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  • 10

Food & Nutrition

New Puppy FAQs

Val Cairney July 23, 2021

Hi everyone, and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  Well the puppy craze continues and many, many people are getting a puppy for the first time or getting a puppy after many years without a dog and some are adding to their canine family.  With these new pups coming into the family we are finding quite a few questions that are cropping up and there are certain ones that are asked more than others.  Now, not all new canine friends are pups.  Some people have gone to great lengths to adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter […]

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Pet Health
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Health

REPRISE – FLEAS, TICKS & WORMS OH MY!

Val Cairney July 9, 2021

Hi everyone, and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets. Well it’s that time ofyear again when the weather is warm or hot and our pets are spending a lot moretime outside, going on hikes, visiting parks or lying in the grass or dirt as the casemay be. We have had a rise in questions about fleas and ticks which isunderstandable this time of year and also about bug repellant.A question about bug repellant for pets is a really good one. Our pets getpestered by pests just the same as we do and you can see them doing thatannoyed […]

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Dog & Puppy Care
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Pet Health

Affordable Pet Teeth Cleaning – An Interview with Jill Thompson

Val Cairney June 25, 2021

Kissable K9 Care Kissable K9 Care offers its cosmetic teeth cleaning service to dogs and cats of all breeds, sizes, ages and backgrounds. Here is a simple breakdown of how this service is conducted: We welcome the client and their fur baby into the store. Then have the client fill out a liability waiver and ask if they have any questions or concerns about the service. We then work our magic to create a relaxing and comfortable environment for your fur baby. To do this we lightly spray the room with lavender oils, swaddle him or her in a blanket […]

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Dog & Puppy Care
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Pet Health

Summer Safety

Val Cairney June 11, 2021

Hello everyone, and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  Well the weather has finally changed and it’s time to talk about summer safety and summer activities with our pets.  There are definitely some summer do’s and don’ts for pets and some equipment that you might want to have on hand for activities and hot days. Cats Let’s start with cats.  Many cats are indoor cats that do not go outside.  When the temperature outside really soars it is best to keep your indoor cat in a cool air conditioned environment.  Cats will sometimes bath in the sun and […]

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In Studio
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Health

Alternative Therapies Cont’d – An Interview with Wendie Patrick

Val Cairney May 28, 2021

About Wendie Patrick Wendie is a Biochemic, a Quantum Practitioner, the host of Quantumly Yours podcast, and is the Founder of Dogs of Pride and the holistic health brand Finnessiam. From a lifelong passion for animals and more recently a revelation in her own health, Wendie has committed herself to sharing her energy, skills, knowledge and experiences to give everyone, two and four legged, a better and alternative solution to feeling and being better.​Wendie offers help with nutrition (people and pets), energy healing through Quantum Touch (people) and Animal Reiki. Real Tissue Salts (functional nutrition) and testing for deficiencies, allergies, […]

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In Studio
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Health

Alternative Therapies – An Interview With Theresa Gilligan

Val Cairney May 14, 2021

About Theresa Gilligan Theresa has been riding and training horses for over 25 years. She has a special affinity for thoroughbreds and their rehabilitation.  Theresa is the owner of Neachai Equine Ayurveda, and is  certified in Ayurvedic medicine and currently enrolled in the Ayurveda doctorate program. She is also a certified Animal Neuro Myofascial Practitioner and practices Cranial Osteopathy. Theresa travels throughout North America advocating for and treating horses, humans and dogs through the practice of Ayurveda. Ayurveda According to Ayurveda, there are three primary forces or biological humors in the body called ‘Doshas’. The Doshas bind together the five […]

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Pet Health
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Pet Health

Alternative Therapies For Pets

Val Cairney April 30, 2021

Hello everyone and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  So, in keeping with my series on natural alternatives and complementary care for our pets, I’d like to explore the different types of treatments that we can get for our pets to help with their overall health but more specifically when they need that extra care.  As humans we can venture off for a massage, or to the chiropractor or have a Reiki session or see a naturopath or homeopath etc. etc.  But, I wonder how many people know that many of these type of treatments or modalities are […]

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Pet Health

Natural Supplements for Pets – An Interview with Joanne Carr , R.H.N, B.A.

