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Pets are family, and knowing the best way to care for your dog or cat can be a real challenge for even the most experienced pet parent. Join veterinarian Dr. Alex Avery, and his expert guests, as he shares his years of pet health experience with you, while also diving into the topics you really need to know about to ensure your pet is living their best life! From preventing disease and daily healthcare tips, all the way through to understanding the best options for treatment if sickness or i ...
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🐾 Get ready to tackle this itchy pet mystery with Dr. Alex answering a question sent in by listener Trish that addresses some really key pet-care pearls. From narrowing down the potential causes of any problem, the importance of making a proper diagnosis, through to when to seek the input from your veterinarian. This episode has something for every…
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🐾 Did you know that it used to be common for veterinarians to withhold pain relief for pets with joint injuries or wounds? The thinking was that this was needed to prevent them from overusing the injured area and causing more harm 😱 Some vets and owners still advocate for this approach. In my latest podcast episode, I dive deep into this shocking p…
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🐾 Do you know just how effective acupuncture is for our dogs and cats? In answering one listener question I dive into the placebo effect in both humans and animals, shedding light on the importance of understanding what the evidence says, or doesn't say. And it's not just acupuncture. Understanding the intricacies of alternative treatments and thei…
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Overvaccination of pets is a controversial topic with serious health implications? 🤔 In the latest episode of Call the Vet Show, I delved into the hot potato issue of vaccination, addressing the concerns and risks associated with overvaccination. 🎙️ I talk about the importance of vaccinations as a core strategy to prevent dangerous infectious disea…
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Is your furry friend scratching non-stop, leaving open wounds and red, dry skin? Imagine the distress they must be feeling and the worry it brings to you as their loving caregiver. You've tried home remedies like hydrogen peroxide, colloidal silver, and apple cider vinegar, but nothing seems to provide relief. But what if the root cause of your dog…
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Get ready to unleash your cat's full potential! In this episode of Call the Vet, join Dr. Alex and special guest, accredited animal behavior technician Leili from Supakit, as they reveal essential skills to teach your cat. From harness training to recall and carrier comfort, discover expert tips for fostering a happy, confident feline. Uncover the …
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Dive into the purr-fect solution for your cat's bathroom behavior! In this episode of Call the Vet, Dr. Alex helps out lister Kim who is having issues with her cat pooping in the bath - gross! Bit whether it's problem pooping or peeing outside the litter box, this episode brings you six top tips including insights on cleanliness, litter types, and …
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🐾 Get ready to capture your furry friends' most adorable moments as Dr. Alex welcomes pet photography experts Darlene, Kathy, and Bonnie to the Call the Vet podcast! In this episode, they delve into the magical world of pet photography, exploring how these talented photographers bring out the unique personalities and beauty of dogs and cats through…
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You would think that military dogs would be given the best care when it comes time to retire... In this episode, we dive into a topic that might be new to some of our listeners: the rescue and rehabilitation of military dogs. Our guest, Bob from Mission Canine Rescue, shares his insights on the incredible work they do to provide happy endings for r…
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Calling all cat lovers! 🐱 Get ready for a heartwarming episode of "Call the Vet" as host Dr. Alex sits down with the amazing Nancy Peterson to delve into the world of raising foster kittens. 🐾 From the importance of caring for feral mother cats to the ins and outs of nurturing scared kittens, this episode is packed with must-know tips and adorable …
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If you're worried about your furry friend's upset tummy, diarrhea, or blood in their stools, this episode is a must-listen! Join veterinarian Dr. Alex Avery on another episode of the "Call the Vet Show" as he addresses a common concern among pet parents – colitis in dogs. Dr. Alex and guest pet parent Jeannine dive into the ins and outs of colitis,…
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Dive into the fascinating world of pet wearables with our special guest, Guilherme Coelho. In this episode of 'Call the Vet,' Dr. Alex and Guilherme explore the groundbreaking technology that is revolutionizing pet care 🐶🐱. 👨‍⚕️From AI-powered monitors to smartphone integration, discover how pet wearables are keeping our furry friends safe, healthy…
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Join veterinarian Dr. Alex as he dives into the often fraught world of itch and allergy diagnosis. In this episode, he is joined by the incredible Dr. Jeff Werber, an award-winning veterinarian with over 38 years of experience. Together, in this sneak peek into The Dog Allergy Summit, they unravel the complexities of canine allergies and discuss ho…
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Ready to unlock the secret to your pet's sparkling smile ✨? Join our host, Dr. Alex Avery, alongside guest pet parent Michelle, as they tackle the age-old challenge of keeping our furry friends' teeth in top shape. Michelle's 14-year-old fur baby, Jerry, might have a heart murmur and can't undergo surgery, but that doesn't mean his dental health ca…
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Are pets a privilege or a necessity? When sickness or injury strikes, sometimes the most expensive treatments are affordable and at other times those at the cheaper end of the spectrum are completely out of reach. So, if you can’t afford their care, should you have a pet? For all the notes, related links, and discussion head over to the full show n…
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Are you guilty of focusing on the physical health of your pet, while neglecting their mental and emotional wellbeing? Most pet parents (including myself) are to some degree. Today this comes to an end as we discuss what emotional disease is, how you can spot your pet dog or cat may be struggling, before diving into some cutting-edge treatment optio…
