Six Steps to Fear-Free Vet Visits

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 11:50 by Dr. Sarah

For some pet kids, trips to the veterinary clinic can be quite traumatic. Some dogs and cats even seem to have a sixth sense, trembling in fear when an appointment approaches.

Fortunately, we have an inside voice to give us tips for calming vet-visit fears … our very own Staff Veterinarian! If your companion animal experiences mild-to-severe apprehension when it comes time for a check-up, you will not want to miss this episode of Pet Talk! In this video, Dr. Sarah reveals six measures anyone can take to ensure fear-free visits to the veterinarian.

Thank you so much for watching and check back next month for a new episode of Pet Talk with Dr. Sarah. And be sure to submit your comments below.

Fourth of July Survival Guide

Friday, 19 June 2015 07:34 by Dr. Sarah

Every red-blooded American can tell you that Independence Day celebrations are loud, bright, off-the-hook salutes to freedom. Wherever there are fireworks, you can expect loads of noise. Only, for dogs, this annual event is less a matter of patriotic partying and more like pant-inducing petrification.

The sounds and smells of Fourth of July festivities, to the keen hearing of canines coupled with their acute sense of smell, make for a potentially horrifying experience. Especially considering that celebrations begin shortly after dark and can last for hours. And possibly, be repeated for two or three nights running.

From elaborate stadium displays to small neighborhood gatherings, fireworks can be absolutely terrifying for canines. Heartbreakingly, some dogs have even been known to die as a result of fear-induced trauma and shock. So, what can we do as pet parents to protect our precious pups from outsize fear?

This episode of Pet Talk gives you all the information you need to help prepare your pet kid for the upcoming holiday. Dr. Sarah not only provides tips for helping to begin desensitizing your pup now, as well as behaviors and symptoms to be on the lookout for when the fireworks start ‘bursting in air’.

To learn more about the health-promoting and incredibly tempting Life’s Abundance treats featured in this episode and other Pet Talk episodes, visit the following links.

Tasty Rewards Training Treats
Buffalo Bully Sticks
Buffalo Meat Strips

Is your dog overly fearful of fireworks? Have you found anything that helps them to deal with their anxiety, especially if it’s something not covered in this short episode? Be sure to share your story with us in the comments section below.

How to Help a Fearful or Aggressive Dog

Thursday, 28 May 2015 12:33 by Dr. Sarah

Sometimes, dogs behave badly. Going nuts when there’s a knock at the door. Over-reacting to the tiniest of threats. Freaking out over having their nails trimmed. Worst of all, if the proper steps aren’t taken early on, behaviors like anxiety and aggression can become the norm, rather than one-off instances.

In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah and her canine assistant, Alma, demonstrate two effective training techniques that can be used to overcome unpleasant reactive canine behaviors. We’ll be covering the topics of desensitization and counter-conditioning, plus why it’s important to set realistic goals. And above all, try to have fun whenever you’re training … your dog will thank you for it.

To learn more about the health-promoting and incredibly tempting Life’s Abundance treats featured in this episode and other Pet Talk episodes, visit the following links.

Tasty Rewards Training Treats
Buffalo Bully Sticks
Buffalo Meat Strips

To learn more about leash reactivity, watch February’s Pet Talk episode “Leash Safety Made Easy”.

Canine Rehabilitation

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:02 by Dr. Sarah

Thanks to improved diets and more comfortable lifestyles, dogs are living longer lives than previous generations. Another aspect of the longevity puzzle is the breakthrough in advanced veterinary care. Treatments used exclusively for people have now become staples for the care of companion animals. This episode of Pet Talk reveals one of these areas of specialty: canine rehabilitation therapy. More...

Five DIY Procedures for Pet Parents

Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:35 by Dr. Sarah

A relationship with a companion animal can be one of the most rewarding experiences we encounter in our lifetimes. If you are a pet parent for the first time, or if you just want to do more to improve your pet kid’s quality of life, this month’s episode of Pet Talk was made just for you.

In this video, Dr. Sarah reveals the top five do-it-yourself tasks to ensure the health, longevity and happiness of dogs and cats. Our staff veterinarian covers record-keeping, grooming, dental care, nail trimming and even evidence collection (you’ll see). Given that dogs and cats are living longer than ever before, these are definitely things you should add to your regular routine. Plus, you’ll be setting a fantastic example for your pet-friendly friends!

