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MORE Good Day Oregon Segment: Flea prevention and treatment
Fleas! Why you should fear them, and what you can...
If you have pets, you’ve likely experienced fleas at some point. They’re miserable little buggers, aren’t they! Thing is, they’re even worse then you’re likely aware. Sure, fleas cause your dog or cat to chew, scratch, roll, and otherwise feel miserable, but did you know that fleas also transmit disease - both to your pets, and to you and your family? Indeed they...
MORE Good Day Oregon segment: Navigating the myriad pet food options
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Keeping Pets & Kids safe together. Video from this morning’s segment on KPTV-12 MORE Good Day Oregon show.
Pet safety tips for Labor Day
Many of us will be celebrating (mourning) the official end of summer today. Don’t forget about the safety of your pets though as you fire up the grill, frolic at the lake, or jump in the car to head out of town. The typical BBQ, jaunt to the lake/ocean/river, and an unsecured drive in the family car are all potential ‘emergency minefields’ for your dogs (and, to a lesser extent,...
After a Tragic Accident, Family is Reunited With... →
All of the news reports (correctly) point out that this story underscores the importance of microchipping your pets. What most of them fail to even mention though is the more important lesson that should be taken from this tragic accident - which is that all pets should be properly restrained during travel. While it is great that this family got their dog back, and truly it is, what would be even...
Attention new and expecting parents... keep your...
As I found out for the first time in November 2009, and again this August, welcoming a new baby into your family and home is truly one of the greatest joys in life. If you’re a pet owner though, this great joy can be shattered by a host of emergencies that can happen to your children and pets when they share a home. Of course I’m not saying this to ‘bring you down’ from...
Please restrain your pets during travel! And... →
Amazingly sad story of a dog that caused a fatal car accident and then went missing for over a year. Although this story has a silver lining (the remaining family members being reunited with the dog), the sad truth is that the father of the family and one of the children died as a result of their dog not being restrained. This story should really drive home the importance of proper pet restraint...
Video of Heat Stroke segment from KPTV’s MORE Good Day Oregon this morning. Pardon the pauses, I’m quite tired these days (my wife and I are expecting our second child any day now :-). Check out the companion blog post to for more info.
Kristin Mac: Riding in cars with dogs →
mbistyd: My aim with this post is not to make any of you feel as if I am personally attacking you or calling you careless pet owners, but rather to inform you of the importance of your dogs safety in the car. Not long ago a friend of mine’s step-father put their Golden Retriever puppy in the bed of his…
Here’s the video from this morning’s segment on KPTV-Fox12’s MORE Good Day Oregon. It’s all about 5 dangerous, but less well known about pet toxins. Check it out and help spread the word. I am told that the segment will run again at 11:15am this coming Monday (8/1) on the Better Portland show (also on KPTV-Fox12).
What You Don't Know Can Harm (and even kill) Your...
Sure, you know that chocolate is dangerous for pets, right? In fact, so many people are aware of this common toxicity that vet hospitals across the country regularly receive phone calls from concerned owners of 65# labradors wondering if the single chocolate-chip cookie (or a few M&Ms) their dog just ate is going to kill them. [It likely isn’t] And its also not uncommon come December...
Pet Toxin Discussion →
Head on over to and get in on the discussion happening on The Preventive Vet Facebook page. We’re talking about acetaminophen toxicity in pets. The common, dangerous, and (often) lesser well known pet toxins will be the subject of tomorrow’s television segment and companion blog post. This discussion about acetaminophen toxicity is just a ‘teaser’ of what’s to come...
Safety Product Review: Bergan Travel Harness
You all know how I feel about pet travel safety, right? (If not, check out my previous blog post on the issue - click here. But here’s a hint… I call myself The Preventive Vet ;-) Well, I’ve got some great news to report - I’ve found my ‘soul-mates’ in the pet product business, and their name is Bergan! A few years back the product development team at...
Here’s the video from this morning’s segment on the dangers of pet obesity. It aired on MORE Good Day Oregon on KPTV-Fox12 here in Oregon. It’s always a fun time there, great crew. Next up will be a segment on dangerous, but less well known pet toxins - will air on MORE Good Day Oregon next Thursday (July 28th) and then again on Better Portland on the same channel (but at...
'Fat Cat' & 'Portly Pooch' - it can cost your pet...
What do you think about your pet’s weight? Be honest. Do you think that they’re an appropriate weight? Do you think they’re too thin? Too heavy? Would it surprise you to learn that nearly 50% of the dogs, and nearly 60% of the cats in America are overweight or obese? This is according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and based upon the results of their most...