Veterinary practices are experiencing unprecedented stress and high demands. This can be frustrating for pet owners as it means longer waits for appointments, reduced hours or complete closure of some facilities, and emergency rooms turning away patients they would have seen in previous years. Along with the current stressful work environment, many veterinary professionals report they are increasingly subjected to hostile, belligerent, and sometimes threatening behavior by some of the pet owners who come to them for care. Read more about this situation and how, in the face of all the changes we are seeing, we are far from helpless! There is a great deal that we can do to help our dogs live happy and healthy lives while making the best use of our veterinary professionals.