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Pet First Aid – What to Do and What Not to Do

Posted by Mia Horberg on May 6, 2019 5:01:51 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 11:40:17 AM

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

Hot Under the Elizabethan Collar

Posted by Mia Horberg on Apr 8, 2019 3:33:59 PM

One of Preventive Vet's newest staff puppies, Mary Berry, just had her spay surgery done, and with it, came the Elizabethan collar that many of us humans refer to as the "Cone of Shame".

While she was banging into walls and the backs of our legs, it brought up some questions for many of us in the office, so we figured it would be a great opportunity for Dr. J to give us the lowdown on all things E-collar, including how to use desensitization training to get your dog or cat used to it before they actually have to wear it.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Health, adult dog tips, puppy tips, paws and play

Dog Daycare: What to Expect and is Your Dog a Good Fit?

Posted by Mia Horberg on Mar 25, 2019 3:44:43 PM

Contrary to what many people may believe, not every dog is cut out for doggie daycare — for a host of reasons.

So, if you're thinking about getting your puppy, or even your mature dog started at daycare, this is definitely an episode you won't want to miss.

Dr. J and Mia talk to one of Preventive Vet's newest team members, Cathy Madson, a certified dog behavior and training expert, about what to expect and not expect from a doggie daycare. Health and behavior issues to think about before and while a dog is at daycare. Red flags to turn you away from a daycare facility. And a whole lot more!

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Health, Socialization, puppy proofing, adult dog tips, puppy tips, paws and play, dog daycare

Pet Noise Anxieties: Start the New Year with Less of a Bang

Posted by Mia Horberg on Dec 18, 2018 10:28:44 AM

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, noise aversions

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

Posted by Mia Horberg on Dec 4, 2018 1:38:46 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

The All Natural Sugar Substitute That is Toxic for Dogs: Xylitol Awareness

Posted by Mia Horberg on Nov 19, 2018 3:42:14 PM

While this is not a particularly "fun" episode, this is an incredibly important one. Xylitol is an all natural sugar substitute found in an increasing number of products, including some peanut butters, and it is absolutely deadly to dogs.

I can tell you that if I didn't work at Preventive Vet, I probably wouldn't know about Xylitol toxicity (or Xylitol at all), and that is a dangerous place for a dog owner to be, which is why spreading awareness is so important. On today's show, we talk about what Xylitol is, signs that your dog may have ingested Xylitol, important steps to take (immediately) if you know or suspect that your dog has ingested Xylitol, and how you can help other dogs and their families and #GetXylitolOut.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Health, Xylitol, puppy proofing, adult dog tips, puppy tips, paws and play, #IfOnlyIKnew, common products toxic to dogs

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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Tips & Awareness for Happy Tails
Twice a month, host Mia and regular co-hosts Dr. J and Cathy, bring you entertaining health, safety, lifestyle, and training information for your cats and dogs.

Mia is an animal lover, with three fur babies of her own, and will be doing her best to represent the listeners, and get as much info out of her guests as she can.

Dr. J is a co-founder of Preventive Vet and is passionate about keeping your pets healthy and safe. He is also the author of the 101 Essential Tips series of fun, informative, and kid-friendly books.

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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