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What are Pet Microchips and Why are They So Important?

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jun 17, 2019 2:11:36 PM

Microchipping your pets is an important topic to understand regardless of time of year, but is especially important as we head into fireworks season, when the shelters are overrun with traumatized pets fleeing the loud booms and now need help getting home.

Most pet parents have at least heard of microchips, but there is still a lot of confusion when it comes to what they actually do and the proper steps you have to take to ensure the chip is actually registered, and your contact information is updated.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, New Kitten, Microchip, Lost Cat, puppy tips, lost dog, Lost pets, Found pets

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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