Scratching the Itch

Each episode ends with a segment highlighting something that provides relief or just makes you feel good, hence, “scratching the itch.” This post contains all the feel goods in one place.

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Cataracts in Dogs and cats

In this episode, Dr. Kristen Fischer, board certified veterinary ophthalmologist discusses the importance of early diagnosis, the different causes, and treatments of cataracts in pets. Genetic predisposition and diabetes are the most common causes of cataracts in dogs, whereas inflammation causes cataracts in cats. Early detection and treatment are essential and can be achieved by routine eye exams conducted by a veterinarian. Treatment options available include surgery, which has a success rate of around 90%. In cases where surgery isn’t possible, maintaining comfort for the pet is key. The positive impact of this treatment in pets is highlighted through a special story about a rescue dog named Ethel. Dr. Fischer also denotes the annual initiative by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists that provides free eye exams for service animals globally.

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Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragons are one of the most popular reptile pets. They are curious and interactive, making them good family pets. With the right care, they can live over 10 years. In this episode, Dr. Nicole Johnson, veterinarian and past president of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, talks about how to keep your bearded dragon healthy, what they like to eat, and the importance of a good relationship with a veterinarian with knowledge of exotic animals and reptiles.

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Honeybees

In recent years, veterinarians have become more involved in the health and welfare of honeybees as the result of changes in how antibiotics are regulated. In this episode, Dr. Brittany Kyle, veterinarian and honeybee expert, discusses the fascinating world of beekeeping, some of the common misconceptions around bees, and the lessons she has learned caring for her own bee colony. The stories shared include great resources, whether you have an established apiary or you just want to know what the buzz is all about.

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Hospice and End of Life

Preventing and relieving suffering in pets is important all life stages, but particularly during end of life care. Hospice veterinarian, Dr. Mary Gardner, co-founder and chief information officer of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, joins this episode to tell us about a sweet golden retriever named Bogey, bucket lists, palliative care, and euthanasia or “good-byes.” If your dog or cat is an older animal, your geriatric pet could benefit from this discussion on how to identify ways to improve your final time together, and what to expect when it’s time.

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Anxiety and Allergies

Many pet owners may think their pet licks its paws because of anxiety. While anxiety may play a role in how itchy an allergic pet feels, when dogs lick their paws to the point of causing damage to the skin, anxiety it not the only problem. Dr. Lindsey McAuliffe, veterinary dermatologist, set out to study the role of anxiety in dogs with allergies. She found a fascinating change in many behaviors, including aggression, fear, touch sensitivity and trainability. If your allergic dog struggles with behavior problems, this is a fascinating conversation looking at what the research tells us.

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Ear Cleaning

Ear cleaning can be incredibly important for dogs with ear infections and allergies. Pet owners may struggle with ear cleaning if the dog is fearful or painful. In this episode, Dr. Amy Pike, veterinary behavior specialist, discusses cooperative care techniques for low stress ear cleanings for your dog with ear infections. This episode is a great resource if your dog has ever had an ear infection and you are looking for a method that decreases pain and anxiety for everyone involved.

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Anesthetic and anesthesia free Dental Cleanings

As part of National Pet Dental Health Month, veterinary dentist and oral surgeon, Dr. Amy Thomson joins the show to talk teeth. Wondering if your dog needs a dental cleaning? Does your dog need anesthesia for dental care? Does your pet need x-rays of their teeth? In this episode, Dr. Thomson explains why your veterinarian recommends a COHAT, comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment, to keep your pet’s mouth healthy, as well as the risks associated with cosmetic, nonanesthetic dental cleanings.

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Symmetric Lupoid Onychitis

Symmetric lupoid onychitis (SLO) is a rare autoimmune disease of dogs. In this disease, the immune system, which usually keeps the body safe from germs and cancer cells, decides the connections between the claws and the skin should be attacked. This leads to easily damaged and ripped off claws in affected dogs. In this episode, veterinary dermatologist Dr. Brittany Lancellotti discusses why this occurs, what treatments may be recommended, and what to expect during the treatment process.

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Chronic Vomiting in Cats

If you have a cat who is vomiting a hairball more than two times per month, there is a problem. In this episode, Dr. Chris Byers, veterinary internal medicine specialist and critical care specialist, joins us to explain:
How much puke is too much?
Is your cat vomiting or coughing too hard?
When should you take your cat to the vet?
What tests are recommended for vomiting and why?
What treatments are available?

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Itchy Pet Awareness Month – Stella and the Allergic Cat

August is Itchy Pet Awareness Month. When it comes to itchy cats and dogs, the pets are not the only ones suffering. Caregiver burden is directly related to treatment complexity and treating allergies can be very complex. Dr. Meagan Painter, veterinary dermatologist, founder of The Allergic Dog and The Allergic Cat, and pet owner of her own allergic cat, talks about Stella and how managing her cat’s allergies has been a learning process for them both.

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