The Mella Moment Pet Health Podcast
By Daniella Morgan-Pascualvaca
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The Mella Moment Pet Health PodcastMay 31, 2023
98. How Can You Get Your Dog's New Favorite Ball Affordably? - Natalie Ball
Natalie Ball from Bark Balls joins us to talk about the inspiration behind this up-cycled tennis ball company, how Natalie is helping environmental and community initiatives, and of course, how this can help your furry friend!
97. How Should You Choose a Veterinarian? - Dr. Bonnie Bragdon
Gone are the days of choosing the closest veterinarian! Dr. Bonnie Bragdon joins us to talk about finding the right veterinarian for your pet, why vet care is so expensive, what you can do to alleviate some of those costs and what future predictions are saying about vet care.
96. Why Is Real Food So Important For Your Pet? - Lynn Felici-Gallant
Lynn from Paul's Custom Pet Food joins us to talk about the tear jerker but inspiring story that led her and Paul to seek veterinary-backed clean food for pets. If you want to learn about the importance of real food, listen to Lynn’s discussion today.
95. How Can You Provide Your Pet With The Best Orthopedic Care? - Aneeta Boor Boor
Aneeta Boor Boor from Animal Ortho Care joins us to talk about all the wonderful work the company is doing to support the care of animals joints, limbs, and bones. If you want to learn about how bracing goes beyond prosthetics, and how Animal Ortho Care gets personal and customizable, listen to Aneeta’s discussion
94. How Can You Reduce Stress for Your Pet? - Mikkel Becker
Mikkel Becker from the Fear Free family (literally) joins us to talk about tips on how to reduce stress for your pets. Listen to Mikkel’s tips on home life, outside life, and the dreaded topic of taking your pet to the vet. Her dad founded the Fear Free movement so you can bet she knows everything about how to give your pet their best life.
93. Love Pets? Here’s How You Can Make a Career Out of It! - Tori Mistick
Tori Mistick from Wear Wag Repeat joins us to talk about how she turned her passion for pets into a career - and how you can too! Listen to Tori’s tips about following your dreams in the pet industry, learn about the good, the bad, the ugly, and the furry, and most importantly, hear her distilled insights from Wear Wag Repeat.
92. How Can You Be the Best Parent to YOUR Pet? - Aly DelaCoeur
Aly DelaCoeur from Wag Enabled joins us to talk about being the best pet parent for YOUR pet. Regardless of affordability and accessibility, you can make your pets happy mentally, physically and psychologically! Listen to Aly's discussion on how to make sure you don't compare yourself to other pet parents.
91. How Can You Support A Pet Organization of Your Choice? - Chris Roy
Chris Roy joins us to talk about Doobert Forward, an e-commerce store that donates 5% to your animal shelter of choice when you buy your pet needs online. If you want to dive into the pay-it-forward model and why Doobert Forward is better than Chewy or Petco, listen to Chris’ discussion about the new e-commerce platform.
90. Wait, A Small Dog Can Do What? - Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams, a pet-focused content strategist and blogging coach, joins us to talk about dachshund health. If you want to dive into dachshund-specific tips (even if you don’t have one!), listen to Jessica’s discussion about stereotypes, health concerns, and hiking tips! You'll learn so much about small dog breeds and all that they can accomplish. Read her blog here: https://youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com/
89. Want To Use TV to Calm Your Dog? - Ameetess Dira
Ameetess Dira from DOGTV joins us to talk about the unique streaming service for dogs, designed to alleviate stress and anxiety throughout the day. If you want to dive into the fascinating science behind the three channels, listen to Ameetess' discussion about the TV platform for pet parents and veterinarians.
88. How Can You Save Independent Veterinary Clinics? - Dr. Ira Gordon
Dr. Ira Gordon joins us to talk about the future of independent vet clinics. If you want to dive into ways to support the shrinking number of small, independent and veterinarian-owned clinics, listen to Dr. Gordon’s discussion on why saving them is important and how they can compete in an industry that is increasingly consolidating.
87. How Can I Prevent Infectious Diseases in My Pets? - Dr. Patrick Mahaney
Dr. Patrick Mahaney joins us to talk about common infectious diseases in dogs and cats. If you want to dive into causes, vaccines, supplements, and most importantly, how pet parents can protect their pets, listen to Dr. Mahaney’s discussion about better understanding infectious diseases.
86. Need a Gift for a Fellow Pet Parent? - Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic joins us to talk about last-minute gift ideas for pet lovers and pets alike. If you’re scrambling to get those final presents, listen to Amy’s top selection. And you can trust her, since she’s the editor-in-chief of PetGuide.com! And remember, you don’t have to be extravagant as long as your pet is happy. Regardless, it’ll be a fantastic holiday season.
85. My Pet Has Cancer! What Do I Do? - Christina Lopes
Christina Lopes from FidoCure joins us to talk precision medicine and how it is the future of curing animal cancer. If you want to dive into mapping the cancer journey from diagnosis to death and what YOU should do if your pet has cancer, listen to Christina's discussion about a shift towards preventative rather than reactive medicine.
84. How Can You Change Your Dog's Behavior with Training? - Gabriel Riesco
Gabriel Riesco from Pawmos joins us to talk about the crazy story of how he got into dog training and his unique philosophies. If you want to dive into the mental wellness aspect of training, funny stories, and interesting aspects of the industry, listen to Gabriel's discussion about the future of dog behavioral training.
