It can be tough to know the best way to look after your dog or cat. Join veterinarian Dr. Alex for a weekly dose of pet health advice, news, and discussion. Want to give your pet the best care possible? Then you need to listen and subscribe!
There are a number of different reasons why a dog pants. Some of them are normal. Some of them are signs of serious diseases. If your dog has started panting all the time and you’re wondering why they are panting so much, then I've got the nine main reasons that you need to think about. A simple examination by your vet may be enough to diagnose the problem or give the AOK, but if there is something that needs treating, an early diagnosis could make all the difference in how successful this will be for your dog
Full show notes - ourpetshealth.com/info/dog-panting-causes
Not all pets find forever homes. To make matters worse, up to 25% of dogs and cats entering the shelter system get euthanized. Find out what you can do to stop these dogs and cats being killed. It is a responsibility we all have!
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/shelter-euthanasia
Are grain-free diets causing dogs to die of heart failure? The answer is yes, but it is now clear that lentils, peas and potato are also major problem ingredients. These are the facts you need to know if your dog is eating a grain free diet.
Full show notes - https://ourpetshealth.com/info/is-grain-free-dog-food-killing-our-pets
It's vital every dog owner learns these 5 main signs and symptoms of heatstroke in dogs. Heat stroke can kill and it can kill incredibly quickly, so picking up on the fact that your dog is starting to overheat early can save their life!
Free hot weather dog care guide: https://ourpetshealth.com/summerdogcare
Show notes - https://ourpetshealth.com/info/dog-heatstroke-symptoms
This week I'm bringing you a taste of The Dr Alex Answers Show, answering all of your dog and cat health questions, where I'm talking about skin lumps and bumps, post vaccine skin swelling, and anal gland expression. Get your question answered at http://dralexanswers.com
In today's throw-away culture, there is a worrying thought that pet dogs and cats are also disposable. Something to discard if you lose interest in them or health problems develop. Here are my thoughts!
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Prednisone is a powerful steroid to treat many different diseases in dogs + cats, but steroids also come with the potential for serious, disruptive side-effects. Learn why this common drug is used, the common side effects of steroids and how they are different in dog's and cats, and understand when alternative treatment options may be the best bet.
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Vet nurses and veterinary technicians are a vital part of your dog and cat’s healthcare team. Find out how hard it is for them to qualify and what they actually do every day. I bet you’ll be surprised!
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/what-vet-nurses-do
If you're feeding your cat a commercial raw diet, or any sort of raw food, could it be giving them tuberculosis? It sounds crazy, but it's potentially true that raw diets cause TB in cats! This is an update of just the latest pet food scandal, following on from the vitamin D fiasco of a few months ago. If you are interested in the safety, risks and benefits of the diet you are feeding your pet then you should check out my free ebook which discusses the feeding of raw vs kibble. Get your free copy today in the knowledge vault - https://ourpetshealth.com/resources
Show notes - https://ourpetshealth.com/info/raw-food-diets-and-tb-in-cats
A dog who is always itchy is little different to a dog in constant pain. Skin allergies are miserable. Stop your dog scratching all the time with this 6 step treatment plan.
Show notes - https://ourpetshealth.com/info/how-to-treat-dog-skin-allergies
The Cat Burrito Towel Wrap stops you getting scratched or bitten + is a simple, effective, yet gentle technique to retrain your cat for nail clipping, giving them a pill, or even getting them into their carrier! If you can't quite follow along with the audio, make sure to check out the video in the show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/cat-burrito-towel-wrap
If your cat is scratching, licking themselves bald, or has developed lots of little scabs on their skin then you really need to know how to check your cat for fleas.
Fleas are an incredibly common cause of itching in cats, and it’s not always as obvious as you might think to know if your cat has fleas or not!
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/how-to-check-a-cat-for-fleas
Finding fleas is just the beginning...getting rid of a flea infestation can be a real battle but not if you follow this 3 step strategy!
Show notes - https://ourpetshealth.com/info/how-to-kill-fleas-on-a-dog
Having a baby is one of life's greatest joys...just not for your pet dog or cat! A few simple steps can reduce their stress, letting you focus on your new arrival Find the Parent Pacifier here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM5eSwAzbDqAWy7xzwqc_Hw Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/new-baby-stress
Kicking off skin month, this episode runs through the 5 main causes of an itchy dog. Getting the right diagnosis is vital if the itch and scratching is to stop and your dog's skin condition kept under control.
For more skin discussion head over to http://dralexanswers.com
There are some well documented risks to feeding raw diets to your dog or cat. Does serious infection happen every day though, and how do these risks stack up against the feeding of kibble? Todays episode answers these questions and more!
