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How to Have the Best Halloween with Your Pets

Posted by Mia Horberg on Oct 20, 2018 11:48:51 AM

Halloween is probably my favorite time of year. It's a magical time when people let their creativity shine! And we're not the only ones dressing up — our dogs and cats are now being transformed into Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Chewbacca, Mr. Rogers, and other superheroes.

This episode, Dr. J and I discuss what makes a good Halloween costume for pets, fun ideas for celebrating with them, and of course, how to keep things safe for everyone. If you've got a photo of your animals dressed up, please share them with us, we'd love to see them!

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Topics: Dog Tips, Cat Tips, paws and play, Best pet products

How to Choose the Right Collar, Harness, Leash or Lead (and Why it Matters)

Posted by Mia Horberg on Oct 1, 2018 10:18:00 AM

If you're like me, the variety of leashes, leads, collars, and harnesses can make shopping for them an incredibly overwhelming experienceAlso if you're like me, you may be left scratching your head as to why there are so many options.

So, I asked Dr. J to tell me a bit more about the variety of products on the market, why you would want to choose one over another, and why you should absolutely stay away from certain products like retractable leashes, choke & prong collars.

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Topics: Leashes, Dog Collars, Loose-leash Walking, Walking on a Leash, Harness, Dangers of retractable leashes, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Cat Collars, paws and play, Best pet products

Cat Can't Pee? Go to the Vet ASAP!

Posted by Mia Horberg on Sep 17, 2018 11:31:18 AM

If your cat is going into the litter box frequently, straining to pee, or can't pee, stop what you're doing and bring them to your vet or the emergency vet immediately.

Thankfully, this was something I learned early on in my career here at Preventive Vet, because when my cat, Mazel, started exhibiting these symptoms I was able to jump into action and address what ended up being a urethral obstruction before it could do too much damage, or become fatal.

This episode, I share my story in the hopes that it will spread awareness and help others more quickly identify the symptoms, and Dr. J answers some of my post-hospital questions, as well as offers some tips for preventing re-obstruction.

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Topics: Cat Emergency, should I buy pet insurance, Feline Urethral Obstruction, My cat can't pee, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, paws and play, uo, cat pain

Stopping the Insanity of Pet Obesity

Posted by Mia Horberg on Sep 4, 2018 5:34:02 PM

The battle of the bulge is a painful one I've fought repeatedly — and if watching the news in the last few decades has taught me anything, it's that I'm not alone. Unfortunately, the trend towards packing on the pounds is one that we have passed down to our animal companions.

The good news is, once we stop and take accountability for the extra servings, we also realize it is within our power to help our overweight cats and dogs. On today's episode, we discuss the pet obesity epidemic, and provide some simple ways to eliminate extra calories — and you won't even feel like a meanie!

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Topics: Dog Tips, Cat Tips, paws and play, Pet Obesity

Much Ado About Brushing: How to Keep Our Pets' Teeth Clean When We Don't Brush Them Regularly

Posted by Mia Horberg on Aug 20, 2018 4:12:30 PM

Did you know that we're supposed to brush our dog and cats' teeth daily? Me neither! And it turns out, most pet owners, including vets, haven't been the best at keeping up with our pets' oral health.

Don't fret, all is not lost. On today's show, Dr. J shares tips and recommendations for better oral health. And as he shares, the best solution, is the one you will actually put into action.

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Topics: pet dental, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, paws and play, feline dental health, canine dental health

Get Your Licks On Route 66

Posted by Mia Horberg on Aug 7, 2018 11:54:50 AM

Road trips and big moves can be a lot of fun, or filled with stress. When you add animals to the equation, the opportunities for either scenario are multiplied.

On today's episode, we're sharing tips for successfully hitting the road with our furry companions — from what to pack, to how to use the bathroom when traveling alone.

If you've got great travel tips to add, leave us a comment and share it with the community!


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Topics: Travel Sickness, travel anxiety, Traveling with your cat, Traveling with your dog, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Pet Travel Safety, paws and play

Why is the Sky Blue

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jul 23, 2018 3:01:24 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 9:03:30 AM

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 12:04:42 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 2:02:33 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

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Tips & Awareness for Happy Tails
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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