It's Pet Wellness Month at Embrace so we asked the Embrace Facebook fans what they would Dr Patrick Mahaney to answer and here are the questions we selected to discuss:
- Sara: Do flea/tick and heartworm preventatives really have to be given every month? It seems like they might last longer but companies would still recommend them for every month to sell
- Andrea: Why do I have to test my dog every year for heartworms if I give her her heartworm preventive all year?
- Amy: Shortage of Interceptor/Sentinel for herding breeds at risk of MDR1 gene mutation...this is my concern.
- Laura: Would it be a good idea to have my vet test my cat's blood every wellness visit just in case? If so, what would they test?
- Lea: how to pick a vet that’s right for you? Anything you’d specifically recommend apart from location?
The answers are all in the recording below:
Links Dr P mentioned on MRD1:
- MDR1 (Multi-Drug Resistance 1) FAQs
- Drugs that have been documented to cause problems in dogs with the MDR1 mutation
April is Wellness Month at Embrace Pet Insurance
Guest Post: annual vet visits are more than vaccinations
The Best Wellness Product in Pet Insurance
When you aren't sure if you need to go to the veterinary emergency room or not
Guest Post: dog and cat wellness questions with Dr Patrick Mahaney
Dr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain
from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative
veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA.
Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) for www.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2012 through Havenhurst Books.