Download my free raw feeding ebook: https://www.subscribepage.com/rawebook
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/raw-vs-cooked-dog-diets
Raw diets are getting a lot of press online at the moment on blogs, forums and social media. Today is part 1 of my discussion of the actual evidence behind raw feeding claims, and I'm starting with the benefits of raw diets for dogs and cats.
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Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/raw-vs-cooked-dog-diets
This one simple tip that almost everyone will be able to do could help save you time and money the next time your pet is unwell, as well as help your pet get better faster or receive the best treatment sooner!
Be sure to subscribe and also check out my other podcast "The Dr Alex Answers Show"!
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/save-time-and-money-at-the-vet
Tubular ligation in dogs is a method of sterilizing dogs that involves either tying a ligature around the uterus of a dog or making an incision in the uterus meaning that there is no way that pregnancy could ever happen. It is different to spaying because the ovaries are left untouched. This means that a female dog who has had tubular ligation will still come on heat and her body will still experience the pro's and con's of these hormones being present. Is this really a good idea?
Find out all about spaying your dog here: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/when-to-spay-a-female-dog
2 identical dogs, the only difference being that one is overweight and one is fit and lean. Such a small difference can have a huge impact on the health of a dog as well as their life expectancy. Don't underestimate the impact of obesity on dogs lives. Keeping a healthy weight is one of the best ways to help your dog live longer. In today's episode, it's story time as I talk you through the lives of Max and Bailey.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/obesity-life-expectancy
I'm excited to be able to announce the official launch of my new podcast, "The Dr. Alex Answers Show", and to celebrate I'm also running a giveaway for some great prizes to suit any pet lover!
The Dr. Alex Answers Show is a Q&A podcast where, each week, I answer 5 of your dog or cat health questions. If you like what you hear today there are 2 other episodes already released so check them out and let me know what you think!
Head over here for more information and to enter the competition - https://ourpetshealth.com/info/podcast-launch-giveaway
Penobarbital is one of the most common drugs used in the treatment of dog epilepsy and to control seizures. Before starting, you need to know how well it works, learn about the side-effects and how to monitor your epileptic dog taking phenobarbital.
Epilepsy and seizures is a distressing condition for your dog to be diagnosed with but with the right treatment the seizures can be very well controlled. Phenobarbital is often the first choice and this episode goes through what you need to know about this epilepsy treatment for dogs.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/phenobarbital-dog-epilepsy-treatment
Just last week the pet food manufacturer Hill’s issued a recall of some of their prescription diets because they were found to contain very high levels of vitamin D - something that causes kidney failure and death!
I reached out to them for some answers to explain how this pet food recall happened, what checks are in place and what they are doing to make sure that something like this doesn't happen ever again.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/does-your-dogs-food-contain-rat-bait
If your dog has had one or more seizures and has been diagnosed with epilepsy, one of the first decisions you will have to make is when should you start treatment for epilepsy in dogs.
The aim of epilepsy treatment in dogs is to reduce their frequency and severity, not prevent all seizures. All drugs also have the risks of side-effects and cost money to give and then monitor. As a result the decision to start treatment is based on a risk-benefit analysis.
This episode though discusses the general guidelines every owner of a newly diagnosed epileptic dog should consider.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/treatment-timing-of-epilepsy-in-dogs
Has your old dog suddenly started to stumble and act drunk, developed a head tilt, can’t get up and as a result been diagnosed with old dog vestibular disease? If so you may have been told that with care and home treatment and management their chance of recovery is good - something that is thankfully very true!
While your dog is recovering from their bout of vestibular disease home treatment and management plays a very important role in getting your dog back on their feet as soon as possible, without suffering any unnecessary complications or prolonged illness.
This podcast episode gives my top tips with essential home treatment management strategies to help your old dog recover as quickly as possible.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/vestibular-disease-in-dogs
What's the deal? Do puppies need shots? Does your dog really need to be vaccinated for everything that your vet is recommending? What about the side effects of vaccination and how often should your puppy or dog get vaccinated? Show notes - https://ourpetshealth.com/info/do-puppies-need-shots
Marijuana poisoning in dogs is actually not that rare in general and you won’t be surprised to hear that marijuana poisoning becomes even more common in an area when marijuana goes from illegal to legal. CBD oil is all the rage at the moment, and is actually something that I’ve discussed before in podcast episode 99. It comes from the cannabis plant and is felt to be really safe so you might well be asking just how dangerous is marijuana?
Show notes - https://ourpetshealth.com/info/marijuana-effects-on-dogs
As a dog owner, there’s a good chance you’ve wondered how to dispose of dog poop the green way. In this episode, I talk about why you should care, what your dog waste disposal options are and just how eco-friendly each is! Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/how-to-dispose-of-dog-poop
What are the best supplements to give a dog or cat? It can be hard to decide, there are just so many. Join me as I ask if your pet needs a dietary supplement and then give 6 tips to choosing the best supplement for your pet!