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Stray and feral cats are more than just a neighborhood nuisance. They are a welfare concern for any animal-lover, a menace to any conservationist, and a potential threat to your pet cat. In this conversation with cat-advocate Bryan Kortis from Neighbourhood Cats, we discuss the impact that feral cats have in your community, how conservationists may…
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When you hear the word “bacteria” you probably picture some disease-causing monster found in filthy places like the toilet or garbage. But, what if I were to say that without bacteria your pet’s health would really suffer? Or that purposefully feeding your dog or cat live bacteria, or even poop from another animal, could be the key to treating and …
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As humans, we have an innate desire to connect with other living beings, and animals have always been a part of this connection. Whether it's the loyal wag of your dog's tail or the comforting purr of your cat as they kneed your lap, there is something about animals that draws us in and makes us feel connected. But what is it about the human-animal…
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Supplements can play a vital role in maintaining health and treating or disease BUT choosing the best supplement (one that is safe and actually works!) can be fraught with difficulty. In this listener question we answer if green-lipped muscle extract is the ultimate supplement for dogs (and cats) with arthritis and dive into some top tips for choos…
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You want your pet to be as happy and healthy as possible. But while this sounds simple, the number of decisions that need to be made to best care for them can quickly become overwhelming. The 10 most common "mistakes" discussed in this episode can be made by anyone but, with a little planning and action, you can soon be well on the way to providing…
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Listen back to these clips taken from the most popular episodes of the last 12 months. A teaser for each full episode you may not have heard in full, and a valuable reminder for those you did! And then you can find each full episode and a whole lot more here: Holistic allergy treatment in dogs The true benefit of CBD How to eliminate anxiety in you…
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Leaving your dog at home alone all day is typically not the best way to ensure they are mentally stimulated or living their best life and can even result in some challenging or destructive behaviors. But, is sending them to a dog daycare really the answer? And how can you tell if your dog is suited to daycare and that your local doggie daycare is a…
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Veterinarians are no longer the gatekeepers of knowledge about the best way to care for or treat our pet dogs and cats. Good information is out there for every single pet parent to educate themselves. But so much information is either very oversimplified or actually factually incorrect (and even misleading). It even may not be human-produced! All o…
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The diet you choose to feed your cat is critical in maintaining their health and the last thing any pet parent wants is to give them a diet that is harmful. But, there is a lot of confusion (and misinformation) about what is healthy and what is harmful with some of the most common diet choices said to cause obesity, cancer, kidney failure and more.…
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This has to be the most common preventable disease affecting dogs and cats across the globe. It can shorten life by over 2 years, and increase the likelihood of your pet suffering from a significant reduction in quality of life during their shorter life. Can you guess what the cause of this pandemic is? It's weight! A favorite topic of mine due to …
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Does this sound familiar to you (I know it does to me!)? You’re sitting on the sofa for 2 seconds and your cat starts meowing for food. Or you walk in the vague direction of their food and instantly they are under your feet, hounding you to be fed. Not only does this drive you crazy, but it also leads to over-feeding and results in your cat becomin…
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Just how common are genetic diseases, and can breeders do anything to ensure the health of your furry family member before they are even born? This topic is one that all pet parents need to consider, especially those bringing a new dog or cat into their family... For all the links discussed and further information head over to the full show notes G…
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You know that your pet is not 100% and that your veterinarian is the best person to help but finding the time to go to the vet clinic is hard and then there’s the cost. Today I’m exploring the world of remote visits and telehealth and diving into: What is telehealth? Is it new? What different telehealth options are out there? What are the benefits …
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You want your pet to be content and enjoy their life but anxiety levels are on the rise, resulting from a growing number of causes. Today's episode breaks down everything you need to know to help reduce and ultimately eliminate anxiety, both in the home and at the vet clinic, so that they are living the confident life you want for them! Dive deeper…
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This is the podcast for dedicated pet parents, just like you, who want to know the best way to care for your furry family members! Through expert interviews, discussions, and deep dives into the topics that really matter, I want to help you understand and optimize the health of your dog or cat so that they can live the full, happy, and comfortable …
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With a whole range of supplements on the market claiming to both help optimize your pet’s everyday health as well as treat all manner of different diseases, it can be impossible to know where to start. Unfortunately many (or even most) fail to live up to their marketing hype. Today though, we’re diving into the world of mushrooms and exploring how …
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When it comes to treating an allergic dog it is vital that you employ all of the available options so that they not only become itch-free and live their best life, but so that you can also reduce their reliance (or even need) on pharmaceuticals. Complete holistic control is within your reach, and these are the treatment options you need to employ a…