83. Say Hello to the Future of Kennels and Boarding - Courtney McWilliams
Courtney McWilliams joins us from MaryMac’s Doggie Retreat, New Orleans' first black-owned doggie daycare and spa boutique!
If you want to dive into the importance of personalized care for your pet (especially with separation anxiety) the experience of a dog in Courtney’s care, and her tips for other aspiring black business owners, listen to her discussion about starting this fantastic haven for dogs.
82. Happy Holidays! How Can You Keep Your Pet Safe? - Dr. Sydney Pokard
Dr. Sydney Pokard joins us to welcome Thanksgiving and the festive season by talking about holiday pet safety and the common risks associated with this time of year.
If you want to dive into the big risks of the season, including food, objects, and new stressors, listen to Dr. Pokard’s discussion about how to safely celebrate the holidays with your pets.
81. You Love Your Vet! How Do You Show Them? - Josh Vaisman
Josh Vaisman from Flourish Veterinary Consulting joins us to talk about meaningful ways that pet parents can show vets their gratitude, and vice versa, how veterinarians can show the best level of care for their clients.
If you want to dive into preparing for vet visits, understanding veterinary burnout, and paving the way for a great next visit, listen to Josh’s discussion about what goes on behind the scenes at veterinary clinics and how to make sure you help your vet thrive.
80. How Are Bacterial Infections Being Accurately Identified? - Ed Goluch
Ed Goluch - the Founder and CEO of QSM Diagnostics - joins us as part of a sneak peek look into Mella Pet Care’s partnership with this medical device company.
To dive into the importance of being able to identify the correct bacteria strain for antibiotic treatment and how it affects veterinarians as well as pet parents, listen to Ed’s discussion about the future of the development of sensors for infection monitoring and its integration with Mella’s software platform to streamline workflow for users.
79. How Can You Deliver Personalized Care to Your Pet? - Vail Weymann
Vail Weymann, the Co-Founder and CEO of Purrch, joins us to talk about a community of pet people navigating the ups and downs of parenthood together.
If you want to dive into the new best friend for modern-day pet parents, hear about connecting with fellow parents and industry experts, listen to Vail's discussion about a new app for personalized pet care.
78. How Is Technology Transforming the Veterinary Industry? - Sebastian Gabor
Sebastian Gabor from Digitail joins us to talk about the digital transformation wave overtaking the veterinary industry.
If you want to dive into automatic appointments, streamlining telemedicine, and asynchronous chats listen to Sebastian’s discussion about enabling effective visits that allow vets to see more patients.
77. How to Prepare for Your Pet's End of Life Journey? - Coleen Ellis
Coleen Ellis, a rockstar and pet loss pioneer from the Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, joins us to talk about the final walk with our pets.
If you want to dive into making sure that your pet's end of life journey is perfect for them, listen to Coleen's discussion about celebrating life and preparing to cross the rainbow in the best way possible.
76. How Can You Heal Your Pet's Microbiome? - Samantha Henson
Samantha Henson, an award winning clinical pet nutritionist, joins us to talk about gut health and the pet's microbiome.
If you want to dive into how pets’ microbiomes become damaged and hear key insights from her book ‘Healing Your Dog’s Cut Microbiome, listen to Samantha Henson’s discussion about how pet parents can support gut health at home.
Find Samantha at Next Generation Pet Wellness!
75. How Should You Prepare for a New Pet? - Dr. Rachel Mar
Dr. Rachel Mar about how to prepare before bringing a new furry friend into your life. If you want to dive into some factors to consider before adopting a pet, kitty and puppy proofing a home, essential supplies, and more, listen to her discussion about being fully ready for a new family member.
Check Dr. Rachel out below:Instagram Website Facebook
74. How Are Vets Brining Affordable Care to All Pets? - Dr. Rory Lubold
Dr. Rory Lubold joins us to talk about bringing affordable veterinary care to pets everywhere. If you want to dive into what Affordable Pet Labs is doing to improve the lives of pets, how quality of veterinary medicine is improving, and how 43 different cities are already bringing well-priced care to your doorstep, listen to Dr. Rory Lubold’s discussion about getting your pets to live healthier and longer lives.
73. What Are Brand New Cancer Treatments for Pets? - Dr. David Haworth
Dr. David Haworth joins us to talk about current cancer treatments for pets. If you want to dive into oncology and new genomics-based technologies, what pet parents should do if they suspect their pet may have cancer, and innovative screening tests, listen to Dr. Haworth’s discussion about fascinating therapies.
72. What Are the Environmental Problems with Mainstream Cat Food? - Allison Albert Ward
Allison Albert Ward from PetKrewe and VitaCat join us to talk about sustainability in the cat food industry. If you want to hear tips and tricks on picking the right food for your kitty and tend to feel overwhelmed by all of the choices at the grocery or pet store, listen to Allison’s amazing discussion about the environmental damage that mainstream cat food causes, the necessity of cat supplements, and aspects to consider when buying new food.
71. How Can Pet Parents Stay Safe on the Internet? - Clint Latham
Clint Latham from Lucca Veterinary Data Security joins us to talk about the importance of internet security for pet (and all) parents. Listen to Clint’s amazing discussion to learn more about staying safe on the internet in this age of digital health records. We discuss social media, passwords managers, VINs, public Wi-Fi, and mostly answer all the random questions our host Daniella has about technology!
