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Dr. Roger Welton and Dr. Karen Louis are both experienced, practicing veterinarians that write extensively on their respective blogs (Web-DVM.Net and VetChick.com). They co-host this show to discuss the topics that inspire them to blog, while offering their unique experiences and training to offer listeners varied perspectives on pet issues of the day.
 
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Our veterinarian co-hosts, Dr. Roger Welton and Dr. Karen Louis, draw on their experience to talk about common pet store bought chew toys, treats, bones, and household items that can lead to serious gastrointestinal obstructions in dogs and cats. This time of year with chew toys and treats commonly offered as stocking stuffers for our pets during t…
 
Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen are back! Emerging from major career adjustments during the coronavirus pandemic and life changes, your beloved veterinary co-hosts are excited to be back and raring to go! Have you noticed that trying to get your pet seen at your regular veterinarian has become increasingly difficult in the age of COVID-19 because the clini…
 
Veterinarian co-hosts Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen return from their long hiatus to tackle none other than coronavirus in dogs and cats and if there is are any concerns for transmission to people or vice versa in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Listeners will walk away from this episode well educated with everything they need to know about coronavirus i…
 
Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen discuss the veterinarian’s ethical duty to recommend routine parasite and disease screening, as well as appropriate diagnostics when pets present with illness. Our veterinarian co-hosts discuss reasons why some veterinarians will refrain from making important diagnostic recommendations and some of the consequences that may r…
 
Practicing veterinarian co-hosts Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen, open their hearts to listeners and share their experiences that brought them to their respective places in the field of companion animal health care: Dr. Roger immersed in the busy and rapid paced clinical setting of emergency, critical care, general medicine, and surgery, Dr. Karen in the h…
 
Summer is a very tough season for dogs that suffer from noise stress. Between thunderstorms and fireworks, it is no exaggeration that for some dogs, summer is a terrifying time for them. Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen discuss natural and pharmaceutical relief for noise induced stress in dogs: what works, what does not work, and what is safe. E-mail questi…
 
Dr. Roger interviews guest host, newly graduated veterinarian, Dr. Amanda Johnston. Dr. Johnston shares her perspective and experiences as she has transitioned from technician to student to new doctor of veterinary medicine. For all that are interested in veterinary medicine as a profession or just have a curiosity about the process of transitionin…
 
This episode to open 2019 covers the top 5 pet resolutions pet owners should strive for, at least from the perspective of our veterinarian co-hosts, Dr. Roger Welton and Dr. Karen Louis. Their top pet resolutions come from their review of hindsight issues and health concerns they observed in 2018 veterinary clinical practice (in addition to being a…
 
Veterinarian co-hosts Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen discuss the use of medical marijuana for treatment of diseases in dogs and cats. In particularly they focus on the increasingly popular trend of CBD (aka, cannabis) oil products whose sale is popping up just about everywhere. Our co-hosts sift through which types of products have real clinical benefits …
 
Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen discuss the sharp differences between chemotherapy for cancer treatment in pets versus for humans. Both of our practicing veterinarian co-hosts reflect on pet owner apprehension and even at times shock at the mere mention of chemotherapy for treatment of cancer for dogs and cats. With the rise in cancer in pets it is possibl…
 
Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen discuss a recent investigation launched by the FDA (prompted by a group of veterinary cardiologists) regarding a troublingly credible link between the deadly heart disease in dogs, dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), and the feeding of grain free dog food. Our veterinary co-hosts also delve into the deceptive marketing engaged in …
 
Dr. Roger & Dr. Karen discuss the difficult topic of euthanasia in aging and sick pets and the difficulty of knowing when it is time for owners to make the difficult decision to elect humane euthanasia. Based a listener e-mail question, our veterinarian co-hosts try to add perspective to the decision for euthanasia that can be in a very grey area a…
 
Inspired by a listener e-mail sent in by a veterinary technician student, veterinarian co-hosts Dr. Roger Welton and Dr. Karen Louis talk about their veterinary school experiences and how it related to the realities of general practice in the “real world.” They touch on common aspects of general veterinary practice that are barely touched in veteri…
 
Co-hosts Dr. Roger Welton and Dr. Karen Louis talk about the deadly disease parvo (in cats it is called panleukopenia virus. This is a must listen for pet owners to learn about this very common and preventable disease. Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen also answer listener e-mail comments on the air. For consideration to have your questions or comments addre…
 
