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The Pet Doctor - Episode 275 When the Human/Animal Bond Goes Toxic

One of the reasons we have pets in our lives is for their companionship. The bond with canines has strengthened over the thousands of years that they have cohabitated with us…from the fringes of our human encampments to now sharing our beds. But with this bonding some issues have arisen. Call them what you may, my little shadow, super loyal dogs, Velcro dogs…these are pets that may be suffering with separation anxiety. How do you know if your dog is affected? What can you do to prevent it...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 274 Neurology Facts and Fiction

The inner workings of our pets’ bodies, like its nervous system, can appear perplexing and frightening when it doesn’t work properly. I like to demystify the body by thinking of it as a collection of commonplace items. The nervous system is like the body’s internal computer…a combination of chemical and communication systems. Information about what is happening inside and outside of the body is detected, the information is transmitted to the main processor-the brain- via phone and electric...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 273 Taking the Bite Out of What is Bugging Your Pet

I’ve heard stories of vicious mosquitoes forcing people to shelter in their homes during the summer or needing to slather themselves with lotions, potions and insecticides if they dared to venture outside. It wasn’t until I visited Minnesota one July that I was misfortunate enough to experience a dreaded bloodletting mosquito attack. It gave me a much better appreciation for the discomfort our dogs experience when being bitten by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Today’s guest is Dr. Ed...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 272 Feeding the Itchy Pet

Got a pet that itches, bites, scratches, chews, licks or just putz with itself all the time? You swear that it doesn’t have fleas. You have tried lotions, potions, and shampoos. Your veterinarian just gives you pills and pokes your pet with injections of who knows what and the skin issues persist. The answer must be in the diet. At least that is what all the pet parents at the dog park and pet store sales folks are telling you. So does your pet have a food allergy? Is grain and gluten free...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 271 Cannabis- Cats and Canines

You can’t listen to the news or peruse the internet without hearing or reading about the various uses and abuses of medical marijuana, CBD oil and hemp products. From Alaska to Maine to Florida, as of May 2018, 29 states and the district of Columbia allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. 9 states and DC permit its recreational use. 17 states have removed penalties for the use of CBD products for medicinal reason but not necessarily the use of medical marijuana. Pet owners, be aware...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 270 Stop the Fear and Enable Your Dog to Be All It Can Be

It is so embarrassing; your friends come over to visit and your dog pees on the carpet when they reach down to greet it. You laugh while at the groomers as your dog trembles so severely that they can barely hold its leg steady to trim its nails. At the veterinarians, you have to carry in your 50# Golden Doddle through the door whimpering all the way. It is just a little vaccine. What a baby…or is it? And can you do anything about it? My guest is America’s Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker. We...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 269 The Importance of Veterinary Medicine in your Everyday Life... Even if you Don’t Have Pets

Since you are listening to this podcast, it’s likely that you are a pet lover. I’ll further posit that you’ve used the services of a veterinarian to care for your pet. But are you aware that without veterinarians that the health of your pet, our food supply, wildlife, world health and your personal health would be jeopardized? Being a veterinarian, you may think that I am a bit prejudiced and you would be right. But my guest, Dr. Michael Topper, the 2017-2018 President of the American...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 268 Lub Dub... What Keeps a Pet Ticking

The heart…we often think of it in romantic terms…you stole my heart, you broke my heart, you make my heart go pitter patter but this small biological pump is so much more. The lub dub, the heart’s ability to pump blood throughout our bodies is an amazing feat of precision electromechanical and chemical coordination. But there are times when a pet’s cardiovascular system becomes diseased often with the same issues that affect their owner’s body. Thankfully there are veterinary specialists...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 267 Getting a Grip on Life

I used to love wearing spikey high heels and didn’t think anything about trekking around town on these fashion statements. But after a few close calls where I almost slipped on slick flooring I am now extremely leery. Our pets sometimes feel the same way. I know Labradoodles rarely wear Manolo Blahniks but sometimes pets just need a little assistance in being more sure footed. You’ve probably seen those crazy YouTube videos of pets sporting booties…they don’t look happy, so what is a pet...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 266 Live Long and Thrive…the Need for Enrichment for Our Pets

The Baby Boomer phenomenon is not just occurring in people. Our pets are living longer due to advances in medicine and improvements in home care. But is just living enough? Do our pets need to be mentally stimulated, enriched, in order to truly have the best quality of life…to thrive and not just survive? And what is enrichment? You buy them toys but they just don’t want to play? You invested in a fancy dancy pet monitor that tosses treats to them and they just seem bored. They are just...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 265 Humane Heroes