70. Why is Grooming Essential to Your Pet's Health? - Melissa Mitchner
Melissa Mitchner from The Bark Shoppe joins us to discuss the importance of grooming on pet health.
If you want to hear tips and tricks on keeping your pet healthy from the CEO of the New York Institute of Pet Grooming herself (see how many times we can say the word grooming in one episode) listen to Melissa’s amazing discussion about pet healthcare and haircuts.
Click the links below to learn more!The Bark Shoppe New York Institute of Pet Grooming
69. How Can You Perform Energy Healing on Pets? - Nana Deleplanque
Nana Deleplanque from the NYC Reiki Institute joins us to talk about how we can practice Reiki (a Japanese form of energy healing) on our pets. From horses to goldfish, Nana discusses the benefits of this type of alternative medicine on all animals, no matter the distance.
68. Want to Keep Your Pet Safe this Summer? - Dr. Jessica Allen
Dr. Jessica Allen - an emergency veterinarian - joins us to talk about keeping your pet safe and happy during the summer. We discuss heatstroke, water danger, creepy crawlies, and how to avoid potential risks this season!
67. Want to Travel Smoothly with Your Pet? - Dr. Stephanie Austin
Dr. Stephanie Austin - a koalafied veterinarian who cares about the sustainability of the environment and our pet’s future - joins us to talk about tips and tricks for flying with your pets. We discuss documents, resources, and ways to make your best friend feel safe and comfortable during long and stressful journeys!
66. How Can You Help Your Pet's Behavioural Problems? - Dr. Lisa Radosta
Dr. Lisa Radosta - a working mom and a certified veterinary behaviorist - joins us to talk about behaviour problems in pets and how pet parents can help their furry friends live their best lives by addressing their wellness concerns. Check out Dr. Radosta's treasure trove of veterinarian-backed resources by clicking here.
65. What is Holistic Health for Dogs? - Zannah Mass
Zannah Mass from Well Beings Unleashed about the importance of holistic health for both humans and pets. We discuss how having a health coach can help you tackle every aspect of your well-being, as well as your furry friend’s.
64. Want to Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone at Work? - Dr. Natalie Marks
Dr. Natalie Marks joins us to talk about how her career has taken different turns since opening up her eyes outside of general practice (e.g. media, video production, and consulting) and how stepping out of your comfort zone can not only reignite passion but create new senses of pride and self-accomplishment.
63. How Can We Encourage Pet Parents to Clean Up After Their Dogs? - Maximus Seneca
Maximus Seneca - the inventor of the EVURO Ecoleash - joins us to discuss his integrated dog leash and poop bag dispenser that automatically scoops, seals, and musks the odor. Maximus and his team aim to provide the clean kit to the increasing on-demand dog walking & sitting agencies.
62. Want to Know About Ferret Care? - Dr. Rachel Siu
Dr. Rachel Siu - a small animal and exotic veterinarian - joins us to talk about how to take care of ferrets! If you are thinking of bringing a ferret into your life, or just want to learn more about the furry friends, listen to Dr. Rachel’s tips and tricks.
61. Want to Give Your Pet Personalized Care? - Dean Elgabri
Dean Elgabri, the founder of VetVet, joins us to discuss how pet parents can utilize this software to both discover and book a veterinarian right near them to give their pet(s) the personalized care they deserve.
60. Do You Want Costumes for Your Pet? - Allison Albert
Allison Albert - the CEO and founder of Pet Krewe - joins us to talk about her amazing pet costumes, and their belief in comfort and fit first, to make sure that both pets and humans get to join in on the fun.
Check out the cute costumes here: petkrewe.com
And find out what Pet Krewe is doing in the digital space: shibaverse.io
59. Want to Learn More About Euthanasia and End-of-Life Care? - Joe Osborne
Current vet student Joe Osborne joins us to talk about the rather difficult topic of euthanasia. We discuss the best end-of-life care for your senior furry friend and delve into some commonly asked questions about the procedure. We hope to use this podcast to spread education about euthanasia and help pet parents who may be facing this heart-wrenching option for their pets.
Content warning: Euthanasia is potentially sensitive content, so listeners are urged to prepare themselves to adequately engage with this episode or disengage if necessary.
58. What's It Like Being a Late-Blooming Pet Parent? - Simon Mac Odemba
Simon Mac Odemba joins us to talk about his experience as a late-blooming pet parent. We discuss the culture of having pets in his home country of Tanzania, tips he has for new pet parents, and how he believes a childhood without dogs and cats changes one's point of view about them.
57. Want an Easy Guide to Understanding Your Dog's Behaviour? - Lili Chin
Lili Chin joins us to talk about Doggie Language: A Dog Lover's Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend, which she both illustrated and wrote. We discuss what she's learned, some of her other work, and best of all, the best holiday present idea!
Click this link to purchase the book: https://www.doggiedrawings.net/product-page/doggielanguagebook
56. What Does Every Vet and Pet Parent Need to Know? - Matt Bubala
Matt Bubala, the president of Black Dog Productions Inc. - who has a very fascinating perspective working in the pet wellness radio world - kindly takes his 16 years of experience in the field, distills them down, and provides us with the best highlights of what every pet parent and vet needs to know!
