The Gentle Leader: Is it right for you and your dog?

The Gentle Leader: Is it right for you and your dog?

When standing at a pet store, it can feel like there are endless options for collars, leashes, and harnesses. Choosing the best product for you and your dog can be a chore. While there is no perfect option and the right choice depends largely on the activities you are hoping to perform with your dog, one of my favorite devices for initial training is the Gentle Leader. And you don’t just have to take my word for it, as the…

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National Parks and Your Pet

National Parks and Your Pet

“Our national parks system is a national museum. Its purpose is to preserve forever … certain areas of extraordinary scenic magnificence in a condition of primitive nature. Its recreational value is also very great, but recreation is not distinctive of the system. The function which alone distinguishes the national parks … is the museum function made possible only by the parks’ complete conservation.” – Robert Sterling Yard, 1923 The national parks system in the United States, encompasses a total of…

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The Great Backyard Jungle Cat

The Great Backyard Jungle Cat

The life of the domestic housecat has changed significantly over the years. Many cats are living longer, healthier lives as indoor only cats. On average an indoor-only cat lives about 10 years longer than a cat that is outdoors. This is largely due to the risk factors that cats that are allowed to roam outside unattended are exposed to that indoor cats are not. I have seen many cats casually strolling the street and have treated many that have subsequently…

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The Development of a Kitten: Part 2 – From 5 to 8 weeks

The Development of a Kitten: Part 2 – From 5 to 8 weeks

Now that you have read Part 1 – From Birth to 4 Weeks, you know that Elara and Shira’s kittens all successfully made it through their first month without any major setbacks. We left off in part 1 with one month old pictures of Shira’s litter. It only seems fair to start part 2 with 5 week old pictures of Elara’s litter. Remember these adorable sleepy faces?   Despite the sleepy photos, by the end of five weeks the kittens are…

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The Development of a Kitten: Part 1 – From Birth to 4 Weeks

The Development of a Kitten: Part 1 – From Birth to 4 Weeks

As many of my readers already know, I have been a bit of a crazy cat lady this past year and a half. Glia, Frisko and I have welcomed a total of 27 foster cats into our home since March 2016. Most of these cats have been kittens just getting a start in life. Two of these litters were born in my house, bringing with them all the love, joy, mischief, and general chaos that kittens do. During these experiences,…

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Glia’s DNA Test

Glia’s DNA Test

Meet Glia Glia is the resident dog here at Pawsitively Intrepid. She entered my life as a wee pup – somewhere around 3 -4 months of age. At that time, I was in veterinary school at the University of Minnesota and had been watching the local human societies for the perfect new addition. When Glia (then Tweetie) was transferred from Oklahoma to the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, I knew I had found the perfect pup. Energetic and friendly,…

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The Beginner’s Guide to Veterinary Clinic Job Shadowing

The Beginner’s Guide to Veterinary Clinic Job Shadowing

As a general practice veterinarian, I am blessed with the opportunity to come in contact with many aspiring veterinarians. Some are already well on their way to getting accepted into veterinary school, but some are just starting on on their journey of discovering what options are available to them in a career as a veterinarian. This article is for those who are just starting out.  If you’re interested in veterinary medicine as a career, the first step is making sure…

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The Dangers of Heatstroke

The Dangers of Heatstroke

It is the height of summer in Wisconsin. Beautiful hot and humid days bring people outdoors, with many flocking to the lakes and rivers to cool off. Glia and I love this time of year. However, with the heat comes a serious risk to dogs – heatstroke. As an on-call veterinarian, the emergency call is always heartbreaking. A dog has been out enjoying the sunshine with his/her owner. They have been running and playing and then suddenly, someone will notice…

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Celebrating the 4th of July with Pets

Celebrating the 4th of July with Pets

Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone is getting a chance to enjoy sunshine and celebrations. If you are working today, THANK YOU! Having been on-call the last two 4th of July’s, I truly appreciate and respect everyone who is out there saving a life or keeping us safe or simply providing a service so the world can keep operating through the holidays. The 4th of July is my favorite summer holiday. I grew up spending the weekend/associated week at…

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Veterinary Voluntourism

Veterinary Voluntourism

The term “voluntourism” can bring about mixed emotions. It is oftentimes used to describe relatively expensive trips made by citizens of “wealthy” nations to international countries deemed underprivileged or “poor” in order to perform some type of volunteer work. While this in and of itself can be a great thing, many people argue that it would be more constructive and helpful to simply donate the money and allow local experts to perform the task themselves (often much more quickly). For…

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