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The Pet Doctor - Keeping your pets healthy & pet wellness - Pets & Animals on Pet Life Radio (PetLifeRadio.com)

These pet podcasts on Pet Life Radio, are about pet health and pet care featuring preventative pet medicine, senior pet care, pet pediatrics, emergency pet first aid, pet meds, pet insurance, pet dental care, pet food and pet grooming.

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 178 Are We Making Our Pets Sick?

You are as cautious any parent of a human child when it comes to the health and welfare of your four legged charges. But could the world around you be conspiring to expose your pet to toxins? What are some of the most common poisons that your pet may encounter? How would you know if your pet has been sickened? Can you avoid the possibility of inadvertent toxic exposures? Dr. Robert Poppenga, a veterinarian and head of the Toxicology Section of the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System at the University of California, Davis will help answer these question and more. Questions or comments? Email Dr. Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Are We Making Our Pets Sick on Pet Life Radio.

29mins

16 Dec 2013

Rank #1

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 40 Deciphering What is Going On Under the Skin

The last time your pet was ill, your veterinarian likely recommended that your pet have a battery of tests run. What was he or she looking for? Why do they want to repeat the tests? Why isn’t there a test for cancer? And why do they want to run tests when your pet seems totally healthy? More details on this episode MP3 Podcast -Deciphering What is Going On Under the Skin with Dr. Bernadine Cruz

38mins

25 Sep 2008

Rank #2

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 188 The Cooped Up Pet

Some might say that suburbia is going to the birds- to be precise, to the chickens. More and more people are keeping chickens as pets with benefits- fresh eggs for breakfast. But keeping chickens as feathered friends isn’t all that it is cracked up to be. With some help from my guest however, veterinarian Patricia Wakenell, we will learn how to crow with the success of having healthy pets and healthy people who care for them. Questions or comments? Email Dr. Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - The Cooped Up Pet on Pet Life Radio.

35mins

11 Apr 2014

Rank #3

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 197 Newfoundland’s James Herriot

Every aspiring veterinary student and legions of pet lovers all over the world have read the adventures of the British veterinary surgeon, James ‘Alf’ Wight, more commonly known as Dr. James Herriot. Where the Yorkshire Dales had Dr. Herriot, the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland Canada has Dr. Andrew Peacock. Dr. Peacock is a veterinarian who has had to do it all from delivering calves in a blizzard, breakneck relocation efforts of caribou, dealing with Bingo playing polar bears to trying to decipher the unique dialect of the locals. Dr. Peacock was extremely gracious and invited me into his home near Carbonear, Newfoundland where he captivated me with tales from his upcoming book, Creatures of the Rock. Questions or comments? Email Dr. Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Newfoundland’s James Herriot on Pet Life Radio.

44mins

11 Sep 2014

Rank #4

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 202 Researching Canine Senior Moments- Helping Dogs, Helping People

People and pets physical as well as mental. Current research is investigatingare living longer than ever. With aging come many challenges- the adage that ‘you can’t teach an old dog, or for that matter, an old person new tricks’. Is it that they can’t learn or is it that they can’t remember? Geriatric dogs with their naturally occurring behavioral and physical changes offer behaviorists and research scientists a marvelous model for studying and treating devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Today’s guest, Dr. Gary Landsberg, is a board certified veterinary behaviorist and Director of Veterinary Affairs and Product Development for CanCog Technologies. Questions or comments? Email Dr. Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Researching Canine Senior Moments- Helping Dogs, Helping People on Pet Life Radio.

35mins

29 Nov 2014

Rank #5

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PetLifeRadio.com - Episode 28 One Mouse or Two

I sometimes think that ophthalmologist try to trick their patients….”which is better one or two?” Do they really change anything or do they just want to watch us squirm as we look through that funny device with all those dials and lenses. And reading the eye chart can be an exercise of mind numbing squinting and guessing. But what do you do if your pet has vision issues? Do you hold up a mouse in front of a cat and ask it to raise 1 paw or two? Veterinary ophthalmology is extremely sophisticated. A primary care veterinarian can diagnose and treat most eye ailments but at times needs to refer a patient - cat, dog, bird or even a horse to an eye specialist. Today’s podcast features Dr. Bill Miller, a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist. Together we will clearly look into the issues of our pet’s vision and investigate the advances in veterinary ophthalmology. We will also discuss a special initiative of providing free eye examinations for those animals that assist vision impaired people, the Seeing Eye dog. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast -One Mouse or Two, with Dr. Bernadine Cruz

