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Blue-Green Algae Toxicity Awareness (Episode 42)

Posted by Jason Nicholas, BVetMed on Aug 30, 2020 5:13:55 PM

It’s summer time and the living, well, it’s not that easy this year. If you’re looking for an escape from the heat, the indoors, and everything else going on in the world, there’s a good chance you’ll head towards somewhere with water.

Dr. J joined me virtually to talk about the dangers of blue-green algae, some resources available to help you take preventive measures to identify and avoid it, and what to look out for in case your dog is starting to show symptoms of its toxic effects.

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Topics: Dogs

How To Prepare Your Dog for Baby's Arrival (Episode 41)

Posted by Mia Horberg on Aug 16, 2020 5:38:19 PM

Preparing for the arrival of a baby is an incredibly exciting, but also highly stressful time. There's purchases to be made, books to read, classes to take, and of course baby-proofing to worry about.

When you've got a dog at home, there are even more considerations and precautions to take to ensure the entire family's safety, comfort, and security. This includes a safe space for your dog — possibly beyond what you already have set up.

Special guest, certified dog trainer and founder of Pawsitive Transformation, Jennifer Anderson, is back with great tips for setting your growing family up for success.

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Topics: Dogs, Dogs and Babies

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

Kids and Dog Safety with Jennifer Anderson (Episode 37)

Posted by Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA on Apr 19, 2020 1:12:15 PM

The current coronavirus pandemic means that children are being homeschooled and many parents are working from home. The entire family, including your dog, is spending non-stop quality time together.

Does your dog seem more stressed with all the extra hubbub going on all day? Are you wondering what you can do to make sure the kids and dogs both stay safe while you get some work done in the office? Want to learn how to get your kids involved with caring for and training the family dog?Do you have a new puppy at home? Click here to learn more about raising a puppy during COVID-19.

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Topics: Dogs, Puppy

Pets and COVID-19: What We Know and Tips For Staying Safe (Episode 36)

Posted by Jason Nicholas, BVetMed on Apr 6, 2020 12:45:36 PM


We know many pet owners have questions about whether the coronavirus affects their dogs and cats — and are also worried about the implications of veterinary clinics needing to change the way they provide care due to social distancing rules.

There's also a lot of new puppy owners left scratching their heads wondering how to socialize their puppies while social distancing.

I sat down (virtually, of course) with Paws & Play host, Mia, to talk about what pet owners need to know about coronavirus and their cats and dogs, including awareness around everyday hazards that are potentially even more dangerous now that everyone is home all the time. Listen to the podcast below and let us know what questions you have in the comments!

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Topics: Kittens, Dogs, Puppy, Cat, puppy shots

Getting a Second Dog: Things to Consider (Episode 35)

Posted by Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA on Mar 2, 2020 9:11:42 AM


Are you thinking of adding a second dog to your family?

Whether you're getting a puppy or adopting an older dog, adding another furry friend to your life means a lot of change — especially for your current dog.

In this episode we walk through what you should consider when wanting to add another pup, along with how to find the right fit for your first dog.

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Topics: Dogs, Puppy

Canine Separation Anxiety and Calmer Canine (Episode 34)

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jan 17, 2020 3:01:01 PM


Separation anxiety is a heartbreaking condition that effects 1 in 7 dogs (that's 13 million dogs in the United States alone).

My own dogs suffer from separation anxiety and it has made it very difficult for me to leave the house. When I am away, I stress out thinking about how they're doing, which makes me a lot less fun to be with at social gatherings. Heck, it's even put the kibosh on most vacation dreams.

Thankfully, there is hope! On today's show, Preventive Vet's own certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, Cathy Madson, and I are joined by special guest, Dr. Judy Korman, veterinarian and Chief Business Officer for Assisi Animal Health. Dr. Korman is a part of the development team, along with engineers and neurobiologists, that created a breakthrough drug-free therapy to help dogs with separation anxiety.

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Topics: Dogs, Separation Anxiety, Recommended Products

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

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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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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