Archives for March 2013

Episode 5: Pet Alzheimer’s and Shedding

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John and Michael discuss the symptoms of Senior Cognitive Dysfunction, also called Dog Alzheimer’s or Cat Senility, and how supplements, antioxidants or medications may help, as well as how your pet’s brain is protected from their own blood. We also discuss why some pets shed, and others need haircuts, and the bad news about preventing shedding.

Here’s a link about the antioxidant that was mentioned, Astaxanthin, which otherwise would be impossible to spell.

Also, Dr. Rumore did a brief terrible rendition of the National Geographic them song- here’s the real deal.
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Lastly, here’s a more information about the blood brain barrier that was mentioned. It’s a little technical but has some cool animation.

 

 

 

 

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Episode 4: Horror Movies, Fleas and Feeding Big Puppies

Fleas and Aliens are surprisingly similar

Fleas and Aliens are surprisingly similar

No one can argue that the 1979 movie Alien is a true classic. One of the creepiest scenes is recreated on a smaller scale in people’s homes everyday  We learn this week how you can recreate a scene from the iconic science fiction/horror movie in your own house, and then what to do to get rid of the invaders. We also discuss the most important nutrient to look for when feeding your soon-to-be-big puppy, or rather what should be missing. If you are feeding regular puppy food, you MUST listen to this episode.

We couldn’t find a link to an Aliens clip, so here is a clip of a similar scene from the [lesser] Aliens vs. Predators. It’s not a clip for kids.

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Episode 3: Jealousy , Dominance, and Telling Time

Jealousy is never pretty

Jealousy is never pretty

Everyone talks about their pets being jealous, but can they really be “jealous?” The answer will be surprising, and may change the way you give out treats to your own pack. We also discuss how dominance between pets is more complicated than you think, and when you should or shouldn’t worry.  Have you noticed how your cat always knows exactly what time dinner is? We discuss how dogs and cats tell time without looking at their watch or cell phone, and how a group of scientists tattooing ducks helped us figure that out.

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Episode 2: Litter Box Mysteries and The Joy of Toys

The Joy of the Litterbox A cat can be mysterious about many things, but few mysteries are more frustrating than why the darn cat has stopped using the litter box. We dive a little deeper into what cats really want in a bathroom (for example, not feeling like they are trapped in a elevator with someone wearing too much perfume) and give some tips on what to try. For those good little puppies and kittens who are not getting coal in their stockings, we mention some fun dog and cat toys. Lastly, John and Dr. Rumore discuss how pets do NOT make good surprise gifts.

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