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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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Recent Posts

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

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


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 3:55:49 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 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

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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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