An alternative to brushing your dog's teeth?

Last year, we challenged Embraced pet parent Arthur to start brushing his dog Pancho's teeth and he promised us a video. Fast forward to this year and here's what Arthur wrote to me: 

Clean Teeth 2-22-2013 01Last year around this time, you challenged me to demonstrate, on film, how to brush Pancho’s teeth. After a couple of hours of setting up and shooting, my cameraman lost interest, Pancho became uncomfortable and his teeth were not getting any cleaner. 

Knowing that there had to be a better way, I started doing some research. Wild animals don’t wake up in the morning and brush their teeth, nor do they brush before bedtime. What they do is eat raw meat and chew on raw bones. Their teeth stay white and clean. 

So, Pancho and I switched to a highly rated commercially available frozen raw food diet. That was in June of 2012. Today, Pancho’s teeth are as clean as they were after an expensive professional cleaning at the vet’s office. I do not believe that Pancho will have to endure the anesthesia and trauma of going to the dentist again. 

The pictures are pretty compelling don't you think? I did ask Dr Patrick Mahaney what he thought of Arthur's new regime for healthy teeth and here's what he had to say:

It is great to see that Arthur is able to keep the teeth that we can see in the photo as clean as they appear. Yet, we are not currently looking at all the teeth and the upper teeth in the back of the mouth are often dirtier (more caked with tartar and calculus) than those in the front. So, even if teeth visibly look clean, there could be some degree of periodontal disease (abnormalities affecting the teeth and their associated structures, such as the gums and periodontal ligament) that may not be visible to the naked eye.

There are plenty of dogs that are able to keep their own mouth relatively clean as a result of their genetics, diet, chewing tendencies, and the efforts put forth by the owner to provide regular home dental care. It is still within the best interest of Poncho's health that he has an examination by a veterinarian and Arthur works with the veterinarian (or veterinary dental specialist) to create a dental health and wellness plan that can be consistently carried out throughout Pancho's lifetime.

Wise words indeed. As per Dr Riggs, a dental x-ray every now and then would also be a good thing to identify issues occuring below the gum-line.

Nice work so far Arthur!

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An alternative to brushing your dog's teeth?



Podcast: Dr Patrick Mahaney on Pet Dental Health

Say cheese! Dr Patrick pulls a few tricks up his sleeve on the following topics so if you think you've heard it all on the topic of pet dental health, think again.

  1. How many people actively clean their pets’ teeth?
  2. Why on earth would we do such a thing?
  3. Are there some pets where teeth issues are more common than other dogs or cats?
  4. Is it too late to teach my older pet to accept me cleaning her teeth?
  5. What are signs of dental illness?
  6. What else can we do besides physically clean our pets teeth to prevent dental illness?
  7. Does fluoride in water have a positive impact on dental illness for pets?

Click below for the podcast audio file

Laura Bennett & Dr Patrick Mahaney Dental Health

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Dr Patrick Mahaney Dr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA.

Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) for www.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2013 through Havenhurst Books.



Podcast: cat and dog eye questions with Dr Patrick Mahaney

BatmanWhen I told Dr Patrick that we were covering eye care in this podcast, he was absolutely delighted! Eye care is one of his favorite topics.

Eyes are a part of the body we just expect to keep on working. A friend of mine (the human kind) had an unexpected detached retina last year and he said it really made him think how much for granted he'd taken his eyesight until then. It's the same with our cats and dogs - until something happens.

This month's podcast talks answers the following eye issue questions from our very own Embracers:

