Podcast: Pet Poisoning Risks

A few months back there was quite the scare about feeding dogs peanut butter. It wasn’t actually the peanut butter, but the artificial sweetener, Xylitol, found in some peanut butters that was making pets sick.

Occasionally there are new hazards like this introduced to our pets, so we wanted to take a few minutes to talk with Dr. Patrick Mahaney about some of the latest trends in pet poisoning and toxicity.

Dr. Patrick will talk a bit more about the Xylitol risks, as well as other common household items that may pose a threat for your pet. Some of them might surprise you.

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Podcast: Dr. Mahaney's Tips for All Ages

We Embrace pets of all ages, young and old, and everyone in between. So, we wanted to chat with Dr. Patrick Mahaney about all the things that come with different ages and stages, including health, behavior, exercise and diet. Tune in to our latest podcast to learn more about:

  • When we should consider our pets adults or seniors, and what does that even mean
  • Helping senior pets have a healthy diet
  • How to safely exercise your pets, young and old alike
  • What the routine checkup requirements are for your pets as they age

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Podcast: Your Intro to Pet Dental Cleanings

Happy Pet Dental Month! It’s not quite as cute and rosy as Valentine’s Day or Groundhog’s Day (though it may be a bit cuddlier than President’s day, depending on which President you’re thinking of), but it’s important and we’re in the mood to discuss all things toothy with Dr. Patrick Mahaney in this month’s podcast.

Get ready to learn:

  • What’s done during a dental cleaning?
  • Are there any side effects from dental cleaning?
  • Does your dog or cat really need a dental cleaning?
  • What’s the deal with anesthesia free dentals?
  • Are there any things we can do to help keep our pet’s teeth healthy between cleanings?

Questions about pet dentals? Ask them in the comments here and our team will get answers for you.

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Podcast: Pet Nutrition Fact and Fiction

In a world full of fad diets and million dollar advertising campaigns, how are you supposed to sift through the filler to find the right food for your pet?

This month, Dr. Patrick Mahaney and Laura Bennett dive into the world of pet nutrition and help you separate fact from fiction when it comes to what to feed your pet. Here's what they'll cover:

  • Do the foods that tout added nutrients for things like joint health really help my dog?
  • What's the difference when a food is specially for seniors or puppies? Is it really valuable to switch foods as your pet ages?
  • What are the best budget-conscious options for dogs with food allergies?
  • If a dog will only eat once a day, is that a problem? Should he be eating more, smaller meals?
  • Do cats really need wet food?
  • What can you do to help an obese cat lose weight?

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Podcast: Making Vet Visits Fear-Free

Dr. Marty BeckerThis month’s podcast features an extra special guest. As we’re discussing “taking your pet to the vet,” who better to chat with than the creator of the groundbreaking fear-free movement, Dr. Marty Becker. Dr. Becker joins Dr. Patrick Mahaney and Laura Bennett to discuss not only the importance of seeking veterinary attention, but also the health and wellness benefits of reducing stress in pet patients. The doctors explain how some of their techniques and tricks help pets be more at ease and create a safer experience for all involved. You’ll want to listen in to learn more about what you as the pet parent can do to make veterinary care a more enjoyable experience. There’s even suggests on how to make your home a more zen-like space for your pet. They’ll discuss the benefits of some old-school practices such as house calls, and some new fear-free care techniques, making this a conversation you (and your anxious pet) won’t want to miss.

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Podcast: Pets and Popular Culture

Laura NativoThis month’s podcast brings you a little something extra. As we’re talking about Pets and Pop Culture, we thought we’d bring in dog trainer and pet lifestyle expert Laura Nativo. We’re veering away from our usual Q&A format and geeking out a bit about pets in Hollywood. Dr. Patrick Mahaney dishes about some of his A-list celebrity clients (you’ll have to listen to find out who!) and Laura shares some behind the scenes stories, and how she turned them into trainable moments. We’ll learn about the life of a celebrity pet on set and more. Tune in.

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Podcast: Summer Dangers 2015

The number of calls from pet parents looking for pet insurance quotes tends to increase in the summer, especially on Mondays. There’s no strong logic as to why, but my years on the phone clued me in to the fact that the weekend warriors play extra hard during the summer months, and their pets are often in on the action. Swallowed corn cobs at family reunions and rattlesnake bites on hikes during road trips were certainly common summertime issues, right along with the boring, but still costly, allergies, bug bites, and sun burns.

We’re 100% in support of summer fun, but also 100% in support of safety, which is why we sat down with Dr. Patrick Mahaney to get his advice on the best ways to enjoy your summer without injury or unexpected vet visits. Here's what we're covering:

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Podcast: Pet Cancer Awareness with Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Our ongoing discussion about pet cancers has been quite informative and we’ve partnered up with Dr. Patrick Mahaney to continue this conversation, bringing you more on the following cancer-related questions:

  • What we can do to prevent cancer in our pets?
  • What are the most common cancers and what breeds are most likely affected by a diagnosis?
  • What are the recommended steps if you find a lump on your pet?
  • What should I expect when your pet needs chemo?

Dr. Mahaney will also share some helpful resources in the event that you find yourself caregiver to a pet with cancer, and will update us on any new cancer treatments coming over the horizon.

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Podcast: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Animal cruelty certainly isn’t a topic we looked forward to discussing, but as responsible pet parents, it’s up to all of us to help the animals in our community. After all, we are their voice. So, it’s up to us to advocate for animals that are being neglected or abused.

But sometimes it’s hard to even know where to begin. What are the signs of neglect? When does neglect cross over to cruelty? How can we help? This month, our friend and fellow animal advocate Dr. Patrick Mahaney helps us help those that cannot help themselves.

In our podcast we’ll answer:

  • What should I do if I witness someone being cruel to their animals? Who do I report that to?
  • How do I recognize if a "breeder" is actually a puppy mill?
  • How do you talk to someone who crosses the line from what you think is helping, to actually hurting animals?
  • What signs might indicate a pet is being abused?
  • Do veterinarians have “mandatory reporter” requirements if they think a pet is being abused?
  • If you adopt a pet that you suspect or you know has been abused in the past, what do you recommend you do to combat the long-lasting effects of that abuse, particularly behavioral issues?

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Podcast: Purebred vs. Mixed Breed Questions Answered by Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Whether you’re a breed loyalist or dedicated rescuer, there’s always more to learn about our four-legged best friends. The best pet for your home may not be one that would fit well in your neighbor’s. So how can we know what type of pet would make our ideal companion?

In this month’s podcast, Chief Embracer Laura Bennett and Dr. Patrick Mahaney tackle questions about what to look for in a breeder, doggie DNA tests, and more:

  • Is there are any truth to the rumor that mixed breeds are actually healthier than purebred pets?
  • With the popularity of "designer" hybrid mixes, are there any breed combos people should shy away from?
  • What are some red flags that you may be dealing with a commercial breeder/puppy mill?
  • When it comes to working with a reputable breeder, what should you look for in terms of their contracts and health testing requirements?
  • Are there significant differences in temperament between a purebred and a mixed breed?
  • How reliable are pet DNA tests? Would a DNA test help identify breed traits that can affect health, nutrition, behavior/training and exercise decisions?

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