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Pawsit

Welcome to Pawsit, a podcast production of myBalto! Join Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert once a week as they discuss everything from commonly asked questions about your pets, share viewpoints on controversial topics regarding pet care in the modern age, and introduce you to fun and unique products in the veterinary industry that can help improve the life of your pet! Pawsit is unique in that Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert share their experiences from both general practice and emergency medicine, respectively. Pawsit takes questions directly from the audience with emails to podcast@mybalto.com and frequently has guest speakers to share new and exciting innovations in the world of pet care!

Tracks

Low income pet ownership
On this episode of Pawsit, Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert discuss the topic of low income pet ownership. Should only people with means own pets? While it is very true that owning a pet does come with financial responsibilities, we think that people of all income brackets should have the opportunity to own a pet. There are basic needs all pets have, and there are many ways to provide care for your pets regardless of income. It is also very important to consider the financial responsibility and the reality of what happens if and when your pet needs vet care. Take a listen!Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
35:19 7/12/24
Mental health in veterinary medicine
On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert delve into the difficult discussion of mental health in the veterinary world. Why is it that veterinarians have such high suicide rates? What are some of the contributing factors? This is a difficult, but important topic, and I hope you all take some time to listen!Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
35:04 7/5/24
Getting a new cat? Tips for a smooth transition!
On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert talk about introducing a new pet into your home. There are many things to consider, and on this episode we are focused mostly on cats (although many of these tips work for any kind of new pet). It is such an important transition and it is best to plan ahead and be prepared. Take a listen and learn some tips to help welcome your new furry family member.  Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
32:07 6/28/24
Vaccines!
Whatever medication, treatment or preventative care you choose to give your pet is part of an important medical decision. On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert discuss vaccines. Why do we give them? Are they safe? What are some myths and misconceptions? Tune in to find out!Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
32:54 6/23/24
Bites!
On this episode of Pawsit, Dr. Sam and Dr.  Robert talk about bite wounds. What to do when your dog or cat is bitten?  It is so important to make sure you manage a bite wound properly or it can turn into a real mess! Listen to learn more! Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
38:26 6/14/24
Let's talk about sacs baby...
On today's podcast Dr. Robert and Dr. Sam tackle a stinky topic, anal glands. Anal glands (or anal sacs) are two small pouches located on either side of your dog or cat's anus at approximately the four o'clock and eight o'clock positions. The walls of the sac are lined with a large number of sebaceous (sweat) glands that produce a foul-smelling fluid. It is fairly common to see diseases associated with anal sacs in our pets. Take a listen to learn more! Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
31:30 6/7/24
What to expect when you’re expecting…
It’s spring time, and that means babies! On this episode Dr Sam and Dr. Robert talk about pregnancy in our cats and dogs. they discuss some of the important things to know about when preparing for a new litter of puppies or kittens. So, take a listen and learn about what to expect when your cat or dog is expecting! Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
34:06 5/31/24
Post-operative complications
On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert talk about some of the things we can see in our pets after they have surgery.  Anytime an animal goes under anesthesia for any reason, there can be complications.  It is important for owners to be aware of what complications may arise, what to watch for and when to ask for help. Take a listen a learn about some common things that you might see if you have a pet that has to undergo an anesthetic procedure.  Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
32:46 5/24/24
Allergies and Home remedies
On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert discuss a few home remedies and over the counter things you can try with your pets when they have some mild allergies. Little changes to the environment, as well as safe over the counter products can be very helpful when you know what to use! They also mention a bit about allergies in cats. So, if your cat or dog are one of the many animals that have some discomfort when the seasons change, this episode is for you!Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
30:59 5/17/24
Just Food for Dogs
On this episode Dr. Sam sat down with Dr. Vincent Michels, DVM who is residency trained in veterinary nutrition, and is the Director of Veterinary Nutrition and Research at Just Food for dogs. We are so excited to round out our discussion on nutrition by taking about fresh food. Just food for dogs is a fresh food company with several feeding options such as fresh delivery, pantry fresh and DIY! They place importance on being evidence based and education focused. So come and learn more about feeding fresh!Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
50:31 5/10/24
Let's talk about heartworm disease!
On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert discuss heartworm disease. It is spring time, so it is a great reminder that you should be keeping your cats and dogs on their preventatives. Join us for this episode and learn more about heartworm disease, how to prevent it and what it takes to treat it.  Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
31:38 5/3/24
Belly full of fluid!