  1. What might cause eye conditions that aren’t eye conditions directly?
  2. Why are eye pressure test important as part of an annual exam?
  3. A friend of Embracer Katie (who now wishes he would have listened to Katie and got pet insurance) has a cat with an eye ulcer and it has to do with the cat’s third eyelid. They are now seeing it present in the other eye. What is the likelihood of bi-lateral corneal ulcers? Why are the third eyelids usually effected? How likely is conservative management to work, ie: drops, etc... What else might you do for this condition?
  4. From Embracer Chrissy, does Dr Patrick have a preferred remedy for tear staining?
  5. From Embracer Sara, her beagle mix Henry has 3rd eyelids that are different colors (one is black and one is pink).  Does Dr Patrick have any idea why that might be?  Could it be a sign of a problem?
  6. Along the same lines, Embracer Melissa’s Hannah (has a blue eye and a brown eye. She was told that the blue eye is basically a genetic defect and is sometimes a sign of blindness.  Is this something she should always keep an eye on (no pun intended)?  The blue eye is fine right now, but could there be problems with it in the future?
  7. Discuss the surgical complications and general problems caused by entropion, ectropion, and cherry eye.

Click below for the podcast audio file

Laura Bennett & Dr Patrick Mahaney Eye Issues

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Dr Patrick Mahaney Dr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA.

Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) for www.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2013 through Havenhurst Books.



Guest Post: All About Cats with Dr Patrick Mahaney

This month we’re all about cats at Embrace so we have some intriguing questions from Embrace facebook friends on the topic.

Cat issues are also very interesting for Dr Patrick as he can sometimes be seen treating cats on the Animal Planet show “My Cat From Hell”, now going into its fourth season.

So let's launch into it. In the podcast below, you will hear the answers to the following questions: 

Monica B: My 12 year old cat pulls his fur out periodically. It is usually when he is very hungry. He has "hot spots" along his spine that I massage on a daily basis and this is where he pulls. Is there anything else I can do to alleviate these hot spots?

Lynn-Ann G: We are at our wits end. Our 12 year old cat, Butch, has begun to urinate everywhere. Carpet, bottom of curtains, on shoes, etc. We've taken to keeping him confined to the basement where the litter is. He does not seem to be in any pain. We have taken him to the vet and they think he might just be senile. That sounds odd to me, but of course I'm not a vet. Some members of the family have had it and want to put him down. That seems extreme to me, but we have two other cats and we want to allow them to run around the house so the "cordoning off" of the one cat that we have to do is just a big pain. We do love our felines, but this is really testing our patience.

Andrea C: Why does my cat like to chew my hair (On my head)? Especially after it's freshly dyed?

Laura Bennett & Dr Patrick Mahaney All About Cats

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Guest Post: Winter Dangers With Dr Patrick Mahaney

Living in Cleveland OH, where it's rather chilly in the winter, we’re always focused on our weather and the changing seasons, and of course, winter is definitely with us. We can expect temperatures below freezing at night starting about now, developing into snow and ice on the ground permanently in January; however, other parts of the country have winter in different ways so Dr Patrick and I discuss winter dangers for pets in all parts of the country, chilly or not.  

The audio recording below covers the follow topics:

  1. Warmer clime winter issues
  2. Flea and ticks in dogs and cats in winter
  3. Ice and cold protection for your dog
  4. What to do if your dog falls into cold water
  5. Older dogs and cats and the cold

Laura Bennett & Dr Patrick Mahaney Winter Dangers


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Dr Patrick Mahaney Dr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA.

Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) for www.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2013 through Havenhurst Books.



Guest Post: Olympians and their pet breeds

I know the Olympics are over but Dr Patrick Mahaney and I had some fun talking about a couple of breeds that some Olympians known to you have in their homes, including the:

Bulldog

Catahoula

Border Terrier

Dalmatian

The health issues and temperaments of these breeds and more are discussed in the audio below.

Laura Bennett & Dr Patrick Mahaney The Olympians and Their Breeds

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Dr Patrick Mahaney
Dr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA.

Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) for www.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2012 through Havenhurst Books

 



Guest Post: alternative and complementary pet treatments

I'm delighted with today's podcast with Dr Patrick Mahaney since alternative or complementary treatments are his area of expertise (not that he isn't an expert on all we talk about of course).

Here are some of the items we cover in this podcast.

First Patrick goes over what alternative and complementary treatments are and  you integrate them into a pet’s veterinary care.

Then on to questions from our facebook friends…

Michael: Can acupuncture be used to mitigate chronic pain in an aging dog with arthritis in place of medications like Rimadyl?

