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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Podcast: Talking Kids and Pets with Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Most folks agree that there’s nothing sweeter than kids with pets, but it’s not always easy to have both. Many of us at Embrace have both four and two legged little ones at home, and we know that the balance can be a bit tricky sometimes. Managing everyone’s’ needs for exercise, care, and attention, while integrating animals and children safely requires some skill. We’ve checked in with Dr. Mahaney to help you keep everyone happy, healthy, and safe.

Dr. Mahaney helps us with the following questions:

  • What's the best way to build positive experiences for kids to help them reduce their fears surrounding pets?
  • Are there any illnesses parents should be worried about kids passing to pets or vice versa?
  • What's the best way to get a pup ready for new baby?
  • Any good tricks to keep the dogs from swiping the baby's toys besides the obvious solution of storage? A lot of them squeak the same.
  • What is your best advice for teaching kids and pets how to be "gentle" with each other, while encouraging interaction?

Click on the link below to hear the audio:

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Podcast: Experts talk on Pet Insurance

It’s National Pet Insurance month and when you want to learn about all things pet insurance, you go to the experts. We’re still waiting for the day when Laura Bennett is asked to do a TEDtalk on pet insurance, but in the meantime, listen in as she and Dr. Patrick Mahaney answer your questions on everything from top claims to alternative therapies.

Laura shares with us:

  • What is the (estimated) number or percentage of pet owners in the U.S. who have insurance for their pets?
  • What are Embrace’s top canine and feline health claims?
  • What are the main reasons pet owners give for establishing health insurance for their cats and dogs?
  • Why should a pet owner get pet insurance (ability to have pet undergo diagnostics, treatment, etc.)?
  • Does the typical pet owner keep their pet on Embrace insurance throughout the pet's life?
  • Does Embrace cover any pre-existing conditions?
  • Does Embrace cover complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractic, etc.?

And, Dr. Mahaney tells us what veterinarians think about pet insurance and how it has changed over recent years.

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Podcast: Addressing Problem Behaviors by Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Today’s podcast issue is well, just that...behavioral issues. We’re looking at behavioral modification from both the medical and training angles.

Some of the common concerns Dr. Patrick Mahaney and I tackle are:

  1. Separation anxiety: Separation anxiety is frustrating and there's often no easy fix. What really works? What are the current medication recommendations when training and other behavioral methods don't work. Are there really more anxious pets or are pet anxiety issues just more often diagnosed than they were 10 years ago?
  2. Litterbox issues: With inappropriate urination and defecation being the leading causes of cats being surrendered to shelters, any special tips or tricks you can recommend to owners struggling with litterbox problems?
  3. Canine inappropriate behaviors: What trends are you finding helpful in the management or correction of inappropriate canine behaviors like excessive barking, chewing, digging, scratching, etc?
  4. Finding a trainer: Do you have any "must-have" recommendations for pet parents that are looking for a trainer or behaviorist? What sorts of professionals do you recommend and who should we avoid? (link mentioned: American College of Veterinary Behaviorists)

 

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