55. How Can You Be a Star Veterinary Client? - Dr. Addie Reinhard
Dr. Addie Reinhard from MentorVet joins us to discuss the immense amount of stress and burnout present in the veterinary industry and how you as a pet parent can be a star client and help your veterinarian out. Plus, we talk about the amazing work that MentorVet is doing to support vets!
54. How Can You Help Subdue Your Pet's Allergies? - Dr. Alex Schechter
Dr. Alex Schechter joins us to talk about common pet allergies, symptoms that may arise, and what you should do if you think your pet is suffering from stressors in the environment.
53. Looking to Date a Pet Lover? - Leigh D'Angelo
Leigh D’Angelo joins us to talk about the two dating apps for pet lovers that she's co-founded. If you’re single and looking for a dog person, keep listening to hear about Dig, but if dating a cat enthusiast is more your thing, she’ll also talk about Tabby!
52. What Issues is Technology Solving in the Veterinary Industry? - Dr. Shadi Ireifej
Dr. Shadi Ireifej - the CEO of VetTriage - joins us to discuss the company that gives you instant video televet sessions for any species with a licensed, experienced veterinarian. You can connect 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from anywhere on your computer or mobile device.
51. What's so Great About Pet Health Podcasting? - Shawn Wilkie
Shawn Wilkie joins us to discuss the highs, lows (and everything fluffy in between) about pet health podcasting in this meta episode with our very first repeat guest.
50. What's It Like Being an Exotic Vet in Mexico? - Dr. Irindi Çitaku
In episode #50 of the Mella Moment podcast, Dr. Irindi Çitaku - an Albanian veterinarian currently based in Mexico City - joins us to discuss his fascinating experience working as an exotic vet. We cover common exotic pet emergencies as well as a super unique story involving a little axolotl.
49. Why is Cultured Meat the Future of Pet Food? - Shannon Falconer
Shannon Falconer, the CEO and co-founder of Because Animals, joins us to discuss the benefits of cultured meat for pets, people, and the planet.
48. What Does it Take to Be a Dog TV Star? - Nicole Ellis
Nicole Ellis, a celebrity dog trainer and pet lifestyle expert, joins us to discuss the world of production work and the nuances surrounding behavioral dog training for TV and film.
47. What Dog Adoption Communities are Available in India? - Abhishek Joshi
Abhishek Joshi from Dog with Blog joins us to talk about his wonderful community service in India that helps pet parents adopt strays and abandoned dogs and cats. Not looking to adopt? Not a problem! Dog with Blog also offers pet health tips and support. Get involved with them below:Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Instagram
46. What's the Scoop on Poop? - Jessica and Tara
Jessica Chu and Tara Zedayko from DIG Labs join us to talk about the scoop on poop. While it’s not a glamorous topic, dog parents can better understand what's going on with their dog's internal health and digestion just by looking a little closer at their stool. From nutrition insights to giardia detection, Jessica and Tara are passionate about educating folks on why poop matters.
45. How Can You Prevent Common Pet Emergencies? - Dr. Stevie Aitken
Dr. Stevie Aitken - an emergency veterinarian - joins us to talk about common pet emergencies, how to prevent them, when to go to the vet, and so much more. Listen to Stevie's tips to make sure that your pet stays happy, healthy, and safe!
44. How Can Pet Businesses Connect with the New Generation of Pet Parents?
Hector Ocasio from Pet Connect Business joins us to talk about the importance of small-market pet care businesses connecting with Millennial and Gen Z pet parents. Improving how they engage with these clients not only increases small business economics but saves pet lives.
43. Why Do You Need to Know Pet CPR? - Special Episode Live from SuperZoo
Malinda Malone and Kate Klasen join us to talk about The Frontline Coalition, an organization that offers pet tech CPR, first aid classes and many other wellness topics.
Full disclaimer: This is a limited edition episode that was filmed live at SuperZoo, and because of that, the audio quality is very poor. There is a lot of background noise including a dog panting, a vacuum, a PA announcement, and general chatter. Regardless, enjoy the content and conversation we had with Malinda and Kate!
42. How Can You Help Your Pet’s Wellness At Home?
Dennis Chmiel from ClueJay joins us to discuss the future of pet wellness and illness diagnostics and how you, as a pet parent, can help your pet from the comfort of your own home before even going to the vet.
41. Want to Connect with Pet Professionals? - Michael Caldwell
Michael Caldwell, the founder and CEO of Petworks, joins us to discuss his connected platform for all pet cares that serves to unite pet parents with pet pros in just about every category you can think of.
40. How Do We Know What Products Are Safe to Use On Our Pets ? - Wendie Patrick
Wendie Patrick - from Dogs of Pride and Finnessiam Health - joins us to talk about her network of purveyors of professional products for pampered pets and their people that does a whole lot to support pet health from the creation of safe products to education about pet grooming and safe practice.
39. Want to Detect Pet Illness Early? - Dr. Joana Babo
Dr. Joana Babo from Maven joins us to discuss her company that provides you with a personal vet to track your pet’s safety and health 24/7, including location alerts and early-stage illness detection.
38. How Can We Use Sound to Help Our Pets? - Janet Marlow
Janet Marlow, the founder of Pet Acoustics, joins us to discuss her company that uses both passion and science to create a revolutionary product that provides ideal sonic conditions — a natural and profound method that minimizes stress for health, which is clinically proven and repeatable.
