Val Talks Pets

Val Talks Pets

Hi everyone, and welcome to Val Talk’s Pets, the forum for pet parents and enthusiasts alike. Having been in the pet industry for over 10 years now I am going to share with you issues and questions that arise as I work with pet parents on a day-to-day basis. I am not a veterinarian but I do have certifications in Canine, Feline, Small Animal, Fish and Herptile and Avian Health and Nutrition from the University of California, Davis Extension. Thank you for listening to Val Talks Pets.

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June 24, 2022 22 min

Hi everyone and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  On this episode I am going to explore how some breeds of dogs have been altered in physical appearance or temperament over time.  What some breeds originally looked like and what they look like now from breeding modification, is quite significant.  Why do they fool around with a dog’s genes?  Are these aesthetic changes really necessary and do they present health issues? ...

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 Hi everyone, and welcome as always to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  So, one of the issues I have seen a bit on the rise is an interesting one, considering in topics past I’ve talked a fair bit about getting new puppies and how to avoid the pitfalls when looking for a new puppy and the food and toys etc.  But, we can’t forget that many people have pets already and many of those cats and dogs are becoming senior.  So, I thought ...

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May 27, 2022 9 min

Hi everyone, and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets. Well we are launching into summer and I hope you accessed my episode on summer safety and tips.  So, to take things a bit further I thought I would go over some of the toys and treats that we can get for our pets, dogs in particular in this episode to make them have a happy and fun summer.

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May 13, 2022 16 min

Hi everyone and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  Well it is finally getting to some nice weather and where I am, spring has been a slow start.  But, summer is around the corner, so I thought I would go over some summer tips and things to think about.  I do have an episode on summer safety so please access that for full summer safety practices.  As well we know it is flea and tick season, so please access my episode on f...

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April 29, 2022 13 min

 Hi everyone and welcome to this spotlight episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  So, I have chosen a cat breed for this spotlight episode and I have a reason for choosing this one.  Many years ago, I was involved in some specific events with my local SPCA.  I was at the shelter and I went into the cat room just to look at the cats.  There was this little cat, beautiful white and sort of caramel colour, super cute, but it looked like her ear...

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In this episode I once again have the pleasure of speaking with Joanne Carr, R.H.N, B.A., of Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals.  Joanne is a bilingual Registered Holistic Nutritionist with 15 years experience in the holistic health field. She lectures extensively at natural health product seminars for retailers and consumers across Canada. Joanne also Contributes to natural health publications such as Vista, Alive and Healthy Directions....

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April 1, 2022 33 min

There are many reasons for why someone gets a pet and reasons why
some people will never get a pet. But, there are also reasons for why people get
certain types of pets or the timing for getting a pet. Well, I think this is a topic to
weigh in on. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of pet ownership and  to
make things easier I’ll break it down into dogs, cats, small animals, birds and
reptiles. 

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March 18, 2022 16 min

 Hi everyone and welcome to this very special 50th episode!  That’s right, this is my 50th episode and in the scheme of things that is a drop in the bucket but when I look back, that’s a lot of episodes!  So, for this episode, I’m going to highlight some of my favourite topics and interviews and some best lines, in my opinion of the last 50 episodes.  

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March 4, 2022 17 min

Hello everyone and welcome to this spotlight episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  In these spotlight episodes I like to highlight a breed of dog or cat and talk about their history, personality etc.  I really enjoy looking at the different breeds of dogs and cats and looking at their special traits.   So, on this episode I am going to talk about a breed that is close to my heart because I had one of these dogs and he was wonderful. So with...

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In this episode, Belinda Smith, Western Ontario & Maritime Region sales representative for Horizon Pet Nutrition, helps decipher pet food labels and ingredients to help pet parents  make the best choice for their pet.

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February 4, 2022 26 min

Hi everyone and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  Well this episode is one that has caused controversy, mayhem with dog’s diets, and basically left many pet owners very confused as to what to feed their dogs.  I am talking about DCM, Dilated Cardiomyopathy.  If you haven’t heard of this yet, well maybe that means the panic and knee jerk reactions have settled down, or it just hasn’t reached your ears as of yet.  So, I’m ...

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January 21, 2022 28 min

On this episode I start off the New Year by deep diving into the world of Pet Food.  More specifically I'll be  taking the mystery out of what really constitutes that dreaded term 'Filler' that you see on the list of ingredients.   You may be surprised.

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December 24, 2021 14 min

Welcome everyone to this special Christmas Eve episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  As many get ready for the festivities to come and Santa Paws is going to be making his rounds, I thought when we think of Christmas, what breed of dog springs to mind.  I’ve noticed that a lot of yellow labs and golden retrievers seem to be on Christmas cards and advertisements, so I think they seem to be a constant representation of Christmas.  But, I also...

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December 10, 2021 20 min

Hi everyone and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.   
Well it is that time of year when holidays are upon us, whether you are celebrating Hanukkah or Christmas, our pets are usually included in all the festivities.  Our pets are part of the family, so just about every pet owner I know has their pet’s Christmas stocking hanging up to be filled by Santa Paws.  

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November 26, 2021 9 min

Hello everyone and welcome to this spotlight episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  For this spotlight episode I thought I would have a look at the gentle giant of the cat world.  Who would this be?  Any guesses?  Ever heard of the Maine Coon? If not, let me introduce you!

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Welcome to this special episode of Val Talk’s Pets. On this episode I’m very
excited to have with me, returning guest, Danielle Forbes, co-founder and Executive Director
of National Service Dogs.  Danielle has joined me to walk us through how specially trained service dogs have become vital to the well-being of many who live day to day managing
their PTSD.  Together, we'll also take a look at the services other National Service Do...

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October 29, 2021 15 min

Welcome to this spooky Halloween episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  It’s almost Halloween and what goes with Halloween but ghouls, witches and cats!! How on earth did cats, particularly black cats, get associated with Halloween?  Well let’s crawl onto a broomstick and swoosh into the folklore surrounding cats.

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October 15, 2021 11 min

Hi everyone, and welcome to another spotlight episode.  On this spotlight I will be taking a look at a simply gorgeous breed of cat, and one that I often hear people saying they have or are looking for.  Prepare to have your heart melted, as I talk about the Ragdoll Cat.  You can also visit my website for pictures of these cuties!

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October 1, 2021 19 min

Hi everyone, and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  Have you ever had a situation with your pet where they appear to be  in pain, or they are eating grass or you know they have just ingested a large amount of something they shouldn’t?  It is such a horrible feeling for a pet parent when something is happening and you just do not know what to do. And I’m focusing here on the scenario where your vet is closed, it’s off hour...

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Hi everyone and welcome to this spotlight episode on Val Talk’s Pets.  In this spotlight episode I’ve chosen to highlight one of my favourite breeds of dogs, and no I’ve never actually had one, but I love them and they are the West Highland White Terriers or Westies.  Westies are so cute and rugged wee things. I’m sure all my Scottish friends just loved Wee Jock from the TV series Hamish MacBeth, or in the comic Oor Wullie, his wee...

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