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Tune in as dog lover Tim Berthold interviews leading brands, Veterinary professionals, and other experts committed to helping your dog live a happier and healthier life.

Each week we’ll cover tips, tricks, and expert advice on caring for your furry canine friend.
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Think you could be over-vaccinating your dog?  We want to keep our pets healthy, but your dog might not need as many “upgrades” as you think.  Our guest for today is Dr. Laurie Coger - veterinarian and author of “Vaccines Explained: The Wholistic Vet’s Guide to Vaccinating Your Dog.” Dr. Coger founded The Healthy Dog Workshop and the annual Healthy Dog Expo in New York.  She teaches us the REAL DEAL with vaccines and dives into some things you might not know.  For our concerned pet parents out there, Dr. Coger also offers safe alternatives to vaccinating.  We chat about her dog’s autoimmune disorders and how turning to a natural diet extended her dog’s life. Dr. Coger also leaves us with her recommendations on what a healthy diet looks like. You can learn more about Dr. Coger at healthydogworkshop.com where you’ll find tons of articles on all things natural pet health. Highlights:  [06:26] The Volhard diet [08:07] Buying a veterinarian? [13:04] Issues with kibble and other mass-market pet food [14:10] Beware of 4D meat [17:54] What’s in human grade pet food  [30:03} What you might not know about vaccines [31:08] What is a titer? [33:20] What type of vaccinator are you? [36:31] The right approach to vaccination [43:27] Message to anti-vaccinators [45:55] Risks of mindless vaccination [47:03] Cost of titer testing vs. vaccination   Resources Mentioned on this episode healthydogworkshop.com healthydogexpo.com Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha. 
If you had one superpower, what would it be?  Superhuman speed Ability to fly Your dog's immortality Option number 3 hands down! Unfortunately, the scientists at the Thriving Dog PAWcast haven’t figured that one out yet. We’ll get you updates on their progress! In the meantime, the aging process of our dog is something we have to keep in mind. And with age comes the degenerative process of arthritis.  Our guest on the show today - Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw - is going to teach us a little bit about this process.  Dr. Kristin is a veterinarian and founder of CARE (Canine Arthritis Resources and Education). She founded CARE to help vets and pet parents like you manage arthritis. We chat about what dog breeds are prone to arthritis and signs to look out for in each life stage.  She gives great tips for managing arthritis such as keeping an eye out for weight (keep them lean!) and diet. And even offers great insight on spaying and neutering.  Learn more about Dr. Kristin at caninearthritis.org. Or follow her on Facebook @CanineArthritis and Instagram, @Canine_arthritis_resources.  Highlights:  [4:13] What is arthritis? [5:40] Causes of arthritis in dogs [7:40] Dog breeds at risk of getting arthritis [8:08] At what age you should look for warning signs [8:45] Warning signs [10:09] What you might hear from your vet when your dog has arthritis or is prone to it [12:34] Recommendations for dogs with arthritis [21:18] Key to managing arthritis through diet [26:22] How exercise helps dogs with arthritis [37:05] Hidden signs at each stage of a dog’s life Resources Mentioned on this episode caninearthritis.org @CanineArthritis on Facebook @Canine_arthritis_resources on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Would your dog’s food pass the HEALTHY BOWL test?   Okay, there’s no test but let’s take a look at your dog’s bowl. Today on the show, we have Tori Rosay, owner of Dexter’s Deli and a TRUE LEGEND in natural pet care.   The very first to bring raw food to San Diego, Dexter’s Deli has been a leader in the natural pet food market. They offer natural food, healthy treats, fun toys, and the highest quality supplements.   Tori gives us insight on how she feeds her own pets and offers plenty of advice from years in the natural pet industry. We chat about transitioning your dog to a healthier diet, what a healthy food bowl looks like, and even some surprising facts on rawhide.    She walks us through a pet store and warns us of what to watch out for - including how to know if a pet brand is reliable.   