37. Interested in a Job in the Pet Industry? - Seda Bolulu
Seda Bolulu the founder of PackHire, joins us to talk about her company: an employment recruiting service and search engine specific to the pet industry. Listen to Seda's tips and advice if you're interested in finding a job and joining us in this wonderful industry.
“Today, over 65% of US households own pets.”
“There’s been a 300% increase in how much we spend on our pets today than 20 years ago.”
“As of 2018, there were just about 2 million jobs in the pet industry.”
“Nowadays, pet parents are really looking for affordable health care that they can also control in their home.”
36. What Happens When You Create a Business From a Research Project? - Dr. Barr Hadar and Dr. Ken Lambrecht
Dr. Barr Hadar and Dr. Ken Lambrecht join us to talk about a weight loss research project with cats in private homes, evaluating technology, and bringing these ideas forward to create Healthy Pet Connect - a company that connects your pets’ home health data to your veterinarian to prevent problems.
Dr. Barr says:
“The idea with the study was how can we leverage technology as a tool to increase our effectiveness of weight-loss strategies.”
“It [pet health and wellness] means longer years of quality, healthy life for our pets.”
Dr. Ken says:
“I think it [weight management practices] starts with veterinarians doing it with their own pets.”
“I think we need to find a better way to deliver veterinary medicine.”
35. Want to Be a Part of a Pet Entrepreneur Network? - Dave Comiskey
Dave Comiskey, the entrepreneur in residence of Purina’s Pet Care Innovation Prize, joins us to talk about the pretty self-describing award. If you are a pet entrepreneur - or a budding one - and are interested in opportunities in the industry, take a listen!
“That’s what really shapes these pet entrepreneurs - they always start with a love of their own pets.”
“There’s just a massive opportunity to take what is this loosely knit ecosystem and bring it all together and make the totality of pet tech truly an ecosystem.”
“Pet health and wellness to me, today, means improving the life of my dog, and the dogs around me, and all of the other dogs out there.”
34. What's The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Pet Technology? - Sam Schopler
Sam Schopler from PetDesk joins us to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of bringing technology into the pet industry for pets, pet parents, and vets alike.
“The shift that we’re feeling now is a transition from a place where veterinarians were the sacred truth for pet health, to now needing to be more facilitators of information and the appropriate dispersal of that information to pet owners.”
“The amount of information that we’re compiling in terms of veterinary medicine is growing exponentially.”
“The idea that we’re [veterinarians] going to be the shepherds of every single piece of information is a concept that is fading quickly.”
“We need to make sure that the pets are always at the focus of benefit for this new wave of technology and that the pet care providers are having an easy experience as well.”
33. How Is Technology Changing the Pet Shelter Industry? - Lizz Whitacre
Lizz Whitacre, the founder and CEO of Pawlytics, joins us to talk about her cloud-based software for animal shelters and rescues who want to save more animals and love their database while doing it - and how technology is impacting the future of this industry!
“What an electronic health record is, is basically this digital record that includes every medical event that has happened to an animal dating back to when we started capturing information on that pet.”
“The main value that animal shelters need from software is to maximize the human capital that they have.”
“The animals are just going to get better care because they have that full record with them.”
“That’s a conversation that the Mella team and I have been working on - how do we make data transferability more streamlined from database to database?”
“Pet health and wellness really comes down to the idea of being able to give animals truly the individualized care they need.”
32. Easy Ways to Reduce Waste and Be a Sustainable Vet or Pet Parent! - Dr. Lauren Pagliughi
Dr. Lauren Pagliughi joins us to talk about sustainability, the steps you can take to reduce waste in your daily life, and how to help the planet out. If it seems like a daunting task to you, listen further, and you’ll see that there are easy tasks for both vets and pet parents!
Dr. Lauren says:
“Whether you’re a veterinarian, or you are the owner of Mella, or you are a teacher, whoever you are or whatever your job is, you have the choice every day to do something better.”
“The majority of the best ways to give to your pets do not entail buying them lots of stuff.”
“The consumer has a loud voice, and if they can use that voice for the right reasons, they can really make a difference.”
“Pet health and wellness is a mindset - it’s the way that you’re living your life.” “It’s not just one thing, it’s everything.”
31. What is Animal Centered Design? - Luisa Ruge
Luisa Ruge, an animal center designer who is passionate about animals, joins us to talk about the future of art, animal's place in society, and how she can improve their wellbeing as a designer.
“As a designer, you do have a responsibility to be very purposeful in how you use design to change the world.”
“It [Animal Centered Design] is a more focused approach to considering the animal as a legitimate user of products and services, which they are, and designing based upon that.”
“The Animal Centered Design approach raises awareness and contextualizes how our interactions with animals happen.”
“Our vision was to increase dogs’ wellbeing by empowering pet partners to make better decisions on their behalf throughout their lives.”
30. Here's Why You Should Consider Acupuncture for Your Pet - Dr. Elisa McAfee
Dr. Elisa McAfee, a veterinarian at California Animal Rehabilitation, joins us to talk about the benefits of acupuncture for your pet - and why it's such a breeze!
Dr. Elisa says:
“A lot of acupuncture points are located near nerve bundles, so by modulating those nerves by placing needles next to them, you can affect the nervous system.”
“I think pet health and wellness is really doing everything that we can...to keep animals happy.”
“Doing things that help animals in both their physical health and emotional health.”
