Visits to the vet don’t have to be traumatic.

The old logic goes that each year in our pet’s lives is equal to 7 human years, and while I think that it should be estimated a bit closer to 5, there’s still a big leap in “time” between a pet’s birthdays. Think about how much can change within you physically in 5 years. And, because they inherently mask pain and symptoms, our pets may not let on that something is wrong until it is a serious matter. Dogs, and especially cats, are just tougher than us human folk and compensate for illness very well. Which is why annual exams are so important for the health of your pets.

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Going to the Vet

Dr. Riggs

Guest Blogger Dr. Rex Riggs examining Embrace Sara's dog, Henry.

When I was 19 and found my dog Lyger, I was a total newbie when it came to taking my dog to the vet. He ran the show, I had no idea what the staff was talking about, and had zero idea what to expect in his first year. Flash forward 11 years and I had two senior dogs and could have been on a frequent flyer program with my local practice. I joked, half in earnest, that I didn’t have Munchausen by proxy, but it was true, my dogs had developed into special needs pets and their care required me to step up my game and work as a team with their orthopedic specialists and physical therapists.

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Celebrity Pets--what’s in a name?

Ever wonder if your pet might need her own agent? We polled our Facebook followers and it turns out some of you have gifted your pets with great names from your favorite books, movies and musicians. Let’s take a look at some of the funniest pets named after people:


Embracer Sara’s Rottweiler, Cosmo Kramer, is named after the ultimate hipster doofus. I wonder if he can be trained to say “these pretzels are making me thirsty…”

And Embracer Ericka’s little girls helped to name their best buddy after Martha of PBS fame. Martha

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Guest Post: Popular Culture and the Rise of Designer Dogs

Kim KardashianPop culture has been defined as “a collection of thoughts, ideas, attitudes, perspectives, images (you name it) preferred by the mainstream population.” It seems we all want to be like someone else. An actor, an athlete, a singer, or God forbid, the Kardashians. Why? I don’t know. I have never understood why people want fame. You lose control of your life. You can no longer be a normal person, doing normal things, but I digress. Pop culture has definitely impacted veterinary medicine also, affecting what are sometime called “designer dogs” and even pet food.

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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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