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Faculty member quoted in story on pets’ reaction to pandemic

Leticia Dantas

Leticia Dantas, clinical assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, was quoted in an 11Alive story about pets and their strange behavioral reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Dantas, dogs and cats are sensitive to the mood of their owners.

“They learn really well to read our body language,” she said. “They want to be closer to you because you’re their comfort blanket.”

She notes that different animals act in different ways. They can be clingy, skittish or even aggressive.

“If they get worked up and nervous, it can come out this way,” Dantas said.

The article suggests owners alter their own behavior to control their pets and be patient with them as they adapt to changing situations.