Bark n Wag 15 Minute Vet Talk

Bark n Wag 15 Minute Vet Talk

Bark & Wag interviews Veterinarians and people in the pet industry from across the nation each week answering questions about your pet. Visit to ask questions and view past podcasts.


March 14, 2023 18 min

Does Reiki/ Healing touch therapy work on animals?


Energy work is based on similar principles as acupuncture, believing that energy flows in the body (called Chi in acupuncture) and when this energy becomes blocked or stagnant, we experience health and emotional crisis.  Like humans, animals have a subtle body and energy field and benefit from a po...

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    Military and contract working dogs keep our soldiers and facilities safe by sniffing out bombs and tackling terrorists, and just like human veterans they may end up with health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder. Mission K9 Rescue works to bring these heroic dogs home and place them in comfortable, peaceful, loving homes for the rest of the...

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    One of the most difficult behaviors for dogs to master is the “Stay.” This is a command that must be well-defined for your dog. This includes teaching the stay in several stages, as well as teaching the behavior in reverse, starting with the end and working backward for longer and more reliable stays.

    Create a Definite Beginning and a Definite Ending

    The first and most important rule of the stay is to have a definite begin...

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    How Can Dog Massage Therapy Benefit Your Pet?

    “Massage does wonders for dogs,” says Becky Brandenburg, B.A. ED., ESMT, CMT, an Ohio-based certified animal massage therapist and owner of Brandenburg Massage Therapy. “Full-body massage keeps the muscles moving and conditioned—touch can truly be healing.”

    In addition to the physical benefits of dog massage therapy, it can also promote bonding between you and your pet.

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    February 6, 2023 9 min

    What is Mange?

    Mange is a skin disease which is caused by several species of mites. Some mites are naturally found in our dog’s skin and hair; however, others may not. All mites, regardless of if they are naturally found or not, have the potential to cause mild to severe skin infections. The most common type of mange, Demodex, lives on dogs naturally and even lives on humans naturally.


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    I realized my love for canine rehab and massage while volunteering at a canine rehab facility in 2012 when I took my own dog in for rehab.  I wasn’t able to pursue school at that time and went on to work as a veterinary assistant while being trained as a technician on the job. While learning valuable information about the veterinary field and gaining vast experience working in general practice, I felt I was missin...

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    HT Vista by HTVET is the first non-invasive medical device that allows clinicians to rule out cancer in subcutaneous and dermal masses, through the power of Heat Diffusion Imaging (HDI) technology. This innovative imaging modality relies on unique thermal signals that differ between normal and malignant tissues, as they are recorded by the device, during a rapid heating and cooling process.

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    Marijuana in all forms is toxic to dogs and cats. Marijuana ingestion occurs much more commonly in dogs than in cats because dogs tend to be less scrupulous in the things they eat. After consuming marijuana, dogs typically show clinical signs within 30 to 90 minutes. Signs include wobbliness and incoordination, drowsiness, jitteriness, restlessness and hypersensitivity to touch, sound and lights, meaning they startle easily. Dogs m...

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    How do I know if my dog has an eye infection? If your dog's eyes are weeping, watering more than usual, or you notice yellow, green or white coloured discharge, they may have an eye infection. Other signs of eye infections in dogs include pawing at their eye, blinking more than usual, swelling, redness and squinting

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    This week on Bark & Wag 15 Minute Vet Talk podcast we will learn about Colorado Gives Day on 12/6 with Joan from Foothills Animal Shelter. When is your state non profit fundraiser? Join in on Colorado's statewide movement! On the first Tuesday of December since 2010, Coloradans have come together to support the nonprofits that make a difference in our lives. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be Colorado's largest 24-hour giving event...

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    Dogs get into things they shouldn’t. They pick up dead animals and try to eat garbage. Although you should train a solid “leave it” cue to tell your dog to leave certain things alone, you might not always notice what your dog is doing until it’s too late. Therefore, an equally important behavior to teach is “Drop It.” This cue tells your dog to immediately drop whatever they have in their mouth. Sometimes this will simply be to pre...

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    The overwhelming joy of having pets is unfortunately accompanied by the inevitable sadness that comes with ending their lives. As humans, we must be witne...

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    What Is Pancreatitis in Dogs?

    The pancreas is an organ in the abdominal cavity. One of its roles is producing digestive enzymes, which helps break down food products.

    Pancreatitis in dogs is an inflammatory reaction within the pancreas that can result in abdominal pain, inappetence, and vomiting.

    The inflammation results from the inappropriate, early activation of an enzyme within the pancreas, which causes the pancreas ...

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    What is a soft tissue sarcoma?

    Soft tissue sarcomas are a broad category of tumors including those that arise from the connective, muscle, or nervous tissues in dogs and cats. These tumors are the result of abnormal production of these cell types in an uncontrolled manner. Connective, muscle, and nervous tissues are present throughout the entire body; therefore, these tumors can develop over the chest, back, side, legs, an...

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    How to help animals in shelters and rescues

    Want to help animals in shelters? Here are a few ways you can help animal shel...

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