You can learn more about Tori and how to build a better bowl of food at dextersdeli.com. Or follow her on Instagram @dexters.deli. Highlights:  [3:28]  Her own dog’s path to wellness [11:54] Blueberry’s and her other pets’ diet [16:18] Transitioning to healthier food [18:29] A better bowl for your pets [26:57] What you should look out for in pet food stores [28:17] Dry food brands recommended by Tori [32:35] A healthier alternative to rawhide [34:19] How to know if a pet food brand can be trusted [37:32] Will Sunny’s pass Tori’s standards? Resources Mentioned on this episode Dexter’s Deli Dexter’s Deli on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Let’s take you behind the scenes into the life of a dog student. Here to guide us is Zoe Sandor - certified professional dog trainer and owner of Pack Method Prep. She’s here to answer all your dog training questions such as: When should I start training? What about my rescue? Does my dog have to go to obedience school?  She gives us plenty of tips on: Training puppies 4 life stages of dogs Risks vs. benefits of socializing your dog Fun tricks Zoe has also founded Zoe’s Dog Training and, get this, even co-starred on Animal Planet’s “Cat vs. Dog!” (Dog wins of course!) She enlightens us with her candor and vibrant personality as she talks about all things DOG!  You can learn more about Zoe and whether you should send your dog to school at packmethodprep.com. Or follow her on Instagram @packmethodprep Highlights:  [1:44] How Zoe got into dog training [6:32] Getting certified as a dog trainer [11:01] Your dog’s 4 life stages [15:45] Do’s and don'ts with new puppies [21:04] How your adult dog mentors your puppy [25:42] What you should know about your dog’s adolescent stage [34:53] What your TRAINED dog can do [37:19] Pet parent homework [40:09] How to know if your dog is in secondary FIERCE stage [52:43] Tips for rescues Resources Mentioned on this episode Pack Method Prep Pack Method Prep on Instagram Zoe’s Dog Training Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens.
  Ever wondered what your pet is thinking? That’s what this week’s show is all about. Our guest, Stacy Krafczyk, is going to teach you how to talk dog! Stacy’s a professional animal communicator and owner of All Spirit Healing. She’s internationally known for her work with humans and animals, both in this life and the one after. We go into how to tell if your dog is mad at you, happy with you, and even bored with you.  Yes, our pets get bored too!  And of course, we couldn’t leave our listeners on the edge of their seats. We dive into afterlife communication as well! You can learn more about Stacy at allspirithealing.com or follow her on Facebook, @AllSpiritHealing. Highlights:  [3:28] Stacy’s path to spirituality [6:32] Discovering the gift of animal communication [8:15] 5 ways your dog speaks to you [9:51] Telltale signs your dog is not happy with you! [15:46] How afterlife animal communication works [24:36] Cost per session [25:37] Reincarnation in animals [33:01] How your health impacts your dog’s [35:18] Message to skeptics Resources Mentioned on this episode All Spirit Healing All Spirit Healing on Facebook Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.  
  Today on the show we’ll be going over the 4 ways to check if your dog needs a spinal adjustment. Dr. Lackey, animal spine specialist and owner of Instride Chiropractic, will show us how it's done! You'll want to go ahead and grab your dog for this episode. Katie will be going over how to perform the tests from the comfort of your own home.  We chat all about what you might expect from a visit. She’s also posted these videos online so give her a follow @instridechiropractic. And don’t worry, we didn’t forget to ask the important question - “How much is this going to set me back?” You just might be surprised… in a good way! Tune in to this episode at ThrivingDog.co or on your favorite podcast player.  Highlights:  [2:16] Giving pets the same holistic options as humans [4:21] What is chiropractic? [9:19] What to expect from a typical session [13:11] 4 signs my dog should see a chiropractor [23:32] Spine maintenance vs. emergencies [26:07] How often should my dog get adjusted? [28:25] Cost of treatment [30:30] Veterinarian vs. chiropractor: Who to see first Resources Mentioned on this episode Instride Chiropractic About Kaitlyn Instride Chiropractic on Instagram 4 ways to check if your pet needs an adjustment Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Okay paw parents, it’s time to get down and dirty - In your dog’s gut that is! Pop Quiz! 1. Where does your dog’s health START? 