Fellow Creatures: COVID-19 and Planning for Your Pet

I have a new post on my Psych Today blog,  Fellow Creatures , about the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for pet owners. By Zazie Todd, PhD COVID-19 is now a pandemic, and the situation is changing rapidly around the world. Pet owners should always have an emergency kit for their pet, but in the current situation it's especially important to check you have enough supplies (or know where you could get them delivered from) if you had to self-isolate at home. As well, there are some tips on helping those most at risk. I've drawn only on reliable sources, and I will update the post as needed, but you should always follow the local advice where you are. You can read the post here: COVID-19 and planning for your pet . This page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you. Photo:  Stocksnap/Pixabay Zazie Todd, PhD, is the award-winning author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and Purr: The Science

'Pup' Date for Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy

Today's the day my book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, is published. This page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you. Here's what people are saying about Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy :  “Zazie Todd does dogs the immeasurably good favor of taking their happiness seriously. Todd is dialed in to the science of dogs and a thoughtful trainer of dogs. Everything she writes about, you want to know. Wag is a welcome addition to the books geared to helping you help your dog.” Alexandra Horowitz , author of Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond , and Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (a NYT bestseller) “If you care about your dog, you need this book. It's packed with insights from the latest canine science, and loads of advice on how you can give your dog the happiest possible life.” Dr John Bradshaw , author of Dog Sense [In Defence of Dogs] .

The Pet People to Follow in 2020

The canine and feline scientists, pet professionals, bloggers, and organizations to follow on social media in 2020. By Zazie Todd, PhD Are you looking for some new pet-related accounts to follow in 2020? I’ve updated my list of some of the best people and organizations to follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram if you’re interested in companion animals, science, and the human-animal bond. These are people or groups who produce great content of their own and also have a varied feed that shares news, research and interesting snippets from around the web. And while the focus is mainly on pets, this year I've included a few people who study or write about wildlife too. I’ve given links to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts so you can follow however you choose. The first link is always to Twitter so this is like a giant #FF. The list is in no particular order, so read through and see who you would like to follow. And if you love dogs, cats and science, please

Animal Book Club March 2020

" engaging, insightful consideration of how anthropomorphism, cruelty, egocentrism, empathy, realism and sentimentality have blended and blurred across centuries -- teaching us a vast amount about animals, and even more about ourselves." -- The Irish Times. By Zazie Todd, PhD This page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you. This month, the Animal Book Club is reading The Animal's Companion: People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story by Jacky Coliss Harvey About the book: “A unique and compelling exploration of why humans need animal companions -- from dogs and cats to horses, birds, and reptiles -- through the eyes of a New York Times bestselling historical detective author.  In The Animal's Companion, the acclaimed social anthropologist and author of Red: A History of the Redhead turns her keen eye for cultural investigation toward uncovering why humans have such a strong desi

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