Val Cairney April 16, 2021

In this episode I 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. She is the Director of OASIS (Education Division) at Omega Alpha, supporting all 3 product divisions (Human, pet & equine).Joanne and I discuss natural supplements for our pets and how they can enhance their well being. For more […]

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Dog & Puppy Care
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Health

Alternative and complementary supplements for pets

Val Cairney April 2, 2021

Hello everyone, and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  In this episode, I am going to look into the world of alternative and complementary supplements for our pets.  Just like humans, dogs, cats and small animals, suffer often from very similar maladies.  From itchy dry skin, to reactions to food, to anxiety, to weakened bladder function, to senior on set issues, to aches and pains from over exertion or getting old, our pets can suffer just the same as we do.  As humans, we look to something that will help alleviate the pain, manage pain, and possibly get […]

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In Studio
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Cat & Kitten

Breeding Himalayan Cats

Val Cairney March 19, 2021

In this episode, I explore  the world of cat breeding, with Himalayan cat breeder Diane Simpson.  With Diane’s expertise we learn all that it entails, from, quite literally, inception to purchasing and bringing kitty home. So regardless of breed, if you are thinking of purchasing a pedigree cat, or have recently purchased one, then this is the show for you! Please remember to follow or subscribe to ensure that you never miss an episode. To really help the show. please stop by iTunes and Rate and Review each episode that you find helpful/educational. Email me at: val@valtalkspets.com with topics you think would be […]

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Cat & Kitten

Cats – Frequently Asked Questions

Val Cairney March 5, 2021

Hi everyone and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  So I thought with this episode I would address some of the frequently asked questions I get about cats.  Some of the questions are covered in Cat and Kitten care and Cats mysterious behaviour, but it’s always good to go over things again and see if I can’t take things from a different perspective.   As you know, I love cats and I’ve always had a cat since my very first cat made her way into our home when I was about 9 years old.  All my cats have been […]

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In Studio
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Service Animals

National Service Dogs – An Interview With The Co-Founder

Val Cairney February 19, 2021

In This Episode I have the pleasure of chatting with Danielle Forbes, The Co-Founder and Executive Director of National Service Dogs (NSD) here in Canada. During our conversation, we talk about the inception of NSD, it’s programs, it’s challenges and rewards, and of course those very special dogs and people who change the lives of so many in our communities. The following is taken, with permission, from the website of National Service Dogs. Please visit their website for more information on the organization, and what you can do to help. About National Service Dogs Our vision is to be Canada’s premiere service […]

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Service Animals

How Service Dogs Change Lives – An Interview

Val Cairney February 5, 2021

In This Episode I have the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie Ridley, whose son is a recipient of an Autism Response Dog, called Beaumont. So, please join me as Stephanie reveals the incredible role Beaumont plays not only in the life of her son Ewan, but in that of her family too. We’ll also gain insight into the training this wonderful dog went through, as well as some of the obstacles faced when out and about in public. At the end of it all, this is a story of a boy, his dog, and the life adventure that they have both […]

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General Topics
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Service Animals

Service, Therapy and Support Animals

Val Cairney January 22, 2021

Hello everyone and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  This episode is one that I have wanted to do for quite some time and I’ve got some great interviews lined up for this topic that I know you will just love listening to.  So the topic of this episode is about animals, dogs primarily, that serve humans in specific capacities.  Service dogs, emotional support dogs, therapy dogs are categories of dogs that serve people to live a better life or to cope with difficulties that makes day to day living challenging.  I don’t know about you, but there seems to […]

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Pet Health

Winter Care and Tips

Val Cairney January 8, 2021

Hello and Happy New Year. Welcome to this first episode of 2021.  What a year 2020 has been and although the challenges have been very real, one of the great positives have been the consistent following of Val Talk’s Pets, from all over the world.  So before I launch into the topic for this episode, I really do invite my listeners to visit the website and put forth topics that you would like to hear about or have some insight into that I can share with our community of listeners.  So, thanks so much for your support of Val Talk’s […]

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General Topics
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Pet Stories

Tundra My Wonder Dog

Val Cairney December 25, 2020

Hello and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  Well I have noticed that I get quite a few questions about my dog.  When I have him with me, people are very curious about what kind of dog he is and it takes only a quick statement that he almost died twice, and people want the whole story.  His story was actually so intriguing that I was asked to write his story as an article for the Pet Valu Companion magazine Spring/Summer issue in 2019.  It was called, Tundra’s Story, the fate of a soul.  It is quite a story and […]

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Dog & Puppy Care
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Health