29. Looking for a Good Treat for your Dog? - Ryan Schoop
Ryan Schoop joins us to talk about his company Bully Bundles which takes chemical-free, 100% all-natural, low odor dog treat sticks and delivers them to your doorstep every month.
“A bully stick is a hard, dehydrated beef chew that dogs go crazy for.”
“It’s a great treat to keep your dog busy when you’re busy.”
“For me, it’s [pet health and wellness] about keeping them [dogs] healthy and keeping them happy.”
28. Want to Make Sure Your Best Friend is Always by Your Side? - Lorien Clemens
Lorien Clemens joins us to discuss PetHub, a modern pet identification that links your tag to a free and secure pet profile and ensures that your best friend is always by your side.
“96% of pets that are recovered with a PetHub ID tag are home in 24 hours or less, and less than 2% of those pets ever hit a shelter door.”
“We recommend that at the very least pet parents also have an ID tag that has their contact information on it - it should be a digital ID tag.”
“52% of microchips are actually out of date, and that’s according to the microchip industry.”
“If we’re really sharing all this incredible data and incredible technology, it means longer, healthier, and less stressful lives for our pets.”
27. How Can You Keep Your Dog Happy? - Julie Hill
Julie Hill, a fellow podcaster and host of DogCast radio, joins us to talk about training your dog, how to stay active during the pandemic, and other tips from dog parent to dog parent to help your four-legged friend live their fullest and happiest life.
“If you reward the behavior that you want, they’ll keep trying.”
“We want to keep our companion animals happy - that’s why we have them, they keep us happy.”
“Giving your dog the stimulation they need - making life fun and interesting.”
“They [dogs] have the right to say no.”
26. How Can Adopting a Homeless Animal Save You Too? - Carol Novello
Carol Novello, the founder of Mutual Rescue™ and author of “Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too” joins us to talk about Mutual Rescue, a national initiative that highlights the connection between people and pets in order to inspire and support life-saving efforts in communities across the nation and world.
“A lot of people don’t really understand just how transformative it is to welcome a rescue animal into your life.”
“Changing perceptions from ‘people or animals’ to ‘people and animals'.”
“Pet health and wellness is about health and wellness for pets and people, and I think it’s about connection - the bond we generate with our pets.”
25. Want to Make Sure Your Pet Stays Kool? - Michael Bevis
Michael Bevis from KoolSkinz Pet Performance Wear joins us to talk about his innovative company whose first product is a patented vest that helps keep your dog warm in the winter & kool during the summer.
“Our mission as an organization is to educate pet owners on how to treat their animals better.”
“Heat is absolutely crucial to monitor and measure, especially in a dog.”
“I really love companies that make it easy and convenient for pet owners to monitor and regulate the health of their animals.”
24. Exploring the Idea of ‘Who Rescued Who?' - Kelly Bauer
Kelly Bauer joins us to talk about the importance of pets and mental health. Special thanks to Lisa Wirth, who was on the podcast earlier to discuss a similar topic, but given that it is incredibly relevant and we wish to help destroy the stigma surrounding it, we are excited to continue this conversation with Kelly.
“As we know in the animal welfare world, legislation is incredibly important - how we maintain laws and proper treatment of animals.”
“Approximately 3,000 more steps a day are taken by someone who owns a dog or walks a dog.”
“There is absolutely a direct correlation between owning an animal and taking care of one and your mental and physical health.”
“When you take on ownership of an animal, you are creating a sense of purpose for yourself.”
23. What is a Mobile Veterinary Clinic? - Dr. Simuel Hampton
Dr. Simuel Hampton from Guardian Mobile Veterinary Services joins us to talk about the nuances of an on-the-go pet health business seeking to bring care right to your doorstep.
Dr. Simuel says:
“I think we’re going to see a big expansion in the types of care that people can get.”
“Pet health and wellness to me just means ensuring that every animal has a home, and every animal has access to basic care.”
22. Veterinary Practice Management Tips and Tricks - Dr. Joy Fuhrman
Dr. Joy Fuhrman from Harmony Holistic Veterinary Care - a unique practice that provides an integrative system of Eastern and Western medicine techniques - joins us to talk about veterinary practice management advice.
Dr. Joy says:
“The biggest challenge of managing a veterinary practice, and certainly any business, is the staffing, recruiting, training, and retaining of high-quality, dependable staff.”
“If you have that growth mindset, you can accomplish anything that you wish.”
“As the industry evolves, it’ll become a lot more specialized to meet the demands of clients.”
“The meaning of pet wellness is treating them as if they were part of our family.”
21. How Can You Track Your Pet's Activities? - Lynn and Gideon Marks
Lynn and Gideon Marks join us to talk about their new app DogLog, which helps pet parents track and analyze their dog’s activities, eating habits, vet appointments, and much more.
Lynn and Gideon say:
“We know how important it is to really keep them as healthy as possible, and to make sure that their behavior isn’t changing.”
“Bringing pet ownership into the digital age.”
“Our mission is really to make pet ownership easier while making pets live longer and healthier.”
“We want to use the data to help pets live healthier lives.”
20. How Can We Operate Veterinary Practices More Efficiently? - Emily Dong
Emily Dong from Snout ID joins us to talk about her new digital, touchless check-in system that implements safe and efficient curbside operations for your veterinary practice.
“Our mission is, in simplest terms, to make the vet less scary.”
“Pet health and wellness just means being able to make that decision for your pet - whatever’s best for them.”
