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Television producer and Grey Muzzle Advisory Board Member Michael Levitt welcomed television personality and everyone’s favorite BFF Ross Mathews and Hallmark Channel’s Pet Expert Larissa Wohl to discuss their love of senior dogs and advocacy to help these furry friends.
Hear their behind the scenes stories of working together on The American Rescue Dog Show, Fox’s Cause for Paws, and other rescue themed programming. You can imagine when making television shows with lots of celebrities and over 100 rescue dogs, things don’t always go as planned.
About the webinar: Our beloved dogs are thankfully living longer than ever these days. With that blessing comes age-related issues like arthritis, causing reduced mobility and range of motion. Organ function decreases with age also, making alternatives to drugs desirable so as to not further tax the kidneys and liver. Massage is something we can all do with our own two loving hands. We can actively participate in our dogs' healing with effective massage, Tellington Touch (TTouch) and acupressure techniques, which will provide endless benefits for your best friend while strengthening the precious bond you cherish with them. We can also reap health benefits ourselves as well by giving a massage, like lowering our blood pressure. We can gather invaluable information by knowing what feels normal on our dogs, so we can more quickly find abnormalities should they arise in the future.About the presenter: Pam Holt of Buddha Dog Animal Massage is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been a Certified Animal Massage Therapist since 2003. She provides home sessions in the Los Angeles, CA area that include massage, acupressure, TTouch (Tellington Touch), and Reiki. She is a proud mom to many rescued dogs and cats of all ages. Visit her website and download her massage booklet at www.buddhadog.com.
About the webinar: 'When you have two dogs, getting a third is a big deal. But when you have 26 and you get a call saying that a golden retriever is going to be put down at 3 o’clock, you take a 27th.' That’s a quote from David Rosenfelt, a mystery novelist and all-around great guy who, together with his wife Debbie Myers, helped find homes for more than 4,000 dogs facing the end at crowded animal shelters. Laura Coffey interviews Rosenfelt all about the joys of senior dog rescue. Coffey asked Rosenfelt to recount his many years in animal rescue and describe his epic cross-country move with 25 mostly geriatric rescue dogs and 11 volunteers in three RVs. (Rosenfelt chronicled that fur-raising adventure in his 2013 book Dogtripping!) Coffey and Rosenfelt also announced the kickoff of Grey Muzzle’s #AdoptedASeniorDog social media contest.About the presenter: Laura Coffey, a Grey Muzzle advisory board member and author of the national bestseller My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts, is a self-avowed dog nut and a senior writer, editor and producer for NBC’s TODAY show. A journalist with more than 25 years of experience, Laura has written and edited hundreds of high-profile human-interest stories for TODAY.com since 2008.
About the webinar: According to the latest estimates, over 56% of US pet dogs are overweight or have obesity, totaling over 50 million dogs. A recent pet parent survey found that almost half (47%) of American dog owners have a dog age 7 or older. That means we continue to see an increase in older, overweight dogs in this country. That also means more dogs are at risk for preventable weight-related diseases such as arthritis, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and cancer. “Grey muzzles gone wide” is inadvertently putting millions of senior dogs in danger. Luckily, there are so many things dog parents can do to help keep their pooch at a healthy body condition. Dr. Ernie Ward shared the reasons why we continue to see an increase in overweight dogs around the world, the consequences of a few extra pounds on your dog’s health and longevity, and the latest research on effective weight loss techniques.About the presenter: Dr. Ernie Ward is the founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, the world’s most recognized authority on dog and cat weight issues. Dr. Ward has spent the last 20 years researching, teaching, writing about, and treating pet obesity.
About the webinar: Grieving the loss of a dog after euthanasia is every shade of difficult. After listening to a dear friend express the guilt she felt following her dog’s euthanasia, integrative veterinarian Dr. Julie Buzby's new passion project is helping people find peace in their heart after saying goodbye to a best friend. This webinar covered: How Can I Be Sure It’s Time to Euthanize My Dog; How Can I Prepare for My Dog’s Euthanasia Appointment; and What About the Overwhelming Guilt and Grief. Dr. Buzby also shared her own personal story of losing her beloved dog Luke. Presenter's Note: This webinar covers sensitive topics that may trigger strong emotions. Please keep self-care top of mind while listening to this presentation.About the presenter: As an integrative veterinarian, Dr. Julie Buzby seeks to blend the best of Western medicine, alternative therapies and creative tools for maximum wellness in her patients, the majority of whom have grey muzzles. After years of frustration watching her patients struggle on hard floors, she developed Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips for dogs, assistive devices which enable instant traction and confident mobility. Dr. Buzby is passionate about educating clients on a multimodal approach to improving the quality of lives for senior and special needs dogs.