Show notes - https://ourpetshealth.com/info/choosing-pet-supplements
Just a quick podcast today. I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas! I also have 1 tip to help your pet should they become unwell over the holiday season.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/happy-christmas-2018
It still amazes me the strange and weird things that dogs eat! Why do they find them tasty and what is going through their mind when they swallow something so bizarre and completely unlike food? After a busy weekend on call, I reflect on the 3 cases of dogs eating unusual items as well as a few of my other patients I have had the pleasure of seeing over the years.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/weird-things-dogs-eat
If your cat is scared of fireworks then they are not alone. In this episode I give my top 13 tips and strategies to help keep them safe, help them cope and even relax!
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/how-to-help-cats-cope-with-fireworks
If you're planning on giving someone you love a puppy as a surprise Christmas present, then this is what you need to think about. While it often seems like a good idea, unless you are getting a dog for your children (and realize that you are actually getting a puppy for you to look after) then it is probably not the best decision to make. Here's why...
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/giving-a-puppy-as-a-present
Several months have passed since my original report in August. Here is the update in what we now know or suspect about the link between heart failure and grain-free dog diets.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/is-grain-free-dog-food-killing-our-pets
There's just been an FDA alert that a large number of pet foods have been recalled because they contain massive levels of Vitamin D. This is a very effective poison found in some rat baits and rat poison. Learn all the facts, symptoms and prognosis
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/does-your-dogs-food-contain-rat-bait
The latest pet food alert to come out of England is that there have been multiple outbreaks of tuberculosis, TB, in cats that are being fed a raw food diet. Is the diet really to blame though. Are there certain breeds of cat or ages where they are more at risk and just how big is the problem that we know about?
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/raw-food-diets-and-tb-in-cats
Dare I say it...Christmas is nearly upon us and the last thing you want is to forget to buy the most important family member (your dog of course) some presents! Links to everything I discuss can be found in the show notes.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/christmas-gifts-for-dogs
Taking your cat to the vet can be incredibly stressful and scary for both you and your cat. Find out my 7 tips for how to take a cat to the vet no matter how scared or anxious they might be!
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/stress-free-vet-visits-for-cats
Have you got a really fussy cat? Are they really picky when it comes to eating and you're just tearing your hair out, trying to get them to eat? Help is at hand as in this article I'll give you 13 ways for how to get a cat to eat as well as discuss how to prevent them from becoming picky and fussy in the first place!
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/how-to-get-a-cat-to-eat
If you're asking "Should I breed my dog?" then I've got 7 questions you need to answer to know once and for all if breeding your female dog and letting her have puppies if the right decision to make.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/should-i-breed-my-dog
Antifreeze poisoning in cats (also known as ethylene glycol) is one of the most serious common pet poisons seen in cats. I discuss why this is, what signs and symptoms to look for, how much antifreeze will kill a cat and just what the prognosis is, how likely they are to survive.
Show notes - https://ourpetshealth.com/info/antifreeze-poisoning-in-cats
Vestibular disease in dogs can be very scary. It comes on suddenly and in some cases an old dog simply becomes unable to get up. They may have a head tilt, fall over, start rolling or circling and their eyes may flick from side-to-side. Many owners think their senior dog has had a stroke and fear the worse.
Join Dan as he shares his experiences with his dog Buddy who suffered a severe bout of vestibular disease.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/vestibular-disease-in-dogs
Has your old dog suddenly started to stumble and act drunk, developed a head tilt or can’t even get up? They may have old dog vestibular disease. In dogs this can come on very quickly and the symptoms can appear very dramatic like a stroke. In this podcast episode I discuss what this disease is, the signs and symptoms to look for, the treatment needed along with prognosis and recovery time.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/vestibular-disease-in-dogs
If your dog is scared of fireworks and you're wondering what you can do. If they suffer any noise phobia, anxiety or sensitivity help is at hand! These 16 tips and strategies will help calm your dog during fireworks and might even cure their fear all together!
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/my-dog-is-scared-of-fireworks
Leaving dog poop on the ground can spread disease in dogs but can do poop make you sick? Join me as I talk about the dangers and public health risks associated with dog poop and even answer the question “Can dog poop make you blind"
Read the article or watch the video: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/can-dog-poop-make-you-sick
Check out Jasons YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxMIS4CocjETXotex1OASKQ
70% of children that are bitten by a dog are actually bitten by a dog that they know and love.If you don’t think your family dog would ever bite one of your children think again and follow these 6 tips to prevent your dog biting your child.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/stop-your-dog-biting-your-child
Have you ever wondered how your vet stays up to date with all of the latest news and developments. We live in a time where we are able to do so much to help our dogs and cats get better whenever they become unwell or injured and keep them healthy through their life.
