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Mia Horberg

Mia Horberg
Mia Horberg is a Digital Marketing Strategist at Preventive Vet, and when she's not working, she is forcing her wife to watch Jeopardy!, producing Couch to 5k podcasts, but mostly playing helicopter parent to her Frenchie, Marshall Jolie-Pitt, and her exotic shorthair, Mazel von Schmear Visage. A lover of all animals, Mia is also lucky enough to volunteer at a rescue where she gets to cuddle goats, sheep, llamas, and turkeys every week.
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Everything You Need to Know About Fostering Cats (Episode 43)

Posted by Mia Horberg on Sep 17, 2020 12:19:49 PM

Fostering cats can be an incredibly rewarding experience. With a little bit of space, some patience, and a whole lot of love, you can make a huge difference in the lives of not just the cats, but their future forever homes.

Tune in to this episode of our Paws & Play podcast to hear more about what fostering is and what it isn't — and use the resources below to help guide you in your potential foster journey.

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Topics: Cats

How To Prepare Your Dog for Baby's Arrival (Episode 41)

Posted by Mia Horberg on Aug 16, 2020 5:38:19 PM

Preparing for the arrival of a baby is an incredibly exciting, but also highly stressful time. There's purchases to be made, books to read, classes to take, and of course baby-proofing to worry about.

When you've got a dog at home, there are even more considerations and precautions to take to ensure the entire family's safety, comfort, and security. This includes a safe space for your dog — possibly beyond what you already have set up.

Special guest, certified dog trainer and founder of Pawsitive Transformation, Jennifer Anderson, is back with great tips for setting your growing family up for success.

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Topics: Dogs, Dogs and Babies

Dog Trainer Tips: Puppy Nipping and Biting (Episode 39)

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jun 6, 2020 1:18:00 PM

For some people, one of the most frustrating things about raising a puppy is dealing with nipping and biting. The good news is that it’s entirely normal for your puppy to want to nip and chew on any and everything they see — the bad news is that their needle-sharp puppy teeth can really hurt! You don’t want your puppy’s nipping turning into a lifelong habit. But, with consistent training and redirection, you can nip your puppy’s biting in the bud!

Beyond just nipping at you or other people, puppy mouths can get them in a lot of trouble. Puppies live as if nothing is off limits and want to put everything in their mouths. Besides working on nipping behavior as outlined below, make sure you start off with puppy proofing your home to help keep them out of danger.

Read on for tips on curbing puppy nipping, how to keep it from developing into a habit, and how to teach your puppy proper bite inhibition and impulse control.

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Adding Another Cat to Your Family (Episode 38)

Posted by Mia Horberg on May 4, 2020 2:02:27 PM

Welcoming a new cat into your home can be a wonderful experience — it also has the potential to stir up some drama.

On today’s show, certified feline trainer and behavior consultant, Dr. Marci Koski, from Feline Behavior Solutions, is back and talking about how to add another cat to your family in a way that makes your new cat and your established cat feel safe and comfortable.

We go over things to consider on behalf of your existing cat before choosing your new kitty, Marci’s preferred method for introductions step by step, how ease into it, and what to do if things aren’t going as well as you hoped.

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Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Tips

Canine Separation Anxiety and Calmer Canine (Episode 34)

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jan 17, 2020 3:01:01 PM


Separation anxiety is a heartbreaking condition that effects 1 in 7 dogs (that's 13 million dogs in the United States alone).

My own dogs suffer from separation anxiety and it has made it very difficult for me to leave the house. When I am away, I stress out thinking about how they're doing, which makes me a lot less fun to be with at social gatherings. Heck, it's even put the kibosh on most vacation dreams.

Thankfully, there is hope! On today's show, Preventive Vet's own certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, Cathy Madson, and I are joined by special guest, Dr. Judy Korman, veterinarian and Chief Business Officer for Assisi Animal Health. Dr. Korman is a part of the development team, along with engineers and neurobiologists, that created a breakthrough drug-free therapy to help dogs with separation anxiety.

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Topics: Dogs, Separation Anxiety, Recommended Products

Senior Pets - Small Changes Can Make Big Impact (Episode 31)

Posted by Mia Horberg on Oct 3, 2019 2:07:39 PM


After recording the first podcast in our senior pet series, on the benefits of senior pet adoption, my wife and I went ahead and dove headfirst into that challenge and picked up our newest 10 year old family member just a month or so later.

Before picking up, Mabel (formerly Peanut, who you will hear more about on a future episode), we knew she was dealing with a few health issues, including Pug Myelopathy (weak rear) and we would have to be making some adjustments around the house to ensure her safety.

Our French Bulldog, Marshall, while blessed with very few serious issues, has developed some IVDD over his 11 ½ years, so we had already made some adjustments to the house prior to her arrival.

Unfortunately, Marshall's sight isn't what it used to be and it's hard to tell whether they are both hearing impaired or just ignoring me (I think a combo of both), but it's safe to assume there will need to be more adjustments in the near future.

This episode I ask Dr. J and certified dog trainer and behavior consultant Cathy Madson for advice, tips, and tricks for making sure I am doing everything I can to provide my senior pups, and my cat who will eventually be a senior, with the best quality of life as they grow older and their needs change.

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Topics: Dogs, Cats, Senior Pets, hearing loss, Arthritis, Mobility Issues

Cats Spraying: Why They Do It And How To Stop It

Posted by Mia Horberg on Sep 12, 2019 9:18:11 AM


We're back with certified feline trainer and behavior consultant, Dr. Marci Koski, to do a deeper dive into cat spraying.

We know cat spraying is one of the most frustrating — and stinky — issues cat owners deal with, and it's also a major contributor to cat relinquishment, and even euthanasia.

So, to avoid the stress and anything else that may potentially come with it, Marci provides some great ideas for doing your own sleuthing to figure out the underlying issues as to why your cat is spraying, and then gives some great suggestions for helping stop this unwanted behavior.

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Topics: Cat Health, Litter Box, Feline Urethral Obstruction, Cat spraying, Cat pee

Cats Peeing Outside the Litter Box: Causes, Prevention, and Solutions

Posted by Mia Horberg on Aug 14, 2019 12:55:49 PM


Cats peeing outside of the litter box is one of the most frustrating (and stinky) issues a cat owner can face.

Contrary to what many people think, kitties aren't spraying on the walls, peeing on clothes, or eliminating outside of the litter box just for vindictive funsies. But, they are trying to tell you something.

Feline trainer and behavior consultant, Dr. Marci Koski, is back to talk about the many reasons your cat could be spraying or having litter box issues.

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Topics: Cat Health, Litter Box, Feline Urethral Obstruction, Cat spraying, Cat pee

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

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jul 29, 2019 2:28:51 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 3:30:30 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

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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Twice a month, host Mia and regular co-host, Cathy, bring you entertaining health, safety, lifestyle, and training information for your cats and dogs.

Mia is an animal lover, who is lucky enough to be owned by her kitty, Mazel, and senior pug, Mabel. In her off-time she and her wife volunteer at a goat rescue, watch Golden Girls & Psych marathons, and celebrate Halloween and Christmas all year round.

Cathy is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant who believes that dog training is a lifestyle and should never feel like a chore. When she's not talking dogs, she's probably reading about them while enjoying a nice glass of pinot noir.

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