2. Do you know the difference between a probiotic and a poobiotic? 3. Where do most chronic digestive issues come from? If you knew all the answers. Hooray! You just graduated PAWcast Academy. But if you didn’t, it’s okay, we didn’t know all the answers either. Shh... don’t tell anyone. But this is precisely why we are excited to bring you this week’s PAWcast featuring Holly Ganz and Carlton Osborne - co-founders of Animal Biome. Animal Biome is on a mission to give your pets a healthy gut. The scientists who founded Animal Biome are passionate about pets and use microbiome research to improve pet health from the inside out. We chat all about pet gut health, microbiome testing, and Animal Biome’s fecal transplant in a capsule. Tune into this episode of the Thriving Dog PAWcast at ThrivingDog.co or on your favorite podcast player. Highlights:  [2:38] Where it all began: the Kitty Biome project [5:22] What is a fecal transplant? [8:05] Healthy vs. unhealthy biome [15:44]  Why your pet should undergo gut microbiome testing [19:11] How diet changes the microbiome [23:39] Which diet produces the most balanced gut? [30:05] How to prepare for microbiome testing [37:03] Are there benefits to intermittent fasting in pets? [39:05] How to administer fecal transplant [41:12] Poobiotics vs probiotics [45:36] Can healthy pets also benefit from fecal transplant?   Resources Mentioned on this episode Animal Biome Animal Biome Team Holly Ganz on LinkedIn Carlton Osborne on LinkedIn Animal Biome on Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
When it comes to trying raw feeding, what’s holding you back? I mean, we’ve heard of the benefits and we want to be good pet parents right? OF COURSE! So what is it? Okay, time to get real. Well… it’s kinda messy. I wouldn’t even know where to start. Then there’s the issues of balancing. And is it even safe?! Glad you asked! And lucky for you we have Matt and Tina Lunalover, founders of Rebel Raw, on the show today to answer all your raw feeding questions. Matt and Tina founded Rebel Raw to make raw feeding easy. From pre-portioned meals to amazing customer service, Rebel Raw was created with the pet parent in mind. You can find this husband and wife team at rebelraw.com or on Instagram @rebelrawfood. Now tune in to this episode at ThrivingDog.co or on your favorite podcast player.   Highlights:    [2:21] How Rebel Raw got started [7:40] The easy way to balance nutrients for raw feeding [10:45] An average meal for Victory, their pitbull [11:17] Quick trick to calculate your dog’s raw food needs [12:25] Sneak peek into a typical Rebel Raw meal [18:05] Traditional Chinese medicine approach to common dog ailments [22:56] Pros and cons of freeze-dried food [24:21] How to transition to raw feeding [25:50] The benefits your dog could be missing [30:17] Final message for pet owners Resources Mentioned on this episode Rebel Raw website Rebel Raw Instagram Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Today’s show is all about picking out the best food for YOUR dog. There is sooooooo much information out there to keep track of. To feed kibble, to not feed kibble. Ooh, grain-free? What’s that? Wait, you’re saying I should feed raw? What about home cooked? The questions are endless! Where do we start? But no worries my fellow Pawcasters because today on the show we have Dr. Katie Woodley, a holistic veterinarian also known as “The Natural Pet Doctor.” Dr. Katie’s path from conventional medicine to holistic healing began when her husband developed an autoimmune disease. After discovering the results of alternative medicine, she knew her furry patients deserved the same care. She went on to create The Natural Pet Doctor to give pet parents and veterinarians more resources for natural medicine.  And what’s the best medicine? That’s right, FOOD! So stick around for the show to learn all about how to pick the best food for your dog. Highlights:  [8:30] Do this first before buying any bag of kibble [11:30] Grain-free marketing schemes to watch out for [12:15] 4 things to look for in your dog’s kibble [24:35] The proper way to transition your pet’s food [29:08] Brands recommended by Dr. Katie [34:30] How to do home-cooked right [45:05] Supplements every dog should be on [49:55] To “treat” or “not to treat” [56:33] Food and supplements for the 3 stages of life [59:23] Major takeaways   Resources Mentioned on this episode The Natural Pet Doctor LinkedIn for Dr. Katie Woodley Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.  