Laura: a lot of alternative therapies I see are for orthopedic conditions, including arthritis. Are there other conditions that you can use alternative therapies for such as allergies or inflammatory bowel disease?

Sara: how do I go about finding a veterinarian that includes complementary treatment as an option?

Click on the link below for the audio podcast with the answer to these questions.

Dr Patrick & Laura Bennett Complementary Treatments for Pets

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Dr Patrick Mahaney
Dr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA.

Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) for www.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2012 through Havenhurst Books



Guest Post: Summer Dangers with Dr Patrick Mahaney

Today we're continuing to chat about summer dangers for your dogs and cats at Embrace Pet Insurance, and Dr Patrick Mahaney chimes in on the topic.

Here are some of the questions we cover in this podcast:

Kayla This may be silly, but when we got Tucker (a lab/golden retriever mix), he had lived primarily outside for his first six months, and his nose was all black. He's been a mostly indoor pet for the year we've had him, and now his nose is pink and black. With spending more time outdoors in the summer months, will his nose darken again? Should we do anything to keep it from darkening? Is that a puppy
tan?

Kate: Should I do anything different or be extra cautious about sun exposure for my black Doberman? It seems like he could overheat quickly being so dark or am I just thinking that because I know what it's like to wear dark colors outside and be sooo hot?

Laura: Dr Patrick, what else would you highlight as summer dangers to be aware of…

The answers to these questions and more are discussed in the audio below.

[btw, Dr Patrick was rather naughty and expressed his personal political opinions in this podcast. I apologize in advance if you are offended or surprised this pops up during your listening]

Laura Bennett & Dr Patrick Mahaney Summer Dangers Q&Amp;A  

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Dr Patrick Mahaney
Dr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA.

Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) for www.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2012 through Havenhurst Books.



Guest Post: Allergy Questions with Dr Patrick Mahaney

As we continue with our focus on allergies this month at Embrace Pet Insurance, I chat with Dr Patrick Mahaney about allergies and your questions for him on the topic.

Carl: Our dog, Sammy, licks and chews his feet regularly and occasionally has bacterial sores on his belly. We've given him Benadryl for the licking and chewing and Vet prescribed antibiotic for the sores. We've been told he has allergies. We keep treating these issues but they keep reoccurring. How would we find out what allergies he has?

Caroline:  At what stage do you suspect a yeast infection over allergies, because aren't the symptoms very similar?

Linda: What would cause a 5 year old lab to suddenly develop allergies and how do you determine
what he is allergic to?

Laura: are there certain types of dogs and cats that are more prone to allergies?

The answers to these questions and more are discussed in the audio below

Laura Bennett & Dr Patrick Mahaney Allergies Q&Amp;A

The omega-3 fatty acid supplement mentioned is made by Nordic Naturals. Do you have more questions on allergies for Dr Patrick? Post in the comments and I'll get some answers for you.

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Dr Patrick Mahaney Dr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA.

Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) for www.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2012 through Havenhurst Books.



Guest Post: dog and cat wellness questions with Dr Patrick Mahaney

It's Pet Wellness Month at Embrace so we asked the Embrace Facebook fans what they would Dr Patrick Mahaney to answer and here are the questions we selected to discuss:

  1. Sara: Do flea/tick and heartworm preventatives really have to be given every month? It seems like they might last longer but companies would still recommend them for every month to sell
    more product.
  2. Andrea: Why do I have to test my dog every year for heartworms if I give her her heartworm preventive all year?
  3. Amy: Shortage of Interceptor/Sentinel for herding breeds at risk of MDR1 gene mutation...this is my concern.
  4. Laura: Would it be a good idea to have my vet test my cat's blood every wellness visit just in case? If so, what would they test?
  5. Lea: how to pick a vet that’s right for you? Anything you’d specifically recommend apart from location?

The answers are all in the recording below:

Laura Bennett & Dr Patrick Mahaney Wellness Q&Amp;A

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Dr Patrick Mahaney Dr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain
from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative
veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA.

Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) for www.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2012 through Havenhurst Books.