19. How Do We Maintain Dental Health in Pets? - Dr. Peter Weinstein
Peter Weinstein, the executive director of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, joins us to discuss dental health in pets, a topic that is often overlooked!
Dr. Peter says:
“If you have a puppy or kitten, start young, getting them comfortable having your fingers in their mouth.”
“80% of the pets over the age of three have some level of dental disease.”
“Please work with your veterinarian to identify the most appropriate products based upon the size, the age, and the severity of the dental disease that your pet is having.”
“Pet health and wellness means appropriately taking care of your pets, being a responsible pet owner. Doing everything you can to give your pet a long, healthy, happy, pain-free life.”
18. The Future of Telehealth in the Veterinary Industry - Dr. Cat Angle
Dr. Cat Angle joins us to discuss the future of the veterinary industry and the ways in which we are moving towards a more virtual, telehealth-based pet healthcare system.
Dr. Cat says:
“Telehealth allows us to get all the information in front of the veterinarian before they reach back to the owner.”
“I think that the process is getting easier, so that everything is more streamlined, and that makes it easier for veterinary clinics to adopt.”
“There’s a very different thing to understanding and feeling helpless - petcare is a wonderful opportunity for us to be empowered.”
17. What Does it Mean to be Fear Free? - Dr. Marty Becker - "America's Veterinarian"
Dr. Marty Becker, known as “America’s Veterinarian”, joins us to talk about what it means to be Fear Free and how to implement these safe practices in your veterinary clinic.
Dr. Marty says:
“Fear free - no fear would be the best thing.”
“It [Fear Free] was born in an instant, took five years to develop, and was an overnight success.”
“I think you’ve got a really good company...and I really appreciate the fact...that what you’re doing is [about] both health and emotional well-being.”
16. Innovation in the Veterinary Industry - Shawn Wilkie
Shawn Wilkie, the CEO of Talkatoo and the co-host of the Veterinary Innovation Podcast, joins us to talk about (not surprisingly) innovation in the veterinary industry!
“Talkatoo - we are a dictation company for medical professionals, so if you spend a lot of time doing medical records you’ll love our software.”
“We wanted to reimagine the way voice recognition worked for people in the animal health industry.”
“We want to just let the industry grow and mature through the dissemination of information.”
“I think artificial intelligence is going to play a big role in every different sector and every different industry, but it’s already starting to weasel its way into veterinary medicine.”
“If we adopt the right technology, it can save animals’ lives.”
15. How Physical Rehabilitation Can Help Your Pet - Dr. RuthAnn Lobos
Dr. RuthAnn Lobos from Merrick Pet Care joins us to talk about how physical rehabilitation is evolving and necessary for all of our pets, regardless of the state of their health.
Dr. RuthAnn says:
“It’s [physical rehabilitation for pets] an area of veterinary medicine that has been growing over the last ten years.”
“It [physical rehabilitation] can be used in all phases of life from puppyhood all the way through seniors."
14. How Does NYC Help It's Most Vulnerable Residents? - Rachel Herman
Rachel Herman, the founder and executive director of Pets Are Wonderful Support (also known as PAWS NY), joins us to talk about how the organization seeks to help NYC’s most vulnerable residents remain with their pets by delivering critical programs and services through a community of partners and volunteers.
“We really try to provide a well-rounded, comprehensive approach to eliminating the barriers that our clients are facing in providing day-to-day care for their animal companions.”
“Our goal as an organization is to make sure that those critical and important relationships can be maintained for as long as possible.”
“My definition of pet health and wellness is making sure that that animal can be at home with the person that loves them in a safe and healthy environment.”
“For me, it’s all about making sure that the humans have everything they need to make sure that their pets can be loved in the comfort of their home.”
13. What is the Puppy Bowl? - Dan Schachner
Dan Schachner, the referee of the Puppy Bowl (the dog equivalent of the Super Bowl), joins us to discuss their mission to raise awareness of pet adoption and showcase the vital work of shelters and rescues, with an 100% adoption rate.
“It’s my job to keep order and to basically be their spokesperson because these dogs don’t have a voice.”
“According to experts, visual identification is only right about 25% of the time when trying to ID a dog.”
“I think that pet health is essential because now pets are more a part of our family than ever before.”
“We help them, but they help us probably more than we help them.”
12. How Has COVID-19 Impacted the Veterinary Industry? - Dr. Ashley Assémat
Dr. Ashley Assémat joins us to discuss the changes that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought upon the veterinary industry and what the future has in store for pet parents and vets alike.
Dr. Ashley says:
“I love a good [pet parent] note - it helps us stay on track and ensure we address all of your concerns. That’s probably my number one tip.”
“Be open and up front with us - let us know what your pet does [behaviorally].”
11. A Chat With a Veterinary Super Star - Dr. Vernard Hodges from Critter Fixer Vets
Dr. Vernard Hodges, one-half of the Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospital in Georgia, joins us to talk about how he is the star of his hospital’s very own TV show on Nat Geo Wild.
Dr. Vernard says:
“What makes us unique is it’s like a family. What you get is the energy, the laughs, the smiles.”
“If you got this pet, I don’t care what it is, we’ll treat it. If you got a camel, bring it. If you got a spider, bring it. If you got a mole…”
“Technology, and those things, are helping medicine become better.”
