Updates on LAA’s Pet Food Bank, S/N Program, and Annual Fundraiser

Due to COVID-19, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors has made changes to its programs and to its annual Wine & Howl fundraiser. The latter has been set for for July 18th (rescheduled from its usual June date) at Deer Springs Winery and will run just in the evening (when hopefully the weather is cooler) from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. If the event happens, there will be precautions due to COVID-19. Also, in the wake of COVID-19, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors will not be issuing spay/neuter vouchers for the foreseeable future. While it will continue to operate its pet food bank, distributions will be “no-contact.” … Continue reading Updates on LAA’s Pet Food Bank, S/N Program, and Annual Fundraiser

Socializing Puppies During A Pandemic

Spring is normally the prime time for puppy socialization. Unfortunately, due to the wordwide pandemic, socialization has become a lot whole harder to do. This past April, Jessica Ring of My Fantastic Friend, began to offer online puppy socialization classes. … Continue reading Socializing Puppies During A Pandemic

COVID-19 & Our Pets

In this time of uncertainty, there is reassuring news. According to both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), there is no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19. The CDC website states that coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, of which some cause illness in people and some cause illness in animals. However, the coronaviruses that infect animals rarely infect people. While the first infection of COVID-19 (and its predecessor SARS) has been linked to a live animal market, CDC added that public health officials do not actually know the exact … Continue reading COVID-19 & Our Pets

2020 Online Behavior Day

On February 8, I participated in the first online cat behavior conference hosted by the Community Cats Podcast. The conference featured two certified cat behavior consultants, Tabitha Kucera and Rachel Geller. These ladies spoke on several topics, three of which I’ll highlight here. A registered veterinary technician and a certified cat behavior training consultant, Tabitha Kucera is also certified in feline-friendly handling by both Fear Free and the Low Stress Handling University. I have interviewed her three times: Chip the Agility Cat, Kitten Kindergarten, Why Clicker Train Cats?. In her presentations for CCP Behavior Day, she talked about the importance … Continue reading 2020 Online Behavior Day

Guest Post: Cleaning Tips For Homes With Pets

Contributed by BusyBee Cleaning Service Over 40 million homes count pets among their occupants, which means there are many people cleaning up after their animals. Pet accidents, vomit, and everyday occurrences like hairballs and shed fur make things challenging for pet owners. If you can relate to this, follow these tips when cleaning your home and things will be much simpler and more harmonious. Potty training is one of the best things pet owners can do to make their lives easier. It should take place within the first 90 days and if successful, should prevent indoor accidents. If small pets … Continue reading Guest Post: Cleaning Tips For Homes With Pets

Ten Ways To Help Dogs and Cats Stay Active in Winter

When it’s cold outside, the last thing that any of us or our pets want to do is venture outside. Nonetheless, exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Besides helping our pets avoid obesity, it can also bust the boredom that leads to behavioral issues. How then do we help our pets stay active during the winter? Here are ten ideas for dogs and cats alike. Puzzle Feeders: Encourage your pet to work for their treats and their meals by hiding their food in a puzzle feeder. This activity will both work your pet’s mind and body. Make a puzzle … Continue reading Ten Ways To Help Dogs and Cats Stay Active in Winter

Interview with Veterinarian Dr. Jody Jones

Dr. Jody Jones had a big interest in medicine but couldn’t imagine herself touching people for an exam. “I thought back as a kid what I enjoyed and being around animals always made me happy,” said Dr. Jones, who is originally from Sargent, Nebraska. She attended UNL, earning her bachelor’s degree in animal science, then graduated from Kansas State where she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine. Dr. Jones began her career as a veterinarian in 2002 at a mixed animal practice in Iowa before moving back to Nebraska in 2005, where she has developed a special interest in animal … Continue reading Interview with Veterinarian Dr. Jody Jones

Reduce Cat Aggression with a Healthy Cat Environment

When I’m consulted about cat aggression, I first turn to the Five Pillars of a Healthy Feline Environment, which were developed by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and International Society of Feline Medicine. The groups wrote in the 2013 issue of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery that “a cat’s level of comfort with its environment is intrinsically linked to its physical health, emotional wellbeing and behavior.” For this reason, they contend that “addressing environmental needs is essential for the optimum wellbeing of the cat.” The five pillars are: provide a safe place provide multiple and key separated … Continue reading Reduce Cat Aggression with a Healthy Cat Environment

Enriching the Lives of Dogs and Cats

I’m in the process of becoming certified by the International Association of Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and taking a course called Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice. The setup of the course consists of teaching videos by animal experts, instructional handouts, a weekly online mentoring session with the teacher and all students, weekly quizzes, and a major assignment. Each week I’ll share highlights here from my studies. Jumping back to the eighth week of my Principles and Practices course, animal welfare science was the focus. The module consisted of a definition of animal welfare science and then an exploration of enrichment … Continue reading Enriching the Lives of Dogs and Cats