May 31th, 2017 – Like human beings, animals can also suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as experience emotional distress. The Animal EMDR approach (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) has proven effective to counter the highly disabling psychological and behavioural effects of these disorders. And, good news, this technique recently became available in the Province of Québec.
April 2nd, 2017 – Since the Act to improve the legal situation of animals came into effect on December 4th, 2015, the value of an animal in terms of money went up.
January 22, 2017 — Cats have a unique personality. Their preferences and aversions are not necessarily the same, although in communication, all have points in common. This dialogue between humans and felines, whether verbal or not, is made possible by a coexistence more than one hundred years old.
By François G. Cellier
January 4 2017 – Dr. Rachel Carrier is one of the few dentists in Quebec, if not the only one, to use zootherapy in her practice. This innovative approach is for those who are afraid of the dentist, as well as others who have developmental disabilities, such as autism and attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity.
By Daniel Filion
Consultant in feline behavior at Éduchateur
October 27, 2016 – In my last column, I explained to Internet users how to play with their cat in three steps. That being said, if the cat has needs to play, you must identify the toys it prefers, but also know the limits that should not be crossed during a game session. In so doing, bites potentially severe will be avoided.
I recently lived an extremely intense emotional charge. My cat Mimi, who was afflicted by chronic kidney disease, began to go badly. She was becoming increasingly amorphous, listless and absent. She did not answer my calls, whereas usually, she showed up as soon as I uttered her name.
September 13, 2016 — Animal Reality created a new tab called Animals in Condos. Articles on this issue will be posted regularly. Brief accounts of court cases will allow readers to get acquainted with numerous realities about pets living in condos.
Pet Therapy: the Ideal Dog
By Sylvie Lamoureux, Zootherapist
Member of the Association des naturopathes professionels du Québec (ANPQ)
Adapted by François G. Cellier
Septembre 2, 2016 – A dog destined to work in pet therapy is a selected animal. It was not trained previously. For me, this was a sine qua non condition. The animal is chosen for its skills and openness to people who need help, in order to improve their living conditions.
July 13, 2016 — Pets need to be stimulated, particularly those who hardly go outside. One of the optimal tools to achieve this is the interactive bowl, forcing them to work harder to access food.
July 4, 2016 – A critical moment that will change the life of a pet owner, euthanasia confirms the certainty that we are all mortal. To end the life of a faithful companion reminds us, too, how the attachment between humans and animals can be powerful.
Amélie Bourdon, educator in canine behaviour at Espace Chien, joined the portal Animal Reality as a columnist. Her first text covers some urban legends maintained about dogs.