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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

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

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

How to Deal with Noise Aversions: Start the New Year with Less of a Bang

Posted by Mia Horberg on Dec 18, 2018 1:28:44 PM


New Years is just over two weeks away, and while the sound of champagne bottles popping almost never goes off in my home, fireworks booming nearby, and a frenzied vacuum making its way around the house before guests arrive both happen way more often throughout the year than I'd like.

For some animals, these noises instill fear that literally makes them feel as though the sky is falling. And it doesn't take a loud boom, sometimes it can be something as common as a microwave beep, or the popping of bubblewrap.

Thankfully, there are a lot of different tools, resources, and desensitization and counterconditioning techniques you can use with your dog or cat, to help them understand everything will be ok. Don't forget, the best plans are made early, and tested early.

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Safety, Dog Health, Cat Safety, New Kitten, holiday pet safety tips, Cat Tips, Noise Phobias, puppy proofing, adult dog tips, puppy tips, paws and play, noise aversions

What to Consider Before Getting a Pet for the Holidays (or ever)

Posted by Mia Horberg on Dec 4, 2018 4:38:46 PM


The gift-giving season has arrived, and for many children (and adults), a cute, snuggly dog or cat is on the list of what they are wishing for.

Over the years, there has been a lot of controversy when it comes to whether or not gifting a pet for the holidays is a good, or terrible, idea.

Thankfully, from the data currently being reported, it seems as though a Hanukkah Husky, Christmas Calico, or Kwanzaa King Charles Spaniel isn't such a bad idea...as long as you do it the right way. On today's episode, Dr. J and I go over the pros and cons, lots of things to take into consideration, and if you decide to add a new family member, tips for setting yourself (and them) up for success.

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Safety, Dog Health, Cat Safety, New Kitten, holiday pet safety tips, Cat Tips, puppy proofing, adult dog tips, puppy tips, paws and play, common products toxic to dogs

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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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