This week here at the Thriving Dog PAWcast we will be guiding you through the world of flower essences with Dr. Josie Beug. Dr. Josie is a holistic veterinarian with 20 years of practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine and Animal Reiki. She is also the owner of 5 Element Animal Wellness where she shares her knowledge with all of us lucky enough to call ourselves pet parents.  We go full spectrum starting with traditional medicine and going down the rabbit hole of energy healing. But no worries, you know here at the PAWcast we’re all about science-backed approaches to health! New to the world of holistic medicine? Make sure to stick around for the end where Dr. Josie walks us through some beginner steps to transition your dog to a HOLISTIC dog! You can learn more about Dr. Josie and her work at www.drjosies5elements.com/ or follow her on Instagram @drjosiepetvet. And of course, what this whole show is about, check our her wildcrafted flower essences at www.mollie-and-me.com/. Highlights:  [2:33] How Dr. Josie came to love animals [8:24] Begin with the end in mind: A unique path to holistic veterinary medicine [12:03] When to use traditional versus holistic methods? [19:45] How POWDERED CHICKEN FEATHERS could be hiding in ingredient labels [21:00] A dog food shopping checklist: what you should watch out for [25:03] The high-quality ingredients that Tim uses in Sunny’s Goldens [26:24] Have you calculated your dog food’s carbohydrate content? [35:46] What you need to know about flower essences and how to use them [43:32] How intention shapes your decisions as told by a Buddhist monk [47:03] The flower essences available at Mollie and Me [52:20] How to transition your dog to a more holistic approach [55:40] Great news! Humans can take Dr. Josie’s flower essences too! [58:03] The science behind these holistic practices Resources Mentioned on this episode Mollie and Me Dr. Josie’s 5 Element Wellness LinkedIn for Dr. Josie Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Curious how your environment could be helping (or hurting!) your dog? Ayurveda - the science of life - will teach you to do just that! And lucky for us we have Amanda Ree, canine wellbeing and Ayurveda expert, to guide us.  Amanda is the founder of Sama Dog - where she helps pet parents guide their dog into the blissful state of balance through Ayurveda. She’s worked with world experts, including Deepak Chopra, and is a certified meditation teacher, hatha yoga instructor, and Ayurveda practitioner.  In this episode, you’ll discover how to care for your dog “whole” - istically through Ayurveda. Amanda walks us through the importance of environment and how even SMELL could imbalance your dog’s wellbeing! She also teaches us the 3 dog doshas (mind/body type - no worries, we didn’t know what it was either! Lol) - and how to bring each back to balance.  You can find Amanda (and even take the Dog Dosha quiz) at www.SamaDog.com.  Or follow her on Facebook @SamaDogWellbeing and Instagram @Sama_Dog_Wellbeing.  Tune into this episode to learn how to elevate your dog’s wellbeing through Ayurveda! Highlights:  [2:47] Ayurveda is the science of life [3:46] How Amanda came to love dogs so much [9:17] Amanda also has dog boarding at her home [10:07] How she discovered yoga [14:15] Ayurveda in 2 minutes or less [18:11] Discover your dog’s dosha (and how to balance them) [21:38] How to make mindful decisions for your dog [30:12] Match your dog’s breed to their dosha [36:10] Apply the Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to your dog’s dosha  [42:09] Toxic candles to avoid [49:43] Final thoughts Resources Mentioned on this episode Sama Dog About Amanda Amanda on LinkedIn Sama Dog on Instagram Sama Dog on Facebook SoulPlayMates Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Curious about what the words, “all-natural” and “organic” on your dog’s shampoo really means? We like to believe it means the shampoo is good for our dogs, right? I mean, why else would we buy it? We even pay more money for it! Unfortunately, this is not the case.  Today on the show, Melissa Boland will walk us through the confusing world of labels and teach us what to really watch out for when buying our dog’s shampoo.  After her own battle with cancer and her dog, Henry Clay, passing away from cancer, Melissa started on a journey to make the dog grooming industry safer.  Melissa wanted to answer the health-conscious pet parent’s question: “how can we tell the difference between a truly organic dog shampoo and the green marketed dog shampoos?”  Her answer - USDA Certification! She went on to create 4-Legger - a line of USDA Certified Organic dog grooming products - to give pet parents peace of mind. Tune into this episode to learn how to spot a truly organic dog shampoo! Highlights:  [2:35] The cause of Henry Clay’s cancer [9:09] 3 ingredients that cause itchiness in dogs [10:40] 2 red flags to watch out for in non-organic grooming products [13:01] Why synthetic products can carry the “Organic” label [16:18] What makes a product USDA Certified Organic [20:44] Dog health issues that can be solved by organic products [26:50] Why Melissa wishes she would have started raw feeding sooner  [29:56] Holistic approaches to fleas and ticks [35:38] How 4-Legger’s recipes were created and tested (on Melissa herself!) [40:44] The trick to find out if a product is really organic [47:28] How to control the number one cause of cancer in dogs Resources Mentioned on this episode 4-Legger Ingredient database - what to look for in dog shampoo ingredients About 4-Legger Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
