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Dog Training - The Right and Wrong Way to Reward and Punish

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jul 29, 2019 5:28:51 PM


Choke collars, and bark collars may seem like the perfect investment to train your dog to stop unwanted behavior — after all, that's exactly how they are marketed.

But just like those super long prescription drug commercials, the unwanted side effects of these products are often much worse than the original problem.

On today's show, PV's certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, Cathy Madson, teaches us all about aversives, the four quadrants of operant conditioning, and better methods for training your dogs to listen to you.

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Topics: Dog Training, Dog Collars, Dog Behavior, adult dog tips, puppy tips, aggression in dogs, aversives, Fear Free Training

Why Cats Should Eat Wet Food

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jul 15, 2019 6:30:30 PM


There is no shortage of cat food options to choose from, but plenty of reasons to choose one over another.

On today's show, Dr. J and I discuss why feeding wet food to your cats — and male cats in particular — is so important.

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Topics: Cat Health, Cat Diet, Feline Urethral Obstruction, Cat Tips, Cat food, Cat obesity

The Benefits of Senior Pet Adoption

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jul 1, 2019 8:12:53 PM


This episode, Dr. J, Cathy, and I talk about the many benefits of adopting senior dogs and cats. Unfortunately, they are often overlooked at the shelters, but we believe a lot of that may be due to misunderstanding and misinformation.

Seniors are filled with love, and many are also filled with a whole lot of life! You may be surprised at how well an older dog or cat fits in with your lifestyle.

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Topics: Dog Behavior, Senior Pets, adult dog tips, pet adoption, Senior Dogs, Senior Cats

What are Pet Microchips and Why are They So Important?

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jun 17, 2019 2:11:36 PM

Microchipping your pets is an important topic to understand regardless of time of year, but is especially important as we head into fireworks season, when the shelters are overrun with traumatized pets fleeing the loud booms and now need help getting home.

Most pet parents have at least heard of microchips, but there is still a lot of confusion when it comes to what they actually do and the proper steps you have to take to ensure the chip is actually registered, and your contact information is updated.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, New Kitten, Microchip, Lost Cat, puppy tips, lost dog, Lost pets, Found pets

What to Do if You Find a Lost Dog or Cat

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jun 3, 2019 6:07:48 PM

On today's show, Dr. J, Cathy, and I walk you through the steps of what to do if you should ever come across a dog or cat you think is lost.

Every situation is different, and it can be really tricky to know what to do in the moment.

But whether you're short on time and can only do the bare minimum, or if you're in it for the long haul until the owner is found, there are plenty of ways you can help, and thanks to the Internet, a growing number of resources available to aid in speedy reunions.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Behavior, Lost Cat, Dog Body Language, adult dog tips, puppy tips, Off Leash Dog, Calming signals, lost dog

What to Do When a Loose Dog Approaches

Posted by Mia Horberg on May 20, 2019 2:02:17 PM


On today’s episode, we give Dr. J a break and I sit down with PV's dog behavior and training expert, Cathy Madson, to discuss what you should do, and what you shouldn’t do, if you’re ever approached by an off-leash dog.

It’s a really important episode, because the answers aren’t as intuitive as you might think. So pay attention because these tips could really come in handy if you’re ever in this situation.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Behavior, Dog Body Language, adult dog tips, puppy tips, Off Leash Dog, Calming signals

Pet First Aid – What to Do and What Not to Do

Posted by Mia Horberg on May 6, 2019 8:01:51 PM


Having the right supplies and knowing what to do (and what not to do) in an emergency situation involving your pet, can literally save lives.

In this episode, Dr. J tells us what you can expect to learn at a pet first aid class, we walk through some of the essentials to keep in your kits at home and on the road, and recommend first-aid manuals and great free resources I'll link to in the post below.

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Safety, Dog Health, Cat Safety, Pain, Pet First Aid, Pet First Aid Supplies, Pet First Aid Kit, Hydrogen Peroxide, adult dog tips, puppy tips, Pet CPR, Pet Vital Signs

Spring Cleaning For Our Pets All Year Round

Posted by Mia Horberg on Apr 24, 2019 2:40:17 PM


With spring cleaning upon us, I've decided it's not only time to do the deep-cleaning the floors, carpet, and surfaces deserve right this moment, but it's time to use this celebration of sanitization to kickstart myself into better cleaning habits all year round, for myself, and my pets.

From cat trees to recirculating water fountains and beyond, Dr. J and I discuss a lot of the pet-related cleaning that we should be doing with some frequency, that many of us (myself very much included) probably aren't.

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Safety, Dog Health, Cat Safety, adult dog tips, puppy tips, paws and play, pet-safe cleaning products

Hot Under the Elizabethan Collar

Posted by Mia Horberg on Apr 8, 2019 6:33:59 PM


One of Preventive Vet's newest staff puppies, Mary Berry, just had her spay surgery done, and with it, came the Elizabethan collar that many of us humans refer to as the "Cone of Shame".

While she was banging into walls and the backs of our legs, it brought up some questions for many of us in the office, so we figured it would be a great opportunity for Dr. J to give us the lowdown on all things E-collar, including how to use desensitization training to get your dog or cat used to it before they actually have to wear it.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Health, adult dog tips, puppy tips, paws and play

Dog Daycare: What to Expect and is Your Dog a Good Fit?

Posted by Mia Horberg on Mar 25, 2019 6:44:43 PM


Contrary to what many people may believe, not every dog is cut out for doggie daycare — for a host of reasons.

So, if you're thinking about getting your puppy, or even your mature dog started at daycare, this is definitely an episode you won't want to miss.

Dr. J and Mia talk to one of Preventive Vet's newest team members, Cathy Madson, a certified dog behavior and training expert, about what to expect and not expect from a doggie daycare. Health and behavior issues to think about before and while a dog is at daycare. Red flags to turn you away from a daycare facility. And a whole lot more!

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Health, Socialization, puppy proofing, adult dog tips, puppy tips, paws and play, dog daycare

Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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New Episodes Every Other Week

Tales from the clinic and beyond
Every other week, Dr. Jason Nicholas (Dr. J), and his co-host Mia, will bring you preventive health and safety information for your cats and dogs. Dr. J started Preventive Vet in response to the many heartbreaking, and preventable cases he saw in the veterinary emergency room, and in his general practice work. Mia is an animal lover, with two fur babies of her own, and will be doing her best to represent the listeners, and get as much info out of Dr. J as she can.

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