Show notes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwne8mzok-M
Make no mistake cat and dog dental disease is painful. That's not all though, it can also cause poor body health and has been linked to diseases like kidney disease and heart disease as well as mean the treatment of various other conditions (like diabetes) harder.
Aprils podcast "Why does my dog do that": https://anchor.fm/dogmentor
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/pet-dental-disease
Palliative care for dogs and cats is a serious thing to consider in a number of different situations. If your pet has an untreatable condition that will ultimately be fatal, if they have a condition that will result in a severely compromised quality of life despite not being fatal, or if they are old and just starting to decline in general.
show notes: https://youtu.be/DeGnBMeYRy8
Today I just want to really celebrate some of the improvements in welfare that have happened just recently over the last few months, or are about to happen. Lucy’s law, the banning of electric shock collars and tail docking in different countries through to the total ban of all cosmetic surgery.
show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/animal-welfare-celebration
Don’t let a dog phobia control what you can and can’t do when this fear can be overcome. Follow these 11 steps for how to get over a fear of dogs and start going where you want and enjoying life to the full! And if you love dogs then learn how you can help those who are afraid.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/how-to-get-over-a-fear-of-dogs
It seems like you can’t look anything up on the internet at the moment without reading claims that CBD for dogs will cure any and every medical problem imaginable. From seizures, to pain, to anxiety and even cancer; CBD oil is the miracle cure your vet is unlikely to be talking about...or is it!
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/cbd-oil-for-dogs
A common worry is how to keep your dog or cat pain free. Join me as I go through my 6 step plan to keep your pet pain free, as well as how best to work with your vet to make sure that your pet is as happy, healthy, and comfortable as possible.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/how-to-keep-your-pet-pain-free
Cherry picking data is one of many forms of bias that can make a huge impact on the conclusions you make when you are looking into and researching something online. Knowing what cherry picking is and how to avoid it will allow you to make better informed decisions.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/cherry-picking-data
Affordable pet care can be a challenge, especially if your pet needs a major surgery, becomes very unwell or needs emergency vet care and you have no money.
In this episode of #DrAlexAnswers I discuss 7 strategies to answer how to afford vet bills so you can keep your pet as health as possible and give them the treatment they need.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/info/how-to-afford-vet-bills
Senility in dogs, canine dementia or canine cognitive dysfunction are different names for the same disease. Our pet dogs are living longer than ever and as a result senility is also becoming a common problem.
Unfortunately though it is only recognized and treated in a small proportion of those dogs actually suffering from dementia.
Join me as I go through the causes, signs and symptoms, treatment, prognosis and life expectancy of canine cognitive dysfunction. Taking action at an early stage has the potential to make all the difference in your senior dogs quality of life.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/disease/senility-in-dogs
Aging is inevitable and with it comes health and quality of life challenges. Caring for senior dogs takes a bit of planning to help them to age gracefully and in this episode I’m going to give you some suggestions on how to help your old dog age gracefully, remain engaged and stay happy.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/health/caring-for-senior-dogs
It’s a simple questions: “Why do dogs eat their own poop?”. There are however many potential reasons which I’m going to break down for you today as well as go through my top strategies for how to stop this disgusting problem.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/health/why-do-dogs-eat-their-own-poop
If you’re asking is my cat in pain then you need to know these 25 signs of pain in cats. Cats are very good at hiding their pain and the signs are much more subtle than in dogs. In fact, unless you know what to look for you might not even realize there is a problem. Show notes - https://ourpetshealth.com/disease/is-my-cat-in-pain
Good oral health is vital for good body health. If you’ve ever wondered how to keep your cats teeth clean (and how to keep cats teeth clean without brushing!) then using one of these strategies will help keep your cats teeth clean and mouth healthy.
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Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/health/how-to-keep-cats-teeth-clean
Might your dog or cat get better despite what they are given rather than because of it? I’ve already discussed the placebo effect in animals, or more specifically caregiver placebo. And in this video I want to discuss another simple concept we should all be aware of known rather fancily as regression to the mean. Stay tuned!
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/drugs/the-placebo-effect-in-animals
If you’ve got more than one cat you’ll know just how difficult it can be to feed them either different diets and different amounts. In this article I go through 5 strategies for how to feed multiple cats different amounts and how to keep cats from stealing and eating each others food.
