John Krasinski, written by Krasinski and Scott Beck with a theater release date of May 28, 2021.
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
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.
HEADING BACK TO THE OFFICE? DON’T FORGET TO MAKE A PLAN FOR YOUR DOGS & CATS!
PETA offers tips to help them cope with loneliness and boredom
DIANA MENDOZA, companion animal program manager, PETA Los Angeles
As more people get the COVID-19 vaccine and states re-open, many Americans will be heading back to work outside the home. That may be good news for humans eager to get back to their old routine, but it will be a painful adjustment for the dogs and cats who’ve grown used to having someone to keep them company at home. The transition can be traumatic for them.
PETA, the largest animal rights organization in the world, has tips to help guardians ensure that life after lockdown isn’t a huge let down for dogs and cats who are, after all, members of our family. Some advice includes:
- Take your dog for an extra-long walk before work. Don’t hurry him along, get him tired so he’ll nap better.
- Never lock him in a crate, which adds to stress. Dogs aren’t things to be stored, and if there’s a fire or break in, they cannot escape.
- Make sure your cat has a view, even if that means pulling a piece of furniture to the window.
- Gradually increase the amount of time you spend away from the house, and don’t become a blur, arriving back, hurriedly walking him, and then disappearing again.
- Slow down. Spend attentive, quality time with him before you leave and when you get home.
- Provide interactive toys for while you’re away, such as a puzzle treat dispenser for dogs and catnip-filled items for cats.
- Always give a kind word, make a fuss, and offer a treat before you walk out the door.
- If you do not use doggie day care, always arrange for a trusted friend, relative, or recommended dog walker to let your dog out during the day; because dogs aren’t machines, they, like you, have to “go.”
- Talk to your workplace about allowing dogs at work, or at least having a “Bring Your Dog to Work Day” once a week or month.
On May 26, Diana Mendoza will be available for interviews. She will tell your listeners the best way to help animals adapt to our absence, and offer helpful tips to ease the transition.
For more information please visit: www.PETA.org
More About Diana Mendoza:
Diana Mendoza is the companion animal program manager for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in Los Angeles. She represents PETA at city government meetings and runs the organization's "Let’s Fix L.A.” program, which connects Angelenos with low-cost spay/neuter services so that they can comply with the city's mandatory spay/neuter law, help end the companion animal overpopulation crisis, and improve the lives of dogs and cats.
Talkin' Pets News
May 29, 2021
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr. Suzanne Topor - Livingston Animal & Avian Hospital, Lutz, FL
Producer - Lexi Lapp Adams
Network Producer - Darian Sims
Special Guests - Hour 1 - 530pm ET - Dr. Sharon L. Campbell - Medical Lead & Behavior at Zoetis Petcare
Hour 2 - 630pm ET - Diana Mendoza - Companion Animal Program Manager, PETA Los Angeles.
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