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:

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Guest Post: bringing new cats or dogs into your home with other pets

Sambuca and kitty- Linda LynchContinuing with our theme of bringing new pets into the home, Dr Patrick Mahaney answers the following questions from our Facebook followers on how to do that when there is already a dog or cat in the house:

  • Diane: What is the best way to introduce a new cat to the cat(s) already in the house? All at once or gradually?
  • Diane: Similarly, how should a puppy/dog be introduced to the cat(s) already in the house? Is there a way to minimize antagonistic behaviour on the part of either animal?
  • Laura: If I have a female cat (or dog), should I get a female or male cat or dog companion for the best mix

If you are interested in the product mentioned by Dr Patrick to help keep emotions down when bringing a new pet into a house with a cat, it is Feliway, a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure.

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Guest Post: your pet dental questions with Dr Patrick Mahaney

Pancho getting his teeth cleaned
It's Pet Dental Health Month and to get ready, I posted on the Embrace Facebook Page for questions to ask Dr Patrick on the topic of pet dental health. Here are what you came up with:

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Guest Post: Winter Dangers for your Pets

Dr Patrick Mahaney might live in California, but he knows a thing or two about health dangers your pets might face this winter season.

Seasonal changes create altered patterns of daylight, temperature, and humidity.  Besides cold and snow, winter is especially dangerous for pets due to the repeated dispersing of toxins serving to facilitate human acclimation to averse weather.

How can your pets thrive this winter despite all of mother nature and man’s contributions to the seemingly continuous seasonal assault?  As a responsible caretaker, you must educate yourself on winter hazards and proactively protect your pet in every conceivable situation.


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The Lowdown on Dog and Cat Orthopedics

Today, Dr. Mahaney covers bones, ligaments, and inflammation and what you can do to keep up your pet's orthopedic health.  Over to Dr. Mahaney...

The musculoskeletal system is one of the body’s best assets and greatest enemies.  Without our muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, and other connective tissue, our pets would take the form a jelly-like blob barely capable of movement.

Despite the amazing ambulatory capabilities provided by the musculoskeletal tract, its components also serve as the origin of potentially debilitating injuries and life threatening illness.

Cruciate 2Let’s start with a review of the musculoskeletal tract’s components.  The canine and feline skeleton provides the structure which supports internal and external organs.  The skeleton is made of numerous bones formed from a matrix of mineralized calcium, phosphorous, and other substances.  The bones are held together by the integration of joints, intervertebral discs, and ligaments.  Muscles connect to bones via tendons.  Collectively, the above components work with organ systems (nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, digestive, etc) to sustain life.

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Guest Post: Senior Pet Health Tips

I'm delighted to introduce you to Dr. Patrick Mahaney, a veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist who focuses on integrative veterinary medicine. We recently met at Blogpaws and I loved his fresh approach to veterinary medicine.

Since our theme this month is senior pets, Dr. Mahaney's first guest post discusses his top senior pet health tips, all of which I wholeheartedly agree with, having cared for a senior cat with health issues in recent years. Over to Dr. Mahaney...

IMG_1867 When is your pet considered a senior? No simple answer applies to every cat, dog, or other companion animal, yet I consider pets having achieved seven to nine years of age to have entered the realm of senior living. If you follow the conventional consideration that one pet year equals seven human years, a seven to nine year old pet falls between the ages of 49 to 63.

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