Steve Dale is a well-known to many as a pet journalist through his WGN radio show, newspaper columns, blog articles, his presentations at vet conferences and other events, and his contributions to textbooks about behavior. In part one, we talk about how Steve got his start in radio (“I have a face for radio”), how he got his first gig writing about pets, and how he once got fired in an elevator (talk about an ‘elevator speech’). Steve also shares with us how a cat named Ricky with heart disease got him involved with the Winn Feline Foundation, and why he believes kitten kindergarten classes save lives. Oh, and he owes us 3 margaritas!
Why don’t all cats respond to catnip? Are cats really social? How is cat society organized? And what’s the most important question veterinarians can ask owners about their cats? It’s all in part two of our chat with Dr. Debra Horwitz. She is the editor of Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion – Canine and Feline Behavior, 2nd edition (2017). Her new book – Decoding Your Cat – will be published next year.
We love Dr. Debra Horwitz, a board-certified behaviorist who is the author/editor of many books and book chapters and a member of the Fear Free team. She is also one of the panel members for the American Association of Feline Practitioners consensus statement on How to Feed a Cat. We’ve learned a lot from her about cat behavior. In part one of our chat with Dr. Horwitz, we learn why cats would make good bomb detectors, why black cats get a bad rap, and how to determine if problem behaviors are abnormal or just unwanted. Are cats spiteful? Listen and find out!
Our first PurrPodcast Live! event was at VMX 2019. Our special guest was Dr. Sue Ettinger and our topic was gastrointestinal disease in cats, especially foreign bodies, lymphoma, and inflammatory bowel disease. Listen to episodes 24 & 25 and hear how to approach cats with GI foreign bodies, how to diagnose & manage IBD & lymphoma, and more. How did Dr. Sue’s own cat get diagnosed by her mother-in-law? How do you tell if a diamond is fake? Check out the episodes and find out!
Our first episode about feline behavior is with Dr. Terry Curtis, a clinical behaviorist at the University of Florida. Terry reminds us that we still have a lot to learn about feline behavior and communication. We explore the mysterious world of cats and litter boxes – learn the top 3 mistakes that owners make, and the downside of self-cleaning litter boxes. Terry also tells us the story of how she helped the famous polydactyl cats at the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Florida.
For more information on feline behavior, check out the American Association of Feline Practitioners guidelines on Diagnosing and Solving House-soiling Behavior in Cats.
Our second episode with Dr. Mary Gardner is out! In part one, we talked about Mary’s path to co-founding Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice and In-Home Euthanasia. In part two, we get into the details of providing this important aspect of veterinary care. Mary discusses whether to sedate pets before euthanasia (she’s a strong proponent) and the different routes for euthanasia drugs and how to choose. Did you know one of her signature tools for a compassionate euthanasia is a cupcake? We also discuss how emotionally taxing performing euthanasia is for veterinary team members and how to deal with it.
Be sure to check out the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.
Dr. Mary Gardner is the co-founder of Lap of Love along with Dr. Dani McVety. We were excited to have Mary as a podcast guest for two episodes and she did not disappoint us! In part one, we talk about our careers before vet med. Which of us wanted to be an Egyptologist? Can you guess who had a career in mortgage insurance? Who was a crack software developer? Mary talks about the origins of Lap of Love, now offering compassionate in-home euthanasias and hospice care with 130 vets in 60 locations. They have helped over 50,000 families say goodbye to a beloved pet and currently handle over 600 calls each day. It’s even more incredible since Mary originally wanted to be a marine scientist!