If you have a question you'd like me to answer let me know and make sure you include #DrAlexAnswers
Show Notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/health/how-to-feed-multiple-cats
Are grain-free diets causing our dogs to die of heart failure? Just what is the deal with the recent FDA announcement that grain-free diets are being investigated for this and should you think about changing your dog's diet?
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/disease/is-grain-free-dog-food-killing-our-pets
The importance of early puppy socialization should not be underestimated. Puppy socialization is vital for the future health and well-being of your dog and in this podcast episode I discuss 5 reasons why you must socialize your puppy while they are young.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/health/early-puppy-socialization
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Dog blue green algae poisoning is a serious and potentially deadly risk in the summer months where little rain and warm temperatures allow algal blooms to form in lakes, ponds and slow flowing rivers. If your dog enjoys swimming or if you walk your dog near any water then you need to know about the risk of blue green algae to your dog.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/health/dog-blue-green-algae-poisoning
Spaying your dog has many recognized benefits including reducing the risk mammary cancer and eliminating the potential for your dog to develop pyometra. On the other hand there may be a number of risks of spaying a dog. These depend on a dogs breed and size but can include bone cancer and joint disease. Which is the right risk for your dog? Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/health/when-to-spay-a-female-dog
All pet medications carry a small risk of side effects but as a dog or cat owner there are several steps you can take to make them as safe as possible and in this article I'm going to give you 9 steps to reduce the risk of drug side effects in your pet
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/drugs/reduce-pet-medication-side-effects
Handling a puppy from an early age is a really important training task. Getting your puppy used to being handled all over their body will make grooming, nail clipping and health checks either at home or by your vet much more easy and stress free.
Show notes: https://youtu.be/vbbI_y0lCGo
Here are just a few true stories of dog hot weather dangers. Some ended in tragedy, others were near misses where the owner was aware of the dangers of hot weather to dogs, recognized the signs of heat stroke in dogs and took the right action to cool them down quickly.
show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/disease/hot-weather-dangers-for-dogs-true-stories
Every year dogs die when they are left in the car by their owners. No-one should ever leave dogs in hot cars for any length of time. A car can become dangerously hot in a very short space of time and this can quickly cause deadly heat stroke in dogs which is fatal all too often.
Check out the video: https://youtu.be/BNrZNrWdeIs
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Did you know that your cat flap might be one of the biggest causes of stress in your cats life? Well in this episode I'm going to discuss 5 reasons why you should think about buying a microchip cat flap and give a long-term review of my sureflap microchip cat flap.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/health/microchip-cat-flap-review
If you're wondering what the causes of epilepsy in dogs is, what the treatment might be and if there are any side effects then this is the video for you. Watching your epileptic dog have a seizure can be very upsetting but are all seizures an emergency? Learn the answers to this and more with my 9 facts about epilepsy in dogs.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/disease/dog-epilepsy-facts
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Zsa Zsa the Bulldog has just been crowned the World's ugliest dog 2018. It's also recently been announced that French Bulldogs are the UK's most popular dog breed and the 4th most popular (and rising) in the US. There are some pretty major issues with both and this is why I think ALL dog lovers need to pay attention to these events.
Show notes: https://youtu.be/sIaiXM4OtDI
Learning how to give your cat a tablet is a vital skill for any cat owner. But for many the thought of having to give them a worming pill or any other medication can cause panic. Follow this step by step guide to learn how to easily pill your cat by yourself.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/drugs/how-to-pill-a-cat
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How can you tell if your dog is in pain? In this episode I go through the 21 main signs of pain in dogs that you can look out for to make sure your dog is not suffering unnoticed and unnecessary pain.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/disease/signs-of-pain-in-dogs
What is the Dunning-Kruger effect? Well, the internet is awash with terrible opinion being passed off as fact. Information delivered by the ignorant who are so sure of themselves! Whats wrong though in believing something you read, or following advice that is delivered confidently and with certainty in an online pet forum?
In this episode I discuss why not knowing what you don't know can result in ridiculous confidence and just how you can protect yourself from following terrible advice
Show notes - https://ourpetshealth.com/health/what-is-the-dunning-kruger-effect
Preventing disease is the foundation of any healthcare system. What then is the difference between holistic and conventional vet care? Is it that holistic vet care treats the whole body and “conventional” or "traditional" veterinarians simply treat the disease symptoms? Or is it more complex?
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/drugs/holistic-vet-care-vs-traditional-vet-care
The placebo effect is a beneficial effect produced by a substance which can't be a result of the substance itself. The effect is caused by the patients belief that the placebo treatment is working. Our pets can't know what a treatment is for so is the placebo effect in animals a real thing?