Puppy Mills/Increase in Dog Purchases

Val Cairney December 11, 2020

Hello and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  So with this episode, I’m going to discuss puppy mills more specifically and tie this in to the exponential rise of puppy and dog purchases that has been going on over the past several months. I also want to discuss the other types of puppy sellers that may not be puppy mills in the traditional sense but let’s see what you think.  In Designer Dogs part 1 and 2 I talked about puppy mills with regards to the rise of crossbreeding and how creating designer dogs has in so many […]

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General Topics
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Pets General

Animals In War

Val Cairney November 27, 2020

Hello and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  So, Remembrance Day has passed recently here in Canada and similar events around the world so it got my thinking about the role of animals in conflict.  My humane society for the third year has been offering pins for sale that commemorate animals in war.  The first year the metal ribbon had a dog on it and the second year it had a horse and this year it has a pigeon.  I was able to get the one with a dog two years ago.  I love this pin and that […]

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Appeal

A Personal Appeal for the Iqaluit Humane Society

Val Cairney November 16, 2020

Hello and welcome to Val Talk’s Pets.  Well this post is not an episode.  It is an appeal.  I’d like to make an appeal directly for the Iqaluit Humane Society.   In northern Canada the city of Iqaluit in the territory of Nunavut is up against a very serious timeline.  They have a very small shelter that is the size of a bachelor apartment and serves the fly in communities.  They are the only game in town.  Well, by spring if they cannot raise money to expand their shelter and bring in supplies they will have to close.  On any given […]

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Pet Health

Pet Safety

Val Cairney October 30, 2020

Hello and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  Throughout the year we have many special holidays and events where our pets are a part of the festivities.  Christmas and Halloween really come to mind.  And with this, we have to think about our pet’s safety.  When we have a new puppy or kitten in the house, we have to think about puppy safe-ing, kitten safe-ing our homes.  We also have to think about our pets in the event of an emergency, like a weather event or fire.  All of these things lead to us as pet parents to […]

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Dog & Puppy Care
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Pet Purchase

Designer Dogs Part 2

Val Cairney October 16, 2020

Hello and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  This episode is part 2 of my delving into the world of crossbreeding and designer dogs.  In part one I went over how the designer dog breed world began and discussed some of the concerning issues with regards to crossbreeding and designer dogs.  My intent with both of these episodes is to create awareness and education.    When it comes to designer dogs there is so many misunderstandings and a lot of misinformation.  There are also a lot of disreputable people getting very rich. The expansion of puppy mills and the […]

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Pet Purchase

Designer Dogs (Part 1)

Val Cairney October 2, 2020

Hello, and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  Well I think it is time to address a topic that can be very controversial that I’m sure will have some people rather miffed or down right angry, some will be giving me the major high five and for me I will be able to deal with a super important topic that really, really needs to be explored and exposed and where education is desperately needed.  Hopefully I have your attention now, because this episode is about cross breeding and designer dogs.  Let me first define what we are talking […]

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Pets General

Pet Grooming

Val Cairney September 18, 2020

Hello and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  This episode is all about keeping our furry friends clean and presentable. And I’m super excited to include an awesome interview with professional groomer Christine Santon of The Spaw Grooming Salon.  All pet owners know that if you want a pristine house that is free of cat or dog hair, paw prints, litter odour, shavings odour, pet ownership is just not for you.  All of our furniture is covered with pet throw covers and there is a towel on the bed, there are pet beds strategically placed and there is […]

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Food & Nutrition
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Food & Nutrition

Treats, Treats and More Treats

Val Cairney September 4, 2020

Hello and welcome to this episode of Val Talks Pets. In this episode, I am going to address the huge labyrinth of treats for pets. We love to give our pets treats to reward good behavior, to help train, to satisfy our own desire to give them something special, and to just plain enjoy their excitement and their little, and. big faces when they are offered a treat. There are treats for dogs, cats, small animals in all different sizes, shapes, flavors, textures, you name it. There are puppy treats, training treats, Senior treats, chewy treats, crunchy treats, it is […]

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General Topics
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Pets General

When Our Pets Pass Away

Val Cairney August 21, 2020

Welcome to this episode of valid talks pets. In this episode, I’m going to discuss one of the hardest parts of pet Parenthood. And that is when our pet passes away. Sometimes we get our pets as puppies or kittens or young small animals, and we’ve had them for their entire lives. That could easily be 15 to 20 years depending. That is a long relationship and when that pet has to come to the end of its life journey, it is extremely hard to adjust to not having their little faces, or big faces as the case may be, […]

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Cat & Kitten Care
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Cat