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There is a lot of misconception about what dogs are really allergic to, and without knowing the true cause of allergies it can be a real struggle to settle their skin and get their itch under control. In this episode I break down the most common causes of both food allergies and atopy (or environmental allergies), so you can do your best to limit y…
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Allergies are the most common cause of long-term scratching in dogs and can be due to a number of different allergy types, but it can be challenging to identify the exact cause of an individual dog’s allergies which compromises your ability to treat them successfully. In this episode I discuss The 3 main different types of dog allergy How they can …
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Is your dog scratching more than normal? Any increase in your dog's itch deserves your prompt attention, but before you rush off to the veterinarian be sure the simple problem of fleas is not to blame! In this episode I discuss: How scratch and pain are closely linked Why scratching only makes your dog's skin worse How to know fleas are present eve…
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Heat stroke kills, and your dog can overheat really quickly. Rather than rushing them to the ER after this happens, it’s better to avoid this problem completely and in this episode, I discuss exactly how to keep your dog cool when the sun shines and the mercury begins to climb. Find out more in the full show notes Get your free dog summer survival …
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Spotting the signs of heat stroke early and then taking the right action to quickly cool your dog is proven to save lives. In this episode we run through: The 5 main signs of heatstroke in dogs The biggest risk periods for overheating How to effectively and quickly cool your dog Find out more in the show notes Download your free copy of the Sog Sum…
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We love to get our cats and dogs new toys and tasty treats to show how much they mean to us, and subscription boxes are a super-convenient option to make sure your pet is never left wanting. But it’s not all harmless fun as they can cause all kinds of problems, and even compromise their health… In this episode I talk all about: The health and envir…
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Do you want to feed our dogs the safest, and healthiest food possible? Do you worry about their environmental impact? One thing is certain. The largest study to date looking into the health of vegan diets for dogs and comparing those fed a raw or conventional cooked meat diet has caused some serious waves. I spoke to Dr. Andrew Knight, the study au…
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It's just been World Veterinary Day and I wanted to highlight some of the amazing work my colleagues across the world do every single day but then I read a report detailing the staggering level of abuse vets are being subjected to. Believe me, this affects every pet parent and compromises the care of every pet... Find out more in the full show note…
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Are you thinking about adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue charity? Do you know all the steps to take to make sure the process is a success from start to finish? Today I’m talking to registered veterinary technician Bethany Muir all about how to adopt a dog so that you not only get through the new pet parent screening but also so that you make …
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I bet you thought that the increasing level of veterinary healthcare available to your pet is a good thing. The reality is that for many dogs and cats, it is actually resulting in worse care, and even early death. Let me explain… In this episode we explore: The change in the level of veterinary care available How increasing care standards can actua…
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Cannabis Marijuana, CBD oil, hemp products…unless you've been living under a rock you're going to have come across some really wild claims about how amazing and revolutionary these products are. But it can be really difficult to separate fact from fiction. To know who you can believe, who you can trust, and what the actual hard evidence is. Well, t…
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It's so easy to put a huge amount of time, effort, and energy into tinkering with your dog or cat's diet. But rather than worrying about making small changes that in all likelihood will have a negligible effect on their health, you need to concentrate on these instead to truly impact their health and happiness. To dive deeper into this topic and fo…
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The fact that our pets age faster than we do is an inevitability and we want to ensure they remain as happy and comfortable for as long as possible. But knowing what different options are open to you that will actually make a difference can be really confusing, not to mention expensive. Today we are diving deep into the world of senior care, pallia…
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Has your pet always eaten kibble but now they only want to eat wet food? Are you wondering if this is OK or a sign of something more serious? It might not seem like much to worry about if your pet still enjoys their wet food but has stopped eating their kibble or any other harder foods. In fact, it can be a sign of something more serious that, if n…
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Even though vaccines are a fundamental step in having the healthiest dog (and cat) possible, confusion about which vaccines a dog actually needs, and how often, is all too common. It is really important to only vaccinate against diseases that actually pose a threat to your dog. Otherwise, the risk of side effects outweigh the potential benefits. Va…
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How often do you give your dog or cat treats, extra helpings, or reserving a little bit of your main meal for them as an expression of your love? This could be harming both their physical and mental wellbeing! In this episode, veterinarian Dr Alex Avery talks about the best ways to show love to your pets. He shares some insights into the effects of…
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On this episode, I chat with dog trainer Niki French of Pup Talk who has a surprising answer to the question ‘how often should I walk my dog?’. Niki is an experienced dog trainer who tells owners that not every dog should be walked every day. In fact, in some cases, it’s not only better to stop walking your dog completely. This will actually make t…
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