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/drugs/the-placebo-effect-in-animals
Join me in the final episode of my hot weather dog care series. Keeping your dog cool in summer is so important for their health and well being. Your dog will love these treats. They will keep them cool, hydrated and entertained too!
show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/health/how-to-make-dog-ice-blocks
If your wondering how to keep your dog cool in summer when it's hot outside, how to help keep your dog comfortable and prevent heatstroke then I've got 11 tips for you coming up. I'll also let you know an essential summer dog care tip you might never have thought of!
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/health/how-to-keep-your-dog-cool-in-summer
Heatstroke can be a rapid killer so learning how to cool a dog down quickly and prevent heatstroke might just save your dogs life. Learning how to cool a dog down quickly can be life saving. Heatstroke is a true dog emergency but it has been shown that if an owner cools their dog down before taking them to the vet then the chance of dying is greatly reduced.
show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/disease/how-to-cool-a-dog-down-quickly
check out Aprils podcast "why does my dog do that?": https://anchor.fm/dogmetor
The sun's out and the temperature is getting warmer. What better thing is there to do then than invite some friends over and fire up the BBQ. Take a minute though to watch this video to the end though as I answer can dogs eat corn cobs and discuss 3 other BBQ dangers for your dog and cat.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/health/can-dogs-eat-corn-cobs
If the sun is out and it's hot think again about taking your dog out in the heat of the day. It might not be ideal for your dog. They might even get burnt feet! We definitely need to learn how to protect dog paws from hot pavement. Save your dog from painful, agonizing burns.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/health/how-to-protect-dog-paws-from-hot-pavement
How hot does a parked car get? How long can you leave your dog in the car before it gets too hot for them? It doesn't need to be that hot outside for a car to become a deadly oven for your dog. The risk is not just in the summer and you don't have to live in the tropics.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/health/dog-in-hot-car-facts
Preventing Lyme disease in dogs is preferable to your dog developing a painful infectious arthritis or other serious complications associated with Lyme disease in dogs. Because Lyme disease is spread by ticks, the main way to prevent Lyme disease in dogs is to prevent tick bites + kill ticks.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/health/preventing-lyme-disease-in-dogs
When it comes to finding a dog pain killer that works, what about giving your dog gabapentin? Is it a true pain killer and replacement for the more commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain killers like rimadyl? Or is it like tramadol which works well in people but not in dogs?
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth/drugs/can-you-give-your-dog-gabapentin
Are natural products safe for pets? Are they actually better than drugs in some cases? well in this episode I'm going to discuss what natural remedies for pets are, how they are different from drugs and whether they are safe and can be used instead of pharmaceutical drugs.
Show notes: https://ourpetshealth.com/drugs/pet-supplements-vs-drugs
Tramadol is a pain killer that is sometimes used in dogs. It might be used for short term pain relief after surgery or is could be used long term to treat something like arthritis. Does it actually work though and is it safe?
Show notes: https://youtu.be/BENIQm8D5TM
You want to change your pets diet but how can you make sure they will eat it? How much should you feed your pet? What if your cat or dog is really fussy, is it even possible to get them to eat something different when you've tried to change their food in the past? Well, follow these tips and your pet should happily accept whatever you want them to eat!
Show notes: https://youtu.be/5b4cpe3nS14
If your cat is peeing outside the litter box or spraying everywhere then these 9 steps will help you get to the bottom of the problem and help you stop your cat peeing everywhere.
Show notes: https://youtu.be/a2focn8st9Y
This episode discusses how to look after a dog having a seizure. What to do when your dog has a seizure, signs to look out for that may predict a seizure, as well as care after a seizure.
Show notes: https://youtu.be/XX6swq1IIMI
New puppy training is an essential step for any new puppy owner. 2 essential puppy skills to concentrate training straight away are simple puppy recall and how to get your puppy used to handling.
Today I've got 2 puppy training experts to teach you these essential puppy skills. I'm really excited to introduce you to Ken and Kayal from the YouTube channel McCann dogs. Not only have McCann dogs trained over 80,000 dogs but Kayl is also 21 times world champion in dog agility so what they don't know about new puppy training isn't worth knowing!
Check out McCann Dogs: https://www.youtube.com/user/McCannDogs
Show notes: https://youtu.be/1IO9TGwAPF0
When should you castrate or spay your kitten or cat? Are there any side-effects to early neutering or is early age desexing the best thing you could do for your cat?
Show notes: https://youtu.be/SMsFm_nECoA
Is titre testing dogs one of the true alternatives to dog vaccination, especially for those concerned about vaccination side effects in dogs? Can it really predict immunity and save your dog from needless vaccination?
Show notes: https://youtu.be/2L7yKk4bshA
What is the best dog for your family? What breed will suit you best? In this episode I discuss how to choose the right dog breed for your family and the 4 vital questions you need to answer.