Merriam-Webster defines a hero as a person admired for achievements and noble qualities. For the past several years, I have been honored to have been asked to review nominations for the American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards. It has been humbling to read these submissions. It has also made me very proud to be a member of this profession. Do you know a veterinary professional who has made a difference in your life, in the life of your pet or your community? Take...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 264 Vaccine Myths

The debate over the need and safety of vaccines in pets and people seems to always be in the news. Is their risk worth their purported benefits? Do vaccines cause autism in children? Do vaccines cause cancer in pets? You got your flu vaccine last year and you still came down with the flu…what gives? To answer questions on vaccines in pets is my guest Liza Rudolph. She is a boarded veterinary technician specialist in Canine and Feline Clinical Practice along with Small Animal Internal...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 263 Better Health Through Poobiotics

Your dog or cat having tummy troubles? Poobiotics may be the answer. And no that wasn’t a slip of the tongue, I meant poobiotic and not probiotics. With the intestinal tract being the largest immune system in the body, keeping your dog and cats gut healthy is one of the best ways to keep your pet’s body in top shape. Through a process known as fecal transplantation, poop from a healthy pet is given to one with GI malfunction, helping to reestablish a robust and viat intestinal micro...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 262 National Pet Health Survey

You know that your pets make your life happier and healthier. Studies have shown that pets lower blood pressure, decrease your chances of having heart attacks, can enhance your community interactions. But did you know that even your indoor cat and canine companion that only cruises the neighborhood are sentinels for world health? My guest is Dr. Megan Mehaffey. She is a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research Development. We will discuss how...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 261 Genetically Modified Pets

You may be diametrically opposed to genetically modified food. You would never buy a product that has had its DNA tampered with. You’re concerned that this reportedly bigger, better, larger, hardier food could affect your health in the long term. But do you realize that your pet’s DNA has been modified and many of the diseases we see in our cats and dogs is due to these alterations? To discuss the top genetic diseases that affect our feline and canine companions is my guest Dr. Jerold...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 260 Fall Hazards

Fall… what a phenomenal time of year. A chill in the air...a perfect excuse for snuggling with your pet. And want to get a little exercise…how about a walk through leaf strewn trials to enjoy the colors and sounds of a changing season. If you are a hunter, time to hit the fields with your trusty canine to fill the larder with game. Maybe your hunting is for tasty mushrooms with which to flavor your evening meals. But do you know which ones are safe to eat? Does your dog? Fall can also be a...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 259 The Fungus Among Us

Like, wow man…. mention Valley Fever and you may like have totally gnarly visions of the 1980’s and Tom Petty’s song ‘Free Falling’…the killer rad anthem to the California’s San Fernando Valley lifestyle. This however is a grody to the max disease that can duh fatally affect people and animals in the Southwest of you know the U.S. My righteous guest is veterinarian, Dr. Christine Butkiewicz… OK, I promise, is the last of my Valley speak for this segment…like what ever. More details on...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 258 What We Need for a ‘Bat-ter’ Life

Through the ages, the way we view bats has been tainted by stories like Dracula and Batman. Champions of good or evil blood sucking Transylvanian royalty, in reality, bats serve an essential role in our ecosystem and they need our help. This show, the Pet Doctor, is about pets but I am not advocating that you keep these amazing creatures as companions. My hope is to dispel some of the myths about bats and to better understand their behaviors, biology, and our interdependence. This way we can...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 257 Crying Out for Help

There is a major epidemic in the United States…people addicted to pain control medications. It can start out innocently enough but then spiral out of control, often with dire consequences. Sadly, I see too many pets with an issue at the other end of the spectrum…in pain but the suffering is not appreciated by their caregivers. Providing your pet with the best quality of life depends on you recognizing when your pet is in pain, understanding the pathways that lead to pain, knowing how to find...


The Pet Doctor - Episode 256 When to be Rattled if Your Pet is Bitten by a Snake

If you don’t like snakes, you had better move to Alaska, Hawaii or Maine, otherwise no matter where you live in the United States, you are sharing geography with at least one of the 20 venomous snakes that call the U.S. home. You and your pet may encounter one when out for a walk or playing in your backyard. They can even slither into your home unnoticed. Imagine the scene…suddenly your pet is crying in pain or favoring a body part. Is it because of an insect bite, broken limb or snake...