Cats and their mysterious behaviour

Val Cairney August 7, 2020

Welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets!  This episode is dedicated to those wonderful, funny, mysterious and sometimes frustrating cats.  As you know, I love cats.  And so do a lot of other people!  In Canada 57% of households own a pet.  37% of these households own one or more cats.  Overall, Canada is home to approximately 5.9 million dogs and 7.9 million cats.  In the United States, cats ranked second with around 42.7 million out of 63 million households with pets.  In the United Kingdom, 24% of adults have a cat, with an estimated cat population of 10.9 […]

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Food & Nutrition
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Food & Nutrition

Frequently Asked Pet Questions

Val Cairney July 24, 2020

Hello and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  In this episode I thought I would address some of the questions I get asked on a fairly regular basis about all kinds of topics to do with pets.  Daily we give advice as best we can and hopefully educate pet owners as they look at food, treats, toys, etc. Walking into a pet specialty store can be quite daunting if you are new to pet ownership or if it has been a while since you have had a pet.  Just like everything else, the pet industry evolves with research […]

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Dog & Puppy Care
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Pet Purchase

Avoiding the Pitfalls When Becoming a Pet Parent

Val Cairney July 10, 2020

Hello and welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  This episode is all about how to become a pet parent and how to avoid some of the pitfalls.  It always interests me how people acquire their pets.  The stories range widely from some that break your heart to some that to be honest have me shake my head. As for me I’ve had a few dogs in my time.  The very first dog in my family growing up was already a member of the household when I was born.  My father found a stray dog running down the middle […]

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Dog & Puppy Care
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Pet Health

Spay & Neutering

Val Cairney June 26, 2020

Welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  In one of my past Podcasts, I went over getting a new puppy and what to expect.  So, I thought that I would take this episode to delve deeper into a very important part of getting a puppy, and that is spaying and neutering. I talked previously about the things a new owner would need for a puppy.  In my Podcast called “Did you get a new puppy?” I discussed a fair few of the expenses that a new owner needs to prepare for.  One of those expenses I mentioned was spaying […]

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Small Animal Care
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Small Animals

Small Animal Pets

Val Cairney June 12, 2020

Welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  Today’s episode is about little furry companions.  Referred to as small animal pets, let’s talk about the little creatures that have become a part of many households. Small animal pets are usually rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, ferrets, hedgehogs, chinchillas and gerbils but I have to admit that gerbils seems to have gone by the wayside as I really can’t remember anyone telling me in the last few years that they have a gerbil.  We still carry supplies for them but food for example will be for hamsters and gerbils.  Small animal […]

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Cat & Kitten Care
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Cat & Kitten

Cat and Kitten Care

Val Cairney May 29, 2020

Hello and welcome to today’s episode of Val Talk’s Pets. Today’s episode is all about cats and kittens.   I just love cats and everyone knows how cute kittens can be.  I got my first cat when I was about 9 or ten.  My sister found a little black and white kitten that had the markings of a Holstein cow.  She found it wondering when she was going to school or coming back from school.  We estimate it was probably about 7 weeks of age and how it ended up wondering on its own is a mystery.  My Mum without hesitation […]

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Food & Nutrition

Is Raw Food Good For My Dog?

Val Cairney May 15, 2020

Hi everyone, and welcome to Val Talk’s Pets, the forum for pet parents and enthusiasts alike.  So, I have been working in the pet industry for almost 10 years now and I hope to deal with a lot of the issues and questions that arise as I deal 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, the Vet College. So I thought we could talk about the rapidly growing […]

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Pet Health

Fleas, Ticks and Worms…Oh My!

Val Cairney May 8, 2020

Welcome to this episode of Val Talk’s Pets.  It’s that time of year when we need to address fleas, ticks, worms and other parasites and nasty things dogs and cats can get.  I have been exceptionally lucky in that not one of my pets since I left the big city more than twenty years ago, has ever had fleas.  And I can’t say that I’ve been particularly proactive in the past with flea prevention.  Again, as I said, I’ve been very lucky.  But, times are changing with regards to climate and that has a lot to do with the flea […]

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Puppy

Yaah! You’re Getting a new puppy.

Val Cairney May 1, 2020

On today’s episode I am going to tackle and address puppies! Specifically getting a new puppy.  The best part of our day is when a new puppy comes into the store and they look around at all the wonderful things and all the smells that are so new and enticing. Sometimes they are little puppies held in arms and sometimes they come in on leashes ready to tackle whatever is new.  How people get their new puppy is a whole other topic and I am going to reserve a more in depth podcast to looking for a puppy from reputable […]

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