About the webinar: This presentation focuses on including your pets as part of your estate plan using a Pet Trust. Pet Trusts ensure no loved pet ever ends up alone, afraid, in a shelter or euthanized. Pets are treasured members of our family; yet they don’t have the ability to care for themselves if something happens to us. If a pet parent becomes disabled or dies, a Pet Trust can provide the resources to a named Pet Caregiver under the supervision of a Pet Trustee to ensure loving, lifetime care. Pet Trusts come in different shapes and sizes. Which one is best for you will depend on what you want for your loved pet. Should your pet stay in your home while a Pet Caregiver moves in and provides care? Should your loved pet be placed with an alternate Forever Family who will never replace you, but can provide continued care? Or, perhaps your pet would be best served in a pet community like a sanctuary or perpetual care organization. The decision is yours. Join us to learn more about how you can ensure that your loved pet remains in a loving home.About the presenter: Peggy Hoyt is a Stetson University graduate receiving her B.B.A. in 1981, her M.B.A. in 1982 and her J.D. in 1993. She is a founding partner of Hoyt & Bryan, LLC. and is dual certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estates and in Elder Law. She practices in the areas of family wealth and legacy counselling, including trust and estate planning and administration, elder law, small business creation, succession and exit planning, real estate transactions and animal law. She serves as a certified FINRA Arbitrator and is also a Florida Circuit Court Mediator concentrating in family business, estate administration, and animal law issues. Peggy was an adjunct professor of Animal Law with Barry University College of Law.
Peggy is the author of All My Children Wear Fur Coats – How to Leave a Legacy to Your Pet, an informative and inspirational guide for pet owners who want to include their pets as part of their estate plans. She has also co-authored a dozen other books and speaks at the local, regional and national levels on estate planning and elder law topics including pet planning, special needs planning and planning for unmarried couples and same sex partners. Peggy has been featured on CNN Financial News, the Wall Street Journal and the Orlando Sentinel for her dedication to pet planning. She is also highly regarded for her workshops on gratitude marketing, life balance and law office management.
About the webinar: Join us for a special Q&A session with Grey Muzzle Advisory Board Member and world-renowned dog trainer, Victoria Stilwell! She will be answering all your dog training and behavior questions live. She'll also share tips on how you can enrich your senior dog’s life. Catch the playback of the Q&A here.About the presenter: Born and raised in Wimbledon, England, Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer, TV personality and author best known as the star of the international hit TV series "It's Me or the Dog," through which she reaches audiences in over 100 countries. She also served as a judge on CBS’s Greatest American Dog and was named 2009’s Dog Trainer of the Year at the Purina ProPlan Dog Awards.
Appearing frequently in the worldwide media, Stilwell is widely recognized as a leader in the field of animal behavior, is the Editor-In-Chief of Positively.com and the CEO of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training – the world’s premier global network of positive reinforcement dog trainers.
Dr. Tamara Shearer: Early Recognition and Support of Cancer Patients Utilizing a Integrative, Proactive Approach
About the webinar: Being proactive with home evaluations for cancer between veterinary visits improves the odds of a better outcome or extended quality of life for a patient. Tips on what to look for at home will be discussed in the lecture. A review of common supportive care methods that can complement conventional care or can act only as palliative support will also be discussed.About the presenter: Dr. Tamara Shearer is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has acquired five certifications: Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (Chi Institute), Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian and Certified TCVM Palliative and End-of Life Practitioner. To date, she is one of only 30 veterinarians to receive a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Shearer helped develop the International Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certification Program that provides over 100 hours of continuing education on hospice and palliative care. She also contributed to the development of the Chi Institute’s TCVM Palliative and End-of Life course. In addition to the development of courses, she has lectured at major national and international veterinary meetings.
Dr. Shearer is the practice owner of Shearer Pet Health Services and Smoky Mountain Integrative Veterinary Clinic where she focuses on rehabilitation, pain management, hospice care and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for her patients. She has won numerous awards, authored and edited several books, been featured in national media and served as president for several veterinary associations.
About the webinar: The future of pain management for older pets (and people) is looking bright. Integrating drug and non-drug treatments into a pain management plan can turn a good plan into a great one. By using more than one type of treatment, we can often decrease the unwanted side effects of drugs. There are simple techniques such as massage that take little time, money or expertise and can all be done in the comfort of the pet’s home. There is also a lot of research being done to target very specific areas of the body, such as the joints and nerves, so that other important organs (like the kidneys) are not affected. Join us for an informative presentation all about new and integrated approaches to comfort for our pets.About the presenter: Dr. Sheilah Robertson's career in veterinary medicine spans more than three decades and encompasses numerous roles including a general practitioner, clinician and teacher in university veterinary schools in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. She has served as a staff member of the animal welfare division at the American Veterinary Medical Association and as president of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. Dr. Robertson has published numerous peer-reviewed papers related to anesthesia and analgesia in dogs, cats, horses and even iguanas. She has a special interest in sedation, anesthesia and analgesia of older pets and in helping them enjoy life to the fullest. Since 2017, she has served as Senior Medical Director for Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice. In this role, she supports over 100 veterinarians by providing the latest information on pain management, geriatric pets and end of life care. She also regularly presents continuing education courses and workshops at national conferences and local veterinary medical association meetings.