Show notes: https://youtu.be/vAk955aWWSI
One of the most difficult decisions you will ever have to make is deciding to euthanize your dog or cat. Just how do you know that the right time to euthanize your pet is now? Of course we don't want make the decision too early but far worse would be to leave our pet's suffering too long.
Show notes: https://youtu.be/t89YSkM-Z2o
The slugs and snails are out, eating your plants and you want to poison them. Don't kill your pet in the process. Slug and snail bait poisoning in dogs and cats can definitely be deadly.
Show notes: https://youtu.be/8k8Z8EZ_4f8
Pugs, French Bulldogs and other brachycephalic (squashed nosed) breeds are becoming more and more popular but they often have significant health problems. For their own welfare should they be banned or is there another way to improve their health?
There are many easy steps we can take to reduce stress in cats and help them relax at home. Stress can play a big role in your cats life. It reduces quality of life and can result in serious conditions such as cystitis. It can even start to affect the well being of you, their owner.
Show notes: https://youtu.be/FncqZ8C-Q-k
If you are dealing with a sick pet then there is a real chance you might be becoming stressed, depressed, anxious or even angry. All of these will affect YOUR quality of life so it is important you look after YOU!
The syndrome known as "caregiver burden" is well recognized in people who care for chronically ill family members, but it has only more recently been recognized in owners who have to look after sick pets.
Join Dr Alex and Chris Boutte from The Rewired Soul (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpfURmLbv0Sq4miJ3DzlZhA) as they discuss 3 tips to look after Your mental health.
Show notes: https://youtu.be/4N3DyUZvGfE
Cat cystitis is more than a simple infection. The most common cause is stress. It also generally requires long term management. A holistic approach is key. Join me for a complete rundown of this common disease.
Show notes and video: https://youtu.be/W6QeHzFzNpI
Our houses, garages and gardens are full of potential deadly pet poisons and toxins that our dogs and cats would just love to eat. If you know what they are you can better take measures to ensure an emergency trip to your vet isn't needed!
Show notes: https://youtu.be/zTYdU9V-5RI
Arthritis comes on slowly and it is easy to miss the clear signs that your dog is in pain. Don't dismiss slowing down as a normal aging problem. By knowing what to look out for you can be certain your dog has the best quality of life possible!
Show notes: https://youtu.be/E1UrICC7et0
There are many reasons why your cat might need to drink more. Kidney failure, diabetes and general illness to name a few. Here are my top 10 techniques to make sure your cat doesn't get dehydrated.
Show notes: https://youtu.be/OehD3s8vIgU
Join me in a guest post I did for Chris on the YouTube channel The Rewired Soul all about stress in our pets discussing what stresses them out and how we can help them calm down and relax.
Head over to Chris' channel for the show notes and video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7YUSR9Jyac (the audio quality is better there too!) and make sure you check out his other content for some amazing advice and discussion about any mental health issue you may be struggling with.
This common sweetener is found in a huge number of products and it only takes a tiny amount to be deadly. Find out how much is dangerous for your dog or cat and just what you need to do about it.
Show notes: https://youtu.be/ocU1KG42UjA
A common thought if a pet suddenly becomes unwell is that they may have been poisoned. Well, if they are showing any of these common symptoms they just might have.
If there is ever any question that your pet has been poisoned make sure your vet is the first person you call and don't delay.
Show notes and video: https://youtu.be/Wsgd9KB2Qdo
Some people feed their dog grapes and raisins all the time. Others say they are deadly! What is the truth? Will raisins or grapes kill your dog or cat?
Show notes and video: https://youtu.be/S0fbSIx2HxU
There are risks and benefits to most procedures and treatments. What then are the true pros and cons of getting your female dog spayed. And if you decide to go ahead with this common surgery just what is the best age?
Show notes and video: https://youtu.be/cKWpUu-GNo0
Join me as I go through my top tips for getting your fussy dog eating the food you want them too.
Our dogs are very good at training us to give them nothing but treats. With a little bit of planning thou we can make sure they eat the food we feel is best for them.
Show notes and video: https://youtu.be/vzQDFzg6N4U
Metacam is a popular pain killer in cats but in some parts of the world it can only be used once where as other parts commonly use it long term to manage diseases such as arthritis.
Doe this improve a cats quality of life and is it actually safe? What can you do to reduce the risk of serious side effects?
Show notes and video: https://youtu.be/Lb9p7iIOask
Anti-inflammatory medication is so important to keep our dogs pain free and enjoying life. They do come with a risk of side effects which any owner should really know about as well as how to reduce the risk of any serious problems.