I’ve got a question for all you Pawcasters out there! As dedicated pet parents, I'm assuming you take your dog to the vet. You might also take their advice on what type of diet to feed them. Or, maybe you do your own research on different types of pet food. You might feed kibble? Or raw? Or something else entirely? But here’s my question: Have you ever considered “HOW” you feed your dog? This is what Carol Smeja, the founder of the Original Mine Pet Platter and guest for this week’s Pawcast, and I chat about.  The Original Mine Pet Platter is an upgraded dog food feeder designed to allow pets to eat as nature intended.  We get into how dog bowls can cause eating behaviors such as anxiety, food guarding, and bloating (among many others). We even talk about the importance of WHERE to put your dog’s food and how it affects their security.  Carol is changing the health of pets and educating pet parents that “HOW you feed your dog is just as important as what you feed.” Tune in to this episode of the Thriving Dog PAWcast at ThrivingDog.co.   Highlights:  [1:53] How Carol moved from studying humans to dogs [5:56] A look at feeding through a dog’s eyes [6:35] Common feeding behaviors caused by traditional dog bowls [9:40] How to change the way your dog interacts with their feeding space (for the better!) [12:00] How to choose a location for your dog’s food to eliminate insecurity [13:21] Instincts that come out when a dog eats [16:35] Why dog’s eating behaviors most resemble a wolf’s [18:14] The drawbacks of slow feeders [23:08] How to save on vet bills caused by fast eating [25:27] Tips if your dog is experiencing gas or bloating   Resources Mentioned on this episode Mine Pet Platter Bio for Carol Smeja Red Wolf Video Cubby eating from Pet Platter Video   Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.  
Are you missing these 5 signs of hidden pain in your dog? Hey Pawcasters! In this episode, I chat with Dr. Edward Bassingthwaite about a topic many of us (even our dog’s vet!) could be overlooking.  Dr. Edward, aka “The Healing Vet,” is a holistic veterinarian with over 20 years of experience. In his practice, he has found that “more than half the dogs assessed have pain their owners aren’t aware of.”  But have no fear, you’ll leave this Pawcast knowing how to talk dog! Dr. Edward takes us through the 5 signs of pain to look out for and why your vet could be missing them.  We also discuss Whole Energy Body Balance (WEBB) - the method he created and teaches all over the world to relieve chronic pain in pets without medication. You can learn all about Dr. Edward and his work at thehealingvet.com and his online course at www.webb4pets.com. Or, follow him on Facebook where he hosts free Facebook Live videos and webinars to educate pet parents about silent pain in their pets.    Highlights:  [1:42] How Dr. Edward came to work with animals [3:46] Why he moved from conventional practices to holistic healing [11:10] The source of your dog’s hidden pain [18:18] How energy healing practice can bring you closer to your dog [22:42] Communicating through energy work [29:10] 5 signs of hidden pain in your dog (that they can’t speak up about) [30:45] Why your vet could miss finding pain in your dog [38:38] What to expect from the webb4pets.com online course [45:45] Dr. Edward’s personal routine for health [48:08] Why your dog’s health starts with you   Resources Mentioned on this episode The Healing Vet Webb4Pets Training About Dr. Edward The Healing Vet Facebook Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Worried your dog could be suffering from the harmful effects of arthritis? I have good news and BETTER news. The good news is you’re not alone! Arthritis is a normal aging process that all dogs will go through. The better news is that this week we have Dr. Francisco Maia on the show to guide us through how to properly manage your dog’s arthritis. Francisco is a physical therapist and founder of The K9PT. His focus is on canine rehabilitation and wellness to improve the lives of senior dogs. He aims to educate pet parents on how to manage their dog’s arthritis in the long-term and live happier lives well into their golden years.  Tune in to hear how you can spot the early signs of arthritis and learn some at-home exercises to try with your dog.    Highlights:  [1:48] How Dr. Maia transitioned from working with humans to dogs [5:15] The difference between treating animals and humans [11:49] What you need to know about arthritis [17:55] The movement is medicine approach to building strength and relieving stiffness [23:45] Common exercises used by the K9PT [29:02] At-home exercises to try with your dog [39:47] Tips for taking the stairs [41:20] How strength training can help your dog [46:10] Final thoughts from Dr. Francisco Maia   Resources Mentioned on this episode The K9 PT K9 Massage and Wellness Instagram Twitter YouTube Facebook   Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.  