Because pets cannot speak for themselves, veterinarians are highly reliant on pet owners for medical history and all information that is necessary to build a clinical case to best meet the health needs of dogs and cats. Tonight, Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen discuss the frustrating times when owners lie to veterinarians in the course of providing the his…
 
Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen discuss their opinions on administration of the 2 strain Canine Influenza vaccine although outbreaks in Florida and the Midwest have fizzled out minus a few reported isolated cases. To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? This episode is sponsored by Ecosia.com, the search engine that uses their ad revenue to plant trees around th…
 
Pet owners often have serious concerns about anesthesia in in dogs and cats, especially for non-life-threatening procedures such as dentistry. Veterinarian co-hosts, Dr. Roger Welton and Dr. Karen Louis, discuss the risks based on the most recent research and their own clinical experience. They discuss circumstances in which the risk for anesthesia…
 
Heart murmurs are abnormal heart sounds that are caused by various types of structural defects of the heart valves and or muscular wall of the heart. Recognizing heart murmurs early and having them checked regularly for progression and initiating proper diagnostics to know when to begin treatment before there is advanced disease. Veterinarian co-ho…
 
Most pet owners are aware of the existence of puppy mills, their cruel practices driven by greed, and the typical outlets where the puppies they produce are sold. Yet puppy mills have not missed a beat and are generally doing as well as they ever have, if not better. Why does the abysmal puppy mill industry thrive in the United States? Our veterina…
 
Veterinarian co-hosts co-hosts Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen share their top New Year resolution for pets and pet owners: preventative pet wellness care and regular wellness blood work. Both Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen share case anecdotes where preventative wellness care could have extended the lives of patients by years through early disease detection, ear…
 
Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen raise the increasingly problematic issue of fake service dogs. Service dogs play a unique in special role in the human-animal bond in going beyond companionship to dogs helping people with disabilities have the assistance necessary to improve and maintain their independence and quality of life. Our veterinarian co-hosts high…
 
Veterinarian co-hosts Dr. Roger Welton and Dr. Karen Louis discuss the statistical increases in the incidence of certain infectious and parasitic diseases in dogs and cats during prolonged periods of standing water following major storms. Our co-hosts detail risk, prevention, and treatment of these diseases, one of which is also contagious to peopl…
 
In the wake of the tragic disaster in Houston and surrounding communities from Hurricane Harvey, Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen discuss preparedness for pets. As we witnessed in the aftermath of Katrina and sheer numbers of lost and deceased pets that resulted, family pets are common casualties of natural disaster events. The simple steps highlighted by o…
 
Veterinarian co-hosts Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen talk about blood work diagnostics and how useful they are in diagnosing disease in dogs and cats and…how useless they can also be. Listen in as the doctors talk about who they work through cases of dog and cat (especially cat) patients that are obviously sick but show completely normal blood work. E-mai…
 
Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen cover the common and potentially dangerous condition of heat stress (also known as heat exhaustion) and heat stroke in dogs. Dr. Karen discuss risk factors and signs of heat stress versus the more dangerous progression of heat stroke, when to manage them, and when your dog’s life may depend on getting him to the vet ASAP. Ou…
 
Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen discuss some commonly seen veterinary medical and conditions and negative mental states in un-neutered or intact male dogs. These conditions range from being a nuissance to to being outright dangerous for intact male dogs, chief among them being verious forms of prostate disease.. E-mail our cohosts for consideration have yo…
 
Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen talk pheromone therapy for stress and anxiety in dogs and cats. Using pheromone treatment as a means to safely and without side effects help to relieve canine and feline stress (whether situational or chronic) as an opening to a broader discussion of stress management, our veterinarian co-hosts explore other proven holistic …
 
Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen take on outrageous holistic veterinary internet “publication” claims that heartworm disease can be effectively prevented “naturally” without the actual administration of canine heartworm preventive medication. In addition to debunking these false and dangerous claims, our practicing veterinarian co-hosts expose these publica…
 
Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen discuss various conditions that commonly lead to hacking, gagging, coughing, and compromised breathing in dogs. The conditions they highlight - laryngeal paralysis, brachycephalic syndrome, collapsing trachea, allergic tracheitis, and canine upper respiratory infection disease complex - may be inherited or acquired. Whether …
 
Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen discuss one of the most common and frustrating feline diseases: feline lower urinary tract disease. This disease often is first noticed when cats start urinating in the home outside of the litter box. Listen in as our hosts discuss what causes this disease and what treatments are available to manage it. Veterinary Advice, An…
 
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