About the webinar: Ever wonder about your dog's mental health? Feeding the mind is just as important as feeding the body. Join us for a Q&A with "America's Veterinarian" Dr. Marty Becker to learn more about in-home enrichment and how to make trips to the vet less stressful (dare we say fun?). Dr. Becker will walk us through his Fear Free initiative, how it was founded and its goals, and take questions from the audience.About the presenter: Dr. Becker graduated from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He says, "I went to veterinary school to become a dairy practitioner, but after listening to an amazing introductory talk from Dean Leo Bustad about the human-animal bond, I switched to a companion animal focus the first hour of the first day of veterinary school." He spent the next four decades practicing veterinary medicine in Idaho (owning or co-owning several hospitals), lecturing to veterinarians on six continents, teaching as an adjunct professor at three colleges of veterinary medicine, writing 25 books (selling over eight million copies with three New York Times bestsellers), his most recent being From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog from Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias, which he co-authored with Dr. Lisa Radosta, Dr. Wailani Sung, and Mikkel Becker. In 2016, he co-founded Fear Free, whose mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them.
Dr. Mary Gardner: Assessing Quality of Life and Deciding When to Say Goodbye
About the webinar: Assessing the quality of life of a family pet is a delicate balance between managing emotions, the progression of the disease, and the happiness of the pet. These key issues are not always in harmony and it is the job of the entire care team to manage and balance each of these. Learn the components of assessing quality of life, the things to look out for, and tools to help evaluate your pet’s condition and determine when to say goodbye.About the presenter: Dr. Mary Gardner has a special place in her heart for the skinny, wobbly, grey-muzzled pets. Passionate about geriatric care, she is a veterinarian and co-founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a nationwide practice whose 120+ veterinarians provide in-home hospice, euthanasia and end-of-life care.
She is a published author and co-editor of the textbook “Treatment and Care for the Geriatric Veterinary Patient.” She travels the world speaking about geriatric medicine, assessing quality of life, veterinary hospice, euthanasia and caregiver burden. A 2008 University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine graduate, she was awarded the Angel award for the recognition of the human-animal bond. She also received the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Florida in 2016.
About the webinar: Studies have shown that older dogs have a higher incidence of dental disease (periodontal disease). This is an active infection in the oral cavity that can also impact the overall health of your pets. In this webinar, Dr. Lobprise will explain how with good pre-operative exams and personalized anesthetic protocols, the risks of anesthesia can be minimized for these patients—and will also share how the benefits of resolving these oral infections sometimes are so profound that dogs start acting like puppies again after treatment! Note: You must enter your name and email address to view the recording.About the presenter: Dr. Heidi Lobprise graduated from Texas A & M University in 1983 and became a board certified veterinary dentist in 1993. In 2003, she joined the Veterinary Specialty Team of Pfizer Animal Health, and in 2010, she became the Senior Technical Manager for Virbac Corporation. In 2014, Dr. Lobprise returned to dental specialty practice in Flower Mound, Texas. She is the author/co-author of three dental texts, including the second edition of Five Minute Veterinary Consult – Clinical Companion Small Animal Dentistry, has written many chapters and articles and has lectured internationally.
She helped organize, and was the first president of, the International Veterinary Senior Care Society, whose mission is to provide resources targeting the complete health care needs of senior pets to the veterinarian, their team, and clients. She has supported her interest in senior pet care through organizing and giving lectures, providing articles for publication and contributing a chapter to the upcoming “Treatment and Care of the Veterinary Geriatric Patient."
About the webinar: Sunny Weber, author, speaker and behaviorist, shares information on how to help your fearful older dog.
About the webinar: Knowing what to do in the first few moments of an injury can mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friend
Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton of Hamilton Law and Mediation: Four Easy Steps to Prepare a Plan to Care for Your Beloved Animal Companions If You Cannot
About the webinar: Have you ever asked yourself: If I don’t get home, what will happen to my dog? If something happens to me, where would my bird go? Who could care for my sick cat if I didn’t get home? How do I find someone to take my horse? When you ask yourself these questions, you realize you really have no plan. Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton of Hamilton Law and Mediation gives you four easy steps to follow, so you can create a plan for your pets if you are unable to care for them.
About the webinar: Learn from the Pet Safety Crusader and expert Denise Fleck--author, radio show host and Grey Muzzle President. Be the best pet parent you can be by preparing for the worst. Learn tips and get advice on how to protect your senior dog in the most challenging situations.
About the webinar: Thousands of companion animals are surrendered to US shelters each year simply because their humans passed away or became ill and had never made plans for the continued care of their pets. In this session, Amy Shever of 2nd Chance 4 Pets and Jenny Kachnic of The Grey Muzzle Organization outline what options are available to ensure "lifetime care" for pets and how you and your organization can help pet owners plan for the continued care of their pets.