Lonnie Olson is the founder of Dog Scouts of America. Yup, you read that right - DOG Scouts! A place where your dog can learn new tricks, play sports, and make new, furry friends. (Don’t worry, pet parents get to share in on all the fun too). Just like boys and girls scouts, dogs get the opportunity to earn merit badges and proudly showcase them on their uniforms. There are frisbee badges, water rescue, and, get this, sign language! Lonnie covers how to teach your dog to paint (there’s a merit badge for that too) and other tricks you can do at home.  Tune in to hear all about the fun you and your dog could have at Dog Scout camp.    Highlights:  [1:57] How Dog Scouts of America started [6:12] Why you should or should not go to dog scout camp [9:40] What you and your dog can expect [17:48] How to teach your dog to paint [28:08] Do you need help fundraising? Teach your dog to panhandle! [33:32] What you need to know about earning merit badges [36:30] Why you shouldn’t be nervous for dog scout camp [38:08] Funny camp stories [43:57] Final thoughts from Lonnie   Resources Mentioned on this episode Dog Scouts of America Dog Scout Troops   Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Susan Moore is the CEO of Kairos For Dogs, a line of organic and wildcrafted herbal blends made especially for our canine friends.  Kairos for Dogs... what does that mean? Well, the greek word “kairos,” signifies the moment change is possible. It defines not only what the Kairos product stands for, but embedded throughout Susan’s story. From her start with herbal blends for horses and even selling her tractor to get things rolling, Susan has had her fair share of these “kairos” moments.  She is also the owner of Chava Naturals, the company initially purchased (with that tractor) and the reason all this got started. Tune in to hear about the benefits your dog could be missing out on, as well as some simple recipes to try at home!   Highlights:  [1:55] Introduction to Susan Moore and the benefits her animals experienced from herbs [7:11] DIY herbal recipes you can try at home (including Kairos’ “Tasty Tuesday”) [11:55] What are the best-selling products dog owners keep on hand? [15:45] Full transparency of where Kairos sources their herbs (and where they don’t) [18:07] “Herb Toppers”... What’s that? [19:09] The product for the outdoorsy dog owner  [22:55] Which herbs can you use to treat your dog’s seasonal allergies? [24:04] Susan’s recommendations to understand labels for herbs and supplements [25:20] The tricks to beware of when it comes to “grain-free” dog food   Resources Mentioned on this episode Kairos for Dogs Instagram Facebook   Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
CBD products have exploded on the scene in the last couple of years. As with all supplements, labeling and ingredients can be difficult to understand. And don’t even get me started on regulation! (or lack thereof).  The uncertainty of it all can make many consumers feel overwhelmed and filled with questions. Our guest this week will hopefully put an end to all this confusion. His name is Ryan Burke and he’s my co-founder at Sunny’s®.  He has significant background in the human side of the supplement industry and is the Product Manager for a leading company. Through his time in the industry he’s managed the quality control efforts for over 100 botanical ingredients and has a true nose for quality ingredients. Today he’ll share his deep knowledge on all things CBD and what you need to look for (and look out for) when it comes to choosing CBD for your dog. Highlights:  [1:55] Introduction and background for Ryan (and his dog Davie!) [3:30] The 4 must-haves when choosing a CBD for your dog [8:02] What terpenes are, and why buying organic is important [11:44] Quality labs Ryan recommends for testing CBD [14:44] A few other important things to consider with CBD products [19:05] How much CBD to use for different size dogs [22:40] Red flags to look for on a website when shopping for CBD products [26:40] Pros and cons of different extraction methods (CO2 vs hydrocarbon, etc)   Resources Mentioned on this episode Sunny’s Goldens Eurofins Lab Testing Dogs Naturally   Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