Be sure to check out the two tutorials referenced in this month’s episode …

Maintaining Your Dog’s Dental Health
http://blog.lifesabundance.com/post/2013/03/26/Oral-Health.aspx

Tips for Better Nail Care
http://blog.lifesabundance.com/post/2010/06/17/Tips-for-Better-Nail-Care.aspx

Also, be sure to submit your comments below. We want to know if you have something to add to our top five list!

Thank you so much for watching and check back next month for a new episode of Pet Talk with Dr. Sarah.

Leash Safety Made Easy

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 13:25 by Dr. Sarah

Many pet parents report that problem leash behavior is the main reason they avoid outdoor time with their companion animal. If you’ve experienced these explosive bouts of unruly behavior, stemming from aggression or fear, you know it’s no fun at all. But, take heart, because this episode of Pet Talk addresses these very issues.

In this short video, Dr. Sarah will help you to gain a basic understanding asserting leash control. If your dog can trust that you’re able to handle any oncoming ‘threat’, both of you just might be able to start enjoying the outdoors together … possibly for the first time. Wouldn’t that be lovely!

Be sure to share this video with friends and family, especially if you know that leash reactivity is a pressing problem for them. And, please leave your comments if this Pet Talk episode is helpful to you!

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Simple 10-Minute IQ Test for Dogs

Friday, 23 January 2015 07:06 by Dr. Sarah

Are you convinced your pup is smarter than the average canine, but weren’t sure how to prove it? Well, now there’s an easy way to estimate your dog’s cognitive powers.

In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah reveals exactly how to conduct this test at home, with help from her canine assistant.

Download our free doggie IQ test to keep score- Simple 10-Minute IQ Test for Dogs. Afterwards, you’ll have a ‘report card’ to post on your fridge.

It’s so much fun you’ll be asking yourself if it’s a test or a game. [Spoiler alert: it’s both!]

We encourage you to share this video with your pet-parent friends, so they can do the doggie IQ test, too! And check back next month for another brand new episode of Pet Talk with Dr. Sarah.

Holiday Pet Safety

Friday, 19 December 2014 11:12 by Dr. Sarah

Tree and lights on display? Check.

Stockings hung on the mantle with care? Check.

Clear about the common dangers posed by the holidays to your pets? Uh-oh.

Don’t despair, be prepared! Watch this month’s yuletide episode of Pet Talk and find out what holiday trimmings are on the nice list and which ones are on the naughty. Your heightened awareness could help prevent everything from unintentional fire hazards to unwanted ingestion of plants that are safe for humans but poisonous to pets. Simply by following these helpful guidelines, your pet kid could avoid gastric upset and serious injury.

With a little help from Dr. Sarah, you can make sure your pet’s holidays are safe as well as jolly. Be sure to share this video with friends and family, or anyone fortunate enough to share their home with a companion animal.

From everyone here at Life's Abundance, have a very happy holiday season!

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Winter Hiking Tips

Monday, 24 November 2014 12:39 by Dr. Sarah

As we gear up to celebrate Thanksgiving and the coming winter holidays, the polar invasion is taking hold of much of the country and plunging temperatures. Just because Mother Nature is throwing around her frigid weight doesn't mean that outdoor excitement with your canine must come to an end. With a little preparation, the right equipment and a helping of common sense, you and your dog can stay active while hiking and exploring during the cold weather months. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah and her trusty sidekick Alma show you how to remain safe while trekking through winter wilderness areas … especially in places where hunters might be present. With loads of great tips, Pet Talk will help make your outdoor adventures an arctic blast!

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Fool-Proof, Fright-Free Pet Costumes

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:30 by Dr. Sarah

Happy Halloween! If you’re like many pet parents, you love celebrating howlidays with your companion animals. No matter how you get your All Hallows’ Eve groove on, it’s always a good idea to take some precautions to ensure that your pet kid stays purrfectly safe.

Halloween pet costumes are adorable and fun for people, but some costumes can stress out your dog or cat. Just because it’s for sale doesn’t mean it’s safe, as some pet apparel can be downright dangerous. Please, don't ever force your furry four-footer to wear a costume he or she obviously hates.

For the full details on costume safety for companion animals and other fun Halloween safety tips, watch the latest episode of Pet Talk! Before you go, be sure to check out our Trick or Treat episode from the archives for more spooktastic fun!