35mins

14 May 2008

Rank #6

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PetLifeRadio.com - The Pet Doctor - Episode 132 Washington - Protecting Humans and Animal Health

Guaranteed to cure warts, lumbago and make dry brittle hair shine - all of these condition and more treated by this one little bottle of liniment that you can buy today and today only for 1 thin dollar! If you heard anyone pitching a product like this you would probably call them a snake oil salesman. But not that many years ago, there were unscrupulous hucksters with similar lines. And sad to say, there are still companies who prey on our fears and desires. Their spiel has now gone high tech. How do we know what is safe and effective? We want the best for ourselves and our pets. Thankfully there are governmental organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration that are looking out for us. My guest today is Dr. Carmen Stamper. She is a veterinary medical officer for the Center for Veterinary Medicine; their mission is to protect human and animal health. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Washington - Protecting Humans and Animal Health on Pet Life Radio.

38mins

13 Dec 2011

Rank #7

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 245 Danaus Ecological Reserve

Let’s take a quiz…a geography quiz. Yes, I know I am a veterinarian and this is a show about pets but you will see that it all makes sense. Name a country that has no standing army…where it is ilegal to own a wild animal, has a population of about 4.5 million people who are all educated for free from primary school to high school. Ranked 42nd in the world for environmental protection, has great beaches and fabulous people who speak Spanish. Figured out where I am talking about? Costa Rica. Elías Peña is a nature guide at the Danaus Ecological Reserve in La Fortuna de San Carlos. He is going to tell us how a small center in a small Central American country is enchanting and educating the countrymen and the world about the importance of protecting our plants, animals and world….they know we are One World…One Health. Questions or comments? Email Dr. Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Danaus Ecological Reserve on Pet Life Radio.

38mins

20 Mar 2017

Rank #8

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 228 Passages

The devotion that pets show their human guardians is often called unconditional love. As pet guardians, we share our lives with creatures that sadly have shorter life spans than ours and at times we must demonstrate the ultimate gift of love-allowing our pets to pass. This decision is fraught with angst. How do you know it’s time? Do you permit your pet to transition naturally or do you enable the process? Is it best done at home or at your veterinarian’s office? How do you tell your children? Are you overreacting by feeling so devastated by their loss and are your friends correct when they say "get over it, just go out and get another pet... it was only an animal.' Dr. Liz Fernandez addresses these questions and more in her book, Sacred Gifts of a Short Life. Each pet is different; each decision regarding their transition is unique. There is no right or wrong answer, only the one that is meaningful for you. Dr. Liz and her remarkable book will help you no matter if you are facing the passage of a pet, a human loved one or your own mortality. Questions or comments? Email Dr. Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Passages on Pet Life Radio.

36mins

6 Apr 2016

Rank #9

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 288 Love is Just the Start

If you have a pet, most likely you love it a lot. You buy the best food you can afford. You give it lots of treats….in fact if you were to admit it, it is a bit pudgy. Your pet has a toybox full of goodies. It has a plethora of clothes and collars. When you are away at work…and you are away a lot, you have a pet nanny cam so you can look in on it. You visit your vet whenever it is ill … and it hates going there. You try to play with it a couple times a week. All in all, you are a pretty good pet parent. This is all marvelous but are you truly doing all you can? Most pet parents sincerely care but sometimes they don’t know what they don’t know and that can have detrimental effects on the pet’s quality and quantity of life. Now you can obtain reputable, reliable pet physical and mental health information on any of your devices and much of it is free! My guest is Steve Dale. He is a friend, a certified animal behavior consultant, a journalist, host of two nationally syndicated radio, special contributor at WGN Radio in Chicago and for 21 years wrote on pet matters for the Chicago Tribune. You may have read his work in USA Weekend, Cat Fancy and more. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, National Geographic Explore, Fox News and a plethora of various Animal Planet shows. EPISODE NOTES: Love is Just the Start on Pet Life Radio.

38mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 227 Tweens and Teens Get Set for Veterinary School

At least once a week I have a client tell me that they wanted to become a veterinarian when they were young, but never pursued the career. They just didn’t think they had what it took. There are so many tweens and teens who are starting to wrestle with the question ‘what do you want to do when you grow up?’ Many may entertain the idea of becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine but they also have doubts about what does it take? Could I handle the sights, sounds and smells of being around animals? What options are available if I like science but want to do more than tend to the traditional dogs, cats, horses and birds? How do I go about get hands on experience? Dr. Chris Carpenter is the founder and director of an amazing program called ‘Vet Set Go’ that incorporates his degrees in veterinary medicine and his membership in the National Science Teachers Association. It is unique and a great way for tweens and teens to explore all the veterinary medicine can be. Questions or comments? Email Dr. Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Tweens and Teens Get Set for Veterinary School on Pet Life Radio.

40mins

17 Feb 2016

Rank #11

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 154 Positive Talk... Positive Thought on PetLifeRadio.com

How you talk about yourself can greatly influence how you think about yourself. If you keep saying 'I am so dumb... I’m a loser... I can never do it right'... do it long enough and you will start to believe it... a self fulfilling prophecy. But how about the way we talk and think about our pets? Each pet has its own strengths and limitations. Understanding them and you can lead to a more harmonious connection. Lisa Knowles and I will explore why we should respect our pets... how to understand their unique qualities and how to more fully enjoy life with pets. Questions or comments? Email Dr.Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Positive Talk... Positive Thought on Pet Life Radio.

33mins

5 Jan 2013

Rank #12

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 233 Spot the Pet Poisons in Your Home

Pets explore their worlds by licking, sniffing, touching and swallowing items they encounter. It may have seemed like a good idea at the time to investigate the puddle on the garage floor, down that round roly poly thing on the bathroom counter or munch on the wobbly mouse in the yard. But the consequences could be deadly. And then there are the well meaning pet owner who tries to save money by consulting Dr. Google and treating their pets with toxic outcomes. Dr. Charlotte Flint, as a senior consulting veterinarian at Pet Poison Helpline has heard stories that would turn your fur green and toss your kibble. We are going to break down room by room some of the most common pet toxins in your home. Questions or comments? Email Dr. Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Spot the Pet Poisons in Your Home on Pet Life Radio.

42mins

30 Jun 2016

Rank #13

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 147 Swallowing Problems in Dogs-– More Common Than You Think on PetLifeRadio.com

Heave, gag, hurl, puke, spew and upchuck- anyway you say it- yuk! A pet can do any of the fore mentioned for myriad reasons. Figuring out why can be as simple and taking away that fuzzy toy that the pet insists on eating or a frustrating process for pet owner and veterinarian. It can even be life threatening. . Stan Marks is a board certified veterinary internist and Professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He has a special interest in remedying retching.. Questions or comments? Email Dr.Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Swallowing Problems in Dogs- More Common Than You Think on Pet Life Radio. var ACE_AR = {Site: '845738', Size: '468060'};

36mins

28 Sep 2012

Rank #14

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 241 Nutrition Edition

In 2015, Americans spent over $60 billion on pet food with veterinary care coming in somewhere around $15 billion. But is all of that money on pet food being well spent? Are we over feeding and giving less than optimal nutrition to our furry family members? Can some of the most serious medical conditions such as kidney disease and cancer be positively affected by modifying what we feed? My guest is Dr. Cailin Heinze. She is a board-certified veterinary nutritionist at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University where she teaches biochemistry and clinical nutrition. She is an expert in home-cooked diet formulation and general pet nutrition and has a special interest in feeding pets with kidney disease and cancer. Dr Heinze has been featured in Eating Well, WebMD, Prevention magazine, and Dog Fancy and she regularly speaks at national and international veterinary conferences. So grab your pen and paper. I know you are going to want to take some notes to help you digest this very important subject. Questions or comments? Email Dr. Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Nutrition Edition on Pet Life Radio.

