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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

A Plan for Pets: Emergency and Estate Planning that Includes Your Dog and Cat (Episode 40)

Posted by Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA on Jul 26, 2020 3:32:37 PM

What will happen to your pet if you're no longer able to care for them? The current COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized how crucial it is that pet owners take the time to plan out their cat or dog's care plan in case you become ill or are no longer able to care for them. Our pets are counting on us to have a backup plan.

In this episode of Paws and Play, we talk with Debra Hamilton of Hamilton Law & Mediation, about why it's important to have a plan in place in case you get sick, injured, or pass away. She also shares with us tips for deciding who to choose as your pet's caregiver, who needs to know about the emergency pet care plan (your chosen caretaker, your lawyer, and your veterinarian), and how much money you should consider setting aside to provide for your pet's long-term care.

From pet trusts, to living wills, and final wills, Debra has created an amazing program called the MAAP Pet Care Planning Blueprint. And, as Debra says, "I'm not dead yet!" It isn't just about planning for what will happen to our pets when we aren't around anymore. Things like broken ankles, hospitalization, transitioning into a long-term adult healthcare or hospice facility, or accidents that happen while traveling can also affect your pet's situation. In an uncertain time, having a plan in place to protect our beloved pets will give you some peace of mind.

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Topics: Dogs, Cats, Estate Planning

Winter Pet Health and Safety Tips (Episode 33)

Posted by Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA on Dec 17, 2019 4:08:02 PM


Winter hasn't even technically begun but the temperatures are dropping and some places around the U.S. have already seen some heavy snow. While it's easy for us to bundle up and ensure our comfort and safety, our dogs and cats are relying on us to help do the same for them.

On this episode of the Paws & Play with Dr. J podcast, we talk about the different steps you can easily take to help keep your pets healthy and safe. Check out the resources below for tips and tricks for 

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Topics: Dogs, Cats, Winter pet hazards

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

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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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