On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert talk about ascites (fluid filled abdomen). In emergency and in general practice, both Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert get to see a lot of dogs and cats that have fluid in their abdomen. There are many different fluid types and causes of ascites. Join us and learn about why this can happen, and what to do if it happens to your pet.Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
36:07 4/26/24
The Honest Vet, Dr. Sylvalyn Hammond
We are so excited to be joined by Dr. Sylvalyn Hammond, The Honest Vet on social media.  We got a chance to learn about her background, and about how she is using social media to promote great veterinary advice and content. Dr. Hammond is helping to make accurate information fun and accessible to her many followers.  Follow her on intagram @thehonestvet and check out her website linktr.ee/thehonestvet.Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
47:50 4/19/24
Listener Question: Dry skin!
On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert answer one of our wonderful listener's question about her cat's dry skin. We generally discuss some things that could be occurring and some things you can try at home to address it. Here on Pawsit we love to answer your burning questions! It is always important to remember that you should check with your vet to make sure that any new treatments or remedies that you are considering trying are safe for your individual pet! Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
25:53 4/12/24
Dr. Getty visits to discuss nutrition!
Join us to continue our discussion on pet nutrition as we sit down with another expert in the field of nutrition! On this episode Dr. Robert and Dr. Sam are joined by Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist and PhD Scientist Dr. Caitlin Getty to talk more about nutrition. Dr. Getty helps to dispel some common misconceptions and myths about pet food. You don't want to miss this one! Join us and learn more about how nutrition impacts the health and wellness of your beloved furry family member! Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
45:13 4/5/24
Solid Gold, Holistic Pet Food
Join us for another stop on our nutrition series!On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert got the opportunity to sit down with Brian Quinn the Senior Marketing Leader CPG & RETAIL | BRAND & INNOVATION for Solid Gold. We wanted to make sure to include a holistic food during our nutrition series, and we were so fortunate to get a chance to learn all about this innovative brand, that has actually been around for many years! Solid Gold has a compelling back story, and science to back their approach. You don't want to miss it!Our hope is to help our listeners to learn more about nutrition. This series is meant to start clarifying pet food, and make it more accessible for owners to feel confident in the choices that make for their pets! Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
35:19 3/29/24
Instinct: The Raw Brand
On today's episode Dr. Sam sits down with Board certified nutritionist Dr. Susan Wynn, DVM DACVIM (nutrition) who is the Senior Director of Scientific Affairs for Instinct,   and Stephanie Striar, CVT  who is the the Veterinary Education & Training Manager for Instinct (who also just completed her post graduate degree in animal nutrition) to learn about raw pet food.  We discuss the misconceptions of what a raw diet is (and what is should NOT be), the importance of still being balanced and complete, as well as discussing food safety. We delve into what brought Dr. Wynn and Stephanie to raw food, and discuss some of the science behind the benefits of raw. You do not want to miss this one! Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
28:56 3/22/24
Intro to Nutrition
On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert start the conversation about picking the right food for your pet. As veterinarians we have found this topic to be one of the most confusing, controversial and important conversations we have with owners. (As well as all of our friends that want advice on the BEST food to feed their beloved pet. )Food is the building block of health in people and in animals. We show love with food. So, how DO you know what to feed your dog? Over the next few weeks we are interviewing different companies that make pet food so that you can learn about the process, and see what makes sense for you. We tried to pick different types of food choices to give you a window into the industry. We are not specifically endorsing one food over another. Today's podcast starts the conversation by giving you the tools to evaluate a food for yourself. Look beyond the marketing, and perhaps change how you approach evaluating any food you are considering. As always, talk to your veterinarian, because they know your pets specific needs. Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel!
29:40 3/15/24
Financing Your Pet's Health: Options to reduce pet care costs
**Repeat episode**Hi all, we needed to take the week off this week, so we are replaying this episode. It's one we really like, and we hope you find it helpful!Pet care is expensive and we know the difficult decisions owners face everyday when choosing what diagnostic or treatment to perform. Besides myBalto (which you should all sign up for to save money on pet care :) ), there are other options to help reduce the stress of financing your pet's health. Come join Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert as they discuss insurance, private hospital financing, Care Credit, medication discounts, and others!Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel!
32:11 3/8/24
Happy Bond
On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert welcome Anja Skodda a biotech engineer and the founder of Happy Bond. It all started with a bulldog named Tony that loved to skateboard, but due to joint disease, was struggling. His scientist mama, went to work to find a solution, and Happy Bond was born. We love to introduce our listeners to extraordinary people, that set out to solve problems to improve the lives of pets. With an evidence based approach, that is what Anja has done. Happy Bond offers complete and balanced diets, supplements, and treats. Take a listen and lear about all of the wonderful things they are doing to nourish pets and their community.Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel!
