The Science of Catnip

The Science of Catnip

I was recently asked why cats react to sniffing catnip. As a veterinarian, I figured this was a question I should have an answer to. But as I thought about it, I realized that I didn’t know. So I looked into it and figured I would share the information I found with my readers at Pawsitively Intrepid. What Is Catnip? Catnip, Nepeta cataria, is a plant. Or more specifically, a herb belonging to the mint family. This plant is indigenous to Europe…

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Goose Island: A Dog-Friendly County Park for Year Round Enjoyment

Goose Island: A Dog-Friendly County Park for Year Round Enjoyment

Goose Island is a lovely county park located just south of La Crosse, Wisconsin.  It is located on an island in the Mississippi River and offers a campground, boat launching locations, a canoe/kayak trail and, my favorite, hiking trails. While many of the local hikes in La Crosse are bluff hikes, Goose Island offers something different. If you are looking for a flatter dog-friendly hiking/walking location close to La Crosse with spectacular views of the Mississippi River, look no further….

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New Year’s Resolutions 2018

New Year’s Resolutions 2018

Can you believe that it is 2018 already? I hope your year is off to a good start. 2018 is a year that involves a lot of change for us here at Pawsitively Intrepid. Read on to discover our top 3 blog related New Year’s Resolutions. New Year’s Resolution #1: Focus our niche In November of this year, the Blog Paws Facebook group I am a part of posted this article by 2DogsMedia. The article discusses finding your niche to…

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Pawsitively Intrepid 2017: A Year In Review

Pawsitively Intrepid 2017: A Year In Review

Pawsitively Intrepid launched in May of 2017, so this is our first end of year review. Thank you to the readers who have been here since the first post and also to those who have found us along the way. About Us: Pawsitively Intrepid As many of you know, this blog is written by me, Dr. Kate Pederson. I am a small-animal (dogs and cats) veterinarian currently practicing in La Crosse, WI. While I enjoy working as a general practice…

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10 Christmas Traditions to Enjoy with Your Pets

10 Christmas Traditions to Enjoy with Your Pets

Can you believe that there are only 5 days till Christmas! What are you and your pet doing to celebrate the last few days of the Christmas season? Here are 10 Christmas traditions to start (or continue) with your pets. Many can be enjoyed before Christmas day. Start now to help fill the time spent waiting for Christmas Day to arrive. 1. Decorate the Christmas Tree If you haven’t yet, start off the week leading up to Christmas by decorating…

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The Intrepid Pup’s Cold Weather Safety Guide

The Intrepid Pup’s Cold Weather Safety Guide

It’s official. December is upon us and the highest temperature in my forecast this week is 33 degrees F. Honestly this isn’t that cold for December, but it is time to start taking care when on outdoor adventures with my pup. Glia has lived in either Minnesota or Wisconsin her entire life, so we wanted to share some of our tips for walking, hiking, and living in cold winter temperatures. We have compiled the following Cold Weather Safety Guide for…

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Essentials You Need in Your Travel Pet First Aid Kit

Essentials You Need in Your Travel Pet First Aid Kit

Many of us love to travel with our pets. Whether it is a car trip to visit friends or a backpacking trip into the wilderness, it is important to always have a good travel pet first aid kit on hand. While my at home first aid kit is a little extensive to travel with, there are a few items that I always like to have on hand. And the more things that can overlap between the human first aid kit…

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Hiking at Great River Bluffs State Park

Hiking at Great River Bluffs State Park

With commanding views of the mighty Mississippi and meandering trails through southern Minnesota forest, Great River Bluffs State park is worth adding to your list of dog-friendly hiking destinations. The park contains approximately 6.5 miles of hiking trails, making it an easy day hike location. If you include the interpretive trail, the total comes to about 9 miles. About Great River Bluffs State Park According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR): The creation of Great River Bluffs State…

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A Happy Thanksgiving with Pets

A Happy Thanksgiving with Pets

Ah Thanksgiving. A holiday that is as much about shared feasts of turkey, stuffing, and pies as it is about remembering to give thanks for the abundance of blessings that have been bestowed upon us.  The start of the “holiday season,” Thanksgiving is the last holiday before the world (at least my part of it) fully unleashes Christmas. So in honor of celebrating Thanksgiving with pets, read on for holiday specific pet safety tips and a Thanksgiving day recipe for cats….

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Arthritis and Your Hiking Companion

Arthritis and Your Hiking Companion

With the passing of every day, we all get older. Sometimes it feels that if you blink too quickly, your new puppy will start to develop silvery gray hairs along his muzzle. For those of us who hike frequently with our dogs, one of the first signs of old age is a dog who is slowing down on the trail. Or perhaps he runs hard all weekend, only to end up stiff and limping after a night of sleep. These…

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