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040 Reasons to See the Vet if your Dog Suffers Nighttime Anxiety & Why Cats Suck on Clothing.

Published: 04/23/2019
Categories: Episode

In this episode, I’ll look at three instances where looks can be deceiving – the theme for this week’s  show.

Does your cat pad her feet up and down on your chest or stomach which is called kneading? And/or ever suck on you or your clothing? Even though you know you are not a cat, and couldn’t deceive anyone, you don’t fool your cat. To them, you resemble its mother well enough that they engage in those behaviors with you. In this episode, I explain why and how.

Anxiety in a dog at night, can be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease and often by the look of your dog, it results in this diagnosis – but it can also be something else. Don’t be fooled by appearances. My guest for this show, is veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Nicolas Dodman, author of two books spoken about during the show, Good Old Dog” and “Pets on the Couch.” He explains other reasons for your dog’s night time jitters and impresses on you why it’s so important to take your dog to see the  vet.

Have you heard people say the dog attacked totally out of the blue – for no reason?  Mostly, there are three very distinct reasons – the causes for dog aggression. Although most of us, don’t recognize the signs nor understand the triggers. In this episode, I tell the circumstances in which dogs actually do attack with no provocation at all.  It does come from out of no-where that we can see – but not being visible is the clue for what is happening to cause a dog to go berserk. I’ll relate the experiences of Dr. Nicolas Dodman, from his book, Pets on the Couch.

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Resources for this Episode:

Amazon link to: Good Old Dog: Expert advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy and Comfortable, Book by the Faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Edited by Dr. Nickolas Dodman with Lawrence Lindner.

Source for the story about seizures in dogs: Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry. By Nicholas Dodman, DVM.

For more about Dr. Dodman. – Center for Canine Behavior Studies – www.drdodman.org

See the full show notes with live links on the podcast blog and website, www.raisingyourpaws.com.