29:57 3/1/24
Yummy Combs! Flossing dog treats
Well, it's dental month again! No matter how much we might try, it is hard to maintain your dog's oral health. So, in true Pawsit fashion, we are introducing you to a passive, yet effective way to clean your dog's teeth. On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert welcome Dr. Joe Roetheli, PhD to the show. He is the Co- founder/CEO of Pets Best Life, and the inventor Yummy Combs. This unique dental treat was developed with the help of board certified veterinarians to ensure safety and effectiveness! So take a listen a learn about this easy and innovative way to care for your dog's oral health.Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel!
41:02 2/23/24
Jope. Healthy Joints, Happy dogs.
On today's episode, Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert sit down with Dr. Christine, a fellow veterinarian and a co - founder of Jope. There are so many joint supplements on the market, and even as veterinarians, it can be overwhelming to decide which is best. As veterinarians, we are trained to follow an evidence based approach to treatments and medications. However, there is so little true evidence to support one supplement over another. We often rely on anecdotal evidence and experience to guide us. Enter Jope! Jope is a company that sells veterinarian-developed, science-backed supplements that dogs love to eat. Join us and learn about this small company that is bringing an evidence based approach to supplements.  Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel!
34:07 2/16/24
Industry and innovation in veterinary medicine
On today's episode Dr. Robert and Dr. Sam get the chance to sit down with Dr. Stephanie Morley, president of Vetlen Advanced Veterinary Devices to discuss the convergence of clinical veterinary practice and product development that allows for innovation in veterinary medicine. Dr. Morley brings a unique perspective with a background in business and clinical medicine, prior to moving into industry.  Additionally she shares with us the product she is currently working on to fight surgical and traumatic wound infections.   Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel!
40:26 2/9/24
All about arthritis
On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert talk about one of the most common conditions we see in both cats and dogs, arthritis. Dogs and cats are living longer then ever before, and it is so important to make sure that they stay mobile and comfortable as long as possible.  Join us as we discuss what you can do for your pets as they age.   Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel!
54:21 2/3/24
Pawprint Oxygen: Portable oxygen for your pet
Many medical conditions require oxygen for your pet to either be transferred safely from one vet clinic to another, to help while they heal or to manage a chronic condition. On this episode, Dr. Robert and Dr. Sam are joined by the cofounder of Pawprint oxygen, Blake Dube.  We learn about how accessible and safe it can be to have oxygen for your pets at home. Join us and learn about this innovative company and how they are helping veterinarians and pets! Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel!
37:49 1/26/24
Moggie! Create a better connection with your cat
Cats are notoriously good at hiding when they are sick. Sometime it takes days, even weeks, for an owner to be able to recognize that there is a problem. That is precious time that could make a big difference in helping your cat. Enter Moggie, the first cat-only health wearable that tracks changes in behavior in order to help pet parents and vets catch illnesses earlier and promote a better quality of life. Dr. Robert and Dr. Sam sit down with Mary Chestak and  Ali Ganjavian, co-founders of Moggie, to talk about this innovative new product. It is a wearable health tracker that is light weight, tracks your cat's wellbeing through their daily patterns and notifies you when changes occur. Make sure to join us and learn about how this could potentially benefit your kitty! Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
37:08 1/19/24
Pack Animals
On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert welcome Andrea Bazett a certified dog trainer and the cofounder of Pack Animals; an app and hub designed to support the mental and physical health of dogs and their owners. Dog behavior and training is such a big and important topic that has a major impact on the lives of dogs and their families. On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert discuss behavior and some training philosophies with Andrea.  Join us as we learn a bit about behavior! Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
52:42 1/12/24
Happy New Year!
Happy New year to all of our listeners! It's 2024 and we have a brand new year with lots of exciting goals. Join Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert as they discuss what they are looking forward to in the year ahead. They discuss personal and professional goals for the new year! Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
34:34 1/5/24
Don't mess with the pancreas!
Following the holidays we often see an uptick in cases of pancreatitis in veterinary medicine!On this episode, Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert talk about pancreatitis. They discuss what it is, how it can present and how it is treated. Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert discuss what they have seen in their clinics and how different this disease can be from mild to very severe! Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
46:31 12/29/23
What are we waiting for?
On this episode Dr. Sam and Dr. Robert talk about why there is a wait when you go to the veterinarian. As an emergency veterinarian, some of the things that cause people to wait for many hours with their dogs differ from what may cause a delay in a general practice like where Dr. Sam works. There are however several factors from staff to patient behavior and condition that overlap regardless of the practice type. Tune in and learn about  what all the waiting is for!Thanks for tuning in and as always, we take questions for upcoming podcasts at podcast@mybalto.com. We are happy to make an entire podcast about the topic or answer the question on a shorter segment, depending on the discussion! We video this podcast as well which you can join in on at myBalto's youtube channel! 
36:26 12/22/23