10. How Can We Increase Shelter Adoptions? - Jessica Schleder
Daniella from Mella Pet Care is joined by Jessica Schleder, the CEO and founder of Adoptimize, an animal shelter technology that automates great pet photos to increase adoptions.
“Adoptimize - an animal shelter technology that automates great pet photos to increase adoption rates.”
“A world shifting towards virtual interactions is aiming to change the way we actually adopt our pets.”
“We’re pioneering a new type of paid ad pet adoption listing that matches the right type of available pet with people in the channels they’re already on.”
9. How To Properly Take Care of Senior Dogs - Rachel Sheppard
Rachel Sheppard joins us to talk about senior dog care and shout out the unique traits of her two fur-babies: Newfoundlands and Corgis.
“They’re [senior dogs] so well trained - there’s not a whole lot you have to do.”
“They love routine, so they’re amazing for people who work a lot.”
“I can’t recommend senior dogs enough if you’re adopting.”
“Keeping up with your vet visits is super huge and just knowing your dog.”
8. How Will Mella Transform Veterinary Workspaces? - Debbie Boone
Debbie Boone, a veterinary consultant with 23 years of experience as a certified veterinary practice manager, joins us to talk about how she believes our Mella thermometer will positively impact vet workspaces.
“When we make the pet happy, we make the client happy.”
“Anything that we can do to make the experience more comfortable for the pet actually makes it more comfortable for the client.”
“Mella has provided us a tool. We can take these temperatures without having to do anything that’s negative.”
“This [Mella Axillary Thermometer], to me, is such a game-changer.”
7. How Are Animal Shelters Changing? - Tom Van Winkle
Tom Van Winkle, the executive director of the Hinsdale Humane Society, joins us to discuss his shelter, that is dedicated to transforming the way animal shelters operate.
“What really makes us unique is how we view ourselves in the whole animal welfare dynamic - we look at ourselves as part of a bigger organism.”
“We want our shelter to be a destination spot, whether you’re looking to adopt or not.”
“We’re trying to become part of the community, we’re trying to give back, and we’re trying to welcome the community in to see what we have to offer.”
“A normal family can, on a normal means of income, still actually take better care of their pet.”
6. So You Think You Know About Pet Health? - Dr. Ross Bernstein
Dr. Ross Bernstein joins us to debunk common myths about pet health.
Dr. Ross says:
“Preventative medicine is always something that’s really important.”
“Dental care is very important for our pets, just like you and I.”
“Keep your eye out on signs that they might be sick, such as vomiting, decreased appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, and some other things.”
“A lot of aggression can come from the way that the dog was raised, their environment, if they were neglected or abused as a puppy, the way that they were growing up, and it can be trained out of them.”
5. Want the Best At-Home Pet Care? - Eliza Burr
Eliza Burr, the founder of Preferred Pet Partners, joins us to discuss her team that provides stress-free care for pets at home when their parents are away.
“Preferred Pet Partners is a small team of dedicated pet care specialists, and we do in client's home pet-sitting and dog-walking.”
“We really do consider ourselves partners with our clients in their pet’s health. We work very closely with them to figure out what’s normal for their pet and what’s not.”
4. Thoughts From a New Pet Parent - Emily T Gail
Emily T Gail, the founder of Say Nice Things About Detroit, joins us to talk about her movement which spreads positivity about the city, and now, is invested in her journey towards understanding pet health.
“I didn’t ever think about how much we can take upon ourselves as pet parents.”
“There can be more kindness in pet care.”
“You’re [Mella Pet Care] leading all of us pet owners into being more caring about our pets.”
3. How Do Pets Impact Our Mental Health? - Lisa Wirth
Lisa Wirth, a behavioral health social worker (and the proud parent of Bruder the Happy Hound!) joins us to discuss how pets have a wonderfully beneficial impact on our mental health.
“They [pets] can provide that extra companionship – someone to just be there and to be around.”
“Animals are great because they force us to have to take care of something. It forces us to do some caring, which hopefully transitions to us taking care of ourselves.”
“I’m a behavioral health social worker, and I have seen the great benefits that having a pet can have for many of the patients that I’ve worked with over the years.”
“I think it’s really important to keep in mind if you’re going to get a pet that it fits in with your lifestyle.”
2. Are You Ready to Be a Pet Parent? - Dr. Mira Tabet
Dr. Mira Tabet, the proud owner of the Dr. Paw Veterinary Clinic in Lebanon, joins us to discuss the responsibilities and commitments of being a new pet parent.
Dr. Mira says:
“The most important thing that I would ask people just before getting any pet is if they can actually commit. Commitment, financial commitment, and patience.”
“I think that there are so many dogs and cats that need homes, so I’m always advocating for them and adoption.”
“I have so many clients of mine that adore saving senior dogs, especially those that have been abandoned because the look of gratitude that you get from a senior dog is priceless.”
“We do our best, but it’s not always easy. We have found pretty amazing homes for lots of dogs and cats.”
1. Want Super Cool Dog Accessories? - Tennille Teague
Tennille Teague, the founder of JUST FRED, joins us to talk about an emerging dog accessories brand from Brooklyn that sits (+ stays) in the intersection of freedom and alternative self-expression.
“We are a cruelty-free pet accessories brand that really focuses on helping the underdogs.”
“Our focus is on inclusion and community - almost like a rebellious creative spirit that we’re trying to harness.”
“There is this really special way that we live with our dogs these days, and it’s evolving more and more, that Just Fred encompasses.”