Wondering if CBD could benefit your dog?  In this episode, I sit with Angela Ardolino, founder of CBD Dog Health, to talk about how CBD is changing the lives of dogs everywhere. Angela’s journey started when she began experiencing health issues of her own. After extensive research into alternative treatments, she discovered the profound benefits of CBD. But when her search for the same high-quality oils for dogs yielded no results, she decided to change that.  We chat all about how she went on to start her own company, CBD Dog Health - a provider of full-spectrum CBD oils and other hemp pet products.  A true pet advocate, Angela is also the owner of Fire Flake Farm and President of Salvatore Dogi, LLC.  Want to skip to the good stuff? Let’s dive right in!   Highlights:  [1:25] How Angela’s own medical issues led her to CBD [11:55] The effects of cannabinoids on your dog [20:38] Do you know the difference between THC, hemp, and CBD? [29:15] What goes into product labeling? [33:10] How much THC is needed for best effects? [40:11] What to look for in CBD labeling [50:29] Is your dog suffering from these common ailments? CBD can help! [56:55] My dog isn’t sick; can CBD help them too? [65:07] What else is Angela up to?   Resources Mentioned on this episode CBD Dog Health LinkedIn for Angela Ardolina Fire Flake Farm Facebook Group ProjectCBD Dogs Naturally Society of Cannabis Clinicians   Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.  
  Being over doing: how to meditate with your dog, and why! (Kathleen Prasad with Animal Reiki Source) In this episode, I chat with Kathleen Prasad about her experience with Animal Reiki.  Along with being a devoted practitioner, Kathleen is the: -       Founder of Animal Reiki Source -       Co-founder and president of the Shelter Animal Reiki Source (SARA) -       Creator of the Let Animals Lead® method. Her non-profit SARA is dedicated to teaching the Let Animals Lead® method in order to bring peace and healing to shelter animals.  Kicking off our chat with a (much needed) guided breathing meditation, Kathleen leads us through the world of Animal Reiki. Make sure you have your pet nearby to share in this experience!   Highlights:  [3:55] Intro meditation with Kathleen Prasad [12:35] Some animals can sense when you are not focused with them [21:50] What animal Reiki is, and how Kathleen was drawn to it [35:35] How long did it take for Kathleen to develop Animal Reiki? [45:30] The focus and methods of Kathleen’s practice [56:36] Is Reiki for everyone? [60:02] Are certain breeds of dogs more or less receptive of Reiki, and when is a good time of the day to perform animal Reiki? [67:55] How Animal Reiki has developed over the last 20 years   Resources Mentioned on this episode Animal Reiki Source Shelter Animal Reiki Association  Animal Reiki Source YouTube Channel Twitter Facebook Pinterest   Connect with Tim Berthold LinkedIn   Thanks to our sponsor – Sunny’s® Sunny’s® is the first line of supplements specially-designed for the unique needs of Golden Retrievers.  Forever Golden® is the flagship product, and supports the healthy aging of adult and senior Golden Retrievers.  It’s formulated by Holistic Vets to support flexy joints, supple skin, strong immunity, and healthy circulation of adult and senior Goldens. Forever Golden® is loaded with 10 human-grade ingredients like Organic Reishi mushroom, Organic Chlorella, and superior forms of Curcumin and Ashwagandha.  It’s also 100% Non-GMO and free from typical inflammatory ingredients that can cause problems for Goldens.   Head on over to sunnysgoldens.com and use code PAWCAST for $10 off your first order.
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