35mins

21 Nov 2016

Rank #15

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 199 The Behind the Scenes Health Guardian

It has happened to you and probably your pet. You go to the doctor because you are not feeling well. They look, they ask, they listen- then inevitably it is time to go to the lab for poking, sampling and that all so much fun- peeing in a cup. Why do they need all of those samples? Aren’t they just trying to run up the bill? My guest is Dr. Leslie Willis Woods. She is a board certified veterinary pathologist, a Ph.D., works for the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System and lectures on avian toxicology in the avian pathology and avian medicine courses at our alma mater, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Today we are going to chat about keeping our pet birds safe in our homes and the role of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System in keeping pets, people and the environment healthy. Questions or comments? Email Dr. Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - The Behind the Scenes Health Guardian on Pet Life Radio.

32mins

16 Oct 2014

Rank #16

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PetLifeRadio.com - The Pet Doctor - Episode 124 It is Naturally Confusing -- What to Feed Your Pet

Commercial or homemade--.organic or natural--.raw or home cooked--.what is a pet owner to feed? The choices in pet foods would cause a Shar Pei’s hair to curl. People are becoming more aware of nutritional options for themselves as well as their pets. But making well-informed decision can be difficult. Who do you believe--.your breeder, your neighbor, the veterinarian or the kid at the pet store? Dr. Edward Moser is a veterinary nutritional expert. He will help us take a bite out of the mystery of which food will best enrich your pet’s health. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - It is Naturally Confusing -- What to Feed Your Pet on Pet Life Radio.

43mins

21 Sep 2011

Rank #17

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 195 Canadian Originals-Newfoundland and Labrador Dogs and a Veterinarian Who Cares for the Pet Population of St. John’s

This Pet Doctor show is a continuation of my adventures in Newfoundland Canada. Hi, I am Dr. Bernadine Cruz. I will be speaking with two of the province’s champion breeders of the Newfoundland dog and Labrador retriever. These animals are such an important part of their culture that if you visit St. John’s Harbourside Park, you will find two lifesized bronze statues of the province’s iconic mascots. I also sat down with a local shelter veterinarian to discuss the challenges and joys of practicing medicine in the oldest city in North America. Questions or comments? Email Dr. Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Canadian Originals-Newfoundland and Labrador Dogs and a Veterinarian Who Cares for the Pet Population of St. John’s on Pet Life Radio.

36mins

16 Aug 2014

Rank #18

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PetLifeRadio.com - The Pet Doctor - Episode 75 Paws to Save Pets

What impact can one person, one veterinarian, one initiative make to help our pets when there are disasters as devastating as Hurricane Katrina, as horrible as the flooding in the Midwest, horrific as the wildfires in California or blizzards in Colorado? Countless animal lives have been saved and pets have been reunited with misplaced owners because of a unique partnership called Paws to Save Pets. But what can you do to help? More importantly, what can you do to help insure that your pet is not a victim of a preventable disaster? How can you prepare for catastrophes that just can’t be predicted but are all too common? My guest today is Dr. Hal Little of Merial Animal Health. He will tell us how to plan ahead to safeguard the pets in our lives. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Killer Whales, Healthy Oceans and You ....with Dr. Bernadine Cruz

32mins

9 Nov 2009

Rank #19

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The Pet Doctor - Episode 232 Badda Bing, Badda Boom... Noises That Drive Dogs Crazy and What You Can Do

Crash, boom, bang... all noises that may send your dog running for cover under your bed. A dog’s hearing is quite different from ours. They can hear sounds 4 times farther away than we can, hear higher pitches sounds that are undetectable to the human ear and their extremely moveable ears can help them hone in on the origin of the auditory reverberations. We need to move our entire head to better echo locate. Loud noises such as thunder and fireworks can be very scary for your canine companion. A frightened dog can cause itself great bodily harm trying to escape the sonic terrors and great angst for their owners. Trying to make your dog less noise phobic has typically involved sound desensitization or heavily sedating your dog. Now… there is a breakthrough medication that won’t make the sound any less obnoxious but can allow your dog to better deal with the auditory insult. Dr. Sharon Campbell is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and one of the technical veterinarians for Zoetis Animal Health. We will be discussing noise aversion and a new medication available to treat it. Questions or comments? Email Dr. Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com. More details on this episode MP3 Podcast - Badda Bing, Badda Boom... Noises That Drive Dogs Crazy and What You Can Do on Pet Life Radio.

37mins

20 Jun 2016

Rank #20