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Why is the Sky Blue

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jul 23, 2018 6:01:24 PM

On this episode of Paws & Play with Dr. J, we decided to have some fun, switch things up a bit and see if we could stump Dr. J with some of the most popular random questions related to dogs and cats being asked on the Internet.

If you've ever been curious as to why cats love boxes, why dogs love to eat cat poop, or what exactly dewclaws are for, you'll get a kick out of this episode.

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Topics: Dog Tips, Cat Tips, paws and play, supplements for cats, supplements for dogs

What's up with Supplements

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jul 9, 2018 12:03:30 PM

If you've been curious about putting your dog or cat on supplements, this is the episode for you! It turns out, they can help with a variety of ailments, skin issues, and anxiety.

Dr. J and I talk about different supplements to give for proactive/preventive measures vs. reactive/diagnostic. Plus, some of the things to look for when choosing a supplement, particularly because there isn't a lot of regulation.

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Topics: Dog Tips, Cat Tips, paws and play, supplements for cats, supplements for dogs

Keeping Our Pets Cool in the Heat

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jul 2, 2018 3:04:42 PM

It's been a rather cool start to the summer here in the Pacific Northwest, but temperatures have already been soaring past 100 degrees in other parts of the country.

I don't do very well in extreme heat, so I can only imagine what it's like for our animal friends who rely on us to keep them cool and safe!

On this episode of Paws and Play with Dr. J, we go over a bit of what heat stroke is, animals who are potentially more at risk of suffering heat stroke, and then some fun ways to keep them safe indoors and out.

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Topics: Signs of Heat Stroke, Heat Exhaustion in Dogs, Heat Stroke in Cats, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Heat Stroke Risk Factors, paws and play, tips to keep pets cool

BYOP (Bring Your Own Pet): Paws & Play with Dr. J Episode 5

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jun 11, 2018 5:02:33 PM

The week of June 18-22 is Take Your Pet to Work Week. And if the photo to the left is any indication, my cat, Mazel, is dropping some hints that he'd like to participate.

Of course, just because you can bring your dog or cat (or goat?) to work, doesn't mean that you always should.

On this episode of Paws and Play with Dr. J, we discuss a lot to consider for everyone involved, including the property managers, HR, fellow employees, and what you need to think of on behalf of your pets.

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Topics: Pet Proofing, Pet Suffocation, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, paws and play, pet-friendly policy, bring your pet to work week, office safety

Mosquitos, Mo-Problems: Paws & Play with Dr. J Episode 4

Posted by Mia Horberg on May 29, 2018 2:15:43 PM

This is part two of our discussion about parasites, and apparently it came just in time!

There's a new CDC warning about the dangers of fleas, ticks and mosquitos for humans, and a new study saying most pet owners are oblivious to tick-borne illnessesThey're not oblivious, they just haven't listened to our podcasts yet!


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Topics: Heartworm, Parasites, Heartworm Preventatives, Parasite Preventatives, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Giardia, Intestinal Worms, Mosquitos, Pet Travel Safety

Fleas, and ticks, and mange — oh my: Paws & Play with Dr. J Episode 3

Posted by Mia Horberg on May 14, 2018 7:44:53 PM

We are totally buggin' out on today's episode! In keeping with our theme of unappetizing subjects, Dr. J and Mia discuss fleas, ticks, and answer a listener question about sarcoptic mange.

We go into different types of preventatives and treatment options, and also include a warning for all of the pet parents with both dogs and cats at home.

And since they are plentiful, we'll be exploring other parasites in a follow-up to this episode.

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Topics: fleas in home, Parasites, Parasite Preventatives, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Mites, flea preventatives, Ticks, Sarcoptic Mange

Hidden Dangers in the Yard and Garden: Paws & Play with Dr. J Episode 2

Posted by Mia Horberg on Apr 30, 2018 2:59:08 PM

I'm not sure what it's like in your neck of the woods, but in the Pacific Northwest, the weather almost seems like it's ready to act like Spring. In fact, I was finally able to mow my lawn this past weekend (ok, part of it anyway), and see all of the new, and unusual plants and weeds popping up.

So, to help us all get our yards ready, and safer for our animals to play in with us, Dr. J and I talk about some of the known, but also a lot of the hidden dangers in our yards and gardens.

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Topics: Lily Toxicity in Cats, Stargazer Lily, Lily Flowers, Easter Lily, Snails, Slugs, Toxicity in dogs, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Amanita mushrooms, Mushroom identification, Death cap mushrooms, Poisonous mushrooms for dogs, sago palms, Cocoa mulch, pool safety

How to Help Dogs and Cats with Allergies: Paws & Play Episode 1

Posted by Mia Horberg on Apr 9, 2018 12:31:33 PM

Pictured here is my dog, Marshall. He loves rolling in the grass as much as I love wearing sweatpants and drinking wine. He is, of course, allergic to grass, which has put a damper on a lot of our outdoor fun time. So, for our very
 first Paws & Play podcast episode, Dr. J and I do a deep dive into how to help dogs and cats with environmental and food-related allergies. We discuss symptoms to look out for, preventive measures you can take, some different treatment options, and a lot of ways to help keep your pets comfortable as they're dealing with the pain and inflammation (and you're dealing with hearing the nonstop licking).

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Topics: Flea Allergies, Scratching, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Itchiness, Allergies, Environmental Allergies, Food Allergies

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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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