Episode 16: The 8 Things You Need to Do for Your Pet This Summer

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1. Warmer temperatures can lead to scary weather. Be ready if you must evacuate or hunker down for a storm. Have food, water and a way to contain your pets handy if needed. And please, please, please REGISTER YOUR FREAKIN’ MICROCHIP!

2. Please get them on a heartworm prevention, and make sure what you are using is effective against heartworms.

3. Be ready for allergies as the pollens start to bloom. See Episode 11: Itchy Allergies, Benadryl Doses, and Protein Levels in Pet Food for some hints on how to deal with allergies.

4. Start your flea prevention before they hit hard. See how fleas mimic the movie Aliens in Episode 4: Horror Movies, Fleas and Feeding Big Puppies.

Once again, where dogs who have fleas typically itch

Once again, where dogs who have fleas typically itch

 

Where cats who have fleas typically itch

Where cats who have fleas typically itch

5. Be careful of poisonous critters, such as rattlesnakes and bufo toads.  We mention the rattlesnake vaccine, and some of the controversy surrounding it.

6. Pools can be dangerous for kids and pets. Make sure your pet has a way to get out of your pool, such as a ramp.  We also discussed rhabdomyolysis.(your big word for the day).

7. The heat can be deadly. Dogs and cats can only sweat through their footpads and nose, so heatstroke is much more likely in a hot car. We also mentioned Mexican Hairless dogs and Sphinx cats.

8. Antifreeze can be deadly– be careful with flushing or leaks.

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Episode 13: Why Your Pet Likes Eating Grass

for those of you who missed it the first time (yes iTunes, I’m talking to you.)

If you’re a person, just look down for the actual post.

Episode 13: Why Your Pet Is Eating Grass

Dog Eating GrassSome dogs and cats seem almost obsessive about eating grass. John and Dr, Rumore discuss why, whether you need to worry about it, and how to slow them down if your pets love of lawn salad is getting too excessive.

If you are trying to add some fiber to your pet’s diet, dogs tend to like canned green beans, carrots (fresh, frozen and canned), romaine leaves, or apples. Avoid garlic and onions, as they can cause anemia is dogs and cats.

We talk a fair amount about herbicides and cancer risks in dogs. If you want more information:

Here is the link to the Purdue study that shows the bladder cancer risk with herbicides and Scotties.

Here is the link to an article about the herbicide 24D and cancer in dogs.

Here is the link to the response from the manufacturer of 24D, refuting the cancer study.

The ASPCA Poison Control Center has much information about which plants in your house and yard may be toxic.

Cat Eating Grass

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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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