Dr. Jason Nicholas (Dr. J)

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    As President and Chief Medical Officer of Preventive Vet, Dr. J is a man on a mission. He’s a dog-and-cat lover, husband, father of two and former ER and general practice veterinarian obsessed with keeping your pets safe, healthy and out of harm’s way. Just like Preventive Vet, the pet-expert collective he founded in 2011, Dr. J strives for a world where all pet owners are empowered to keep their pets happy, healthy and free from preventable suffering.
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    Cranberry & Your Pet's Urinary Health—Miracle Berry or Just a Fad?


    Cranberry products—are they good for pets?

    Go to many of the popular pet blogs or pet supply stores these days and you’re likely to see cranberry-containing products touted and marketed with terms such as “urinary health” or “urinary care." But what’s the real deal with cranberry—is it really a “cure all” for your cat or dog’s urinary issues? Or does cranberry just have a good publicity agent? Let’s cut through the clutter (and fancy marketing terms) and explore the truth about the benefits of cranberry to urinary tract health for cats and dogs.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Dog Health, Dog, Blog, Urinary obstruction, UTI, Cat urine, Cat

    Catnip—What It Is and Why You Should Try It On Your Cat


    What is catnip?

    Though many cat owners are aware of catnip (sometimes called catmint), they don’t actually know what it is. So I thought I’d take a second to “pull back the curtain” and also share a couple of great uses for catnip with you.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Cat Stress, Blog, Urinary obstruction, Cat

    How Many Litter Boxes Does A Cat Need?


    Does your cat have enough litter boxes?

    Litter boxes are like good friends… you can never have too many of them. Well… maybe you could have too many litter boxes for your taste, but not for your cat's.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Litter Box, Blog, Urinary obstruction, Cat Litter, Cat

    Cat Stress - The Signs To Look Out For


    Do You Have A Stressed Out Kitty?

    The days are long. The weather’s warm. And the kids are out of school. The middle of summer is often a great time to break out of your old routine and burn off some of that pent-up stress. But for most of our feline friends, routine is everything. And all these conditions that sound so ideal for you, can have quite the opposite effect on your cat. Heat, travel, and increased house traffic (especially younger children) can all lead to increasing their anxiety and stress levels. And a stressed cat can easily become an unhealthy cat. 

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Loss of appetite, Blog, Urinary obstruction, Itchy, Cat, Skin problems

    Panting In Cats – It May Not Be Normal


    What You Need To Know About Panting In Cats

    A few people recently asked whether it was normal for a cat to pant. We figured that if there's a few people asking about panting, then there’s likely a whole lot more that have wondered, too. So here’s the “skinny” on panting in cats…

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Stress, Cats, Pain, Diabetes, Cat Tips, Urinary obstruction

    Cat Poop – How Often Should A Cat Go?


    Cat Poop Freqency

    Earlier this year when we asked for topics that you all wanted advice and insight on, quite a few people asked us (some variation of) this question… How often should my cat “go?”

    It’s an important question, and one that — of course — has a not-so-straightforward answer.

    As with many things about cats, there are several factors that will influence the answer. These factors include, amongst other things…

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    Topics: Cat Health, Litter Box, Cats, Cat Tips

    Cat Carrier Stress – Tips to make a carrier a cat-friendly place


    Putting "Love" In This Love-Hate-Relationship

    Does your cat hate getting in their carrier to go to the vet? Unfortunately lots do. But if you think about it, it’s not surprising. For many (most?) cats the only time they see, let alone get into, their carrier is 2 minutes before they’re whisked out the door to head off to the veterinarian.

    And since many cats aren’t brought for routine wellness care (like annual check-ups), and just brought to the vet when they’re “off” or sick...

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    Topics: Cat Health, pet safety tips, Crate Training, travel with pets, travel anxiety, Restraints, Crates, Wellness Check-up, Vet Exam, Cat Tips, Cat

    Scents That Are Harmful To Your Pets


    Keep These Scents Away From Your Pets

    If you plan to use any of the items listed below, please be aware and take the necessary precautions so that they don't wind up sickening or injuring your pets, or even worse.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, Dog, Feline Asthma, Breathing problems, Cat, Harmful Scents, Bronchitis

    Is It Hard To Give Your Pet A Pill? – There Are Options


    Hard Pill To Swallow?

    Pills and capsules tend to be the mainstays of medicating cats and dogs. But what if your pooch or kitty is difficult to “pill?”

    Lots of dogs and many… most?… cats can be quite “unaccepting” of such forms of medications. So much so that a joke about the trials and tribulations of giving a cat a pill became a bit of a viral sensation. So what are you to do when Fluffy or Fido need meds?

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    Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, Dogs, medication, Cats, Dog Tips, Cat Tips

    Are Dented Pet Food Cans Safe?


    Botulism Is A Potential Risk

    You return home from the pet food store or your vet’s office with a case of your pet’s food only to realize something that you hadn’t realized when you first picked up the case… one (or several) of the cans is dented! You recall hearing something about Botulism and dented cans and wonder if the food in the dented can(s) is safe to feed to your dog or cat.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, Dogs, Cats, Dog Food, Cat Tips, Pet food, Cat food

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