Show notes and video: https://youtu.be/6EwDGAzsi_w
The use of pet pain killers is essential in keeping our dogs and cats comfortable after injury, surgery or with long term conditions like arthritis. Find out how they work, what side effects to look out for and how we can avoid problems.
Show notes and video: https://youtu.be/KOgfxzDNMJA
If you have an entire female dog then you must know about this dangerous, potentially fatal condition. There's a 1-in-4 chance your dog will be affected...
Show notes and video: https://youtu.be/Fuvq-QSx6Fo
There are some seriously deadly poisons around the home. Chances are you have several of them. Learn all about the most common so you can take measures to prevent your dog and cat from ever being poisoned and needing an emergency vet visit.
Show notes and video: https://youtu.be/d7XBOcGaD0s
With the ready availability of technology can you expect a vet to diagnose your pet remotely? The options are many, forums, email, phone, video call (soon to be VR?!). If none of these are any good then why?
Show notes and video: https://youtu.be/ePsMU-jFVOQ
A blocked bladder is a true cat emergency. Make sure you know what the signs are as well as the treatment and subsequent management should your cat be unfortunate to suffer this deadly complication of cystitis.
Show notes and video: https://youtu.be/cemeKM_T53s
We all want to give our dogs treats but are they damaging to their health and what about if your dog is already overweight. Well the great news is that even fat dogs can be given these 5 healthy, low fat treats for dogs.
Show notes and video can be found: https://youtu.be/GLA0IfzvTPM
Find out what it takes to produce my podcast, videos and articles as well as what's coming up in the future. As a one-man-band I have had to learn an an awful lot to get my content on line. It's worth it though if it helps you and your pet!
There is so much you can do for your dog or cat with arthritis that doesn't involve giving drugs. A few simple changes at home can make all the difference in your senior pets comfort and quality of life.
Watch the video at https://youtu.be/7LzEwKutgTY
There is so much information on the internet that it is easy to be overwhelmed or left asking if the information is accurate when you Google a question about the health of your dog or cat.
Follow these steps to make sure you get the most out of your research and to make sure you're not actually making your pet's health worse.
Check out the video and show notes: https://youtu.be/XGeYtc7biU4
It's common knowledge that chocolate can be deadly to dogs and cats but just how much do they need to eat and what type of chocolate is the most poisonous?
Video + show notes: https://youtu.be/ULqAiBQZAE0
Keep your pet safe this Christmas by avoiding these common dangers. A little planning will help prevent an unwanted trip to the vet leaving you free to relax and enjoy the festive season.
Watch the video at https://youtu.be/mSKreykvtL4
Learn what arthritis is, how it progresses, which dogs and cats are at a greater risk as well as how we go about diagnosing this painful, debilitating disease.
In parts 2 and 3 I will discuss home management and treatment. Get you pet pain free and mobile!
Are you struggling to get your pet to loose weight? Well in this episode I break down a pet weight loss program into 4 easy sections that makes it simple to put into action for your pet. Whatever their situation.
Being a healthy weight is so important to reduce the risk of a number of significant diseases and an early death. Start the journey today and help your pet be the healthiest version of themselves that they can be!
Socialising your new puppy is vital to ensure they grow up free from phobias and aggressive behaviour. Doing it safely and effectively will also ensure they aren't at risk of catching a serious infectious disease.
Help prevent the biggest cause o death in young adults, behaviour problems, by following my top tips on socialising your puppy safely.
What foods do you love but are actually poisonous to dogs and cats. How much of them would you pet actually have to eat and what symptoms might they show if they get into something they shouldn't?
In this top 10 list you will find out which of the most common foods in the house are toxic. Listen to the end as well for a bonus number 11!
Remember too if you have any questions or comments you can call into the podcast at anchor.fm or head over to ourpetshealth.com.
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Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to human and animal health. Superbugs are becoming more and more common and unless we all take action and responsibility it may be that in the near future antibiotics become useless. This is not sci-fi, the threat is real.
Find out how this affects your pet and how you can help the world keep antibiotics into the future.
Obesity in the general dog and cat population is a rapidly developing problem. It is deadly too. Fat kills! Why is this and why should we care if our dog or cat is fat. How too can you tell if they really are overweight or not?
Conventional veterinary medicine has done so much to improve the health and happiness of our pet dogs and cats. Unfortunately there is also so much misinformation and controversial opinion passed off as fact out there.
Dr Google can be great but it can also lead to poor decision making and undue worry. I want to provide you with thorough, reliable, evidence based information about keeping your pet healthy or tackling whatever life throws at them.
Independent, in-depth, evidence based vet advice is what I am all about! I strongly believe that good information leads to good decisions that ensure our cats and dogs live a life to their full potential.
This knowledge will also foster a closer relationship with your pets personal vet which is so vital for optimal health.